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Idina Menzel premieres music video for 'If/Then' showstopper

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Idina Menzel has at least one more surprise for you before the year ends.

The Tony-winning singer—whose year can boast a brand new Broadway musical, a holiday album, an Oscars introduction for the ages, and the vocals behind the biggest Disney hit since, well, ever—is front and center in a new music video that ought to delight fans of her currently running Broadway show, If/Then.

Written specifically for Menzel, the contemporary new musical (about a woman contemplating dual directions in life) culminates in the eleven o’clock power ballad “Always Starting Over,” which Menzel also performed at this year’s Tony Awards. Now that the plot-heavy song is out of the bag, Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive premiere video of Menzel’s full-length showstopper, filmed both on stage at the Richard Rodgers Theatre and in the recording studio.

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10 iconic movie-musical dances, according to a Broadway choreographer

If your favorite part of NBC’s dearly departed Smash was the dynamite dancing in the Broadway-style musical numbers, you can thank Joshua Bergasse, the award-winning choreographer behind them.

Bergasse, who’s also choreographed for So You Think You Can Dance, is now the dancemaster behind the new Broadway revival of On the Town, the ballet-tinged musical that opened to rave reviews in New York this October. While choreography for live theater has its differences than the dances you see on film, Bergasse grew up watching the same movie-musicals that are beloved among fans of the genre—films which have even helped inspire him in his stage work.

EW invited Bergasse into the office for a good old-fashioned YouTube spiral, wherein the Emmy winner shared ten of his all-time favorite onscreen movie-musical dance sequences. Some picks are iconic and familiar—who doesn’t love Singin’ in the Rain?—while others could very well send you scrambling to find a copy of your new favorite musical film.

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'Duck Dynasty' is getting a stage musical

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Because, clearly, what the world needed was more Duck Dynasty and what Duck Dynasty needed was more show-stopping musical numbers, a Duck Dynasty musical is in the works. READ FULL STORY

'Beautiful' Tony winner Jessie Mueller relives her theater obsessions

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Rising Broadway star Jessie Mueller will have a lot to be thankful for as the year ends, considering that she scooped up a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical (which, considering Mueller’s trajectory, will almost certainly not be her last).

Mueller delighted crowds all year as Carole King, the singer-songwriter at the center of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, but the difficult, demanding role is far from her first experience in the spotlight. Coming from a family known for their part in the performing community in Chicago, Mueller talked about her theatrical childhood when she dropped by EW’s studio.

Watch the Tony winner relay her first musical obsession, her worst case of the giggles, and more Firsts & Worsts below. READ FULL STORY

10 big Broadway disasters, according to Seth Rudetsky

It’s a not-so-hidden secret that there are hundreds of surprising stories lurking beneath every board on Broadway. Luckily, there’s at least one guy out there who’s willing to spill.

Seth Rudetsky—Sirius XM host, comedian, playwright, music director, and more—is known inside the theater community for sharing the secrets of the stage and deconstructing every high C ever belted. In his book Seth’s Broadway Diary, Rudetsky chronicles just about every scandalous secret he’s seen, so EW decided to tap into Rudetsky’s well of knowledge and pose this question: What are the 10 biggest Broadway disasters he’s been around for?

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Keira Knightley to make Broadway debut in French romance

For its 50th anniversary, Roundabout Theatre Company has tapped a major star to lead the company’s first Broadway production of the 2015-2016 season.

Keira Knightley will make her Broadway debut in a newly commissioned adaptation of Therese Raquin, written by Helen Edmundson and directed by Evan Cabnet (The Performers). The play will begin previews on Oct. 1, 2015, in anticipation of an Oct. 29 opening. READ FULL STORY

Broadway box office: Michael C. Hall's 'Hedwig' scores, but Carol Burnett can't boost 'Love Letters'

It’s a tale of two A-list replacements: Dexter star Michael C. Hall put on some makeup for Hedwig and the Angry Inch and kicked up $544,166 for his first six performances, according to figures from the Broadway League for the week ending Oct. 19. That’s down just 4 percent per-show from what Andrew Rannells took in during his final seven shows the previous weekbut it still represents an impressive 85 percent of the potential gross for the Belasco Theatre.

But another high-profile substitution proved less successful: Carol Burnett, returning to Broadway for the first time in a decade, failed to lift ticket sales for the already flagging revival Love Letters that opened last month with Mia Farrow and Brian Dennehy. Dennehy is still in the two-hander, but box office for Burnett’s first eight-show week fell nearly 6 percent, to $319,810. That’s only 36 percent of the show’s maximum earningsa bad sign. Maybe Carol should bring on Andy Cohen’s dog and reprise her Tarzan yell? READ FULL STORY

Al Pacino headed back to Broadway in new Mamet play

After last appearing on Broadway in a revival of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, Al Pacino is headed back to the Great White Way in a new work from the playwright.  READ FULL STORY

First look: Emma Stone as Sally Bowles in 'Cabaret'

Let’s give Emma Stone a warm willkommen to Broadway.

The 25-year-old actress will make her Broadway debut—finally—in just under a month, stepping into the silky stockings of club singer Sally Bowles in the hit Broadway revival of Cabaret. Prior to her first go-round at the Kit Kat Klub, EW has the first look at Stone’s seductive style in the flashy, Tony-winning role. READ FULL STORY

'Once' to close on Broadway in January

After falling slowly in over 1,100 performances, Once will close on Broadway in January. The musical based on the 2007 movie will have its final performance Jan. 4, 2015. READ FULL STORY

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