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Starz's 'Power' react: A really long 50 Cent music video

Within seconds of the Power’s opening credits, the viewer knows exactly what the series is about. Like 50 Cent’s hit album, it’s largely about how to Get Rich or Die Tryin,’ with gratuitous shots of expensive watches, expansive penthouse apartments, and pricey red-bottomed Louboutin shoes. Well, specifically, Power is about James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Mary Jane alum Omari Hardwick), a big-time New York City drug dealer who opens a hot, high-end nightclub as a front to hide his dirty drug money. READ FULL STORY

'Holler If Ya Hear Me': Hear three songs from the Tupac musical -- EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE

Holler If Ya Hear Me, the Broadway musical based on the music of late rap legend Tupac Shakur, begins previews next week. The show reinterprets a handful of Tupac’s biggest songs, from the sweetly confessional “Dear Mama” to the rousing player’s anthem “I Get Around.” The cast, a healthy mix of Broadway vets and newcomers, have recorded the show’s nearly two dozen songs, and EW is pleased to premiere three of those songs.  READ FULL STORY

'Aladdin' cast album: Listen to two tracks from the Broadway musical -- EXCLUSIVE

Given the SRO crowds that have swarmed Disney’s gorgeous New Amsterdam Theatre since Aladdin‘s Broadway bow in February, it seems a “whole new world” (forgive the pun) has opened up for the beloved 1992 movie’s appeal. One of the most beloved of Disney’s untouchable streak of films in the early 1990s, Aladdin boasts an incredibly memorable score by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. EW has landed two early tracks from the upcoming Broadway cast album (which will drop digitally on May 27, and will be available in physical form on June 17). The show, nominated for five Tonys, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book (crafted by Chad Beguelin), has carried on the 2013 Pippin tradition of stopping the production with a mid-show standing ovation — in this case, for the rollicking Genie number “Friend Like Me,” essayed with an insane amount of showstopping brio by Tony nominee James Monroe Iglehart. READ FULL STORY

Cinco de Mayo: 'Zelda' theme song gets a Mariachi makeover (and 4 other remakes!)

To celebrate Cinco de Mayo — a holiday celebrated by Mexican Americans to commemorate a small Mexican militia unexpectedly defeating the French army in the Battle of Puebla in 1862 — we’re sharing five fun theme songs given a Mariachi makeover. Doubting it can be done? Click below!

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Listen to Fantasia and Dule Hill on three tracks of Broadway's 'After Midnight' -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LISTEN

Tony nominations are just around the corner, and one of the titles you can bet will yield a fair amount of ‘em is After Midnight, the marvelously assembled one-act jazz revue now playing on Broadway. Since opening last fall, the musical has remained one of the most acclaimed shows of the season, and remained quite relevant due to a bright cast of rotating guest performers (recent months have seen k.d. lang, Toni Braxton, Babyface, and Vanessa Williams, the latter currently playing through May 11). READ FULL STORY

'The Bridges of Madison County' original cast recording -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LISTEN

You wept at the book, then wept at the Meryl Streep-Clint Eastwood film, but save some more tears for the achingly lovely new cast recording for the Broadway tuner The Bridges of Madison County, composed by the prolific Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade), which gives listeners the unique pleasure of preserving two of the very best vocal performances of the last few years, by dynamite duo Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale, whose stirring chemistry could set a cornfield ablaze. The musical — about a lonely Iowa farm wife (O’Hara), happily married but stifled, falling in love with a handsome photographer (Pasquale) blazing through town to capture the historic bridges of the title — has earned stellar reviews since opening in February (including one by senior editor Thom Geier), and the new album contains 20 tracks (including “Falling Into You” and “It All Fades Away”) in total. READ FULL STORY

Vanessa Williams sings 'Stormy Weather' in Broadway's 'After Midnight' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Six months into its run and still knockin’ the crowd out, the dance-packed jazz revue After Midnight has proven an enduring threat come awards time. One of the reasons behind this is the uniquely chosen guest artists who have added new luster to the already bright show, most recently Toni Braxton, k.d. lang and original guest star Fantasia (who is coming back May 13-June 8).

But if you’re seeing the show between now and May 11, you are in for a treat, as stage-and-screen star Vanessa Williams (a multiple Tony, Grammy and Emmy nominee) essays the guest spot, and in the EW exclusive clip below, get ready to swoon for the seemingly ageless beauty’s take on the Arlen/Koehler classic “Stormy Weather”. Her silky performance style here (in one of Isabel and Ruben Toledo’s drop-dead costumes, no less) will make you momentarily forget the classic takes by Ethel Waters, Lena Horne, and Billie Holiday, and remind you Ms. Williams is always perfectly at home on a Broadway stage. READ FULL STORY

Audra McDonald in 'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill': Watch a sneak peek -- EXCLUSIVE

Apparently, the redoubtable Audra McDonald needs to break that Tony-winning record. With five wins under her belt (the last was for her shattering take on the drug-snorting, tortured female lead of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess), she could net a sixth for the Broadway premiere of longtime regional staple Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, in which she will embody none other than “Strange Fruit” and “God Bless the Child” songstress Billie Holiday, in what would become a Tony milestone as she currently ties Angela Lansbury and the late Julie Harris for the most competitive wins by an actress. (Additionally, if the production is considered a play versus a musical — à la the recent Broadway production of the Judy Garland-flavored End of the Rainbow — McDonald would be the first actor to win all four possible female acting categories at the Tonys.)

Directed by Lonny Price (who directed McDonald to a Tony nom in 2007’s 110 in the Shade) and written by Lanie Robertson, the setting of Lady Day is a seedy bar in 1959 Philadelphia, where Ms. Holiday gives a legendary performance just four months before her tragic death of cirrhosis at age 44. In the teaser below, listen as McDonald and company expound on the exciting prospect of inhabiting one of the most indelible female jazz artists of the 20th century.

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The 'Idiot's Guide' to understanding music snobs -- VIDEO

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If you choose your favorite bands based on their obscurity, the following video is not for you. (Unless you have a sense of humor. Do music snobs have a sense of humor?)

For everyone else, the comedy network Above Average has created a guide to interacting with the world’s most picky music fans. It’s the second installment in their tongue-in-cheek Idiot’s Guide to Smart People series, and it’s quite humorously spot-on.

The video opens by explaining to viewers (a.k.a. “idiots”) that “it takes a smart person to love music in a way that takes all the fun out of it.” When interacting with a “smart person” in a situation that involves music, here are some of their tips:

Be as painstakingly specific as you possibly can when telling a music snob what kind of genres you like. “Louisiana Swamp Pop” would be a particularly good choice.

The more mainstream success a band has, the less a smart person will like them. Bon Iver is so 2007.

Do not, under any circumstances and bouts of common sense, wear a band’s T-shirt to said band’s concert.

And remember: When in doubt, heavy metal is the answer.

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