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Oscar Season: The Musical! What would this year's Best Picture nominees be like on Broadway? -- VIDEO

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Though Frozen was nominated for two Oscars this year, including Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, the crop of nine Best Picture nominees doesn’t include a musical.

But what would happen if you took the nine very different films and made them into a musical? You would get some hilarious high-kicking results. From The Wolf of Wall Street cursing on beat to an American Hustle bathroom showdown reminiscent of Rent, it’s clear some of these musical ideas work better than others. Like most Oscar-related parodies that have been happening lately, 12 Years a Slave is respectfully not given a full production number. But if you ever wanted to see Dallas Buyers Club‘s Ron Woodroof do a kick-line next to Philomena, you are in luck! Watch below: READ FULL STORY

How do you really feel about those Tinker Bell rumors, Miley Cyrus?

Miley Cyrus really doesn’t want to play Tinker Bell. In fact, her lack of desire for the part is so strong that before sprinkling pixie dust around on a stage, she’d rather choke on her own famous tongue. Dramatic? Just a bit.

A tabloid recently published a blurb saying that the star is “going for her dream role” as “Tinker Bell in a live broadcast of Peter Pan,” NBC’s planned follow-up to 2013′s incredibly successful The Sound of Music Live. A “friend” of Miley elaborated to the magazine, saying, “With her short haircut, she does resemble Tinker Bell! She could nab this role.” Oh, so that’s how casting is decided. By haircuts.

Unfortunately, Cyrus as Tink is about as likely as Justin Bieber playing Captain Hook. First of all, the musical’s version of Tinker Bell is played by a tiny flashing light rather than an actual person. And secondly, the pop star herself has no intention of strapping on fairy wings anytime soon:

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'Hedwig' (and Neil Patrick Harris) on Broadway: 6 things to expect

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Put on some makeup, turn up the eight-track, and pull the wig down from the shelf, because cult musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch is coming to Broadway for the very first time. But does a swanky new setting mean this version of the show will be kinder, gentler, and altogether less gritty?

In a word: nein. “I don’t want the Broadway version of Hedwig to be all jazz hands,” says star Neil Patrick Harris, who plays the musical’s titular gender-bending rocker. “It needs to be rough around the edges at all times.”

That said, Harris and his cohort — director Michael Mayer, book writer (and original star) John Cameron Mitchell, composer/lyricist Stephen Trask, and costar Lena Hall — have made a few necessary alterations to Hedwig as they prepare to mount the production, which begins previews March 29 and opens April 22. Here’s what fans and Hedwig virgins alike can expect to see from the show:

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Watch the hour-long 'Breaking Bad' musical -- VIDEO

Wouldn’t Walter White’s “I am the one who knocks” speech have been so much better if he had sung it? Okay, maybe not. But that doesn’t mean that a Breaking Bad musical is out of the question, a fact that was first proven by Breaking Bad: The Middle School Musical and has now been reaffirmed, thanks to UCBLA’s Walter White and the Amazing Blue Crystal Meth: A Breaking Bad Rock Opera.

An hour-long Breaking Bad musical inspired by Andrew Lloyd Weber’s  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Walter White and the Amazing Blue Crystal Meth takes viewers through the entire Breaking Bad journey, all the way up to the moment Hank goes for a little bathroom break and makes the biggest discovery of his career. So just to give you an idea of what the musical covers: Tuco, Hector, Jane’s death, Marie’s purple obsession, Saul, Badger, Skinny Pete, Gus, Gale, Hank’s attack by those creepy twins, Mike’s death, Skyler’s drinking, and finally, Walt’s retirement.

If only there had been a giant magnet, and maybe a fly or two, this would have been perfect (or perhaps, too long). Watch Walter White and the Amazing Blue Crystal Meth: A Breaking Bad Rock Opera below: READ FULL STORY

Amanda Seyfried on 'Mean Girls' musical: 'I desperately want to be Regina'

When we heard the rumors around a Mean Girls musical, we immediately started casting the parts. But one thing we didn’t account for was the idea that Amanda Seyfried might not want to reprise her role as Karen.

After all, what about Karen would make Seyfried not want to play her? She’s pretty. She doesn’t have to think, like, ever. She gets to wear pink on Wednesdays. She has ESPN, and her boobs can predict the weather. Or rather, her boobs can tell you about the current weather conditions. So why would Seyfried want to walk away from the character who first put her on our radar? The temptation of the dark side, perhaps? READ FULL STORY

Idina Menzel will return to Broadway in new musical from 'Next to Normal' team

It’s been eight long years since Idina Menzel hung up her broomstick and left the original New York production of Wicked, the musical that helped her win her first Tony — but next spring, one of Broadway’s most beloved belters is coming home.

Menzel is set to star as Elizabeth in If/Then, a new musical by composer Tom Kitt, lyricist/book writer Brian Yorkey, and director Michael Greif — the team behind the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal. (Greif also directed the original off-Broadway and Broadway productions of Rent, which featured Menzel as performance artist Maureen.) Here’s a vague synopsis of the new show:

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Scarlett Johansson on losing 'Les Mis' role to Anne Hathaway: 'I sang my little heart out'

Back in November of 2011, Page 6 reported that Scarlett Johansson had auditioned for the role of Eponine in Tom Hooper’s then-upcoming movie musical version of Les Misérables. As it turns out, Johansson was actually up for the part of Fantine, the disgraced factory worker who sings the heart-wrenching ballad “I Dreamed a Dream” — a part that ultimately went to Oscar-nominee Anne Hathaway.

And according to Johansson, that’s exactly what should have happened.  READ FULL STORY

'Pitch Perfect': High and higher notes of the little a cappella comedy that could

release” put its money where its mouth was last night. As a liberal arts grad and (casts down eyes) former a cappella groupie, I had to face facts: I am that core audience. (WARNING: Mild spoilers follow.)
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