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Meet the new Mormons: Ben Platt and Nic Rouleau are on a mission in Broadway’s biggest musical

Nic Rouleau couldn’t get a ticket to The Book of Mormon.

Like the stories you’ve no doubt heard about the wildly popular, box office-busting Broadway show, tickets are one of New York’s hottest commodities, and they have been since the record-breaking musical opened just three years ago. So Rouleau turned to the show’s daily lottery system — about 2 dozen tickets offered raffle-style to eager patrons, 98 percent of whom will leave disappointed — and lucked his way into the Eugene O’Neill Theatre that way. READ FULL STORY

Anne Hathaway debuts as a lounge singer on 'Jimmy Fallon' -- VIDEO

Let’s start with the good: Anne Hathaway sounded great when she stopped by the Tonight Show Tuesday to sing old-timey versions of hip hop songs, accompanied by Jimmy Fallon on piano. (Like an earlier installment of this series featuring Ariana Grande, the bit was technically introduced as “Broadway versions” of rap tunes — but that just seems inaccurate.)

The not-so-good: The bit maybe isn’t exactly…funny? It’s too bad for Hathaway, who could use a silly viral video right about now. That said, elsewhere on the show she gave a charming interview, explaining to Fallon how those pictures where she looks like she’s drowning in the ocean were blown entirely out of proportion, thanks to paparazzi.

We’re all guilty here, guys. Watch the Princess of Genovia perform below:

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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'Grease'

A boy, a girl, the breaking surf, some fumbled attempts at automobile lovin’, a hand-jive contest, a lycra-clad makeover, and a dozen of the greatest songs you’ve ever heard. With those raw ingredients, I present the latest installment of EW’s Summer Blockbuster month. Because we are “Hopelessly Devoted” to Grease, the first movie musical on this list takes the No. 18 slot. So let me tell you about it, studs. READ FULL STORY

Idina Menzel and cast of 'If/Then' on opening night -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Given the smash success that the new Idina Menzel musical If/Then is already having (in her first Broadway outing since Wicked over 10 years ago), not to mention her headlining Disney’s most successful animated movie of all time with an Oscar-winning song to boot, it’s safe to say that Adele Dazeem will be fully put to rest. (RIP Adele Dazeem). Ms. Menzel, in the most challenging role of her career, has received raves for her performance as Elizabeth, a divorced city planner trying to carve out a new life in burgeoning NYC. In the intricate storyline, her two possible lives and outcomes are lived as either Liz or Beth — with eyeglasses shrewdly worn as a visual clue to the audience, and her choices also have a ripple effect on her colorful gallery of friends and probable love interests. READ FULL STORY

'The Most Happy Fella' with Cheyenne Jackson and Laura Benanti hits Encores! revival series

Six years after writing the classic musical Guys and Dolls, composer Frank Loesser introduced audiences to The Most Happy Fella. The show has an often lush, operatic, and nearly-sung-through score — but the book is a dated, borderline racist bit of nonsense about an Italian immigrant vineyard owner in the Napa Valley who talks-a like-a this-a and even refers to himself at one point as “a stupid, ugly, old wop.”

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'Beautiful': Listen to five tracks from the cast album of Broadway’s new Carole King musical

Broadway’s been buzzing about Beautiful, the new musical that chronicles the life of famed singer-songwriter Carole King and the songs she wrote that launched the careers of a generation.

While the show is bolstered by a star-making performance from Jessie Mueller, everyone who has seen it is raving about the music. Well, good news — like any good Broadway musical, the show plans to release an original cast album featuring the songs written by King and re-interpreted by the cast of theater veterans.

EW has a truly beautiful (sorry) first listen to five of the tracks from the upcoming album, which will be released digitally on April 1 and in stores on May 13 (you can pre-order on iTunes here).

Below, check out “Some Kind of Wonderful” (sung by Jessie Mueller, Jake Epstein and the Drifters); “Walking in the Rain” (Anika Larsen and Jarrod Spector); “You’ve Got a Friend” (Mueller, Larsen and Spector); “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (Mueller); and of course, the titular ballad “Beautiful” (Mueller). READ FULL STORY

'Aladdin': The original Jafar talks musicals, hanging with Ursula, and the 'brutal' scene you didn’t see

Last month, an incredible story hit the web about a young autistic child who was able to connect with his father because of a shared bond over Disney movies. The story went viral, but there was someone behind the scenes who is perhaps the reason it was ever written in the first place—Jonathan Freeman, a celebrated member of the Disney family who met the father and son after a performance in Broadway’s Mary Poppins.

While chatting with EW about his role in Disney’s latest Broadway outing Aladdin (in which he’ll reprise his original voice part as the villainous vizier Jafar), the story of Owen and Ron Suskind was just one delightful anecdote that Freeman offered when it comes to his Disney roots. And in fact, the veteran stage actor has kept his Mouse House relationship close to his heart.

Since voicing Jafar in 1992, Freeman has frequently returned to reprise the role whenever the villain pops up in the Disney realm (which is, surprisingly, fairly often). On stage, Freeman has appeared in three of Disney’s Broadway musical endeavors, but his fourth outing is particularly special as he takes up Jafar’s iconic turban once again in the big-budget live-action musical Aladdin, which opened on March 20 at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You said when you first were presented with the idea of reprising Jafar on stage, you were apprehensive. What was your initial hesitation?
JONATHAN FREEMAN: Except for Alan Menken, there wasn’t going to be anybody on the project from 23 years ago, and although that seemed like a great thing for the show and a challenge even for me, I wasn’t sure that I had anything new to bring to the table. And I think that was all it was. And then the first time we had a read-through with the company in Seattle three years ago, I heard all these new voices with all these new ideas. I heard things differently.

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'Heathers: The Musical': A very '80s first look at Veronica, JD, and the Heathers -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Break out your slushies and BBQ Corn Nuts and gaze with wonder at the ultimate ‘80s throwback that is Heathers: The Musical.

The cult-classic 1989 dark comedy has been adapted for the stage, but before you toss on your scrunchie for opening night (on March 31 at Off Broadway’s New World Stages), EW has an exclusive first look at the fierce fashion that’ll be flaunted on stage at the fictional Westerburg High.

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'Kinky Boots' star Billy Porter previews his new CD, duet with Cyndi Lauper -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LISTEN

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To say it’s been a good year for Billy Porter would be an understatement. The Broadway star achieved critical acclaim for his role as “Lola” in the Cyndi Lauper/Harvey Fierstein hit musical Kinky Boots, which will celebrate its one year anniversary this April. Porter also secured a well-deserved Tony Award in 2013, as well as a Grammy for the show’s original cast album, and is now planning to release his first solo album in almost a decade. Titled Billy’s Back On Broadway, the debut CD from Concord Records will be released April 15, featuring a collection of classic Broadway tunes with a new, inspired twist.

EW sat down with the actor to find out the details behind what inspired him to create his CD, and get his thoughts on what has been, in his words, “an amazing time” on Broadway. Hit the jump for more and to hear an exclusive first-listen of Porter’s duet with Lauper.
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Garry Marshall hopes 'Pretty Woman' musical will seduce Broadway

We’ve all taken a bubble bath while singing along to Prince, right?

Pretty Woman, the 1990 romantic comedy that made a superstar of Julia Roberts, is the latest in a string of movies looking to make a musical leap to the Broadway stage.

First reported by the New York Post, EW has confirmed that film and theater producer Paula Wagner and Pretty Woman director Garry Marshall have been meeting with Broadway creatives to compose and direct a musical adaptation of the classic rom-com.

The film — which celebrates its 24th anniversary later this month — follows a successful but lonely businessman (Richard Gere) who falls for a luckless prostitute (Roberts) after hiring her to spend a week with him.

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