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Broadway's Aladdin and Jasmine face off with Disney trivia

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2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Disney Theatrical Productions—so Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed, better known as the two stars of Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway, took time off from their magic carpet jaunts to drop by EW’s video studio and talk all things Disney.

EW decided to pit Aladdin against Jasmine as we tested the princely pair’s knowledge of the Mouse House’s stage hits, from 1994’s Beauty and the Beast to 2012’s Newsies and beyond. Both Jacobs and Reed have an exceptional amount of Disney trivia stored up there.

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Andrew Rannells gets glittery in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' poster

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In comes Andrew, out goes Neil, but the glitter will always remain the same.

A new poster has been released for Andrew Rannells’ stage return in the Broadway rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He replaces Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris as the German transvestite rocker intent on putting on a concert across the street from his ex-lover’s rival show.

With the announcement of Rannells’ casting in June, the Tony-winning revival of Hedwig also announced its extension beyond Harris’ originally scheduled end date of August 17. Rannells will step into the role for a limited eight-week engagement beginning August 20.

Hint: Click the photo above for full-size Rannells.

'American Psycho' musical headed Off Broadway in the spring

It’s hip to be square yet again, it seems. The London-premiered musical version of American Psycho—famously a Bret Easton Ellis novel, then a cult classic 2000 film with Christian Bale—will get a stateside production this spring at Off Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre.

The musical—which alternates new, electronic-fused tunes by Tony-winning composer Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) along with the film’s cheeky use of 1980s tunes by Phil Collins, Human League, Tears For Fears, and the aforementioned Huey Lewis & The News, among others—received much acclaim in its 2013 premiere on the West End. The role of Patrick Bateman, the skin-care obsessed, fancy business card-carrying maniac at the center of the story, is a coveted one, and Second Stage has said casting will be forthcoming. Is it possible they could get Doctor Who star Matt Smith to reprise his role from the London production? Or if they go American, might one suggest Aaron Tveit or Benjamin Walker as Bateman? (The latter even did the 2011 workshop production, so he already has an insight into the chainsaw-wielding madman.)

As with the overseas production, American Psycho will be directed by Rupert Goold (Enron, the Patrick Stewart Macbeth), with a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark). Previews will begin February 2014 in anticipation of a March 2015 opening.

First listen: Audra McDonald channels Billie Holiday in Broadway's 'Lady Day'

It’s the performance everyone’s been talking about: Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald set a Tony record with her latest star turn, playing troubled blues singer Billie Holiday in the final months of her life in the Broadway play Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.

Set in a seedy bar in the late ’50s, McDonald plays the jazz legend in one of her final performances. It’s a fully transportative experience for the audience, whose reactions help create the illusion carried by McDonald’s performance. To reflect that experience, Lady Day’s new original Broadway cast album was recorded live during performances of the show in late May.

The two-disc set offers an immersive translation of the show, a feat not reflected in several of this season’s recent cast albums. Lady Day’s cast recording (by PS Classics) will be available digitally and in stores on July 15, but Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive first listen to four of the tracks from the show, offering recognizable Holiday songs and a sample of the stories McDonald shares during the performance.

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'Cats' to get a rap-friendly makeover

With an entire musical based on the work of Tupac Shakur running on Broadway, it’s clear that the theatrical world has finally embraced hip-hop—and the trend is starting to spread outside of New York. A new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats opening in December on London’s West End plans to add a new twist to the 33-year-old musical: “curious cat” Rum Tum Tugger will now be rapping his parts.

Tugger has always been the musical’s edgiest character—Webber admits that Mick Jagger was an influence on his development—so giving him a hip-hop makeover makes some sense. According to the composer, Cats‘s source material—T.S. Eliot’s poetry collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats—actually inspired the change: “I’ve come to the conclusion,” Webber told the AP, “that … maybe Eliot was the inventor of rap.” That may come as a surprise to the Last Poets, Blowfly, or any of the dozens of other artists and musicians who’ve previously been credited with the form’s conception.

Webber and the show’s producers haven’t let out any more information about Rum Tum Tugger’s reboot—but we do have an exclusive peek at his new, hip-hop-friendly look: READ FULL STORY

'Newsies' to close on Broadway; national tour kicks off in October

The show that was originally intended for a 101-performance run on Broadway is finally drawing the curtain…after reaching a whopping 1,005 performances.

Disney’s Newsies will seize its last day on Broadway on August 24 at the Nederlander Theatre. The show opened on March 29, 2012 after a try-out at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse, and it went on to earn eight Tony Award nominations at the 2012 ceremony, winning two—Jack Feldman and Alan Menken for Best Original Score, and Christopher Gattelli for Best Choreography.

Since Newsies’ Broadway debut, the show has earned over $100 million, seated over 1 million patrons, and become the second longest-running tenant of the Nederlander Theatre—behind the behemoth musical Rent, of course—in the theatre’s 93-year history.

But there’s good news for pape-slinging fans. Newsies will launch a North American tour in October 2014, aiming to hit 25 cities over 43 weeks.

“From our first performance, we have been humbled by the spontaneous and genuine outpouring of affection from fans and the theatre community alike,” said Disney Theatrical Productions head Thomas Schumacher in a release. “Alan and Jack’s tuneful, rousing score, Harvey’s timely book, Chris’s muscular choreography and Jeff’s cinematic staging merged seamlessly to become a glorious work in the proudly classic Broadway tradition. When our tour launches in October, I’m thrilled that audiences across North America will be able to experience the adrenaline rush that is Newsies.”

'Honeymoon in Vegas,' starring Tony Danza, is finally headed to Broadway

It’s the worst-kept secret of the season: Honeymoon in Vegas, the new musical adaptation of the 1992 movie starring Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker, will finally open on Broadway this fall. Tony Danza will star as Tommy Korman, a Vegas gambler who meets and falls in love with a woman (Brynn O’Malley) who has landed in Sin City to tie the knot with her marriage-phobic boyfriend Jack (Rob McClure).

The long-rumored Broadway production will play the Brooks Atkinson Theatre beginning November 18, with opening night slated for January 15, 2015 (one of the longest preview periods in recent memory). With a score by Jason Robert Brown—this year’s Tony Award winner for The Bridges of Madison County—and a book by Andrew Bergman (Blazing Saddles), the show is directed by Gary Griffin with choreography by Denis Jones.

The production played a try-out at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse last year, which EW praised as a “guffaw-out-loud production. Jason Robert Brown’s zippy score is a perfect complement to the daffiness of Andrew Bergman’s book with some of the wittiest lyrics in recent memory.”

Take a very 'Heathers' look inside the new cast album -- EXCLUSIVE

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By now, you must know that the classic ‘80s dark comedy Heathers is a full-blown Off Broadway musical. If you can’t get your croquet mallet in time to catch a performance in New York, you’re in luck — the show will be preserved for eternity via cast album.

Heathers‘ original Off Broadway cast recording Beyonced at midnight on June 10 — but for some, simply having the album won’t do. That’s why EW brings you three behind-the-scenes peeks from the recording of Heathers. READ FULL STORY

18 context-free quotes from the Tony Awards red carpet

What happens on the Tony Awards red carpet? Fans cheer, stars schmooze, and TV stars get closer to an EGOT.

This year, Radio City Music Hall was packed with an array of celebs who showed up to demonstrate their love for the theater. EW hit the red carpet to ask some of the ceremony attendees about their current show, the show that gave them their biggest theater education, their big stars, their little selves…really, just anything having to do with the stage. Below, enjoy 18 quotes we heard about the wonderful world of theater. READ FULL STORY

Head into the studio with Zach Braff recording 'Bullets Over Broadway' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Who’s sitting on top of the world? Zach Braff, who’s loving life while making his Broadway debut in the quick-tapping musical comedy Bullets Over Broadway.

Braff stars in the adaptation of the 1994 Woody Allen film as David Shayne, a playwright whose first big Broadway endeavor is underscored by gangsters, divas, talentless chorus girls, and a rising number of dead bodies. The score is based entirely on period standards from the early 20th century.

The cast of Bullets (which includes Tony nominee Nick Cordero, Betsy Wolfe, Marin Mazzie, and Masters of Sex’s Helene Yorke) hit the recording studio on April 14 at Manhattan’s MSR Studios to lay down the new album, available on June 10 from Masterworks Broadway.

Below, check out EW’s exclusive look behind the scenes at the recording session and find out from Braff himself why he’s rolling along, just rolling along. READ FULL STORY

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