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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

Tony Awards: See every musical performance

There’s plenty of Tony Awards coverage to go around—you can peruse through EW’s list of the best and worst moments, or re-live Sunday’s ceremony through our live blog—but, let’s be real. Everyone just wants to see the performances.

Worry no more. Here are all of this year’s musical performances from the 68th Tony Awards.

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'Hair' at the Hollywood Bowl: Kristen Bell, Amber Riley, Hunter Parrish lead cast

The Hollywood Bowl’s yearly A-list musical production has cobbled together another star-packed cast for this year’s mounting of Hair, directed and choreographed by Adam Shankman.

Kristen Bell (Frozen) will lead the cast as Sheila, alongside Hunter Parrish (Weeds) as Claude, Amber Riley (Glee) as Dionne, Jenna Ushkowitz (Glee) as Jeanie, and Beverly D’Angelo (who starred in the 1979 film version of Hair) as Mom. Shankman’s Instagram announcement also includes Broadway vet Benjamin Walker, recording artist Mario, and 2 Broke Girls star Beth Behrs among the cast. READ FULL STORY

Hear Zach Braff and the cast album of Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway' -- FIRST LISTEN

It’s not every day that a new Broadway musical pulls its score entirely from early-century period standards — but that’s exactly what Woody Allen opted to do for the stage adaptation of his 1994 crime comedy Bullets Over Broadway.

The show is currently enjoying an open run at Broadway’s St. James Theatre, where bullets are flying, gangsters are tapping, untalented actresses are being murdered, and alcoholic leading ladies are making passes at Zach Braff.

Bullets’ original Broadway cast recording will be released digitally on June 3 and in stores on June 10, but you can get in touch with your gun moll side with EW’s exclusive first listen of the album. The 22-song track list boasts recognizable tunes like “Let’s Misbehave,” “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do,” and the musical’s show-stopping, food-related anthem “The Hot Dog Song.”

Take a listen to the brand new cast album of Bullets Over Broadway below. READ FULL STORY

Firsts & Worsts: Andy Karl on meeting Stallone and the 'Rocky' fan who hates him

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Every actor has to start somewhere — and when it comes to theater performers, their roots are often similar, right down to the roles they cut their teeth on or the songs they first used at an audition.

Rocky star Andy Karl has roamed the Broadway musical boards for years, from playing the sexy UPS guy in Legally Blonde to Wicked‘s Fiyero and Jersey Boys‘ Tommy DeVito. It’s only natural, then, that Karl becomes the second star in Entertainment Weekly’s Firsts & Worsts series, which charts the early theater stories of some of your favorite stage actors. (Lady Day‘s Audra McDonald kicked things off last week.) READ FULL STORY

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