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'Dancing With the Stars': Week 7 is liiiiiiive!

Finally, it’s time to live the vida loca, everybody!

In case you didn’t get that reference, Ricky Martin is joining the Dancing With the Stars judges panel for Latin Night! Tonight, each of the final seven couples will be heating up the floor with a Latin-themed partner number, in addition to the fan-favorite Team Dances.

You all know the drill: Talk about the show here while it’s on, and I’ll update this post with the results later tonight. Then afterward, head on over for my full recap.

Update: NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani were eliminated from the competition. Read my full recap here

'Evita' to close in January when Martin, Roger, and Cerveris leave

The Broadway revival of Evita — faced with trying to replace Ricky Martin,Elena Roger and Michael Cerveris — will instead close when the Big Three leave early next year.

Producers of the Tony Award-nominated revival of Tim Rice’s and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s landmark musical said Tuesday night they have decided against plans for an open-ended run after Martin, Roger and Cerveris leave after the Jan. 26 performance.

“Our extensive search for a new cast presented the significant challenges of not only replacing a high-caliber trio of stars but also synchronizing the schedules of potential replacements with that of the production,” producer Hal Luftig said in a statement. “Despite going down the road with a variety of artists, the planets have simply not aligned for us to engage the right talent at the right time.”


Ricky Martin auctions off pants, tweets photo to prove it

Ricky Martin is still “livin’ la vida loca.”

The bangin’ singer-turned-Broadway star tweeted a pantsless picture of himself over the weekend (your treat for the day) after auctioning off his trousers to benefit the nonprofit AIDS fundraising organization Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. You know what that means, right? You can finally get into Ricky Martin’s pants!


Broadway box office report: Without Ricky Martin, do cry for 'Evita'

It seems that the hit Broadway revival of Evita needs more than just a little bit of star quality. In fact, it very much needs a star of the caliber of Ricky Martin — whose vacation last week had a huge impact on the musical’s box office. The show, which has grossed at least $1.1 million per week since its first preview performance in March, managed only $643,663 for the week ending July 8, according to figures from the Broadway League. That’s a drop of nearly 46 percent. Luckily, Martin’s holiday is a brief one (he’ll also be out Aug. 5 – 11), and he’s signed onto the Andrew Lloyd Webber tuner through January.

Over at Peter and the Starcatcher, which had seen a box office boost since picking up five Tony Awards last month, sales fell 24 percent to $520,608 in the first week since Tony winner Christian Borle left the show to shoot the second season of NBC’s Broadway-set drama Smash. Without the swash of Borle as over-the-top pirate Black Stache, audience interest seems to have buckled.

Overall, box office was down 2.5 percent from the previous week, to $22.4 million. Even without Evita, six shows managed to hold their standing in the Great White Way’s million-dollar club: The Lion King ($1.998 million), Wicked ($1.92 million), Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark ($1.7 million), The Book of Mormon ($1.6 million), Newsies ($1.03 million), and Once ($1 million).

‘Once,’ ‘Porgy and Bess’ both get big post-Tony box office bumps
‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ gets box office bump even before Tony wins
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Tony Award nominations react: Big surprises, shocking snubs

Please cry for Ricky Martin and Elena Roger in the Broadway revival of Evita. The truth is, the Tony nominators didn’t love you. Those stars were two of the biggest snubs at this morning’s announcement of the 66th annual Tony Awards.

One of the biggest shockers? It seems that Angela Lansbury will have to wait for her chance to win a record-breaking sixth Tony Award. Despite critical acclaim for her role as a Southern political doyenne in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Lansbury was passed over for Featured Actress in a Play. The surprise nominee in that category — which looks to be a showdown between Death of a Salesman‘s Linda Emond and Other Desert Cities’ Judith Light — is Condola Rashad (daughter of Tony-winning Cosby mom Phylicia) for the short-lived Stick Fly.

While the new musical Once led with a total of 11 nominations, some of the season’s starriest productions fell short. Among the shows completely shut out: the revival of Godspell led by Weeds star Hunter Parrish (and now Corbin Bleu), the Alan Rickman-topped comedy Seminar, and The Mountaintop, last fall’s high-profile drama starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett. And this spring’s A Streetcar Named Desire starring Blair Underwood and Nicole Ari Parker earned only a nod for costumes. (Master Class, a show that closed last September, earned the final nomination for Best Revival of a Play.)

The hit London import One Man, Two Guvnors, which had tried (unsuccessfully) to be considered in the revival category since the show is loosely based on a commedia dell’arte classic, failed to make the cut for Best Play. Following one of the strongest seasons in recent memory for new plays, the nominees are Clybourne Park, Other Desert Cities, Venus in Fur, and Peter and the Starcatcher, whose nine nominations might provide the show a much-needed box office boost.

Speaking of shows on the commercial bubble… There was mixed news for Leap of Faith, which last week earned a paltry $225,000 at the box office, 17 percent of its potential gross. The bad news: It picked up only one nomination. The good news: It was for Best Musical (joining Newsies, Once, and Nice Work If You Can Get It). Time will tell if that high-profile recognition will be enough to stave off an imminent closing notice.

There was a surprising amount of love for performances in shows that have gone dark. Frank Langella picked up a Best Actor in a Play nod for Man and Boy, beating out Alan Rickman in Seminar and Stacy Keach in Other Desert Cities. Follies‘ Ron Raines joined Danny Burstein as a nominee for lead actor in a musical despite competition from perennial Tony faves Raul Esparza (Leap of Faith) and Matthew Broderick (Nice Work If You Can Get It). And Laura Osnes, who first emerged five years ago on the NBC reality series Grease: You’re the One That I Want, snagged a surprise nomination as the female lead of the long-shuttered musical Bonnie & Clyde, beating out both Elena Roger and Bernadette Peters (Follies). Peters can at least console herself with the Isabelle Stevenson Award, a special Tony announced yesterday.

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