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April 30, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
THE GREAT WHITE WAY is about to get a little more Philly. Producers of a musical version of "Rocky" have announced that they are bringing the story of the Italian Stallion to Broadway after a run in Hamburg, Germany, where it was called "Rocky: Das Musical. " They expect it to be at the Winter Garden theater by February. Produced by Sylvester Stallone and Stage Entertainment USA, "Rocky" was written by Thomas Meehan ("The Producers," "Hairspray"), with music by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens ("Ragtime")
NEWS
March 30, 2013 | By Jeremy Dillon, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Through all the set and scene changes, not once will the curtain fall during the North Penn High School production of Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida. To make that work will require sophisticated staging, a choreographed performance from a costumed stage crew, and 50 hours of rehearsal. In fact, this year's musical production at the Montgomery County school is so elaborate that it's costing about 20 percent more than those of recent years, said Andrea Roney, North Penn's theater director-producer.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Transformers star Shia LaBeouf was all psyched to make his Broadway stage debut in Orphans , Philadelphia playwright Lyle Kessler 's famed '83 play set in North Philly. It costars Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge . Well, he'll have to wait for another show: Shia has dropped out. Producers say it's due to "creative differences. " Sources tell People mag the actor clashed constantly with director Daniel Sullivan , while the New York Daily News suggests Shia also had problems with Baldwin.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
The Great White Way is still white. Although minimally less white. The Asian American Performers Action Coalition this week released its second annual look at ethnic representation on New York stages. The study found that minority actors overall saw a 2 percent increase from the previous season and now stand at 23 percent. The report found that African-American actors were cast in 16 percent of all roles, Hispanics in 3 percent and Asian-Americans in 3 percent. Caucasians filled 77 percent of all roles, far outweighing their respective population size in the metro and tristate areas.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2013 | By Mark Kennedy, Associated Press
NEW YORK - The folks who brought magic to the new Pippin in Massachusetts are coming south to Broadway. Producers on Monday said Matthew James Thomas would star this spring as Pippin; Patina Miller would be the Leading Player; Terrence Mann would be Charles; Charlotte d'Amboise would play Fastrada; Rachel Bay Jones would be Catherine, and Andrea Martin would play Berthe. All starred in the show that ended its run last month at the American Repertory Theater outside Boston.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2013
*  SMASH. 9 p.m. Tuesday, NBC10. LIKE A Broadway-bound show that opens out of town - or has a rocky time in previews - NBC's "Smash" returns for its second season Tuesday still a work in progress. But at least there is progress. Maybe no one ever envisioned that a show about the making of a Broadway musical would become a metaphor for the process itself, but with creator Theresa Rebeck having exited at the end of a first season that attracted nearly as many hate-watchers as it did fans, "Smash" is working to clean up the nonmusical parts of its act. Which is also what's happening on "Bombshell," the show's Marilyn Monroe musical.
NEWS
February 4, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's virtually impossible to watch Smash star Katharine McPhee on screen and not be smitten. The American Idol alumna has a way to go before she masters the intricacies of acting, but it was thrilling to see her sing and dance - and above all be sweet, heartbroken, and sweetly heartbroken - on the first season of NBC's disarming, surprisingly enjoyable, if sometimes mediocre, musical drama, which returns for its sophomore year Tuesday night...
NEWS
February 1, 2013
TO A CERTAIN segment of the population, Tom Wopat will forever be "Luke Duke," one of the lead characters on the 1980s TV series, "The Dukes of Hazzard," which focused on the comical misadventures of a couple of reformed redneck moonshiners. But Wopat's greatest triumphs have occurred about as far - philosophically and artistically - as you can get from formulaic weekly television. For decades, the 61-year-old actor-singer has been a Broadway mainstay, in a slew of hit musicals and dramas.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2013 | By Mark Kennedy, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Maggie Grace had a scary moment during a recent matinee of Picnic , which is in previews and opens Sunday on Broadway. William Inge's script calls for a struggle at the end of the play between Grace's character, the beautiful young Madge, and her onstage mother, played by Mare Winningham. As they grappled, Grace heard a crack. After the curtain call, she couldn't contain her worry; she put her arm around Winningham and was seen urgently whispering with her costar as the two disappeared into the wings.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
T AYLOR SWIFT is going in another Direction. Life & Style reports that she has split with Harry Styles . The puppy-love affair of the century lasted two months. "They are both really busy and never in one place for long," an unnamed source told Life & Style . "Harry's really upset about the split and is really sensitive about it. Loads of his friends told him to be careful and that it was never going to last, and he feels a little foolish now that it's fallen apart so quickly.
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