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Here’s Where to See Cabaret in Los Angeles

  • Backstage
The word “cabaret” brings with it tons of evocations, many of which are false. All that cabaret means, really, is a combination of song and storytelling; an artist able to perform as their authentic self. And as an audience member, there is usually booze involved. What could be better than that? Los Angeles, of course, has dozens of cabaret venues throughout the city at which top-tier talent from around the world will drop in for performances. Here are some of the best. Catalina Jazz ClubWhere: HollywoodWhat: With a slogan like “Nothing but the best in jazz,” Catalina has a lot to live up to. Luckily for patrons and performers alike, it meets expectations. Countless jazz stalwarts have graced its stage including Joe Williams, Marcus Miller, and Dizzie Gillespie. However, Catalina has also welcomed performers from outside the strictly jazz realm as well, including talents from musical theater like James Snyder,
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This Is the Flawless Disney-'90s Mashup You've Been Waiting For—Stop What You're Doing and Watch It Now!

This Is the Flawless Disney-'90s Mashup You've Been Waiting For—Stop What You're Doing and Watch It Now!
Finally! Someone has made a mashup of iconic Disney songs and legendary '90s R&B hits. Finally. Even if you haven't been wishing for that (which we find odd), you still want to watch this amazing video. It comes from American Idol finalist Todrick Hall, who you may know from his past Disney videos like "Spell Block Tango," which featured Adam Lambert and Glee's Amber Riley or "Cinderfella," which was a brand new take on the story of Cinderella that also starred Lance Bass. Hall teamed up with Broadway star Shoshana Bean to weave together songs like Ginuwine's "Pony" with The Little Mermaid's "Part of Your World" and "Poor Unfortunate Souls." Our...
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Your Favorite Disney Duets Just Got the '90s R&B Treatment

  • BuzzSugar
Are you ready for an explosion of '90s nostalgia? Musicians Todrick Hall and Shoshana Bean covered classic songs from The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin - with an R&B spin. Their voices are magical together, and the songs are seamlessly blended together. We're even digging the '90s-updated clothes! Check out the video above to hear "A Whole New World," "Part of Your World," and "Tale as Old as Time," and if you want more, watch Hall in his Disney version of the "Cell Block Tango."
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Meme: Madonna Sets “Same Love” Grammy Performance, Streisand To Duet With Beyonce and Lady Gaga, Tom Hiddleston Shirtless and Sword Fighting

  • The Backlot
Lance Bass forgives Juan Pablo for the wrong reasons, Stephen Fry joins 24: Live Another Day, Nevada reconsiders their marriage equality arguments

In perhaps the worst kept secret for Sunday’s Grammy Awards, Us Weekly is reporting that Madonna is going to join Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, along with Mary Lambert for “Same Love” in a surprise performance. We’ve known the Material Girl was performing, and this has been the rumor for weeks, but it seems to be a reality now.

What food matches your personality? I’m Hot Buttered Roles, which is weird, because I’m really cutting back on carbs.

Facing some heat about their “gay propaganda” law, reports coming out of Russia say they may amend the language, which technically focused on the promotion of “non-traditional sexual relations” being promoted to minors, which was interpreted by the populace and the police as all things gay. The new
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Watch Disney's Villains Perform Their Version Of Chicago's Cell Block Tango

Ready to have your Halloween costume put to shame? American Idol finalist turned Youtube sensation Todrick Hall gathered together a star studded cast and crew that includes fellow Idol alums Pia Toscano and Adam Lambert, as well as Broadway star Shoshana Bean, Make it or Break It's Cassie Scerbo, Glee's Amber Riley, So You Think You Can Dance's Blake McGrath, and pop singer Kimberly Cole to reimagine "Cell Block Tango" from the hit Broadway show Chicago as performed by Disney villains. It's devilish, delicious and tipped by The Mary Sue. The original song was sung by six alleged murderesses on Death Row in Crookem County Jail awaiting trial. In the darkly funny tune, each one lays out why she was the real victim, not the wretched man she murdered. In the above clip, Hall blends Disney's iconic baddies with fan fiction and some on-point cosplay to weave
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Disney Villains do the 'Spell Block Tango'

  • NextMovie
The internet wins big again today because here we have a drop-everything-and-watch-this-right-now mashing of some of Disney's most (dis)favored villains and the "Cell Block Tango" from "Chicago." Yes, really. Happy Tuesday!

See, "American Idol" alum Todrick Hall apparently has a thing for animated classic fairy tales and gathered up a bevy of fellow TV and/or Broadway stars (namely, Adam Lambert, Shoshana Bean, Cassie Scerbo, Amber Riley, Blake McGrath, Kimberly Cole and Pia Toscano) to create this crossover between the familiar musical number about a jail full of murderers and the House of Mouse's very finest baddies just in time for Halloween.

Now we know who the real divas of Disney are.

First up is Cruella de Vil — which, if this is what the studio's new live-action movie on her'll be like, go ahead and count us in — who asked for spots not dots from her henchmen-turned-victims, Jasper and Horace.
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Stagelighter.com Offers Training, Ups Its Game

Finding yourself in the company of a seasoned professional in your field who is open to your insistent questions about how to succeed in your career is typically a rare opportunity. Thankfully, times are changing for the next generation of talented performers. Looking to close the gap between novice actors and industry professionals is Stagelighter, an interactive website tailored to theater performers seeking personalized advice from experts such as Shoshana Bean, Telly Leung, and Rebecca Luker, casting directors from notable companies, and more. The website has just launched out of its beta period, adding lower rates, 50 new coaches, and video feedback. In the years before the Internet, website co-founder Tadzio Smith wrote letters to Broadway stars and conservatory faculty members looking for advice from knowledgeable sources about finding success in the entertainment industry; he received little response. Stagelighter.com has become his solution to the problem he and many other
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22nd NAACP Theatre Awards Announces Complete List Of Honorees, Presenters, Performances

  • ShadowAndAct
James Pickens Jr., Nicole Ari Parker, Stephen Byrd, Alia Jones, and Willis Edwards will all be honored at the 22nd NAACP Theatre Awards, taking place on November 5th. Details in press release below: Hollywood, Calif., Oct. 4, 2012 -- The NAACP Beverly Hills/Hollywood Branch announced the complete list of honorees for the 22nd Annual NAACP Theatre Awards. The show will be held on Monday, November 5, 2012 at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood and will feature performances by Tichina Arnold (Everyone Hates Chris) and Shoshana Bean (Wicked). Celebrity presenters include Samuel L. Jackson (Avengers), Blair Underwood (L.A. Law), Kate Burton (Grey's Anatomy), Judy Reyes...
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"Smash" Star Phillip Spaeth Talks His Character Dennis and Gay Broadway

  • The Backlot
Although a part of the ensemble on Smash, adorable Phillip Spaeth is clearly a standout.

If you zoned out a little bit during last week’s episode of Smash, you weren’t alone. Going back to Iowa with Karen (Katharine McPhee) was enough to put anyone to sleep but, thankfully, I can tell you tonight’s episode will wake you up as the ambitious musical series is in pitch-perfect form and truly shows what it’s capable of.

Tonight’s “The Cost of Art“ episode gives us fun musical numbers, cute guys (check out the ensemble in the Marilyn musical and cuter-than-ever guest Nick Jonas), a date for Tom (Christian Borle), some juicy conflict and bitchiness between our key characters and, fingers crossed, let’s hope Debra Messing’s Julia stays so preoccupied with her ex (Will Chase) that we never hear about adoptions again.

One of the key ensemble
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Streamy Awards Deadline Looms, For Your Consideration Campaigns Buzzing

'For Your Consideration' campaigns are everywhere this time of year. It is Awards Season after all. And with the Streamy Awards on its second year, the web series world seems to have firmly marked their calendars. Web networks like Revision3 have put up a Streamys "For Your Consideration" page to make it easy for fans of their shows. Even Star-ving co-star Corin Nemec has activated his 'fan army' into helping his comedy series take home some hardware. Other series have turned to video to drum up support, and fan submissions, like Elevator Show's Fyi video for actor Ben Pace and Broadway's Shoshana Bean's musical Fyi video for indie comedy The Battery's Down. But it isn't all a popularity contest, as public submissions only account for part of the process. With the deadline for public submissions this Friday (1/15), it then turns over to the International Academy of Web Television's (Iawtv) hands,
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Quick Clicks: ‘The Battery’s’ Streamy, ‘Greg & Donny’, #Streamathon, ‘Alma’

For Your Consideration - The Battery's Down, the musical theater loving web series from New York-based creator Jake Wilson put out today what appears to be the first ever musical For Your Consideration video for The Streamy Awards (above). The riff on "All I Want For Christmas" stars former Wicked star Shoshana Bean and doubles as the show's holiday release. Wilson and co. have officially raised the bar for Fyi campaigns this year. [YouTube] TheStream.tv raised over $7300 in 24hrs for a charity—The Pablove Foundation—that helps kids with cancer this past weekend during their live on-air #streamathon. Now that's making good use of live web shows! [theStream.tv] Dinosaur Diorama made a holiday video of their own, a "special extra-funny" episode of their Greg & Donny series—"Gregeneezer and the Three Monsters" (below). Will Gregeneezer avoid the fate of his old partner, Jacob Donny? [Dinosaur Diorama] Rodrigo Blaas, a Pixar Studios animator, released his first ever independent short film,
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Mel B Prepares to Leave Las Vegas Show

  • PEOPLE.com
Melanie Brown's Las Vegas final showstoper has officially begun. The Spice Girl will end her four-month run as the Peep Diva in Las Vegas's Peepshow on June 21, the same day her counterpart Kelly Monaco, 33, is ending her four-month run. Holly Madison, 30, is set to replace Monaco. Meanwhile, Broadway performer Shoshana Bean is set to replace Brown, People has learned. "I've loved every moment of being a part of the Peepshow family," Brown said in a statement. "This has been an incredible experience." Brown, 34, who has lived in Las Vegas since the show began, will be moving back to Los Angeles.
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Exclusive pics from Broadway's "Defying Inequality" concert

  • The Backlot
No doubt inspired by the heartfelt pro-gay marriage remarks of Milk’s Sean Penn and Dustin Lance Black at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, members of the Broadway community gathered at the Gershwin Theatre on Monday, February 23 for Defying Inequality, a celebrity benefit concert for equal rights for the Glbt community.

The show began with a live performance of Marc Shaiman’s Prop. 8: The Musical, the video version of which has become an Internet phenomenon.

In addition to such Broadway stars as Nathan Lane, Harvey Fierstein, David Hyde Pierce, and Jane Fonda (who is soon to open in 33 Variations), the standing room only event featured impassioned speeches and appearances by Cyndi Lauper, Carson Kressley, Judy Gold, political pundit Keith Olbermann, Ugly Betty stars Michael Urie and Mark Indelicato, and a host of other notables, as well as performances by the casts of a dozen Broadway shows.

Proceeds from the benefit
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Joy Behar's 'Wicked' Turn!

  • The Insider
Comedienne Joy Behar is getting ready to take Broadway by storm, and she is telling "The Insider" all about the experience! "The View"'s outspoken co-host is making her Broadway debut as Madame Morrible in the Tony award-winning musical Wicked, and it's for one night only! 'Sex and the City' star Mario Cantone, singer Ashanti and other stars will also be joining Joy for a special Wicked benefit concert. The charity event called "The Yellow Brick Road Not Taken" is the 5th anniversary celebration for Broadway's smash hit. And it promises to be a night to be remembered! For the very special evening, celebrities and former cast members -- Shoshana Bean, Stephanie J. Block and Jennifer Laura Thompson -- are scheduled to perform songs from the show with the current cast -- Kerry Ellis and Kendra Kassebaum -- as well as never-before-seen material cut from the original Broadway production. The
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