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Ask the Flying Monkey: How Adorable is Barrett Foa?

23 February 2011 9:58 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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Q: I think Barrett Foa is adorable! What can you tell me about him? I think he was a Broadway Boy and would love to know more about him. Is he single and gay? – Michael, New York

A: Oh, yes, Barrett Foa plays NCIS: Los Angeles’s tech operator Eric Beale, and the actor is definitely a child of the stage.

He was born and raised in Manhattan – yes, there are kids there. It was during his obligatory summers away at camp – Interlochen Arts Camp, in his case – that he discovered his love of the theater. His Broadway debut was in the original New York production of Mamma Mia, and he later took over for John Tartaglia in Avenue Q (he was also in Prop 8: The Musical »

- Brent Hartinger

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Does Katharine McPhee have the necessary chops for "Smash"?

15 February 2011 3:31 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Now that Fox’s Glee has broken the curse and proven that the musical genre can succeed on broadcast television, the race is on at other networks to find a Glee of their own. There are a few pilots getting that chance this development season: a pair of comedies and one drama — NBC’s promising Smash, which counts Steven Spielberg among its executive team.

Casting already is under way and Will & Grace’s Debra Messing has landed a prime role in the pilot, playing lyricist Julia in the project that follows the staging of a Broadway production — about the life of Marilyn Monroe — on all levels: writing, composing, casting, the business of Broadway as well as the personal lives of those involved.

According to Deadline, American Idol Season 5 runner-up Katharine McPhee has landed one of the most promising roles of the season — as Karen, a 23-year-old blonde who does everything »

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