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‘Supergirl’ Star Melissa Benoist Is the New Carole King + More Theater News

On Broadway and beyond, a curtain can rise as quickly as it can fall; a star can be swapped as easily as Bernie Telsey can say, “That’s enough.” Theater is the beating heart of New York show business and, if you want to make it here, it’s crucial you’re up to date on incoming projects, latest castings, and other industry news. Don’t worry, Broadway baby, Backstage has your back. Every week, we’re rounding up the can’t-miss stories no thespian should live without, so you can focus on important matters like hitting your high F. Curtain up and light those lights! “Supergirl” will feel the earth move on Broadway.Melissa Benoist, best known for her titular portrayal in The CW’s “Supergirl,” will swap her cape for a piano and step into the role of Carole King in Broadway’s “Beautiful.” Benoist, who is also
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Andy Fickman, Jenna Dewan to Team on Romantic Comedy ‘Roomies’ (Exclusive)

Andy Fickman, Jenna Dewan to Team on Romantic Comedy ‘Roomies’ (Exclusive)
Andy Fickman will direct and produce the music-driven romantic comedy “Roomies” with Jenna Dewan via her company, Everheart Productions.

Fickman’s Oops Doughnuts’ Betsy Sullenger and Everheart senior VP Jean Song will also produce.

“Roomies” is based on the 2017 romance novel of the same name by Christina Lauren, about a woman who marries an illegal immigrant in order to keep him in the country and help him get his dream job of starring in a Broadway musical. The story follows the couple as their marriage of convenience evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers. Christina Lauren, the combined pen name of Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, will adapt their own novel.

Andy Fickman has directed and executive produced CBS’s “Kevin Can Wait” and Netflix’s stand up special “Never Don’t Give Up,” both starring Kevin James. He also helmed James in “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” Disney Channel’s “Liv & Maddie,
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Tony Awards spotlight: Lauren Ambrose (‘My Fair Lady’) makes Eliza Doolittle

Tony Awards spotlight: Lauren Ambrose (‘My Fair Lady’) makes Eliza Doolittle
Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady” is a dream role for any soprano. The part allows the actress to showcase broad comedy, don lavish gowns, and croon Lerner and Loewe classics like “I Could Have Danced All Night.” But the role is no a favorite of the Tonys: no actress has ever won for playing Eliza. Now, 62 years after the musical’s Broadway debut, Lauren Ambrose may reverse the curse at long last.

The original 1956 production of “My Fair Lady” starred Rex Harrison and newcomer Julie Andrews. The show was a hit and claimed six Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Lead Actor in a Musical. But in a shocking twist Andrews lost Lead Actress to Judy Holliday in “Bells Are Ringing.”

Award show misfortune followed the role to the big screen when Audrey Hepburn was snubbed by the Oscars for the 1964 film version. Andrews won the Best Actress Academy Award for “Mary Poppins.
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Christina Aguilera, Melissa McCarthy Team Up for 'Dirrty' Carpool Karaoke

Christina Aguilera, Melissa McCarthy Team Up for 'Dirrty' Carpool Karaoke
Christina Aguilera and James Corden met up in the carpool lane on Monday night, and the result was beautiful in every single way.

The pop icon headlined Corden’s Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special, dueting with the TV host on a medley of her hits, including “Fighter” and “Beautiful.”

During the eight-minute road trip, embedded above, Xtina also filled Corden in on some revealing Mickey Mouse Club gossip circa 1995 — had a crush on Britney Spears! — and gave him a quick vocal lesson.

But the highlight of the car ride came during Corden and Aguilera’s performance of “Dirrty,
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‘Summer: The Donna Summer Musical’ Theater Review: Hot Summer (Fun) In The City

Jukebox musicals like Jersey Boys and Beautiful are powerful Broadway attractions – and few artists have as infectious musical catalogues as the late disco queen Donna Summer. So it was only a matter of time before producers put two and two together. Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, which premiered Monday night at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theater, […]

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Christina Aguilera, Melissa McCarthy Join James Corden for 'Carpool Karaoke' Primetime Special

James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special made its return to television Monday night with special guests Christina Aguilera and Melissa McCarthy.

Making her debut on the Late Late Show host’s fan-favorite segment, Aguilera performed a slew of duets with Corden as the pair belted out some of the singer's biggest hits, including “Beautiful,” "Dirrty" and “Fighter.” Throughout the ride, Corden shared quips with Aguilera, asking her to teach him how to sing with her signature growl and reveal who she had a crush on during her Mickey Mouse Club Days.

“Even then, at your age, could you find yourself getting lost in...
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2018 Broadway spring season preview of musicals: Which will be remembered by the Tony Awards?

In the last four months of the 2017-18 Broadway season, six productions of musicals (four new, two revivals) will open. Could we be seeing any of them contend at this year’s Tony Awards? (Read our preview of the nine plays coming to Broadway this spring.)

Below, we recap the plot of each musical as well as the awards history of its author, cast and creative types and the opening and (where applicable) closing dates.

“Escape to Margaritaville” (previews begin February 16; opens March 15)

In this new jukebox musical consisting of Jimmy Buffett songs, Tully, a part-time bartender, part-time singer, and full-time charmer thinks he’s got life all figured out. Until a beautiful career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything.

With a book by Emmy winner Greg Garcia (“My Name is Earl”, 2006) and Emmy nominated actor Mike O’Malley (“Glee”, 2010), this production stars Drama Desk nominee Paul Alexander Nolan
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Jesse Williams Shows Off His Abs During Shirtless Soccer Game in Rio de Janeiro

Jesse Williams Shows Off His Abs During Shirtless Soccer Game in Rio de Janeiro
Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams showed off his own anatomy on Thursday during a shirtless game of soccer in Rio de Janeiro.

The actor, 36, and his friends are kicking off the early days of 2018 with a trip to Brazil. Williams (and his rippling abs) was spotted playing an impromptu match with local children in the Tavares Bastos neighborhood — where Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams filmed the video fro the 2002 hit, “Beautiful.”

While he may have stripped off his olive green shirt during the game, Williams did wear a tight-fitting pair of cuffed white jeans, black sneakers, and black Calvin Klein briefs.
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Minnie Driver And Joey Lauren Adams Become Firm Friends

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Minnie Driver And Joey Lauren Adams Become Firm Friends
Minnie Driver and Joey Lauren Adams have had the cast of their new movie in hysterics - because of the difference in their size. The two stars of Beautiful (2000) play best friends in their new film and have managed to turn their film roles into reality. Adams admits the funniest thing about her new pal is their differences in appearance - a comparison which makes people laugh out loud when they see them together. Speaking at the glitzy premiere of the movie in Los Angeles Monday night Adams explained, "We've become really good friends. I love Minnie so much. It was one of those really easy great shoots. The funniest thing was us next to each other because she's a very tall girl and I'm short and she had on like four inch heels and I was in my flats and we would just stand next to each other and laugh, everyone would, it was pretty funny." And she revealed Driver's recovering well from her appendicitis scare a few weeks ago, "She's good, she's doing really well. I've spoken to her on the phone, she's feeling much better."

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