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Tupac musical director Kenny Leon on the 10 year journey to 'Holler If Ya Hear Me'

Theater director Kenny Leon, who was just nominated for a Tony for Best Direction of a Play for his work on the revival of A Raisin in the Sun, knows that his next project is perhaps the most challenging of his career.

Then again, the subject whose songs inspired the new show was no stranger to struggle. Holler If Ya Hear Me, a new musical written by Todd Kreidler and directed by Leon, is inspired by the life and work of late hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur.

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Mika and Ariana Grande remix 'Wicked' song 'Popular'

“Popular” isn’t actually the most popular song from Broadway’s ten-years-running phenomenon Wicked (that honor belongs to “Defying Gravity”), but it’s certainly one of the most hummable ditties in the show.

And now British singer Mika, that lover of Grace Kelly and purveyor of rainbow lollipops, has teamed up with post-Nickelodeon pop star Ariana Grande to release a radio-ready remix of the song, which originally appeared on his third album The Origin of Love with a more eclectic arrangement (and a few more expletives) than the one embedded here.

Mika recently performed the track with original Wicked star Kristin Chenoweth in New York City, but Ariana Grande — unlike most TV starlets-turned-singers — actually has a pretty impressive set of pipes, too. Give the song a listen, and watch the Mad Hatter-esque clip below: READ FULL STORY

'Carrie' musical gets cast recording, behind-the-scenes video for 'In' - EXCLUSIVE

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Back in 1988, the musical adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie—with music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and a book by Lawrence D. Cohen—became the stuff of Broadway legend. After opening to acrid reviews, the show closed after only five performances, creating an $8 million hole that counts as one of the most expensive flops in the history of the Great White Way. With numbers that disastrous, an official cast recording was never in the cards.

Until now. After getting resurrected at a well-received 2009 reading of the show, Carrie got an Off-Broadway run at New York’s MCC Theatre, and it will get its official cast recording when Ghostlight Records drops the album on September 25.

Check out the exclusive premiere of the video for the show-opening number “In,” which features some behind-the-scenes footage of the cast working on the recording in the studio.  READ FULL STORY

Loretta Lynn wants Zooey Deschanel in her 'Coal Miner's Daughter' musical

Country Music Hall of Fame member Loretta Lynn is taking her life story to Broadway, and she has tapped film and TV actress Zooey Deschanel to play her on stage.

Lynn, 80, unveiled plans for a musical adaptation of Coal Miner’s Daughter during a Grand Ole Opry show at the Ryman Auditorium on Thursday night. Wearing one of her signature long sleeve, floor length dresses, the singer blew through four songs before bringing Deschanel onstage to sing the title tune.

The announcement mirrored the way Lynn invited actress Spacek on the Opry stage in 1979 to reveal that Spacek would play her in the upcoming film. Spacek later won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Lynn. READ FULL STORY

Watch Dee Snider's video for 'Mack the Knife' - EXCLUSIVE

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Dee Snider has worn plenty of hats (and wigs) over the course of his decades-long career. He fronted influential metal band Twisted Sister, hosted a number of radio shows, dabbled as a TV star, held Broadway stages, and even directed an underrated horror movie.

His latest project brings together a few of those disparate interests. Dee Does Broadway finds Snider using his unique voice to tackle some of Broadway’s most famous standards, like “Cabaret,” “Luck Be a Lady” (from Guys and Dolls), and “Razzle Dazzle” (from Chicago). There are also a handful of drop-ins from music theater legends like Patti LuPone and Bebe Neuwirth.

For a good idea of the sort of rock and theater hybrid Snider has built, check out the world premiere of the video for “Mack the Knife” (directed by his son Cody Blue Snider) below. READ FULL STORY

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