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Perez Reviews: An American In Paris

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Stunning, sensational, dazzling and epic! These are just a few of the adjectives that first come to mind when describing An American In Paris.

It took over 60 years for this show to make it to Broadway, and it was well worth the wait!

This grand story of love and art and is done justice and so lovely and artful!!!

This is now the best show we have seen this season - by far!

Based on the iconic Vincent Minnelli film starring Gene Kelly and with a score from the Gershwin brothers, An American In Paris features some of the most beloved songs of the 20th century - from I Got Rhythm to 'S Wonderful and They Can't Take That Away From Me.

An American In Paris is both classic and ultra modern. It feels like West Side Story, if it were created today.

EVERYTHING works in unison here. It is what musical theater in its most excellence should do! Everything furthers the plot along!

The songs! The dancing! The sets! The lighting! The costumes! It's all spectacular and all the vision of Christopher Wheeldon, who shockingly makes his directory with An American In Paris.

His choices are so bold and inspired! Assured! Nothing would indicate this is a first-time director!

Wheeldon's background is in ballet and he also serves as the show's choreographer. And WOW is there some dancing in this show!

No other Broadway musical has as much dancing as An American In ParisAn American In Paris! And all kinds of dance - from ballet to tap! It feels very Jerome Robbins, and that is a very high compliment!

The dance numbers are so exquisite!

The scenic design is so inventive!

We can't stop thinking about it all, and especially Robert Fairchild in the Gene Kelly role.

The entire cast is great, but Fairchild gives one of THE BEST performances we have ever seen in the theater!

Not only is he an exceptional dancer - he's a member of NYC Ballet - but he also has the vocal and acting chops to pull this all off so seemingly effortlessly.

He is working so hard on that stage but he makes it seem easy!

This is a Tony-winning performance and a timeless production that must be seen by everyone worldwide!

We are glowing from An American In Paris!

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Perez Reviews: Finding Neverland

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Finding Neverland fails to take flight - figuratively AND literally.

Harvey Weinstein made a bold and inspiring choice in hiring director Diane Paulus to helm his first Broadway musical as a lead producer.

Unfortunately, Paulus' own genius is to blame for Finding Neverland's lack of pixie dust.

Paulus - a multiple Tony Award winner - is known for her visionary productions. The recent and inspired revivals of Pippin, Porgy & Bess and Hair are all her genius creations.

Paulus has set the bar high. Exceptionally high! And in Finding Neverland she does not reach her usual level of brilliance, sadly.

This production is good but not great. We liked it but didn't LOVE the show.

For a musical about the creation of and featuring Peter Pan, one would expect flying and all sorts of theatrical razzle dazzle. Those moments of wonder and awe are few and fleeting, though.

This Finding Neverland feels confused. It wants to be Wicked but it can't. The central themes of this show - love and death - are pretty dark and Finding Neverland is definitely made for adults.

The scenic design, by Scott Pask, was fine but far from great. Same for the costumes, by Suttirat Anne Larlarb.

The songs, by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy, are hit and miss. Some, like Circus Of Your Mind, are outstanding. But most are just fine.

The best thing about Finding Neverland, however, is the casting. Both Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer shine in their roles. If only they had been given better everything to work with!

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EXCLUSIVE! Get A Sneak Peek Of Broadway's Finding Neverland And The Star-Studded Opening Night Guest List!

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We're thinking such happy thoughts, we're flying!

Finding Neverland opens on Broadway tonight, and we can't wait.

The musical is inspired by the 2004 Johnny Depp movie of the same name, with lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy.

Glee's Matthew Morrison will be playing J.M. Barrie, the man who created Peter Pan, and we already know he'll be AH-mazing!

[ Related: More From Finding Neverland! ]

And his costars include Mary Poppins' Laura Michelle Kelly and Kelsey Grammar! Not too shabby!

Ch-ch-check out an EXCLUSIVE clip of Matthew and Laura's duet What You Mean To Me (above)!

The stars are definitely going to be turning out for the premiere. We got our hands on the star-studded guest list, which includes:

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The Mean Girls Musical Is Closer Than Ever — Put Down Your Caltine Bars And Check Out The Fetch Deets HERE!

| Filed under: Broadway BabiesFilm FlickersTina Fey

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"Fetch" may never happen, but the Mean Girls musical still totally is!!

Way back in 2013 we reported that a musical version of the hit 2004 comedy was in the early stages of production from writer Tina Fey and her composer husband Jeff Richmond!

After no word on the production's status for a while, it's been announced that the Broadway adaptation of the film is still underway — and a first draft is expected to be finished as soon as this summer!

[ Related: Tina Fey's Husband Speaks Out On Celebrity Dermatologist Fredric Brandt's Reported Suicide ]

But after that, their journey will be even harder than Kevin G's rap career.

Richmond, who will be writing the music, says that they still have a long road ahead of them in converting script pages to musical numbers:

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Vanessa Hudgens Refuses To Sign High School Musical Memorabilia After One Of Her Broadway Performances!

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She's Breaking Free wants nothing to do with Gabriella Montez, y'all!

Vanessa Hudgens reportedly refused to sign High School Musical memorabilia in front of the Gigi stage door last night — even though it's the flick that jumpstarted her career.

Kenny Ortega, cover your ears! LOLz!

Around 11:10 p.m. spies said a huge swarm of Disney diehards waited outside of NYC's Neil Simon Theatre to get a pic and autograph from the petite brunette.

[ Related: Perez Reviews: Gigi on Broadway ]

However, she was allegedly overheard saying:

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Perez Reviews: 'It Shoulda Been You'

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We don't say this lightly, but…

It Shoulda Been You is not only the best new musical of the current Broadway season - it is the best theatrical experience we have had since Here Lies Love.

It Shoulda Been You is everything we wish A Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder was but isn't. And that won the Tony for Best New Musical last year!

This is a brand new musical that's not based on a movie or book or the songs of a famous artist.

We can't think of a single thing we disliked about the show! It did EVERYTHING right!

It Shoulda Been You feels a lot like an uproarious romantic comedy film (think My Best Friend's Wedding) set to songs, and that's partly due to the super effective choice of not having an intermission and to the show being written by a sitcom veteran and Broadway newcomer, Brian Hargrove, who's worked on such shows as Wanda At Large, Titus, Caroline In The City and more. He's also married to Frasier alum David Hyde Pierce, who makes his Broadway directorial debut skillfully helming this musical about a wedding with many twists and turns.

BUT, the great one-liners and humor would not land if it weren't delivered effectively and this great ensemble cast does a superb job of bringing the laughs! And it's a true ensemble with some mega talent! Everyone has their moment to shine!

And Lisa Howard, especially, gives a star-making performance as the sister who's not-so-lucky in love.

Wow! Wow! Wow! What a revelation she is!

The cast is rounded out by such talented actors! Tyne Daly, Harriet Harris, Sierra Boggess, David Burtka, Montego Glover, Chip Zien, Josh Grisetti, Adam Heller, and Nick Spangler all shine and are utilized to the best of their abilities!

We don't want to give away any of plot because there are so many surprises, which make the show so fun. But It Shoulda Been You isn't all fluff. Hargrove, who also wrote the lyrics in addition to the book, and composer Barbara Anselmi, have created some beautiful songs about love, acceptance, feeling "a little bit less than" and real meaningful themes! Plus there are just some hilarious songs as well!

We can't rave about it enough! It Shoulda Been You is a MUST see!!!!

What an unexpected delight!

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Jake Gyllenhaal To Star In Little Shop Of Horrors In New York City — But Which SNL Star Will Be Joining Him??

| Filed under: Jake GyllenhaalBroadway BabiesSaturday Night LiveNew York

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Suddenly Jake Gyllenhaal!

Jake Gyllenhaal's only 34 year old and he's already an Oscar nominated actor, so it seems as though he's changed his passions from the screen to the stage!

That's because after making his Broadway debut in Constellations opposite Ruth Wilson back in January, Jake is taking his talents back to New York to star in Little Shop of Horrors.

The cult favorite is being produced by Encores! Off-Center and will be the actor's first time starring in a musical, so we're really anxious to see how it plays out!

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