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SpongeBob Is Coming To Broadway — And Wait Until You See The List Of Stars Contributing To The Musical!

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Prepare yourselves, because Mr. Squarepants is coming to Broadway!

The SpongeBob Musical is in the works, and it'll open in June 2016 in Chicago before moving on to the Great White Way for the 2016-2017 season.

[ Related: Remember That Time A Theater Mixed Up The SpongeBob Movie With 50 Shades Of Grey?! ]

Directed by Tina Landau, The SpongeBob Musical will feature original songs by Aerosmith frontmen Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, and include other original songs from The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants, and T.I.

What the what?! T.I.??

Landau said of the musical:

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So Sad — The First African-American Actor To Play Jean Valjean In Les Misérables on Broadway Has Died Unexpectedly

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This is so sad.

Kyle Jean-Baptiste made history when he became the first African-American actor to play Jean Valjean of Les Misé​rables in a Broadway production, a run on which he had performed throughout the summer.

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Now, though, show spokesman Marc Thibodeau has confirmed Jean-Baptiste died Friday night after falling from a fire escape in New York City. He was just 21 years old.

In addition to making history with his role, Les Mis had been Jean-Baptiste's Broadway debut after graduating from college earlier this year.

Our thoughts are with his family, his fellow cast mates, and all those affected by his death.

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WTF!? This Audience Member Climbed On Stage During A Play Because They Had To Pee! Find Out What Happened Next HERE!

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Theater is fear. Theater is pain. Theater is… not for bathroom emergencies!

Actress Christine Sherrill was waiting backstage to make her entrance during a production of The Fix when the doors to the stage suddenly opened the wrong way!

That's because an audience member burst backstage because she was about to.. well, burst!

The woman had climbed onto the stage of the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA and went through a door on the set — right in the middle of a scene — because she needed to use the bathroom!

[ Related: Patti LuPone Takes Away An Audience Member's Phone Mid-Show! ]

The bathroom emergency happened during Tina McCoy and Cal Chandler's onstage duet Alleluia. The two performers were

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Cumberbitches, Please! Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Beg Fans Not To Record His Hamlet Performance!!

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To record, or not to record…

Benedict Cumberbatch just started his stage production of Hamlet last Wednesday and it's off to a good start — well mostly!

[ Related: Johnny Depp & Benedict Take A Walk On The Wild Side! ]

The 39-year-old actor had one problem with the way things are going so far: all the slings and arrows recording and leaks of his performance!

Cumberbatch was so bothered by all the recording that he's seen that he decided to address his fans directly outside of the London theater saying:

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Beyoncé & Uzo Aduba Could Be Joining Queen Latifah & Mary J. Blige On NBC's The Wiz!

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This is shaping up to be a pretty stellar cast!

Following Tuesday's announcement that Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige had been added to this Winter's The Wiz Live!, even more A-List stars are now rumored to be part of the musical event.

That's because we're hearing the Beyoncé herself has been offered the role of Glinda the Good Witch in the NBC adaptation!

While she has yet to accept, we can totally see Bey leading show show alongside Queen Latifah's Wizard and Mary J. Blige's Wicked Witch of the West.

[ Photos: The Best Moments From NBC's Peter Pan Live! ]

And as if that trio weren't enough to secure ratings, producers are reportedly also considering Uzo Aduba for a role!

Crazy Eyes has been on Broadway before starring in the revival of Godspell, so we're really hoping to see Orange is the New Black meet the Yellow Brick Road!

Which other celebs do U want to see star in The Wiz Live??

[Image via Ivan Nikolov/FayesVision/WENN.]

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Queen Latifah & Mary J. Blige Will Star In NBC's The Wiz Live!

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They're off to see the wizard!

NBC is at it again!

The network announced back in March that it was going to put on a live TV adaptation of the popular Broadway musical The Wiz, in the same vein as Peter Pan Live! and The Sound of Music Live!

Now, two of the leads have been revealed! Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige will star in the show!

[ Video: Watch Queen Latifah Sing The Blues In This Teaser For Bessie! ]

The U.N.I.T.Y. rapper will play the iconic role of the wizard, which is typically a male role and was played by Richard Pryor in the movie version.

But, the show's producers are super excited to switch things up with QL:

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Rumer Willis Is Making Her Broadway Debut In The Musical Chicago! But She's Not The Only Willis Heading To Broadway This Year!

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Looks like Rumer Willis will be dancing again — and also singing!

It's been reported that the Dancing With The Stars champion will make her Broadway debut this fall in the smash hit Chicago!

The 26-year-old will begin a limited eight-week performance at the Ambassador Theatre from August 18 through October 11.

The starlet will rotate playing the role of fatal housewife Roxie Hart in the murderously themed musical set in the 1920s!

[ Related: Rumer Willis To Quit Dancing On The DWTS Live Tour After A Foot Injury! ]

Rumer isn't the only member of the Willis family to head to broadway this year — Bruce Willis is also set to make his broadway debut in the stage adaptation of Stephen King's Misery!

Willis will play the role of novelist Paul Sheldon who becomes a prisoner of super fan Annie Wilkes, who will be played by Laurie Metcalf!

Misery will begin previews on October 22. We're so excited to see both Willis's take broadway by storm!

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