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The Creator Of Clueless Has Her Sights Set On Katy Perry For The Musical Adaptation Of The '90s Film! Will It Actually Happen?!

| Filed under: Music MinuteBroadway BabiesAlicia SilverstoneKaty Perry

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How fabulous!

On Thursday, it was revealed that Amy Heckerling, the director and writer of the '90s cult classic Clueless, has one special pop star in mind for the musical adaptation of the film.

We just have to say her choice makes total sense as this starlet is a total California Gurls! LOLz!

YUP. Katy Perry is being eyed for the sassy, Beverly Hills protagonist that made Alicia Silverstone a star.

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The creator explained:

"I love Katy Perry. But you never know what will happen, she has a whole big schedule."

Umm, that could definitely be a problem — especially since the 31-year-old is currently the highest paid singer in the biz. Still, Miz Perry has apparently expressed some innerested in the role in the past.

Can't you JUST imagine Katy saying "As if," and "Whatever??" We know we certainly do!

As we previously reported, Clueless the Musical is likely slated for a NYC debut in 2016. Nonetheless, Amy seems more than ready to speed up the entire process.

She noted:

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Casting Of White Actor As Martin Luther King Jr. Draws Legal Response From Playwright! See Her Verbal Smackdown Of The Director HERE!

| Filed under: Broadway BabiesWacky, Tacky & TrueEducationalControversy

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Theater director Michael Oatman decided to exercise an experimental casting choice for his Kent State University production of the stage play The Mountaintop!

But the Ohio college production has enraged playwright Katori Hall — because a white actor was cast to play the lead character of Martin Luther King Jr.!

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The writer of the award-winning play, which depicts MLK and a motel maid on the night before he is killed, called the Ohio production "a self-serving and disrespectful directing exercise," in an online essay.

She wrote:

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Perez Reviews: Allegiance

| Filed under: Broadway BabiesPerez Reviews

Allegiance is an important story to tell and a difficult one.

Inspired by his own life, the new Broadway musical stars Star Trek legend George Takei in a dramatization of the time during World War II where over 120,000 Japanese-Americans were sent to concentration camps.

Takei skillfully acts his part, although he isn't giving much material in the singing department.

Thankfully, though, Broadway and Disney legend Lea Salonga is utilized to the best of her abilities and delivers THAT VOICE, which is easily one of the top three of all time in musical theater.

Telly Leung does a fine job of playing the war hero, or is he the anti-hero of Allegiance? His character, more often than not, comes across as unlikeable. And that's a major problem for a protagonist of a show.

The music is good, if not the most memorable.

Act I felt long, but Act II flies by and really tugs at the heartstrings.

In addition to Salonga, we also were blown away by Katie Rose Clarke as the nurse with the heart of gold.

There is a lot of pain in Allegiance, but - thankfully - director Stafford Arima does a brilliant job of not making the show too dark and of finding the beauty in the bleak. The way he represents the bombing of Hiroshima is so inspired! His formations and choices are to be strongly lauded.

Fine job by all!


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Perez Reviews: On Your Feet

| Filed under: LatinoliciousBroadway BabiesGloria EstefanPerez Reviews

Perez is a diehard and lifelong Gloria Estefan fan! So the bar was set high for the new Broadway musical, On Your Feet, based on her life and that of her husband, Emilio.

This show not only met our expectations - it exceeded them!

On Your Feet will please the casual Gloria fan and also satisfy her most ardent admirers.

The show was masterfully crafted by Oscar-winning stage and screenwriter Alexander Dinelaris. His script weaves us between Miami and Cuba from the 70s, 60s, 80s and early 90s.

And the story that is told on the stage of the Marquis Theater could not be any more timely!

Yes, of course, the show touches on Gloria's nearly fatal bus accident. But that doesn't even happen until Act 2!

Instead, On Your Feet is a love story and an immigrant tale. It is inspiring and revealing!

There was a lot we did not know before, which shocked us! Notably: it was a surprise to learn that Gloria become estranged from her mother for two years at the height of her success, and that her sister "got in with the wrong crowd" around the same time too.

For a Cuban family to reveal those two things to the public - that's major!

And that's the kind of investment Gloria and Emilio made in this show! They are telling their story and telling its as authentically as possible!

Jerry Mitchell does a great job of adding great production value and making this show fit on Broadway.

And Ana Villafane was destined to play the role of Gloria! She is channeling her fellow Cubana up on that stage!!!

Gloria and Emilio did the orchestrations for Get On Your Feet and the music really shines in this show! It may surprise you how many ballads and midtempo songs are featured - we cried our eyes out - but the show ends with a bang, concert-style. Literally! There's a nearly 6 minute encore medley of uptempo hits to send you off on your way and raving to all your friends about how good On Your Feet is!

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Watch Josh Groban & Kelly Clarkson Perform A Hauntingly Beautiful Phantom Of The Opera Duet From An Upcoming PBS Special!

| Filed under: TV NewsKelly ClarksonMusic MinuteBroadway BabiesJosh Groban

We can't wait!

Josh Groban: Stages Live is set to air later this month, and we couldn't be more excited!

The PBS special will revolve around Groban's latest album, Stages, which was made up of Broadway covers.

One of our favorite tracks from the album was All I Ask of You, the duet he did with Kelly Clarkson from the Phantom of the Opera.

Related: Kelly & THIS X Factor UK Winner Share A Second Hand Heart On His New Song!

Luckily for us, Josh shared a preview of Stages Live, and it just so happened it was the EXACT song we wanted to hear!

Ch-ch-check out Groban and Clarkson get their duet on in the AH-Mazing video (above) as we wait for the special to air on November 28!

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