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Perez Reviews: Piece Of My Heart

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You may not know the name Bert Berns, but you definitely know his music!

The legendary songwriter is responsible for such iconic hits as Twist & Shout and Piece Of My Heart.

And, now, some of Berns' best songs form the heart of a new Off-Broadway musical about his life, Piece Of My Heart.

The show is satisfying but could benefit from some major changes, if it has aspirations of a Broadway run.

Berns was not only a gifted songwriter, but he was also the head of his own record label and a brilliant producer. Unfortunately, this show ONLY highlights the songs he wrote. But it would greatly benefit from the inclusion of some of these other hits he didn't write but was involved with, like Van Morrison's Brown Eyed Girl or Under The Boardwalk by The Drifters, both of which he produced.

As it is now, the show feels like it has too much filler and not enough killer. It just can't compete with the catalogue of mega hits that is Beautiful or Motown.

Or, if it will remain featuring only the songs Berns wrote, then Piece Of My Heart would benefit a lot from some major trimming. It could be a lot more effective as a one-act musical.

Also, the arrangements of the songs did not do them justice. Twist & Shout never twisted nor shouted!

And the book had too many sensationalized moments. Tone it down!

What makes Beautiful and Motown so effective is that they're simple stories with a lot of heart.

Sometimes less is more!

Thankfully, Piece Of My Heart features a great cast and with some work it can be a real contender!

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Keke Palmer Makes History On Broadway As The First African American Cinderella!

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Out with Carly Rae Jepsen and in with Keke Palmer!

This girl is makin' moves, y'all!

Not only did the former True Jackson, VP star become the youngest person to have their own talk show, she's about to become the first African American to be Cinderella on Broadway!

The producers of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella announced that Keke is set to make her debut as the well known princess on September 9th!

She's definitely super excited about her new gig!

Keke said in a statement:

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Perez Makes His NYC Cabaret Debut! Sings Some Rent, Chicago, Rock Of Ages And More! Watch HERE!!!

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This was such a dream come true!!!

We made our NYC cabaret debut this weekend at 54 Below performing with The Skivvies, and it was truly one of the most special things we've done all year!

Check it out above as Perez does some songs from Rent, Rock Of Ages, Chicago and Grease, as well as telling some funny stories - and find out how Rosie O'Donnell ties it all together!

We hope you enjoy it! We worked really hard on it!

And we hope we get to do more of this!!!

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See The VERY FIRST Pic Of Allison Williams As Peter Pan Right HERE!

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Allison Williams is more than prepared to play Peter Pan, and here's the proof!

This is all happening so fast we can barely keep up!

Earlier today, it was announced that Girls actress Allison Williams was picked to play Peter Pan in NBC's upcoming live production of the classic musical!

But if you're STILL not convinced she's the right choice, we have something that might change your mind!

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Girls Star Allison Williams Is NBC's Peter Pan! Never Grow Up, Marnie!

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Well THIS is an innneresting choice we totally didn't see coming!

Girls star Allison Williams has been chosen to play the high flying title character in NBC Peter Pan Live — and we're a bit torn up about the choice!

The lady who's known by most as Marnie Michaels is apparently a classically trained singer, so there's no doubt she'll sound great, right?!

NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt had nothing but wondrous things to say about Miz Williams taking on the iconic role:

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Kristin Chenoweth & Idina Menzel Have Both Teased New Christmas Albums! Which Will You Listen To First?

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Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel might both be dropping xmas albums this holiday season!

Christmas came early this year!

It looks like Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel might be the gifts that keep on giving by each dropping Christmas albums this winter.

Talk about a Wicked rivalry!

Kristin took to Twitter over the weekend to participate in a Q&A. When one fan suggested the singer release a follow-up to her 2008 holiday album, the Tony Award winner responded with an enthusiastic, "GONNA do IT!!"

On the other hand, Idina,

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