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Fresh Off Of Bruce Jenner's Reveal, Kendall Jenner Sees Transgender Musical Hedwig And The Angry Inch With Some Famous Friends!

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We love that she's trying to soak up some trans* culture!

Bruce Jenner has been the story of the year since he came out as transgender on Friday, and his daughter Kendall is showing her continued support through her taste in theater.

That's because the 19-year-old model was spotted at Hedwig and the Angry Inch in New York on Saturday… but she wasn't alone.

We're hearing that Kendall attended the transgendered-themed musical with her bestie Cara Delevingne and her girlfriend St. Vincent!

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Perez Reviews: The Visit

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Thursday night saw the opening of the last new show of the current Broadway season, Kander & Ebb's long-in-the-works The Visit.

The show was originally supposed to reach Broadway in 2001 as a starring vehicle for Angela Lansbury. Life happened. Lansbury dropped out. Chita Rivera stepped in. And 14 years later it finally debuts in New York!

The Visit reteams the iconic composing duo of Kander & Ebb with frequent collaborator Rivera and playwright Terrence McNally, both of whom worked on Kiss Of The Spider Woman with them.

Like many Kander & Ebb shows (Cabaret, Chicago), The Visit explores dark themes.

A rich old woman comes back to her hometown after being gone a lifetime to avenge her past!

That rich old woman is the rich in talent Rivera, who at 82 years old may be making her final appearance on Broadway. And it is quite the star turn for her!

We last saw her on the stage in The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, which was not a good vehicle for her. The Visit, after many revisions throughout the years and finally being (smartly) trimmed down to it's current state of performed without intermission, is custom-tailored for Rivera.

This is Chita at her best! There's even a little dancing!

This old broad's still got it!

The production is on the smaller scale of Broadway musicals, but it is beautifully done by director John Doyle.

The show is a lot like Chicago in that it lives in an alternate world. It's based on reality but the whole affair is rather surreal. We kept waiting for the end and a reveal that it was all a dream, which never happened.

In addition to Rivera, the real star of the show is the music.

Fred Ebb may no longer be with us but John Kander is - he was at the opening! - and these songs they have left behind are of the highest quality.

Oftentimes the later work of composers isn't as good as their younger output. Thankfully, The Visit is not that case! These songs are some of their best!

The cast is mostly great, though we wish they would have chosen a better vocalist as Rivera's main love interest.

And kudos to newcomer John Riddle, who has a bright future ahead of him - and not just because he was so pretty to look at. He was captivating!

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Perez Reviews: Something Rotten

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Casey Nicholaw knows how to build a production number!

And the new Broadway musical he just directed, Something Rotten, is filled with them!

In fact, on opening night the show got a standing ovation after a song in Act 1 and a second one even before the end of Act 2!

The story, on the surface, is about Shakespeare and some rival writers - but it's really about the creation of a musical and a love letter to the theater.

It's jam-packed with inside jokes and lots of razzle dazzle!

Huge sets. Huge cast. Lots of tap dancing!

Great performances from all involved.

Very good songs from the Kirkpatrick brothers, Karey and Wayne, making their Broadway debut.

A very funny book by Karey and John O'Farrell. Perhaps a bit too funny!

If there is one flaw with the show is that it's all fluff and not enough stuff. There is very little heart in the show, even though there are some attempts at a couple of love stories.

The emphasis here is clearly on the funny. And that's not a bad thing. Sometimes you just want to laugh!

It worked very well for Book Of Mormon - also directed by Nicholaw - and Something Rotten is very similar to that!

It aims to please and it succeeds!

Super well done!!

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Perez Reviews: Doctor Zhivago

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Doctor Zhivago has some of the best singing on Broadway!

BIG belting!

EXQUISITE vocal arrangements by music director/supervisor Ron Melrose!

GORGEOUS orchestrations by Danny Troob to really show it off!

And, unfortunately, THE WORST book of the new Broadway season.

This musical would have worked sooooo much better as an opera - without any dialogue. Or maybe with heavy narration and minimal dialogue.

Michael Weller had the merciless task of condensing the long book/film (both long) into a long and hard-to-follow musical. And as if that weren't daunting enough, he was also faced with not just editing down but also creating…. lots of cheese!

This love story is so melodramatic that it's hard to find any of it believable and even harder to not audibly laugh at some of this campy dialogue.

It's a shame because many of the songs - with music by Lucy Simon and lyrics by Michael Korie & Amy Powers - are quite beautiful and really good.

It doesn't help either that director Des McAnuff has loaded the show with so many guns going off continually. It's incredibly loud and distracting!

Kelly Barrett as Zhivago's love interest is a revelation in this role and absolutely spectacular! And Paul Alexander Nolan, whom we've seen in previous productions, delivers the best performance we've ever seen him give in Doctor Zhivago.

As for the title character, Tam Mutu would have been served far better if - like we said - this were an opera!

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Madonna's Rep DENIES The Singer Was Texting During A Performance Of Broadway's Hamilton! Who Do You Believe?!

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Madonna's rep is on the offense.

After it was reported that the singer was texting during a performance of Broadway's beloved Hamilton, Madge's rep released the following statement on the incident:

"It's not true. She was invited backstage four different times. She texted post show when they were doing their fundraising pitch. Madonna had already made a generous donation."

[ Related: Madonna's Tongue-y Liplock Didn't Disgust Drake! Here's The Real Reason He Cringed! ]

The music legend's denial contradicts the tweets of a few audience members who claimed they saw the 56-year-old chatting up a storm during the second act. Even a star of the show allegedly complained about Madonna's lack of phone etiquette.

Hmmm, this is one tricky story!! It's definitely a case of he said/she said.

So, do YOU believe Madonna?

[Image via Bauer Griffin Online.]

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EXCLUSIVE! Romeo + Juliet: Love Is A Battlefield Is Back With The Stars Of The Fosters, Glee, & High School Musical!

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If you're in El Lay this summer, we have the scoop on your hottest ticket for live entertainment!

Romeo + Juliet: Love Is A Battlefield, an 80s pop take on the classic Shakespearean tragedy, is getting some new blood!

The Fosters creator Bradley Bredeweg, who conceived the musical blending the Bard with the songs of Pat Benatar, gave us the EXCLUSIVE!

[ Related: Get The Scoop On The Fosters' Youngest Same Sex Kiss In TV History! ]

Fosters star Ashley Argota will play Juliet, while High School Musical's Corbin Bleu and Glee's Samuel Larsen will take turns as her Romeo!

Thanks to the show being sold out all through its Spring run, Battlefield will reopen May 9 and play Saturdays and Sundays all summer long!

You Better Run to get your tix to the Rockwell Live show that'll have you All Fired Up HERE!

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Perez Reviews: Living On Love

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If you're a fan of Renée Fleming, then you will love Living On Love, the new Broadway play about an aging opera singer starring the real life opera singer.

Fleming is making her Broadway debut with the comedy, which seems to have been created as a starring vehicle for her. Unfortunately, this is no Master Class.

Fleming's singing voice, which she gifts the audience in snippets throughout the play, is a force of nature. Unfortunately, this show fails to come anywhere near her brilliance as a vocalist.

And, since she's not given the best material to work with, Fleming does not shine the way she should!

She's funny and endearing, but playwright Joe DiPietro paints her character so broad and cartoonish that she's too over-the-top and the audience doesn't root for her. The same could be said of her husband in the show, the usually superb Douglass Sills, who in Living On Love is trying so hard! Too hard! He's overcompensating for a fine but far from great script.

There are moments of greatness - and truly funny insider jokes - but those are not enough to make this overly familiar and rather generic show feel as special as it needs to be!

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