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Benedict Cumberbatch Outsells Jay Z & Beyoncé With A Little Help From Shakespeare!

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Something is NOT rotten in the state of ticket sales for Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet!

According to the ticketing website Viagogo, the forthcoming 2015 production of Hamlet starring Benedict has become the fastest-selling ticket in London theater history.

In fact, in the hours prior to the release of tickets, the website logged that more than twice as many searches for Hamlet tickets than for Jay Z and Beyoncé's On The Run concert in ye ole London!

Sure, Beyoncé might be the Queen Bey, but Hamlet is the Prince of Denmark! For sooth!

Now, online tickets may be gone for Hamlet, but you won't have to suffer the slings and arrows of this outrageous fortune!

The Barbican theater is releasing 100 tickets per each performance, and apparently more info will be released about it in 2015. Huzzah!

Well, there seems to be some method to this madness! Congrats Benedict!

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The Genie From Broadway's Aladdin Paid Musical Tribute To Robin Williams & It May Just Break Your Heart

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robin williams death tribute broadway aladdin genie james monroe iglehartRobin Williams' untimely passing hit a lot of people hard, even those that never knew him.

And it turns out he had special significance to the man who followed in his footsteps.

James Monroe Iglehart, star of the fantastic Broadway version of Disney's Aladdin, paid tribute to the original Genie in song.

After Tuesday night's performance, James spoke to the audience about what Robin's work meant to him, then led the crowd in an a cappella version of Friend Like Me.

Such a fun and perfect homage! And so sad!! Get a tissue ready and watch …AFTER THE JUMP!!!

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Emma Stone In Talks To Make Her Broadway Debut In Cabaret!

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Looks like Emma Stone might be coming to the Great White Way!

According to a spokesperson for the show Cabaret that is having a run over at NYC's Roundabout Theater, Emma is in talks to portray Sally Bowles!

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Melanie Griffith Will Appear On Broadway In Pippin!!!

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This lady is embracing the next chapter of her life!

Melanie Griffith has been blessed with goods news involving her daughter Dakota Johnson lately, and sad news concerning her estranged hubby Antonio Banderas.

But this 57-year-old isn't letting her impending divorce get her down in the dumps - she's doing more than ever these days!

The iconic star will do so in part by heading over to Broadway to appear in the award winning revival of Pippin! And the MILF seems VERY excited about it!

Here's what she recently said

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The Broadway Cast Of The Lion King Surprises A Subway Full Of New Yorkers With An AMAZING Flash Mob Performance!

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Remember when the Australian cast of The Lion King pulled a surprise serenade mid-flight, singing to a crowded airplane?

Well, this is Broadway, baby! And they will NOT be outshined!

The NYC cast performed their own flashmob on a crowded subway car and luckily there were PLENTY of people there to film it!

Watch the amazing Broadway players bring a whole new meaning to the music by singing while riding a literal Circle Of Life…AFTER THE JUMP!!!

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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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