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Perez Reviews: Dames At Sea

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Dames At Sea first premiered off-off-Broadway in 1966, eventually transferring off-Broadway.

The musical send-up of Busby Berkeley-style movie musicals of the '30s never played Broadway - until now. And we're not sure it should have made that leap!

This revival and director Randy Skinner makes the most of the source material, but we're not sure why it was done in the first place.

The plot is purposefully ridiculous and the book has not been updated at all, which it strongly needs.

The songs are serviceable but far from timeless or iconic.

And, with just a six person cast, Dames At Sea feels very small! Small cast. Small set. But, thankfully, playing the smallest theater on Broadway.

There is some great tap dancing in the show. AND, Lesli Margherita is sensational! She is a future sitcom superstar! Mark our words!

Overall, though, this was a pretty unremarkable show.

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NeNe Leakes Is Ditching Atlanta For Chicago — The Real Housewives Star Is Heading Back To Broadway!

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From the small screen to the Great White Way!

We were pretty sad when we heard that NeNe Leakes wasn't returning to Real Housewives of Atlanta, but her new gig may be ever better!

The Bravo star announced on Thursday that she would be making her return to Broadway in the hit musical Chicago.

Related: Kim Fields Is Coming To RHOA!

NeNe will be playing Matron "Mama" Morton in the Tony-winning stage show from November 23 to December 20, and you just know we're gonna be seeing her!

Will U be attending Nene's version of Chicago??

[Image via NeNe Leakes/Instagram.]

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Perez Reviews: Company XIV's Cinderella

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Company XIV's reimagining of Cinderella is one of the most thrilling theatrical experiences we have seen not just in 2015 but EVER!!!

Austin McCormick, who conceived, choreographed and directed the show, is a creative genius! A true innovator! So inventive!!! And he's outdone himself with this production!

We LOVED Company XIV's Nutcracker Rouge, and Cinderella easily tops that!

Billing itself as a "baroque burlesque ballet", the show is all that and so much more!

We were gasping, gagging and smiling throughout! We were so invested, moved and present! It was a delight of the senses!!! SO MANY senses!

Austin and company poured their heart and soul into this production! And their money! It looks so lavish and lush!

We also were continually surprised throughout this show! This was the first time we had seen McCormick use a three act structure, with "entre acts" in between - and it was such a win! And there were so many unexpected moments that kept happening!

She can do this and that? He can do that too? We didn't see that coming!

The dancing is more than just inspired! It is so fresh!!! Alive!!! Fun! Sexy! Emotional! BRILLIANT!!!

It helps that every single dancer and all the singers are insanely talented!

We could watch Jakob Karr do anything! His technique is on point and his delivery is superb! Plus, he's gorgeous to look at and practically naked the entire show!

And, it made us so happy to see that the phenomenally talented dancer/singer Katrina Cunningham - as the fairy godmother - was used so much more in this production. She was elevated to the superstar status she deserves!

The show is called Cinderella, but it's really all about her!

And Devon Rainey gave us cunty realness, Paris-Is-Burning fierceness as the wicked stepmother!!!!


We can't recommend this show enough!!!!

[Image via Mark Shelby Perry.]

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Lions & Scarecrows & Ne-Yo — Oh My! Get Your First Look At The Wiz Live! With A Cast Photo And Video HERE!

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They're officially off to see the wizard!

We're still two months away from getting swept back to Oz for The Wiz Live!, but by the looks of things, we think it's going to be well worth the wait.

NBC released the first cast portrait for the musical on Tuesday, and we're really feeling the modern costumes!

Photos: Relive The Best Moments From Peter Pan Live!

From Shanice Williams' adorable Dorothy and David Alan Grier's confident Cowardly Lion to Ne-Yo's suave Tin Man and Elijah Kelley's rather creepy Scarecrow, they sure do look like they're having a blast!

Unfortunately, we still haven't gotten a sneak peek of Uzo Aduba, Amber Riley, Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, Common, or the rest of the cast, but we have a feeling their costumes will be just as AH-Mazing.

Ch-ch-check out a sneak peek of The Wiz Live! before it airs Thursday, Dec. 3 at 8/7c on NBC (below)!!!

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Why Didn't Rumer Willis Make The Cut On Gossip Girl? Because She Was TERRIBLE! Rumer Dishes On Her 'Awful' Audition!

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It's hard to imagine anyone else but Blake Lively as the lead in Gossip Girl!

As we previously reported, the blonde beauty and her co-star Leighton Meester almost lost the career changing roles to network favorites Rumer Willis and Ashley Olsen during the casting stages.

However, Miz Willis has since revealed that she knows EXACTLY why she didn't get the part — because she bombed her audition.

Related: Blake Lively Announces She's Closing Down Her Lifestyle Site Preserve

The Dancing With The Stars champ shared:

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James Corden & Nathan Lane Turn Se7en & The Exorcist Into Bloody Broadway Musicals — Watch HERE!

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This sure ain't Broadway!

James Corden LOVES him some Broadway musicals, which is exactly why he teamed up with Nathan Lane and Rachel Bloom to give us some of his own — well almost his own.

The late night host borrowed ideas from some popular movies like The Terminator, The Exorcist, and Se7en, to give us a little taste of what each one would be like as a musical!

Video: Corden & Stevie Wonder Give More Carpool Karaoke With HIGHlarious Outtakes

Let's be real, who doesn't want to hear a song about "what's in the box?!" LOLz!

Ch-ch-check out the HIGHlarious sketch (below) and let us know what other movies you think would make great inappropriate musicals!

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