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Acclaimed Theater Actor And Former Cheers Star Roger Rees Dead At 71 Years Old

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Famous Longtime actor Roger Rees died Friday night at his home in New York. He was 71 years old.

The Welsh-born Rees, who won Tony Awards for his on-stage work, was best known to American audiences for playing English millionaire Robin Colcord on the long-running TV show Cheers.

[ Related: ​Friday The 13th Star Betsy Palmer Dead At 88 ]

Rees' co-stars made public statements about his death, including Chita Rivera, his co-star on The Visit, a Broadway play:

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Daniel Radcliffe Honored With Best Butt Title In The UK! You'll Never Believe Which Hollywood Hottie He Beat Out!

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Forget the wand — it's all about Daniel Radcliffe's buns.

The Harry Potter star beat some of the United Kingdom's hottest celebs for the this year's distinguished Rear of the Year Award. LOVES it!

But who exactly did the Broadway actor beat?

Well, none other than Mr. 50 Shades Of Grey himself — Jamie Dornan! Fierce!

[ Related: J.K. Rowling Makes Big Announcement About A New Project! ]

Never heard of the ROTYA?! Well it's essentially the Oscars of behinds.

For about four decades, the light-hearted award has recognized some of the entertainment industry's best butts. Specifically, Brits nominate and vote for the British celebrities with the top assets of the year.

Simply, Daniel has the Meryl Streep of bottoms.

Congrats to the What If performer's female counterpart Kym Marsh.

Regardless, we aren't shocked that the 25-year-old received the HIGHlarious prize as he's no stranger to stripping down for his craft.

Did anyone else see Equus?! LOLz!

Last year Daniel explained:

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Jonathan Groff Throws Some Serious Shade At Madonna!

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Jonathan Groff is not a Madonna fan.

When Madonna released her song Express Yourself all those years ago, we're not sure this is what she had in mind!

Jonathan Groff recently opened up to FourTwoNine about his missed connection with the superstar singer back April, when she was not invited backstage after seeing a production of Hamilton at the Public Theater in New York City.

[ Related: Patti LuPone Takes A Texter's Phone During A Show! ]

For those of you wondering why on Earth author-slash-composer Lin-Manuel Miranda denied the pop princess' request to meet the cast of the hip-hop musical, it might be because she wasn't watching the show as much as she was texting through it.

But the Broadway babe wasn't really broken up about not being able to talk to the music icon. In fact, Jonathan hopes the snub taught her a lesson about theater etiquette, saying:

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Fox's Grease: Live! Finally Finds Its Danny Zuko! See Who's Replacing John Travolta!

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TV casting… happens so fa-ast!

Actually, it's been over a year since Fox first announced their Grease: Live! musical, so it's taken quite a while to get the perfect Danny Zuko.

And the best choice was… Aaron Tveit!

[ Related: The Wiz Is NBC's Next Live Musical! But Who Will Star?? ]

The Graceland star will be taking over the role made famous by John Travolta opposite previously announced Julianne Hough as Sandy.

Playing Kenickie — and romancing Vanessa Hudgens ' Rizzo — will be Big Time Rush star

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That Audience Member Who Tried To Charge His Phone Onstage At Hand To God Was Caught On Film!

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OMG, did you hear about this audience member who actually climbed onto the stage at a Broadway show and PLUGGED IN HIS CELL PHONE to an outlet??

It's true! Late last week some guy actually held up Hand To God for about five minutes because his smartphone was out of juice!

[ Related: The O.C. Is Becoming A Musical! ]

We're not sure if the guy was just a complete self-absorbed idiot (we mean, those outlets onstage don't even work — they're part of a set!) or if he was heckling in his own way. Reports vary.

We will say, there was a cash bar there.

In case you don't believe us just based on the fact we said Hand To God, now there's video! See the proof that theatre is doomed (below)!

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Perez Reviews: 'Preludes'

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We LOVE Lincoln Center Theater's LCT3 program, promoting the works of emerging artists and encouraging diverse audiences to visit the theater with affordable $30 tickets.

Sunday night we caught Dave Molloy's Preludes. He is more than "emerging" - he's very established! But this new piece is very experimental in nature and fits in perfectly with the other work of LCT3.

If you're going in and expecting Molloy's Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, then you will be greatly disappointed.

While that show was based on War & Peace and was completely sung-through, Preludes is based on the life of the composer Rachmaninoff and it features A LOT of dialogue. Far more talking than singing.

While we've seen some of Molloy's more experimental work - quite enjoyably Black Wizard/Blue Wizard - this piece was lacking the passion of Natasha and the humor of Black Wizard/Blue Wizard.

Preludes is very cerebral. And a tad too experimental for our liking.

But, while we didn't like it, we found it enjoyable.

The actors did a great job and interspersed throughout the show - though not enough - were some really great songs.

We're glad we saw it and continue to look forward to what Dave Molloy does next!

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