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EXCLUSIVE! Corbin Bleu And The Cast Of Romeo & Juliet: Love Is A Battlefield Introduce Us To Their Shakespearean Rock Musical Fusion — Prepare For Chills!

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You're a heart breaker, dream maker, love taker, don't you mess around with me!

If William Shakespeare, Pat Benatar, and Tina Turner had a sexy singing baby it would be Romeo & Juliet: Love is a Battlefield.

Now starring former High School Musical heartthrob Corbin Bleu as Romeo and The Fosters' Ashley Argota as Juliet — this dynamic rock musical fuses classic literature with EPIC love anthems from Pat and Tina!

Written and directed by The Fosters creator, Bradley Bredeweg, Kelley Parker and produced by Kate Pazakis, Battlefield is a gritty take on the iconic Shakespeare we know and love.

Not only do the stars perform IN the audience, but unlike the status quo stage version, you want to root for Romeo and Juliet (SPOILER) to live!

Ch-ch-check out more on the show from Corbin, Ashley, and Jordan Rodrigues — who plays Paris — in the clip (above)!

Performances run all summer long at Rockwell Table and Stage, in Los Feliz, CA and you can purchase tickets HERE!

SO good!

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Perez Reviews: The King And I

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Lincoln Center Theater's new production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic The King And I is most likely the best that show has ever looked and sounded on Broadway!

Only the second time it's been revived, this staging was masterfully done by director Bartlett Sher in a grand and truly epic fashion, befitting the equally grand score and story.

This production most definitely has the largest orchestra of any Broadway production! They had a dedicated harp player!!!

What a thrilling and rich way to hear this iconic music!

Kelli O'Hara absolutely shines as Anna, a role perfectly suited for her voice and persona. She is stern and sweet, warm and light. This is a performance that will finally get her that Tony Award - after being nominated six times!

And, after seeing all the women in her category, she truly deserves it!

Ken Watanabe left us unimpressed as the King, but we like to think it's just the way that part is written. It's hard to be charming in that role.

Ashley Park was a real standout as Tumptim!

And major kudos to Michael Yeargan for his impressive sets!

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Darren Criss Is Leaving Hedwig And The Angry Inch & Will Be Replaced By The First Non-White Actor To Play The Role In NYC!

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That's right guys and gals, he's back!

For the first time in over a decade Taye Diggs will be returning to Broadway as the star in the Tony Award-winning hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch!

On July 19, the current star, Darren Criss, is set to exit the production at which point Diggs will take over headlining. He's officially signed on for a 12-week stint with the show, starring opposite Rebecca Naomi Jones and he'll start July 22, 2015!

[ Related: After Bruce Jenner's Reveal, Kendall Jenner Goes to See Hedwig And The Angry Inch! ]

The show revolves around a German emigrant, Hedwig, who is the victim of a botched sex-change operation, as she embarks on her journey to find love and stardom. The revival play — which originally opened as an off-Broadway production in 1998 — relaunched last year with Neil Patrick Harris as its star and ended up winning four Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical.

Since it launched, it's gone through quite a few actors playing the lead including:

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Jake Gyllenhaal Sounds Like A Taken Man! Actor And Broadway Co-Star Ruth Wilson Seen Locking Lips In NYC!

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New couple alert! We repeat, new couple alert!

As we reported, Jake Gyllenhaal and his Broadway co-star Ruth Wilson have been the subject of romance rumors ever since the two were reportedly seen in December smooching at a restaurant in NYC.

[ Related: Jake Gyllenhaal Is Shirtless And Jacked! ]

The 34-year-old actor and the 33-year-old actress both starred in the romantic play Constellations where critics instantly recognized their intense on-stage chemistry!

Well, it looks like art is imitating life and the two are apparently an item!

On Saturday, eyewitnesses saw the photogenic couple at the 10:20 a.m. class at Barry's Bootcamp in NYC getting their sweat on!

According to a source:

"After the class, Jake lingered by the lobby area while he waited for her to shower and change… Ruth and Jake left separately, but while he waited, he was chatting with the people she ended up leaving with. It's clear they have mutual friends. Jake was also very friendly to other people just coming out of the class. No diva behavior at all."

However, before they said au revoir, they just couldn't help but suck face!

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Sparks Are Reportedly Flying Between Bradley Cooper And Model Irina Shayk! Duo Seen Making Out At A Met Gala After-Party!

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We smell a new couple!

After the 2015 Met Gala on Monday, Rihanna threw a star-studded after-party at Richie Akiva's nightclub Up&Down in New York City where insiders totally saw Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk getting hot and heavy!

[ Related: Bradley Cooper Is An ‘Odd Bird'?! ]

Oh la la!

The photogenic twosome were reportedly chatting until early Tuesday morning were they made their way to the karaoke room downstairs and according to a source:

"They were making out… they were very close all night."

We guess whatever happens in the karaoke room might not always STAY in the karaoke room! LOLz!

The actor and the model are both single after getting out of high profile relationships!

The 40-year-old thespian recently broke up with fellow model Suki Waterhouse after dating for two years, and Miz Shayk had a fling with soccer stud Cristiano Ronaldo for five years.

However, this isn't the first time the rumored couple have been seen together.

They were spotted attending the Broadway show Finding Neverland together, and they were both at the White House Correspondents' Dinner last month!

We totally support Bradley and Irina's reported new thing! This couple is way too sexy!

[Image via WENN.]

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Quack, Quack, Closed! Duck Dynasty Musical To End Its Las Vegas Run Early!

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Guess the Robertson family's controversial ways finally caught up with their overall brand! Bwhaha!

The Duck Commander Musical, based on the outspoken brood from the A&E series Duck Dynasty, will end its run after less than two months of performances in Las Vegas at Rio Hotel and Casino.

The last official "quack" you'll hear from the stage comes May 17 — though tickets were originally on sale through June 30.

[ Related: Willie Robertson Reflects On His Dad's Anti-Gay Comments ]

Here's what a rep for the production had to say about the news:

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