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NBC Wants To Do A Live Musical Version Of Broadway Hit Hamilton — But We'll Have To Wait HOW LONG To See It??

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With critical acclaim and unprecedented box office sales, Hamilton was the biggest broadway sensation of 2015!

And since the latest trend in network TV is broadcasting live performances of hit musicals, it seems like Lin-Manuel Miranda's smash hit would be the perfect choice to being put onto the small screen!

Interestingly enough, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt is an investor in the biographical musical about the founding father.

Related: Freaky Friday Musical Sets Its World Premiere Date!

While he said he would "love" to film Hamilton at the network, the executive admitted we'll have to wait awhile until it gets to that point!

Speaking at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, he explained:

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The Freaky Friday Musical Sets Its World Premiere Date — Looks Like Disney Has Done It Again!

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How exciting!

On Wednesday, it was reported that Disney is partnering up with Washington D.C.'s Signature Theatre for a musical version of Freaky Friday. This everything we didn't know we needed!

In case you forgot the plot, F.F. tells the story of a mother and teenage daughter who switch bodies. Classic!

Related: Joe Jonas Joins The Cast Of Grease: Live!

The most recent version of the famed story is the 2003 film starring Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis. The world premiere of the musical will be a collaboration project between the Arlington company and the Tony Award winning team, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey.

In fact, this duo are the creative minds behind the Broadway hit Next To Normal. Fierce!

The musical adaptation of the wildly popular film is set to run from

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Perez Reviews: Fiddler On The Roof

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Fiddler On The Roof has played Broadway many times and regionally even more since debuting in the '60s, but Tuesday night was our first experience with the show. Of course we knew the famous songs, but we'd never seen it on stage or watched the film.

It was a thrilling and complicated experience.

We were a bit caught off guard with how funny the show is, yet how also sad it is as well.

This production, thankfully, played went for a more serious approach with the casting. The last Broadway revival starred Harvey Fierstein and Rosie O'Donnell.

We can't really imagine either of them in these roles, but…

Danny Burstein is electric as Tevye!

The whole cast is great and this production features some of the best dancing on Broadway! Phenomenal choreography by Hofesh Shechter. And exquisite singing and harmonizing, especially by the daughters!

The theater looked sold out when we saw it, and we expect this Fiddler to have a very long and healthy run. Deservedly!

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Joe Jonas Joins The Cast Of Grease: Live! — Along With His Band DNCE! Find Out What They'll Be Playing!

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Joe Jonas is gonna get his Hand Jive on!

According to reports, the singer and his DNCE bandmates are joining the cast of Grease: Live!

The indie rock band, led by the former Jonas Brother, will be playing Johnny Casino and the Gamblers — the band that plays at Rydell High's school dance — in the Fox broadcast!

Related: Joe Is Swapping Spit With This Former ANTM Contestant!

In the 1978 film, the rock-n-roll group Sha Na Na portrayed the Gamblers and performed soundtrack hits like Born To Hand Jive and Blue Moon!

DNCE is the second band cast in the TV special. Just last week, Fox announced that Boyz II Men will be playing a trio of Teen Angels!

With an all star cast led by Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Hudgens, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Keke Palmer, we cannot wait to watch Grease: Live on January 31!

[Image via C.M. Wiggins/WENN.]

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The Next Live NBC Musical Is Hairspray!!!

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The Sound Of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz, and now… Hairspray!

Fresh off of Mary J. Blige & Co.'s production of The Wiz LIVE! back in December, it's now confirmed that NBC's live stage show for 2016 will be Hairspray!

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return as executive producers having worked on the previous three live events, and we're hoping they just continue to improve.

Related: Celebrities React To The Wiz LIVE

NBC head Robert Greenblatt announced the decision ahead of the TCA Press Tour on Wednesday, saying:

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Fans Left In Tears After First Performance Of David Bowie's Musical Since His Death — Find Out How Much Lazarus Tickets Are Going For Now!

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Through his art, David Bowie continues to live on.

A Tuesday night performance of the Thin White Duke's psychedelic musical Lazarus turned into a memorial for the late singer, who died at 69 after an 18-month long battle with cancer.

In the first performance since the music legend's death on Monday, the show left many audience members in tears at the New York Theatre Workshop in New York City's East Village.

No changes were made to the show to acknowledge Bowie's death; however, a video screen in the lobby showed a photo of the singer with the words: "In Memoriam, 1947-2016."

Video: David Slams MTV For Not Playing Black Artists In 1983 Interview!

The musical, which stars Dexter's Michael C Hall and HIMYM mother Cristin Milioti, has been a smash hit since previews started back in November.

Bowie wrote the musical with playwright Enda Walsh to serve as a sequel to the the 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth — which Bowie starred in — following a millionaire alien who has lost the will to live.

The rock icon's death has only made ticket sales spike — a single matinee seat on Tuesday reportedly sold for

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Ghostbusters Mayor & Broadway Vet David Margulies Passes Away At 78

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This is so sad.

According to a report in Broadway World, longtime stage and screen actor David Margulies passed away on Monday. He was 78 years old.

Related: David Bowie's Son Speaks Out On His Father's Passing

The report doesn't indicate a cause of death, or whether Margulies had been battling health issues, but the actor had been working recently.

According to IMDB,

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