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Take That, Donald Trump! Rosie O'Donnell & More Are Holding A Benefit Concert At The Same Time As The Inauguration!

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This is as amazing as it is hilarious!

On Friday, it was revealed a bunch of celebrities and entertainers will be holding a benefit concert in New York two weeks from now… at the EXACT SAME TIME as Donald Trump's dreaded January 20 inauguration!!

According to the press release, Concert For America will be highlighting the "diversity and hope that is America at its best."

Related: Joe Biden Tells Donald Trump To Grow Up!

We can't think of a better message, especially considering we all know how much Drumpf loves diversity!

The Broadway-led benefit's full message of inspiration reads:

"By bringing together this spectacular group of artists to celebrate the diversity and hope that makes America its best, we hope this concert will lift spirits and remind people across the country that we are stronger united and our voices will be heard over the next four years."

Sounds amazing! We especially like how the bash will be streamed LIVE on Facebook for those who can't be there in person!

As for the event's attendees, celebs like Rosie O'Donnell,

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Carrie Fisher Was Planning A Followup To Her One Woman Show Wishful Drinking — Get The Tragic Details

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We still can't believe she's gone!

The immensely talented Carrie Fisher passed away on Tuesday following her heart attack last week, and apparently she had a lot she still wanted to do!

Related: Carrie Fans Create Their OWN Star On The Walk Of Fame To Honor The Late Actress!

While the 60-year-old already wrapped filming on Star Wars: Episode VIII, one project that we won't get to see is her followup to her autobiographical one woman show Wishful Drinking.

Following the star's passing, Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Fisher was planning

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Perez Reviews: Amélie

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Like Audrey Tautou's hair in the film, the new Amélie musical playing Los Angeles's Ahmanson theater and heading to Broadway in the spring, is cute.

Charming goes a long way but without more it's not enough to ignite passion or excitement in theatergoers.

The show's music, written by Daniel Messé is serviceable but lacks grandness. A lot of that probably had to do with the rather pedestrian musical direction from Kimberly Grigbsy. Better orchestrations could have lifted the songs a lot!

More lift is definitely needed throughout the show - and not just sonically. The "big opening number" isn't very big. And if you're going for intimate, Broadway's not the best place for that!

Adam Chanler-Berat is a great actor and singer, but he did not fit the part of the male love interest. He's a Mark in a Rent - a role he's we've seen him do - and he was playing too much against type here, to the detriment of the show.

THANKFULLY, Amélie is worth seeing if for no other reason than Phillipa Soo. We first encountered her in 2013 when we saw her off-Broadway in The Great Comet. In this review, we called her "stunning". A little show called Hamilton happened since then and she is now a bonafide leading lady of the great white way.

Her skills are powerful and plentiful!

A big, brilliant voice and that indescribable "it factor". She radiates every moment she's on stage! And, our favorite parts of the show were when Soo was just by herself singing.

Amélie won't be the cultural sensation that Hamilton was, but fans of Phillipa will leave the theater very pleased with her performance.

P.S. The show feels too long to be performed without an intermission. Hopefully they fix that by the time they arrive in New York!

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All The Presents Every Broadway Fan Needs This Holiday Season!

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We know how impossible it is to get tickets to Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway hit Hamilton!

So in case you can't snag tickets to the Tony Award winning musical, we've compiled the perfect gift guide that will make any theatre nerd in your life happy. You're welcome!

Now we can't promise it'll be as life changing as seeing Hamilton live would be, but it might come pretty close. LOLz!

Nonetheless, be sure to ch-ch-check out all of the Broadway themed goodies for yourself (below)!

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Ariana Grande Is 'Crying So Much' Now That Hairspray Live! Is Over! See Her Moving Message To The Cast & Crew!

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It's no secret how much Ariana Grande has loved being a part of Hairspray Live!

Leading up to Wednesday night's AH-mazing televised adaptation, the pop princess has been flooding her Instagram and Snapchat with photos and videos from the set and behind-the-scenes.

Related: Celebs React To Hairspray Live!

Well, the show has come and gone, and the pop princess is incredibly emotional now that the experience is over.

On Thursday, the pint-sized starlet took to IG to express just how much she'll miss working alongside the super talented cast and crew.

In one snap, she showed herself all dolled up and in character, watching the TV magic unfold on a monitor. In the caption, the singer couldn't stop praising her time with the production, writing:

"I don't know where to start. crying so much today. my heart is with hairspray. my heart is in Baltimore with penny lou pingleton and seaweed and tracy and Mr. & Mrs. Turnblad the motormouth kids and the nicest kids. such a bittersweet feeling."

She continued to gush about the awesome opportunity, adding:

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Jennifer Lopez Says 'Bye Bye' To Hairspray Live! With The First Teaser For Bye Bye Birdie Live!

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You can't stop the beat… but J.Lo sure can!

We can't believe it's already come and gone, but Hairspray Live! is officially just a ghost of Christmas traditions past at this point after having aired Wednesday night.

Luckily, NBC knows how to milk a cash cow — which is why they're ALREADY teasing next December's musical, Bye Bye Birdie Live!

Related: Celebs React To Hairspray Live!

Following an all-star cast of Ariana Grande, Harvey Weinstein, Jennifer Hudson, Dove Cameron, Garrett Clayton, Kristin Chenoweth, Ephraim Sykes, and Derek Hough would be tricky for any A-Lister to do… but if anyone can do it, it's Jennifer Lopez!

In fact, the Peacock Network has so much faith in the Shades of Blue actress' star power, that she's pretty much the only promotional material they're planning on using this time around.

Don't believe us?? Just look at Jen's commercial they aired during Hairspray Live! to see for yourself!

Ch-ch-check out the first teaser for Bye Bye Birdie Live! (below)!!!

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