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Perez Reviews: The Visit

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Thursday night saw the opening of the last new show of the current Broadway season, Kander & Ebb's long-in-the-works The Visit.

The show was originally supposed to reach Broadway in 2001 as a starring vehicle for Angela Lansbury. Life happened. Lansbury dropped out. Chita Rivera stepped in. And 14 years later it finally debuts in New York!

The Visit reteams the iconic composing duo of Kander & Ebb with frequent collaborator Rivera and playwright Terrence McNally, both of whom worked on Kiss Of The Spider Woman with them.

Like many Kander & Ebb shows (Cabaret, Chicago), The Visit explores dark themes.

A rich old woman comes back to her hometown after being gone a lifetime to avenge her past!

That rich old woman is the rich in talent Rivera, who at 82 years old may be making her final appearance on Broadway. And it is quite the star turn for her!

We last saw her on the stage in The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, which was not a good vehicle for her. The Visit, after many revisions throughout the years and finally being (smartly) trimmed down to it's current state of performed without intermission, is custom-tailored for Rivera.

This is Chita at her best! There's even a little dancing!

This old broad's still got it!

The production is on the smaller scale of Broadway musicals, but it is beautifully done by director John Doyle.

The show is a lot like Chicago in that it lives in an alternate world. It's based on reality but the whole affair is rather surreal. We kept waiting for the end and a reveal that it was all a dream, which never happened.

In addition to Rivera, the real star of the show is the music.

Fred Ebb may no longer be with us but John Kander is - he was at the opening! - and these songs they have left behind are of the highest quality.

Oftentimes the later work of composers isn't as good as their younger output. Thankfully, The Visit is not that case! These songs are some of their best!

The cast is mostly great, though we wish they would have chosen a better vocalist as Rivera's main love interest.

And kudos to newcomer John Riddle, who has a bright future ahead of him - and not just because he was so pretty to look at. He was captivating!

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Frank Ocean Changes His Legal Name To … Frank Ocean!

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Frank Ocean has put his birth name out to sea.

The rapper — born Christopher Edwin Breaux — finally got his name change approved by a judge on Thursday.

Chris Frank had made several requests before, but he had to clear up some legal issues.

Name changes are common in the music industry, especially among rappers and hip-hop artists.

For example, which fierce rapper/actor's real name is the much tamer Alvin Joiner? And this R&B crooner's moniker is so much sexier than his birth name: Elgin Lumpkin. Find out!

CLICK HERE to see the gallery "Rap, Hip-Hop and R&B Stars' Real Names Revealed!"

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CLICK HERE to see the gallery "Rap, Hip-Hop and R&B Stars' Real Names Revealed!"

CLICK HERE to see the gallery "Rap, Hip-Hop and R&B Stars' Real Names Revealed!"

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Has The Gorgeous Ciara Moved On From Future? The Singer Is Reportedly Dating Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson!

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It appears Ciara's heart is healed!

According to multiple sources, the singer has moved on from her baby daddy and ex, Future, with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

[ Related: Ciara Is Serving Up Some MAJOR Fierceness At Coachella! ]

Considering the momma of one-year-old Future J.R. and her ex broke-up in December amidst rumors of infidelity, we think it's great she has decided to move on!

An insider gushed about Ciara and Russell's relationship:

"It's still at the beginning stages and it's very fresh. She thinks he is a complete gentleman and has really enjoyed hanging out with him these past few weeks. It's constant laughter and fun with them."

Aw, the 29-year-old seems to have snagged herself a good one!

The source added:

"Things are a bit busy for both of them now, but they are willing to make time and see where this may go."

We hope these two make it in the long term — they seem like a good match!

So, how do YOU feel about the new couple?

[Image via Instagram/WENN.]

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Everybody Loves Raymond Actor Dies By Suicide At Age 19

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Our hearts go out to Sawyer Sweeten's family and the cast of Everybody Loves Raymond.

On Thursday, it was reported that 19-year-old Sawyer, who played the role of Geoffrey Barone on the hit show, shot himself while visiting his family in Texas.

[ Related: This Amazing Facebook Suicide Prevention Tool Is Rolling Out And Could Potentially Help So Many People ]

How heartbreaking. We can't imagine how the actor's twin brother, Sullivan Sweeten, must be feeling.

Sawyer's off and on-screen sister, Madylin Sweeten, released the following statement on Facebook:

"At this time I would like to encourage everyone to reach out to the ones you love. Let them have no doubt of what they mean to you."

So sad.

Check out a sweet photo of the three siblings from 2010 (below):

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Once again, we send our condolences to everyone who knew and loved Sawyer.

For those who are or who know someone who is struggling with suicidal thoughts, call this number:
1 (800) 273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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Zach Braff Trades Booze For The Gym & The Results Are AMAZING! Check Out The Actor's Hot Abs HERE!

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Our hats go off to Zach Braff!

On April 22, Zach shared a ridiculously sexy snap of his latest body modification…a HOT set of abs!

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No, seriously, Braff's transformation is beyond amazing as well as totally unexpected!

Hmm, we wonder if the actor's new look is in preparation for a movie role or if he was inspired to get fit purely for personal reasons!

Check out the tantalizing reveal (below)!

Less booze, more gym.A photo posted by Zach Braff (@zachbraff) on Apr 22, 2015 at 12:26pm PDT

So. Seductive.

Congrats on clearly working hard, Zach! You look GREAT!

So, what do YOU think of Braff's new abs?!

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Nick Gordon's Brother Claims Rampant Drug Use Went On In Bobbi Kristina's Home — Listen To Jack Walker's Disturbing Allegations HERE

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Nick Gordon's brother has A LOT to say.

According to Nick's bro, Jack Walker, there was a lot of drug use in Bobbi Kristina's home prior to her January drowning incident.

[ Related: Cissy Houston Says Bobbi's Brain Damage Is 'Irreversible' ]

Gordon's brother even went as far to allege that prior to Nick moving in, Whitney Houston not only allowed drug use in the home but at times even participated in the illegal activity.

Walker revealed:

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