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Perez Reviews: Piece Of My Heart

You may not know the name Bert Berns, but you definitely know his music!

The legendary songwriter is responsible for such iconic hits as Twist & Shout and Piece Of My Heart.

And, now, some of Berns' best songs form the heart of a new Off-Broadway musical about his life, Piece Of My Heart.

The show is satisfying but could benefit from some major changes, if it has aspirations of a Broadway run.

Berns was not only a gifted songwriter, but he was also the head of his own record label and a brilliant producer. Unfortunately, this show ONLY highlights the songs he wrote. But it would greatly benefit from the inclusion of some of these other hits he didn't write but was involved with, like Van Morrison's Brown Eyed Girl or Under The Boardwalk by The Drifters, both of which he produced.

As it is now, the show feels like it has too much filler and not enough killer. It just can't compete with the catalogue of mega hits that is Beautiful or Motown.

Or, if it will remain featuring only the songs Berns wrote, then Piece Of My Heart would benefit a lot from some major trimming. It could be a lot more effective as a one-act musical.

Also, the arrangements of the songs did not do them justice. Twist & Shout never twisted nor shouted!

And the book had too many sensationalized moments. Tone it down!

What makes Beautiful and Motown so effective is that they're simple stories with a lot of heart.

Sometimes less is more!

Thankfully, Piece Of My Heart features a great cast and with some work it can be a real contender!

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The iPhone 6 Screen Is Going To Be Bigger AND It Looks Impossible To Break! Watch Video Proof HERE!

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Gone are the days of putting a screen protector on your iPhone!

Why bother when your screen CANNOT be broken!

While there are no official specs from Apple, a tech talking expert has gotten his hands on a sapphire crystal screen reportedly straight off of the iPhone assembly line!

Marques Brownlee put a vid on his popular YouTube channel (below) where he reviews this super strong piece of glass!

He stabs it with it knife!

He tries to scratch it with his keys!

He even puts it under his foot and bends it at a 90 degree angle!

This thing will just not shatter!

Marques spoke more about the new display, explaining:

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Perez Reviews: Holler If Ya Hear Me, The Tupac Musical

What is the takeaway from Holler If Ya Hear Me, the new Tupac Shakur musical, now playing on Broadway???

We're not sure what the message of the show is - and that's not a good thing!

What we do know is that it's bleak, depressing and disappointing on so many levels.

A risky move, the creators and producers of the show decided to NOT tell the story of Tupac. Instead they told a story about gun violence and drugs that was not as effective or powerful as the Shakur songs used throughout the show.

Beautiful is beautiful because it's a real story about real emotions and experiences that we can all relate to.

Same with Motown.

Holler If Ya Hear Me, unfortunately, is trying to be a little too ambitious and feels extremely undercooked.

We didn't need a "traditional" musical about Tupac. Something bolder and braver would have been quite brilliant. An exploration on politics, race relations or a myriad of other issues (many or one) would have been much more effective.

The traditional musical NOT about Shakur that is Holler If Ya Hear Me is lacking the passion and vibrancy that Tupac had.

There is very little dancing, which shocked us.

And there's very little of everything. The set is lacking and the whole production seems like it was done on a budget.

Multimedia, video, illustrations - all that could have added so much more!

This show would have worked better in a small off-Broadway theater downtown… after a lot more workshopping and revisions!

We missed the spunk. We missed the light.

You can miss Holler If Ya Hear Me!

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Kylie & Kendall Jenner's New Book Gets Demolished By Critics! Is It As Bad As They Say???

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We reported earlier how Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner looked AH-Mazing at a recent book signing for their latest (and perhaps not the greatest) literary feat.

However, it seems like they couldn't dress up the pages of their first novel as well.

Right now, their book Rebels: City Of Indra: The Story Of Lex And Livia only has one star on Amazon following early reviews! Yikes!

A pair of Keeping Up With The Kardashian authors, and only one star between the two! That usually doesn't add up.

So far, Amazon readers have lambasted their work as

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Perez Reviews: Bullets Over Broadway

Bullets Over Broadway is a fine show. Unfortunately, fine isn't good enough for a Tony nomination for Best Musical nor is it likely to help sustain a long run.

The new stage adaptation of Woody Allen's film is firing blanks.

The show was poised to be a big smash of the current season, with an all-star cast lead by Zach Braff and spearheaded by an all-star director, Susan Stroman.

While Stroman's last Broadway musical, Big Fish, was spectacular and filled with wonder, awe, imagination and playfulness - Bullets Over Broadway is "by the book".

Harmless. Inoffensive. Not a bad time. But not a great time.

It's all been done before. Mobsters. Self-reflection. Etc. Etc.

A lot of the blame lies on the material. The songs chosen are little-known jazz standards from the early 20th century. If they're "little-known", that should tell you something about the quality of the tunes!

The show's other big weakness is that not every movie works on the stage. Allen's characters from the film don't hold up well when having the spotlight on them and amplified on Broadway.

They aren't characters as much as they are caricatures.

There's Braff doing Woody. There's a girl doing a Cyndi Lauper impression. There's all these fine actors giving fine performances, but it's hard to relate to any of them because these characters are drawn so superficially.

There are, however, two standout performances.

Once again, Betsy Wolfe proves she is one of the top leading ladies on Broadway! Not only does she have one of the best voices, but she is also such a superb actress! She infuses the show with so much heart and humanity, something it's sorely lacking.

And the other standout Nick Cordero, who turns his one-dimensional role into a fully-fleshed and fantastic portrayal!

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Michael Jackson Sex Abuse Accuser Wade Robson Wants To Review MJ's Molestation Criminal File!!!

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This doesn't seem like it'll be ending anytime soon!

Michael Jackson's lawyers for his estate are in a legal tug of war with Wade Robson who claims the late singer molested him for seven years starting when he was seven-years-old.

Robson's lawyers are trying to get MJ's legal team to give them access to the late singer's Santa Barbara molestation criminal file, but the estate legal team are balking at that request!

The docs that are being requested by Robson's lawyers are the following

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Perez Reviews: Queen Of The Night

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Queen Of The Night is an extravagant feast for the senses - ALL of them!

Brought to you by many of the same people behind the hit Sleep No More, Queen Of The Night shares many similar sensibilities - but it is a FAR superior and satisfying show!

Like Sleep No More, Queen Of The Night is an immersive AND interactive show.

Unlike Sleep No More, Queen Of The Night has more focus and an easy-to-follow plot. You know where to look, when to look and you leave the night feeling entertained, satisfied and stuffed!

The premise of Queen Of The Night is simple. A love story. It's very Romeo & Juliet as told through the minds of some mischievous merrymakers.

It's like a Baz Luhrman film come to life!

This feast for the senses of a show includes stunning visuals! Gorgeous costumes! DANCING! Magic! And some truly thrilling acrobatics that enhance the sweet, satisfying and very NC-17 plot.

This is a love story with lots of… SEX!

And to enhance the intimate mood guests are liquored up and fed!

The one thing that we didn't like about Queen Of The Night was this almost hyper extravagance that came with the meal. It wasn't just dinner - it was en event! And a very carnivorous one!

We like meat. We eat meat. But it just felt a wee bit gross when a swarm of cooked baby pigs came waltzing into the ballroom and onto the plates of many tables - as did huge racks of lamb and other dead animals. We had full lobsters on our table. We like lobster, but ours wasn't even made easy to eat with some pre-slicing and the like. It was messy and laborious so we just opted to have the vegetarian paella instead.

But we felt bad that we left so much lobster on our plate. And we felt even worse that so many baby pigs have to be slaughtered and then only half eaten or less by each table. Unnecessarily wasteful!

Now that we got that out of the way….

Dessert was delicious!

Chocolate cake was brought out and the only way to eat it was to be spoon-fed by the performers!

Sexy!

And what's even more super fun is that the show you see is only about 70% of all the action. A lot happens in the hallways, in hidden rooms and backstage.

At one point a guy from a table next to ours was taken away and he returned a few minutes later fully undressed with just his underwear on!

We were lucky enough to have two "interactions" - a very seductive dance that was performed upon and with us, and then we were taken… Well, let's not reveal all the surprises!

And adding to the fun of it all is the strict "fancy" dress code that Queen Of The Night enforces. People really did it up! So fun!

Queen Of The Night is not just a show or a show with a meal. It's a whole night! A night you'll never forget!

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