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Darren Criss Surprises Alan Menken With A Medley Of His Songs!

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This guy - there are no words! He takes our breath away time and time and time again! He has such a deep love for music and such a talent to go along with it. He was a star before he ever made it on Glee and now, he's got such a bright future ahead of him!

Yesterday's Billboard/Hollywood Reporter TV & Film Music Conference turned into a very Glee-ful event when Darren Criss surprised legendary Disney composer Alan Menken with a performance medley of some of his best songs. However, being Darren, he gave the music a bit of a twist and rearranged the lyrics as an homage to Alan!

Check out the video to hear Darren's rework verisions of Alan's most beloved songs, from The Little Mermaid to Newsies and more!

P.S. - They shared this amazing story at the conference too that we thought you would love. Back when Darren was in school, he used to play Disney tunes outside this coffee shop in Michigan. Who should pass by one day by Alan himself, who was so impressed with Darren's voice and skill, he gave him a $100 tip. Darren revealed he used it for booze. YEAH MAN!

P.P.S - If Alan has any Disney movie in the works right now and he doesn't hire Darren to star, he is CRAZY!!!

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The Newsies Stage Musical Is Coming THIS MONTH!!! New Deets Revealed!

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It's been nearly a year since we last heard about this, and we're STILL very excited!

Back in Sept '10, we heard that Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken was collaborating with Harvey Fierstein on a stage musical version of Newsies.

As a reminder, the Christian Bale-starring movie came out in 1992, and it "tells the story of child newspaper sellers in turn-of-the-century New York who go on strike."

Now, Harvey has opened up about the Newsies stage musical, and how he's going to make it great - by adding more LOVE!

Here's what Harvey had to say about it:

"In a musical, there's an old rule: You must follow the love story. It gives the audience somewhere to go and someplace to rest their hearts."

We trust ya, Harvey! If you think that the stage version of Newsies needs more love, then we say bring it on!

The musical debuts on Sept. 15 at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ, and the official opening is scheduled for Sept. 25!

Loyal Newsies fans will be pleased to learn that songs from the film version including Santa Fe, The World Will Know, Carrying the Banner, Seize the Day, and King of New York will be featured in the new stage version.

We seriously CANNOT wait for this! Starting Sept. 15, the town of Millburn is gonna be SWARMING with Newsies fans!!! Ha!

Are U excited for the Newsies stage musical? Will U make the trek to New Jersey to see it? (if you don't already live there that is…)

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Brooke Shields' New Musical Off To Shaky Start, She May Be Fired Before Broadway Run

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Not every musical is going to be a success, Brooke.

Leap of Faith is clearly a team effort, so don't worry.

You've got a variety of people to share the blame with, including the director, choreographer, writer, and other actors.

OR maybe it's the audience's fault. Maybe you've had consistently lame audiences that just aren't "getting it." Who knows?

Whoever's fault it is, Brooke Shields' new show, Leap of Faith, a musical from the legendary composer Alan Menken, is NOT being well received by critics.

The play recently opened at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, and the producing team is seeking to bring the show to Broadway.

Looks like the play's producing team is unsure about whether or not they'll bring Shields along with them IF they make it to Broadway, but then again, the playwright himself is taking knocks for this one too, so maybe they'll just replace everyone!

We saw the musical. Brooke was decent. Definitely not embarrassing. But we really enjoyed the show overall!

Did U see Leap of Faith? What did U think of it?

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Newsies Is Being Adapted For The Stage!

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Well THIS is something to certainly get excited about!

In fact, we're shocked nobody had thought of this earlier!

Academy Awarding winning composer Alan Menken is reportedly collaborating with Harvey Fierstein on a stage adaptation of the musical Newsies!

In case you are not awesome and are unfamiliar with the flick, it's from 1992 and stars Christian Bale as a singing, dancing, and ass-kicking New York City paper boy in 1899!

Menken reveals:

"Yeah, it is in development. What it's going to be is — honestly, right now — undetermined. I think Disney is still trying to decide whether it's a first-class production or whether it's stock and amateur. But there will be available a stage musical of Newsies. That's all I can say. I've been writing it with Harvey Fierstein and Jack Feldman. [How it emerges is] just gonna be [a] business decision of how Disney wants to proceed with it. But yes, we are developing it. We're having a very successful collaboration. We're all having a great time. We already had a 29-hour reading…in May. I don't think Disney knows yet what it's going to be."

He goes on to reveal that they've expanded from the original music, and the stage version will feature "a lot of new songs."

AMAZING!

We're totally psyched about this one - but we can't help but wonder how Christian Bale feels about it!

They should write him a walk-on role! We just hope he's not "done professionally" with his musical days!

LOLs!

What do U think?? Are U excited for more Newsies??

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