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Perez Reviews: 'Side Show' on Broadway!

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It did it!

The little show that could, one of our top 3 musicals of all time, is back on Broadway!

It warmed our heart to see Side Show on the Great White Way again and playing to a nearly capacity Sunday matinee audience!

We saw it in this incarnation back in July at the Kennedy Center and we saw the original production back in the '90s - twice!

If you have never seen Side Show, then you MUST! It is essential!

Henry Krieger and Bill Russell have crafted one of the truly most timeless and special scores in all of musical theater history!

This production has a phenomenal staging by Bill Condon and everyone in the cast does a fine job. However, because we like to keep it real….

Since our excitement for seeing it on stage again was already satisfied this summer in D.C., this time we were left wanting a bit more power singing. We were distracted by the newness of it all at the Kennedy Center. And we were so enamored with this production that we then went back and listened to the original Broadway cast recording over and over and over again.

The two lead who play Violet and Daisy this time around, Emily Padgett and Erin Davie are both great and more than capable, but….

Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner, who originated the role of the Hilton sisters on Broadway in the show's first incarnation, sang that score to high heavens!

They belted like Idina Menzel times ten!

It was as if they were trying to outsing each other on that original cast recording, and it was exhilarating and glorious!

It probably isn't very sustainable for a (hopefully) long run, though, to belt that much every night, 8 shows a week.

But if we stop comparing these new girls vs the original girls, they are simply wonderful!

Go! Go! Go!

Side Show is THE new show of the winter!

P.S. CLICK HERE to read our initial review of Side Show from when we saw it at the Kennedy Center this past summer.

P.P.S. It would be EVERYTHING and we would see the show at least 5 more times if they brought in Alice and Emily to replace Emily and Erin after their contracts are up!!!! This must happen!!!!!!!!

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Could Kobe Bryant Step Up As The Coach Of The Los Angeles Lakers?!

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He’d certainly be earning his $48.5 million salary!

After the Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni handed in his resignation on Wednesday, the hunt was on to guess who the team would hire next.

We previously mentioned some names, but now Kobe Bryant’s is being thrown into the mix as well!

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Magic Johnson & Larry Bird Put Their Past Behind Them And Sell Some Phones!

Have you seen AT&T's awesome commercials featuring the kids answering questions around a tiny table??

They're pret-ty HIGHLarious, and now some of the greatest basketball players in history are taking their turn at the table! That's right, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Russell have put any rivalries the might have had in the past behind them, all for the sake of selling some mobile plans!

It's a riot, you gotta watch it (above)!

We think AT&T should give their ad guys a raise! LOLz!

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George Stephanopoulos Mistakes Older African American For Morgan Freeman At Obama's Inauguration

Oh! And might we add that it's also Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

Reporting on Obama's second inauguration, ABC journalist George Stephanopoulos mistook NBA star Bill Russell as Morgan Freeman.

Ch-ch-check it ouuttt (above)!!!

LOLz!! C'mon now, Georgie Pooh!

We'll admit that the white beard kiiiinda makes you wanna do a double take. Kind of. Sorta kind of. But when you get a good look at Billy Boy, it's obvious he is NOT the legendary actor!

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From One Side Show To The Next! Bill Condon Leaves Breaking Dawn Behind To Go Back To The Stage!

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Well, this will be certainly be a departure from Breaking Dawn!

Director Bill Condon has been tapped to helm a production of Side Show next year, which will take place at the Kennedy Center and at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse!

And that's not all! He's getting some old friends from his adaptation of Dreamgirls to help out!

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Usher Getting Honored By National Civil Rights Museum

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A well-deserved honor!

We've just learned that Usher is getting honored by the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis on November 12th.

He'll be presented with the museum's Philanthropy Freedom Award, for the work that's been done by his New Look Foundation, which has "raised financial resources for Hurricane Katrina victims and issued a 'call to action' for Haiti relief in 2010."

Other Freedom Award winners who will be honored alongside Usher include Dr. Bill Frist, actress Cicely Tyson, and former NBA player Bill Russell.

Congratulations, Usher! And thanks for being a positive influence on the world!

[Image via WENN.]

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