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Perez Reviews: The Band Wagon

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Encores! at City Center always puts on a good show. And we've seen many there. BUT…

Their most recent production of The Band Wagon is the best Encores! show we have ever seen!!!!

Such a gem and such a brilliant revival!

Originally a Broadway musical from the 1930s starring Fred Astaire, the show was later turned into a movie musical in the '50s - also starring the legendary Astaire.

This production more closely resembles the film, but thankfully the very talented Douglas Carter Beane has written a new book for the show. So it feels fun and FRESH! And the equally talented Kathleen Marshall directed and choreographed this production, which is the most staged and dance-heavy show we have ever seen at Encore!

It is such a WINNING vehicle. It just aims to please! An old-fashioned love story set in the world of Broadway, it most closely reminds us of the Cole Porter classic Anything Goes.

The Band Wagon has many truly memorable songs - and one ICONIC tune, That's Entertainment!

This production was lucky enough to feature some greats, including Tracey Ullman, Michael McKean, Laura Osnes, Tony Sheldon and in the Astaire role, Brian Stokes Mitchell, whom we had never seen in a show before. WHAT A VOICE!!!!!!!!

The whole cast was great!

If ever a City Center/Encores! production deserved to transfer to Broadway, it's THIS ONE!

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Gleeks! It's Rachel Berry With Her Two Gay Dads!

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We're obviously more excited about this than maybe we should be, but we don't care!

This is just so cute!

Yesterday, it was announced that Glee's Rachel Berry (as played by our beloved Lea Michele) would finally be introducing the world to her two gay dads. Today, we got our first family portrait!

Princess Lea tweeted out this picture of herself with Papa #1, Jeff Goldblum and Papa #2, Brian Stokes Mitchell, with the simple captions "Dads."

Aww! They actually look really sweet together!

Now, who wants to take bets that the reason we're FINALLY getting to meet them is that Rachel insists Finn ask permission from her two gay dads to marry her before she says yes?! Any takers?! (NOTE: Their first appearance is on the Valentine's Day episode called Heart, so don't scoff. Also, we totally think she is going to say YES! #RACHELSAYYES)

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Gleeks! Meet Rachel's Two Gay Dads!

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Have you come off the high of the big twist in last night's episode? Okay, good. Prepare to sky-rocket back up again! An insider from Glee has confirmed that Rachel Berry's long-awaited two gay dads are FINALLY going to make their debut on the show — and they are pretty familiar faces from film and theater!

The patriarchs of the Berry household will be portrayed by none other than celebrated film actor Jeff Goldblum and acclaimed Broadway vet Brian Stokes Mitchell. Respectfully, they'll be playing Hiram and LeRoy Berry, the adoptive parents to Lea Michele’s Rachel Berry character.

Expect them no only to make their first appearance on the show’s Valentine’s Day episode (airing actually on February 14th,) but get this — they are going to sing! And Jeff might play a little jazz on the piano! And Brian might do a little soft shoe! And…and…

Oh we are just too excited to think! This is just going to be so AMAZING!!!!

[Image via WENN.]

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