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A Christmas Story & Rent Will Be The Next TWO Live Musicals On Fox!

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FOX has announced the next two live musicals following the success of Grease Live!

First up is Rent, which Fox will put on in celebration of its 20th anniversary!

OMG we can't believe it either!

Then, during the holiday season — up against rival NBC's production of Bye Bye Birdie — Fox will bring out the big guns, of the Red Ryder BB variety, with a live version of A Christmas Story The Musical!

Perez Reviews: A Christmas Story The Musical

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who adapted the film into a musical back in 2012 (and went on to create the PHENOMENAL Dear Evan Hansen), will write all new songs for the TV production!

Marc Platt, who won an Emmy for producing the network's acclaimed version of Grease, will coproduce both shows.

No dates have been announced yet, but expect casting announcements soon, especially on Rent.

Are YOU stoked for Fox's next live musicals??

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NBC Announces Jesus Christ Superstar As The Next Live Musical For Easter 2018!

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Another live musical is coming in hot!

NBC announced on Wednesday that Jesus Christ Superstar will be the next Broadway show to hit the small screen on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018.

In case you forgot, the network will be telecasting Bye Bye Birdie Live! this December, which already has Jennifer Lopez attached to star and executive produce.

Related: Patti LuPone Calls Madonna A 'Movie Killer'

The iconic religious play will be executive produced by NBC's live musical partners Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Marc Platt, as well as original lyricist Tim Rice, and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Chairman of NBC Entertainment Robert Greenblatt said of the production:

"As we continue to expand the profile of our live musicals, we are thrilled to be partnering with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to bring a new live staging of the iconic Jesus Christ Superstar to NBC. Casting has just begun, but we want to fill out this classic show with as many recording artists as possible to give proper voice to what is the original rock opera score."

We're curious to hear to the response to this announcement!

But in the meantime… who do U think should play Jesus?? SOUND OFF in the comments (below)!

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Feud Alert! Patti LuPone Calls Madonna A 'Movie Killer' & Thinks Her Evita Performance Was 'A Piece Of Shit'!

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Most of Andy Cohen's guests tip-toe around how they truly feel about other celebs — Patti LuPone, however, does not give a fuck!

The Broadway legend stopped by Watch What Happens Live! on Tuesday and admitted she can't sit through the big screen adaptations of musicals she starred in on stage.

But that might be a good thing, because the diva is NOT easily impressed by Hollywood interpretations of those hit musicals!

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That especially goes for Madonna's portrayal of LuPone's iconic role in Andrew Lloyd Weber's Evita, a performance the Tony Awards winner thought was "a piece of shit."

The musical, for which LuPone won a Tony, was adapted into a hit film in 1996. Madge won a Golden Globe for her performance, but Patti wouldn't be able to tell you why — as she called the Like a Virgin singer a "movie killer" who is "dead behind the eyes." Ouch!

She sneered:

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EXCLUSIVE! Watch Kristin Chenoweth And Hairspray Live! Star Maddie Baillio Sing 'For Good' Together!

This is so cool!

At her performance in Cerritos, California last night, Kristin Chenoweth had a surprise for her guests: Hairspray Live! star Maddie Baillio!

And Baillio didn't just walk on stage and say hi — she sang, too!

Related: Kristin Gets Real About Being Adopted!

The pair performed Kristin's For Good together on stage last night, and WE have the EXCLUSIVE video of the performance for you now today!! Magical!!

Ch-ch-check it out (above) and let us know what you think about this AH-mazing set of vocals from both lovely ladies (below)!!!

Love it!!!

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Friends Is Becoming A Musical — Could We BE Anymore Excited??

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There might not be a Friends reboot on the horizon, but there is a musical in the works!

Yup, an unauthorized musical parody of the hit comedy is coming to the stage at the The Triad in NY this Fall!

The show was created by our Full House! The Musical! pals, Bob and Tobly McSmith, who were also responsible for creating 90210! The Musical!, Katdashian: The Musical!, and countless others.

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And we're already hyped for this musical as the McSmiths (AKA as the parody kings) have transformed some of the show's most iconic moments into HIGHlarious musical numbers. Specifically, Friends! The Musical! features original songs such as How You Doing, Ladies?, We Were On A Break!, Oh. My. God. It's Janice!, etc.

Although the premiere for the Friends musical parody isn't until later this year, advanced tickets are going on sale in June. If you're interested in catching this musical, we suggest you snag your tixs well in advance. Why? Well, in the past, the stars from the TV shows the McSmiths parodied have popped up in the audience.

We mean, who wouldn't want to watch Friends! The Musical! next to Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, and/or David Schwimmer?? LOLz.

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Colton Haynes Is The Hottest Daddy Warbucks We've Ever Seen In This Annie Spoof Featuring Kathy Griffin & Lisa Rinna!

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April Fools is off to an amazing start!

On Friday, a trailer for Grannie — a new spoof of the classic musical Annie – was released featuring Kathy Griffin as the oldest orphan alive, Lisa Rinna as Miss Hannigan, and our favorite casting decision, Colton Haynes as Daddy Warbucks!

Related: Kathy Adds Fuel To Her Ellen DeGeneres Feud

The parody includes hilarious takes on the iconic songs Tomorrow, It's A Hard Knock Life, Little Girls, and I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here — all while telling the story of how Grannie finally escapes the orphanage and finds a forever home.

Although we kinda wish it would… don't expect this one to be hitting theaters anytime soon!

Ch-ch-check it out (below)!!

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Amanda Seyfried & Thomas Sadoski Welcome Their First Child!

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What a happy day for this cute couple!

On Friday, Amanda Seyfried's rep confirmed to E! News that she and her new husband Thomas Sadoski welcomed their first child — a baby GIRL — into the world! Amazing!

Related: Amanda Could Smell Electricity During Her Pregnancy!

We first learned the actress was expecting back in November, only a couple months after she and her beau got engaged!

The stars started dating in March of 2016, while filming The Last Word together. The lovebirds were spotted packing on PDA on the set!

They initially met during their off-Broadway show The Way We Get By, but the blonde was romantically linked to Justin Long at the time.

We're just so glad that these two have officially entered the wonderful world of parenthood!

[Image via Joseph Marzullo/WENN.]

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