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Michael Urie To Make His Broadway Debut In How To Succeed…

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This show is making way for even more great stars!

Michael Urie, best known for his work on Ugly Betty, is poised to make his Broadway debut this January in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Joining the show alongside Nick Jonas and Beau Bridges, Michael will play Bud Frump beginning Tuesday, January 24. His run will last six months, with his closing date being Sunday, July 1, 2012.

Many congratulations to you Michael! We have no doubt you'll be splendid!

Break a leg!

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Darren Criss Strikes A Pose For His Broadway Debut!

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God, we have to see this show. Yeah, we've already seen in - but we need to see it with our man!!!

In the new year, How To Succeed In Business… on Broadway gets a new leading man. For two glorious weeks, Darren Criss will make his Broadway debut as J. Pierrepont Finch, taking over for Daniel Radcliffe and paving the way for Nick Jonas.

Clearly, we have a favorite though!

Looking so goooooooood DC!

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America Ferrera To Make Broadway Debut After A Stint In Chicago!

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We don't know anyone who doesn't love America Ferrera, but now there is two more reasons to adore this Emmy-winning actress. America is off to London next month where she will taking over the role of Roxie Hart in the West End production of Chicago. For eight weeks, she'll show off some high kicks and killer notes that we didn't even know she had in her, but we're excited to see all the same!

But don't fret

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Beaches, The Musical, Is Coming To Broadway!

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Iris Rainer Dart Bringing Beaches To Broadway

Did you love the 1988 movie Beaches starring Bette Midler??

Of course you did! (Even if you cried)

How's about the novel it was based on?

Of course! (Even if you cried)

Well the new news is that the author of that novel, Iris Rainer Dart, has recently written a Broadway debut musical, and the next musical on her list after that trial run is to bring Beaches to the stage!

She'll be co-writing the libretto with Thom Thomas (fab name) and the music with David Aaron Austin, with Leonard Foglia attached to direct!

Sounds ab-so-lutely great to us! Beaches is one of our favorites!

Let us know when it's done, casted, and when we can buy tickets!!

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Thora Birch Fired From Broadway Debut In Dracula!

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And it's supposed to go up for previews at the end of the week! What the hell?!

In a shocking turn of events, Thora Birch has reportedly been fired from the new stage play Dracula! Thora was to make her Broadway debut as the leading lady and Dracula's love interest, Lucy Seward, but now, she's been tossed out.

So what happened?! There are two sides to every story, but lets begin with the director.

According to Paul Alexander, the decision was made solely on the basis of Thora's father, Jack Birch. He allegedly threatened one of the other actors during a rehearsal last Thursday night and Paul explains that the actor didn't feel comfortable coming back to work after that. The decision was then made to let Thora go to keep Jack away from the set. In an interview, Paul insisted that Thora being dismissed had nothing to do with her acting ability, which he actually praised.

And then there is poor Thora's side of the story, or rather we should say, her father's. Jack Birch admits that he approached one of the actors of the show after a particularly uncomfortable scene with his daughter. According to Jack, Thora was uneasy with the direction of the scene (the actor was rubbing her back) and he was voicing her concern, as her manager. Jack insists that he didn't threaten anyone and remained as professional as possible. Still, on Thursday night, the producers were alerted that Thora was being fired and she was immediately escorted out of the theatre, along with her father.

Well, this all just sounds…odd! Even if her father was threatening the guy, why should she have to pay for the crimes of the father?! Why couldn't he just be banned from the theater?!

No one was more shocked by the news of Thora's firing than Thora herself, who told sources she felt completely "blindsided" by the whole thing! She explained:

“For three weeks I was just doing my thing, and everything I hear was positive, that the work I was doing was wonderful. Maybe it’s some kind of misunderstanding. I mean, there had been no tensions, everything was going wonderfully. Then Friday they just asked me to leave the building. I’m totally in a state of shock over this, I still can’t believe it."

Wow. We just can't make sense of this. Maybe the guy is a Michael Lohan wannabe, but that shouldn't have cost Thora her job! This just really sucks!

We think we smell a coverup here!

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