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Perez Reviews: Sweeney Todd - Starring Emma Thompson!

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Is there anything Emma Thompson CAN'T do???

That's a serious question!

The multiple Academy Award-winning actress enchanted and impressed a jaded New York City audience on Thursday night not just with her superb acting skills but also with her equally superb singing voice!!!!!

The internationally adored Brit stars as Mrs. Lovett in the New York Philharmonic's production of Stephen Sondheim's classic Sweeney Todd, which has just three shows left! Do whatever you have to and MAKE SURE you get tickets to see this!!!!!!

We have never heard Emma Thompson sing before and she doesn't just sing well for a famous actor/Hollywood type. She more than holds her own with Broadway greats! And there were plenty in this production!

Our future boyfriend, Joy Armstrong Johnson, whom we previously saw in Hands On A Hardbody, was even better in Sweeney! Christian Borle was great, as he usually is! And….

Audra McDonald was a surprise cast addition as the Beggar Woman and she was supremely amazing! Her talent is on a whole other level!

Audra McDonald!!!!!!!!

Also a pleasant surprise was Bryn Terfel in the title role! He is a world-famous opera singer, but we were unsure of his acting chops - especially in an English production with dialogue. He was great!

Another pleasant surprise was Emma Thompson's tour-de-force comedic performance! Never before has Mrs. Lovett been so funny!

And yet another pleasant surprise was that this production, which we thought was going to be a concert version of the show, was so much more than that!

The actors didn't perform at podiums with binders in front of them. Each one had all their parts fully memorized and the show was fully staged - with costumes and props and the works!

What was also exceptionally special was hearing this iconic Sondheim score with the entire New York Philharmonic playing on stage with the actors! Exquisite!

And also exceptionally special was the augmented vocal chorus, much larger than you'd see in a traditional Broadway mounting of Sweeney.

Such lush sounds!

Such great singing!

Such great acting!

Such a great time!

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Perez Reviews: Little Me!

Thanks to the "Encores" series in NYC, lesser-known shows get to be dusted off, polished and presented with vigor for audiences that may be unfamiliar with them!

We all know the Cy Coleman classic Sweet Charity, we we weren't familiar with his show Little Me.

Encores at City Center is currently presenting a new production of the show throughout the rest of this weekend and it is sooooo worth seeing for many reasons.

The Coleman songs are ace! And the book, written by the equally iconic Neil Simon, is laugh out loud funny! Sometimes too funny. The only real problem with the show we had is how exaggerated and out of touch with reality it is.

The story is a good-old-fashioned love tale, but it's all done so farcically that it's hard to actually root for any of the characters.

But these actors are given lots to work with and they have a ball with it!

Christian Borle does his best Jerry Lewis impersonation and is just as funny as the iconic comedian. He plays FOUR different characters in the show! Each one funnier than the next!

A real stellar cast of Broadway veterans also round out the cast, including Robert Creighton, David Garrison, Harriet Harris, Judy Kaye and Tony Yazbeck, but…

It is Rachel York who steals the show!!!

We had previously seen her in the touring production of the Anything Goes revival, and we kept comparing her to Sutton Foster the whole time - whom we'd seen play the Reno part on Broadway.

But in Little Me she shines on her own! She shines so bright!

Rachel York is such a talent!

Mega super huge star!

She is magnetic in this show!

Must must see!!!!

P.S. Kudos to Joshua Bergasse for the superb choreography!

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Zachary Quinto Prank Calls Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Christian Borle! Watch The HIGHlarity HERE!

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What good is it having famous friends if you can’t prank call them every once in awhile?!

The incomparable Zachary Quinto from stage, screen and Star Trek fame was having a little co-ed sleepover with his gal pal Susan Blackwell when they decided to partake in some late-night hi jinx!

First, they dialed up Jesse Tyler Ferguson! Susan pretended to be calling from an exotic dancer company and left JTF a voicemail confirming that the stripper he ordered was on their way!

LOLz!

Next it was Zach’s turn to try out an impression! He called up former Smash star Christian Borle and left him a message saying that his shipment of Japanime porn had been delivered!

Dying!!!

You have GOT to ch-ch-check out these prank calls in action…AFTER THE JUMP!!!

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Sneak Peek At The Drama In Next Week's SMASH!!

OH hell to the N-O!!! We just can’t WAIT a whole week to watch what happens next on SMASH

Annnnnnnd the DRAMZ BETRAYAL continues!!! We don't wanna say too much in case you missed this weeks ep, but lets just say we wanna find out what's REALLY going down with Tom and Derek!

Check out the promo for next Monday's SMASH's episode, appropriately called The Coup, (above)!!

Will U be watching?!!

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First Music Video From NBC's SMASH Premieres!

As we said before, Katharine is SO lucky!!!!

Check out the newly released music video (above) of Katharine McPhee performing Beautiful as scenes from NBC's Smash play!

As a reminder, here's a synopsis of the show, which debuts on February 6th:

The plot will follow follow an out-of-town tryout of a Broadway musical, and centers around a songwriting team who write a musical about Marilyn Monroe based on an offhanded remark from an assistant. They post a showstopping number on YouTube. When it's a viral hit, a producer (Anjelica Huston) who's looking to recapture success long past decides to produce the musical. There are two choices to play Marilyn - Karen (Katharine McPhee), a talented young newcomer, and Ivy (Megan Hilty), a theater veteran. At the heart of the show are the musical's composer Tom (Christian Borle), who is gay, and the lyricist Julia (Debra Messing), who is somewhat against the idea of a Marilyn Monroe-themed musical.

What do U think? Will U be checking out Smash when it premieres in February???

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