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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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Director Christopher Guest Comes To HBO! Watch Family Tree's First Teaser Trailer!

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Christopher Guest, director of the classics A Mighty Wind and Best In Show, is finally bringing his inanity — and his cast of collaborators — to the small screen!

Ch-ch-check out the video (above) to see Bridesmaids hunk Chris O'Dowd put his Irish charm to the test against the HIGHlarious skills of Fred Willard, Michael McKean, and Ed Begley, Jr.!

With that many comic minds in one place, we know it's going to be one raucous ride!

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Michael McKean Moved To Physical Rehab

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Michael McKean Rehab

Actor Michael McKean is being transferred to Roosevelt Hospital for physical rehab!

It sucks that he needs phys rehab at all, but it's a good sign that they're starting it already!

Plus he's in good spirits, it seems!

Michael as struck by one or more motor vehicles on a Manhattan sidewalk and suffered serious injuries — which is a bummer because that means he'll be missing the rest of the run of the Broadway production of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, which he was starring in.

Apparently the rehab will be extensive.

Here's what he said about it:

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Michael McKean Is Already Joking About His Injuries

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Michael McKean cracking jokes about injuries

This is Spinal Tap star Michael McKean was the victim of a serious car accident on Tuesday when a vehicle struck him in Manhattan. He was hurt pretty bad, but his signature sense of humor has remained intact.

Sources are reporting that the actor is already joking about the accident and told the producer of his latest Broadway show:

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Michael McKean Struck By Car! Rushed To Hospital In Critical Condition!

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Srsly people, watch where you're goin!!

This is Spinal Tap star Michael McKean was walking along the Upper West Side of Manhattan Tuesday when a car hit him… HARD!!

If you don't know him from the classic cult film, you probably know him as Lenny from Laverne and Shirley. The people who hit him, however, know him as one of the biggest driving lessons of their life!

The 64-year-old actor was found bleeding from his head after the incident occurred on W. 86th St. and Broadway right before 3pm. As soon as the ambulance arrived, they loaded him up and went to St. Luke's Hospital where his critical condition was upgraded to stable. Phew!!

His publicist notes he was on his way to a performance, stating:

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