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Perez Reviews: Beautiful, The Carole King Musical

Beautiful lives up to its name and then some!

The new musical based on the life of and featuring the music of legendary songwriter Carole King is a non-stop hit parade and the perfect example of a jukebox musical done right!

If you enjoyed Motown the musical, you will love Beautiful!

Both shows wisely choose to tell real-life stories instead of crafting one together out of the songs, which doesn't always work. For every Mama Mia you have two We Will Rock Yous and a Spice Girls musical.

Beautiful has heart, soul, humor and moves along at a brisk pace! And it is all set to the iconic songs of Carole King!

You forget, also, how many songs she wrote before she became famous as a solo artist!

One Fine Day! Up On The Roof! The LOCO MOTION! And so many more!

The beautiful music, arranged beautifully and beautifully sound-engineered, is the star of the show. BUT, the show's star, Jessie Mueller, is such a star!

Jessie Mueller is the future of Broadway! Right now!

Her voice is special! Her tone! Such a warmth to it! And range! So special!

AND, what we especially loved, is that we got to see her shine in The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, where she played a hilarious role in a super comedic part. So it was very nice to see her do a total 180 and play a normal person and showcasing a different, more heartfelt acting.

She was so beautiful!

Anika Larsen and Jarrod Spector were two other standouts from the show and we are running right now to iTunes to download Carole King's greatest hits!

We suggest you do the same, but only after you buy tickets to see Beautiful on Broadway!

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EXCLUSIVE! Tori Amos' Songs For The Light Princess Are Lighting Up Our Lives! Listen HERE!

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Musicals make our heart flutter like a happy butterfly!

And Tori Amos working on a musical is pure magic!

And magic really does happen because, as we told you, Tori wrote music and lyrics for a new musical called The Light Princess playing in London at the National Theatre.

How lucky are you, Perezcious readers, that we have an EXCLUSIVE of TWO beautiful songs from the musical! PerezHilton.com is letting you listen to Althea and Better Than Good!

While Althea is a little more dreamy, Better Than Good is totes upbeat and entertaining! Both are seriously gorge and have us mesmerized by their loveliness!

Ch-ch-check them both out…AFTER THE JUMP!!!

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Perez Reviews: First Date on Broadway!

First Date the musical was the place to be Thursday night on Broadway, as we attended the new show and also spotted fellow theater-lover Neil Patrick Harris in the audience.

First Date isn't groundbreaking or life-changing, but neither is How I Met Your Mother, and that TV show gets great ratings and is very enjoyable!

If you go in expecting life-changing from First Date, you will be disappointed. If you go in wanting a really good time and lots of FUN, then you will have a blast!

First Date shares a lot of similarities with Neil's sitcom. They both feature stellar casts, are lighthearted and provide lots of laughs.

Though the advertising for the show may lead you to believe you're in for a romantic comedy film-type experience, First Date feels more like a sitcom on stage with songs. And we say that in the best way possible. It has the non-stop, rapid-fire pace of laughter found in a sitcom. And eliciting that kind of response from an audience - on Broadway - is not easy. First Date does it and does it well. It's not only funny, it's VERY funny.

Major credit goes to the book writer, Austin Winsberg, who comes from the world of television. Sitcoms!

And a lot of the humor is also thanks to the expert deliver of the cast, gloriously lead by sitcom alum Zachary Levi. Having previously proven he can sing in Disney's Tangled, Levy makes his Broadway debut combining the two things he's best at - comedy and singing. He wins lots of hearts and fans along the way!

The entire cast is also great, including Smash alum Krysta Rodriguez.

Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner provide some great songs. Very contemporary. And overall we had a fun, fun time.

Two thumbs up and a couple of snaps!

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The Craft Is Getting A Musical! Here Are Other Movies That Have Gone To Broadway!

The Craft is getting a musical

Light as a feather, stiff as a board….

Nineties cult classic The Craft, starring Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, and Rachel True, is just the next movie to be turned into a stage musical. Will Skeet Ulrich be making a cameo??

The show, which has been in development for a year now is finally in its final stages and a reading is set to place in Illinois before it makes its way to New York. As for now, we only have these demos and the musical's main website to hold us over before we can cast any musical spells in the flesh!

If you can't wait to get your '90s witch fix in, try checking out some of these movies-turned-musicals!

CLICK HERE to view the "Other Movies That Have Gone To Broadway" photo gallery!!

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Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Hudson, & Catherine Zeta Jones Belting Out Broadway Hits At The Oscars!!!

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Jazz hands! Everywhere, jazz hands!!!

We KNEW the people over at The Academy were cooking up a special musical concoction for this year's already EPIC sounding Oscars, and we've been speculating for WEEKS about a possible mega-collaboration performance from the stars of Oscar-winning musicals Dreamgirls, Chicago, and potential Oscar winner Les Misérables

And thank the theater-loving GODS, cause our suspicions have been CONFIRMED!!!!

Anne Hathaway, along with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tevit, Samantha Barks, and Helena Bonham Carter, will join Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson and Chicago's Catherine Zeta Jones in a tribute to rival ALL OTHER tributes ever attempted at the Oscars!

Unfortunately, no news YET as to whether Beyoncé will join her Dreamgirls costar on stage…

But we've got our fingers crossed that those Oscars peeps have a special, sneaky surprise planned with Queen Bey!

We also PRAY this is where Barbra Streisand will be making her triumphant return to the Oscar stage, singing something from Funny Girl that will not only warm our heart, but flood our eyes with tears of utter JOY!

Either way, we can't even BEGIN to imagine the AWE that this extravaganza will inspire!

SO EFFING SOUPED!!!!! Belting out SO MANY show tunes in our redonkulous excitement!

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Perez Reviews: Into The Woods… In The Woods!

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The Public Theater's production of Into The Woods has gotten some very mixed reviews, but we found it to be very enjoyable - for the most part.

We had never seen the Sondheim classic before and were pleased to get to experience it for the first time in such a unique setting as Central Park.

The show is the show. We probably would have liked it better had it ended at the end of Act 1. But, Sondheim is Sondheim and though he's a genius composer and lyricist, he sure loves to be contrarian!

Woods has some very memorable music. Songs that have transcended the show. And if this production were to move to Broadway, our biggest note and we disliked the most was the casting.

Denis O'Hare as the Baker and Sarah Stiles as Little Red Ridinghood were just awful and grating, respectively in that order. We do, though, think that is the way they were directed. Piss poor choices made with their characters.

Big movie star Amy Adams was more than good as the Baker's Wife. Joanna Gleason won the Tony for that role in the original Broadway production of Woods, while Bernadette Peters was glazed over for her portrayal of the Witch.

In this revival, Donna Murphy steals the show with her Witch. She is absolutely enthralling! Vocally dynamic and her acting is superb! She alone is reason enough to catch the show - now in its final performances - if you haven't already.

Gideon Glick as Jack is the other standout in the show!

And Ellen Harvey as Cinderella's Stepmother was also thoroughly enjoyable.

Recast or rethink the Baker and Ridinghood, and send this Woods to Broadway!

P.S. If the show does transfer, Leah Loukas deserves a Tony for her inspired wig designs. And Donna Murphy too, of course!

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Flashdance Is Coming To Broadway!

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Who's ready for a steel town girl looking for the fight of her life?!

Only this time, this girl will be on Broadway!

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will direct and choreograph the musical with readings in NYC this winter.Tom Headley, who co-wrote the Flashdance film, will return as writer of the musical.

The musical will be a fully reworked version of FLASHDANCE in from West End in 2010 and new Flashdance will be released in Fall 2012.

Producer Thomas Viertel said the following on the deveolpment of the musical:

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