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Jenna Fischer Gives Us Reasons To Be Happy With News Of Her Off-Broadway Theater Debut!

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Pam may have found her new calling in life!

With the popular series The Office coming to an end this May, the cast is preparing for life after Dunder Mifflin and it looks like Jenna Fischer's plans include making her off-Broadway theater debut!

Our favorite former-receptionist dropped the news via Twitter that she would be hitting the stage in Neil Labute’s off-Broadway play Reasons to Be Happy along with Fred Weller, Leslie Bibb and Josh Hamilton (the actor, not the baseball player)!

The play is set to start previews on May 16th, which is coincidentally the same night as the Michael Scott-less series finale of The Office. At least now we’ll have something to be happy about once we’re done crying our eyes out!!

Either way, we couldn’t be more excited for Jenna! Break a leg girl!

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American Idol Finalist Sanjaya Sings For Spare Change In NYC Subway Stations!

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Oh, how the mighty have fallen!

Last time we checked in with Sanjaya Malakar, the American Idol talent was debuting in a delightful off-Broadway musical!

Hold on to your hairpieces because, if you thought that role was off-Broadway, his new gig will blow your mind!

These days, the former Idol finalist sings oldies in NYC subway stations for spare change! And he cut his hair, too!

An onlooker revealed:

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Sarah Jessica Parker Returning To Broadway In Amanda Peet-Penned Play?!

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Well, off-Broadway, but still!

Before Sarah Jessica Parker stole our hearts as lovably candid sex columnist Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, she was heavily involved in NYC's theater scene…

A scene she may revisit come Fall!

SJP and Blythe Danner are currently in negotiations to star in Amanda Peet's new play, The Commons of Pensacola, which will be put on at Lynne Meadow’s Manhattan Theater Club later on this year.

We are SO excited to hear that Matthew Broderick's wife is looking to join her hubby on The Great White Way (well close to it)!

AND we are very intrigued as to what actress Amanda Peet has in terms of play-writing skillz…

Who knew!

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Watch The Reincarnated Dusty Springfield Sing Baby It's Cold Outside!

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If you haven't seen Forever Dusty yet then you are seriously missing out!

The off-Broadshow is FANTASTIC!!!

So when we heard that the stars of the show Kirsten Holly Smith and Christina Sajous recorded a version of Baby It’s Cold Outside and made a fun little Xmas video - we were in a frenzy!

And when we actually heard the song - it was more amazing than we even though it would be!!

Ch-ch-check it out by clicking PLAY directly (above) !!!

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Perez Reviews: Giant

Giant was one of the shows we were most looking forward to seeing during our extended stay in New York City, and it also ended up being one of our biggest letdowns.

Sigh.

They can't all be winners!

The musical, a stage adaptation of the iconic film/book, is currently playing at The Public Theater. It has music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa, whose Wild Party is one of our favorite musicals. Unfortunately, the songs are the Achilles heel of Giant. They are mediocre and meander. Barely memorable and not specific.

Set in Texas during the early 20th century, the musical fails to capture the sonic landscape of that era and area. What could have been a rich tapestry of Mexican, American, Mexican-American and Tejano songs instead was very average musical theater filler. Generic and uninspired.

And LaChiusa's lackluster score was not helped by the bookwriter Sybille Pearson's script. The show was long and it FELT long!

There were too many distractions and too many puzzling moments. "Why did they feel the need to do that?," we kept asking ourselves. Like when the protagonist's sister dies and then comes back in Act 2 to sing a duet with him.

REALLY????

That did not happen in the movie or book - and it didn't need to happen in the musical!

The one saving grace Giant has is its female lead. Kate Baldwin delivers a masterful and MUST-see performance in the Elizabeth Taylor role. Kate Baldwin is a superstar!!!!

We have literally seen AT LEAST over 40 shows since we've been in New York City, and Kate Baldwin in Giant delivers the most spectacular performance we have seen in anything - musical or play. She is not acting in this role. She is being. She is more than present! She's living and giving and transcending the tepid source material. If this were on Broadway, she would win the Tony!

And her voice! Oh, that voice! So exquisite! Soaring! Angelic! With bottom! And soul! STUNNING!

We recommend seeing Giant just for her performance alone! Baldwin is so good, in fact, that she makes everybody else look bad! No one rises to her level - or anywhere near!

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Perez Reviews: Murder Ballad

With a title like Murder Ballad, you'd expect that that show to be HIGH STAKES! Unfortunately, the musical currently playing at Manhattan Theater Club does not live up to its title. Complicated Love Story would have been a more appropriate title and worked more in the show's favor.

Murder Ballad has a lot going for it, but it also has a lot that hinders the production.

The choice to make the show completely sung through - like an opera - made it really difficult to connect with the characters and their motivations. If the show is ever done again, we'd strongly suggest adding a book!

The best thing Murder Ballad has going for it are the songs - by Juliana Nash and Julia Jordon. And for a musical, the songs being your strongest attribute is a really good thing! Having said that, though, while the songs are really really good - they did start to sound a bit the same. And, with no dialogue, the songs started to blend into one long song. In addition to adding dialogue, we'd recommend future incarnations of the show have a band with more instruments and different/better orchestrations.

The cast, featuring Will Swenson and Karen Olivo, all delivered solid performances. And, especially enjoyable was the direction by Trip Cullman and his use of the great and intimate theater space, as well as the choreography by Doug Varone.

If you're a fan of Jason Robert Brown and his sensibility and go into Murder Ballad with that in mind, then you will find the show a very enjoyable experience!

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Perez Encourages You To Vote - In Song!

Check out Vote, a hilarious song featuring Perez and the cast of NEWSical: The Musical (above)!

Such fun memories!

Like! Share!

Vote!!!

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