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James Franco Is Bound 2 Make His Broadway Debut In Of Mice And Men Revival!

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This news does not give us a Great Depression! It makes us happier than tending to rabbits!

James Franco is set to make his Broadway debut in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, which will go up at the Longacre Theater.

James will play the part of the quick-witted migrant ranch worker, George Milton, while Family Tree and Girls star Chris O'Dowd is set to make his debut as the simple-minded, Lennie Small. Maybe a shirtless Seth Rogen can play Curley's wife?!

The play's opening night is set for April 16th, with previews beginning March 19th, and tickets going up for sale on January 11th. We could stroke a puppy we're so excited! But lightly. Not the way Lennie strokes it.

Break a leg James…but don't break your arm. You know what, just stay away from hiking in general during the rehearsal process!

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James Franco Set To Star In Of Mice And Men Revival With Bridesmaids' Chris O'Dowd?!

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Anyone remember this required reading in high school — trouble with mice is you always kill 'em??

John Steinbeck's literary classic, Of Mice And Men is apparently heading back to Broadway for a revival beginning in March—and according to the New York Times, the important role of George Milton will be played by Spring Breakers star James Franco!

It's going to be totes exciting to see the artsy actor take on a more serious stage role AND make his Broadway debut!

Though no one

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Kristin Chenoweth Might Say "Hello" To Hello Dolly!

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Shut the backstage door!

It's been recently reported that Kristin Chenoweth is in discussions to play Dolly Levi in a multimillion dollar Broadway revival of Hello Dolly! Wicked!

Apparently, the role has been offered in the past to Queen Latifah, and Bette Midler, who turned it down because she didn't want to do a grueling 8 performances a week!

However, it looks like the Popular singer seems to be the most popular candidate for the job, as Kristin has made it crystal clear that she'd like to do Dolly sometime in the next decade.

Well, it looks like that dream might come 8 years early, as the revival is expected to happen within the next 2 years!

We're so excited at the prospect of Elphaba being the alpha babe in Hello Dolly!, and changing the titular role for good!

[Image via Bridow/WENN.]

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MSN Planning NBC's Heroes Revival To Air Via Xbox!!

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Is Veronica Mars to thank for this as well?!

MSN is in talks to bring back NBC’s once highly successful drama TV series — Heroes. But they’re changing things up ALL around!

The re-imagined show won’t be headed to the big screen OR a TV channel. If relaunched, it’ll air as original programming for Xbox, complete with new characters and story lines.

But will we see our beloved heroes return? Perhaps! That’s what cameos are for.

Yes. Make this happen, MSN. Save this cheerleader.

[Image via NBC.]

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One Life To Live And All My Children Are Back From The Dead!

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Things are about to get a LOT more dramatic on the internet!!

Production company Prospect Park has just confirmed that cancelled daytime soap operas One Life To Live and All My Children will be revived for your online pleasure!!

Since the shows were officially pulled off the air last year, it was always the plan to bring back the beloved dramas for fans in a paid online setting until Prospect Park’s Rich Frank & Jeff Kwatinetz ran into some trouble when they began negotiations with guilds SAG-AFTRA and DGA. Fortunately, the producers never lost hope and finally reached an agreement today.

Prospect Park said:

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Perez Reviews: The Mystery Of Edwin Drood

The Mystery Of Edwin Drood is THE MOST FUN we have had in a Broadway theater this season!

We knew nothing about The Mystery Of Edwin Drood other than it was a musical with a stellar cast and we wanted to see the show.

A period piece and a thriller were what we thought we were getting into, but instead we got a slapstick comedy that was experiential AND an experience!

Based on the unfinished Charles Dickens novel, the musical version of the story is inspired by but not a complete retelling. It varies from the book in that the stage show is much more lighthearted. A full-on comedy!

It is like The Pirates Of Penzance meets Victoria/Victoria and Spamalot, except Drood preceded those last two shows.

What makes Drood so great is the comedy and the fun twist that the audience gets to help solve "the mystery". The songs, while not bad, are almost secondary.

In an unusual move, the show was written completely by Rupert Holmes, from music to lyrics to book to even orchestrations. And, little tidbit, Holmes is the dude who wrote and recorded the #1 hit Escape (The Piña Colada Song) in 1979. For Drood, he won multiple Tony Awards when the show debuted in 1985 with Betty Buckley leading the cast as the titular character.

The Roundabout Theater's current production is the first time the show is being revived on Broadway and it featured the most exceptional cast on Broadway at the moment, with the sensational and mega talented Stephanie J. Block as Drood.

Block was splendid - as was almost every other member of the cast.

The most enjoyable, for us, to watch were Andy Karl as Neville Landless, Jim Norton as the Chairman, and Jessie Mueller as Helena Landless - all of whom were so insanely funny and vocally enthralling.

Most exquisite to hear, though, was Betsy Wolfe as Rosa Bud. She has the voice of an angel!

Chita Rivera is an icon, a legend and Broadway royalty, but also the weakest link in Drood. She's 79 years old and BLESS HER for still getting up there and strutting her stuff, but she felt lost in the show. Her voice was fine; it was her character choices and acting that were not up to par with the rest of the cast. Also, it's definitely a bit jarring when you sound like you're from New York when you're supposed to be from England.

And, also, Peter Benson also underwhelmed as the actor who wants to be the star but just isn't good enough. Or, maybe he was really playing the part too well!

So much of Drood's success relies on the performances, and the fact that almost every single actor delivered an A+ performance means the casting folks are really good and the director, Scott Ellis, deserves major congrats.

The rest of the production team did a very fine job, most notably William Ivey Long for the fabulous costumes!

Oh, and to get to see the show at Studio 54 was such a sweet treat! Bonus!

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Perez Reviews: Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

We have had the displeasure of seeing some bad plays lately, so it was a real treat to see something solid and truly enjoyable on Friday night!

We caught the new Broadway revival of Edward Albee's Whose Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? and were so pleasantly surprised!

We went in with an open mind and no expectations. We had never seen the play before, nor had we seen the iconic movie starring Elizabeth Taylor.

This production featured no big names - just great stage actors doing what they do best.

But the real star of this show is Albee and his writing. Simply splendid!

Though Virginia Woolf was written a long time ago, it still feels SHARP. And, surprising to us, extremely funny!

These characters he created were so fascinating - and cruel!

In many ways, this felt like a smarter War Of The Roses, one of our favorite films.

Loved it!!!

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