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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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EXCLUSIVE! Carrie Is Coming…Or At Least The Cast Recording Of The Off-Broadway Musical Is!

Between this and the new Chloe Moretz-starring remake in the works, we feel like we're up to our elbows in pig's blood!

As you may recall, an Off-Broadway revival of Carrie: The Musical ran for a month earlier this year, and now, the first-ever cast album of the show is set to be released next month!

Ch-ch-check out an EXCLUSIVE preview of the tunes, featuring Molly Ranson and Marin Mazzie (above)!

Goodness! The music is so pretty that we forget what a bloodbath the whole thing turns into!

LOLz!

Can't wait to hear it all in full! How about U?

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It's ACTUALLY Happening! Jason Bateman Tweets First Production Photo From Arrested Development Set!

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Good lord! Our prayers are answered!

Even though we knew it was coming, after years of being toyed with and tortured, to FINALLY have VISUAL confirmation…

It's hard to express the HAPPINESS bursting from our heart right now!

That's right, after receiving confirmation yesterday that the new season of Arrested Development would begin production, series star Jason Bateman took to Twitter to share PROOF that everything was going according to plan!

Ch-ch-check out the photo from the set of the revival's first episode (above), which he captioned:

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No AbFab For Madge! She's BANNED From The Series!

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Well, if she's turned them down so consistently over the years, we doubt she'll be crying about this now!

With the third episode of the current Absolutely Fabulous revival wrapped up just in time for the London Olympics, and a movie version in the works, creator Jennifer Saunders has revealed that despite having quite a few celebrity cameos on the series throughout the years, the only one to be banned is none other than Madonna!

But only because she always says no when they invite her!

She explains:

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Jesus Christ Sings On The View!

Holy sexy singin' Jesus! You are all SUPERSTARS!

The critically acclaimed, Tony nominated cast of Jesus Christ Superstar are shining their healing, electrifying light on the ladies of The View!

We were lucky enough to catch a performance of the Broadway musical revival while in NYC, and of the MANY productions we reviewed,
JCSS was a stand-out experience!

Click play (above) and let the lord AKA Josh Young inspire you!

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