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Lea Michele & Darren Criss Live Out Their Broadway Dreams On The Set Of Glee!

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So THAT'S why Blaine and Rachel were all gussied up!

But seriously though, someone get these two a Broadway show, STAT! Maybe Darren Criss could be Lea Michele's love interest in Ryan Murphy's Funny Girl remake?!

Last week, the Glee crew were spotted at the Walt Disney Concert Hall filming a beautiful musical number for the show and now we know what they're up to!

Lea and Darren shared their sentiments about performing Broadway Baby together and surprise! Whoopi Goldberg makes an appearance at this performance!

Ch-ch-check them gushing over their duet (above)!

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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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Life's A Great Big Follies

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We have a confession to make. While we think Stephen Sondheim is a genius - without question - we find his body of work to be hit or miss.

Some of his musicals are epic and timeless classics. While we find some others difficult to sit through. That was the case with our last Sondheim experience, when we saw the awful revival of Company on Broadway. We loved Raul Esparza in that revival, but we did not like the production - nor are we a fan of the show.

We'd never seen Follies before, so we weren't quite sure what to expect when we caught it Friday night on Broadway. THANKFULLY, we loved it!

Sure, the first act starts off very slowly, but once the stakes raise and the emotions intensify, it quickly became a very gripping show! And the music! Wow! Some of Sondheim's best work!

I'm Still Here, Broadway Baby, and In Buddy's Eyes - to name a few!

And, WOW, did this production feature an all-star cast! Bernadette Peters was fabulous! That voice is like honey! And STILL flawless! She told us backstage she doesn't smoke or even drink - and you could tell! She really protects her precious instrument and her voice is still something to be experienced!

Elaine Paige was fabulous, but her role is very supporting.

The real revelation in this production was Jan Maxwell. We'd never seen her in anything before and weren't familiar with her, but we are now obsessed! Wow! Wow! Wow! She was soooooooo good!

Really enjoyed Follies!

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