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Dianna Vs. Kim: Who Wore It Better???

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Left: Dianna Agron outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in August of 2011. Right: Kim Kardashian leaving The Book of Mormon play in New York City over the weekend.

Both ladies are wearing the same Stella McCartney velour peplum dress almost a year apart, so tell us…

Who looked stellar in Stella???

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Who looked stellar in Stella???

  • Kim (24%)
  • Dianna (76%)

Total Votes: 11,064

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Book Of Mormon's Andrew Rannells To Star In Ryan Murphy's New Show!

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Very well deserved! This guy is extremely talented!

Back in October, we learned that NBC had won an intense bidding war for Ryan Murphy and Allison Adler's new sitcom.

Now, Book of Mormon star Andrew Rannells has signed on to play one of the three lead roles in the show, which is being described as follows:

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The Book Of Mormon Holds Strong In Hard Broadway Times

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We're in that time of year that if you want to go see a Broadway show on the cheap, you'd better move it. From post-Labor Day through Thanksgiving, the Great White Way doesn't see very much action and the theaters all feel the sting right at the beginning of September.

That is, except for The Eugene O'Neill Theatre, home of The Book Of Mormon. In Broadway's annual post-Labor Day slump, the show managed to outsell standards like Wicked and The Lion King, pulling in $1,293,582 last week! Wicked, which has a higher capacity at the Gershwin than the Eugene, only brought in $1,293,582.

God must be on those boys side! Hows it feel to be smooth sailing, Trey Parker and Matt Stone???

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Hurricane Irene Cancellations Send Broadway Box Office Sales Down

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Broadway took a box office hit as Irene blew through, due to all the show cancellations.

The week’s gross went down 36 percent according to data from The Broadway League. Mainly because attendance was almost cut in half.

The Broadway League said all performances scheduled for Saturday and Sunday were cancelled due to:

“…suspension of public transportation, evacuations of many areas, closures of some highways and potential bridge closures by government authorities in preparation for Hurricane Irene.”

There were at least a few shows that did well despite the hurricane. One of them, The Book of Mormon, grossed 106% of it’s usual weekly, which was $786,459.

At least overall Broadway is still growing. Season-to-date they’re actually up $2,900,000; an increase of 1.1%. Yay broadway!

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Broadway Has A Record-Breaking '10-'11 Season!

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Wow! Guess people DO still go to the theatre!

The Broadway League is reporting that the 2010-11 Broadway season broke two records, reaching a box office high of 1.08 billion and an attendance of 12.53 million!

Apparently, this partly has to do with the fact that the season was an extra week long, which happens every seven years to help balance out bookkeeping variations like leap years, etc., but also because 42 shows opened over the course of the season!

We imagine shows like The Book of Mormon, Catch Me If You Can, and even the god-forsaken Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark certainly had to do with a lot of the cash flow this year, as well!

Broadway's certainly had a pretty exciting year!

Well done, guys!

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South Park Creators' Musical Is Coming…This Thursday!

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Broadway is about to get controversial AND HIGHlarious!

Back in September, we were excited to hear that South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone's religious satire The Book of Mormon was scheduled to premiere on Broadway on March 24.

Now, we're SO excited to announce that previews for the musical about "a pair of teenage Mormon missionaries sent to Uganda, where they confront war, famine and AIDS" will start THIS THURSDAY!

Oddly enough, Matt stone says the musical is pro-faith:

"…I mean, (Mormon) is a pro-faith musical. People may say, 'What?!' But that's what it's meant to be."

More from Stone:

"We can have a lot of fun at the Mormons' expense, because there's stuff in their religion that may seem silly to outsiders. But these are really nice people who believe what they do wholeheartedly. And that leads us to ask, well, what do you believe in, and what's goofy about that?"

Here's a statement that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued with regards to the play:

"The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening [but that Mormon scripture] will change people's lives forever."

And here's what Stone had to say in response:

"Those guys just kill us with kindness every time. Their response to our South Park episode (on Smith) was basically the same: 'Look, you're free to do what you want.' It's so big-hearted and fundamentally American."

Ha! Now we're REALLY intrigued by this musical…especially after Matt Stone said it's a "pro-faith musical." Inneresting way to describe a Mormon-themed play by the South Park guys…

Are U excited for this play? Do U think it will, in fact, be "pro-faith?"

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Creators Of South Park Get Mormon For Broadway!

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This is going to EFFING RIDICULOUS.

We can't wait!!

The brilliant creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, have always infused their hysterical comedy series with musical numbers and songs, so it's no surprise that they've been working on a stage musical, but one based on the Mormon faith?!

Apparently so!

The team has collaborated with Avenue Q creator Robert Lopez, director Jason Moore and producers Scott Rudin and Anne Garefino on The Book of Mormon, which will revolve around two Mormon missionaries attempting to spread their faith in Uganda, interwoven with the story of Mormon founder Joseph Smith!

WTF?? We know!

But for all the Mormons in the world whose hearts just stopped, you can relax for the most part - despite their usual dose of political incorrectness and satire, the HIGHlarious writers have no ill will for the faith!

Stone asserts that none of their work, especially South Park, would never work "if it didn't have a heart."

"We learned a long time ago that if something is cynical just for the sake of being cynical, it won't last too long."

Parker agrees:

"There's a lot of Mormon stuff in our work because Matt and I both grew up around a lot of Mormons. I've never met a Mormon I didn't like. They're really nice people. They're so Disney. They're so Rodgers and Hammerstein. We're bigger authorities on The Book of Mormon than most Mormons. Broadway is big and scary to us. And by no means are we coming in to kick Broadway's ass. We're pretty sure we're going to get our asses kicked. But Bobby and Scott and Jason have a lot of the theater experience, so with their help, maybe we won't fall flat on our faces."

As bizarre as the concept is, we're confident that these guys will pull it off! They've got a great team assembled and rarely miss their mark.

What do U think?? Are U excited for The Book of Mormon??

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