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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Fox Exec Probably Wishes He Didn’t Tell Rent: Live Cast to ‘Break a Leg’ by Whitney Friedlander

If you’re looking for someone to blame for the #RentNotLive controversy that happened after star Brennin Hunt broke his foot last month, look no further than Charlie Collier. The new Fox E…

SOURCE: Vulture at 04:23PM
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s New Opening Song Will Be Disney-Themed by Whitney Friedlander

In the season-two finale of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Rachel Bloom’s hyperactively imaginative heroine, Rebecca Bunch, was jilted at the altar. The third season will pick up from there with a �…

SOURCE: Vulture at 05:35PM
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Sean Hayes, Rosie O'Donnell Join the Ever-Expanding Cast of Hairspray Live! by Whitney Friedlander

Sean Hayes is finally reuniting with Smash executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron on Hairspray Live!, the latest of the producers’ live NBC musical extravaganzas. Hayes will play f…

SOURCE: Vulture at 06:14AM
Thursday, January 7, 2016

‘Grease: Live’ Casts R&B Group Boyz II Men as its Teen Angels by Whitney Friedlander

The current members of Boyz II Men are reviving their teen angel status. The R&B group has joined Fox’s production of “Grease: Live” for a three-part harmony version of…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:32AM
Monday, December 7, 2015

NBC Developing New York-Set Period Musical with Broadway Stars by Whitney Friedlander

NBC is continuing to build out its relationship with the Great White Way, as the network is developing “Voice of the City,” a New York-set period musical written by Tony nominee…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:19PM
Friday, December 4, 2015

Scary Meets Cuddly with ‘The Wiz Live’ Makeup by Whitney Friedlander

Special effects makeup artist Dave Elsey says he was “traumatized” by the movie “The Wizard of Oz” when he was a child — but in his view that’s not necessarily a bad thing. “If…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:08AM
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Wednesday, November 4, 2015

NBC’s ‘Wiz Live!’ Promo Teases Dorothy’s Trip Through Oz by Whitney Friedlander

NBC is preparing to hit the road for Oz this winter, releasing a preview for “The Wiz: Live!” The latest in NBC’s series of live productions, this staging of the classic mu…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:56AM
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Fox’s ‘Rocky Horror’ Taps Laverne Cox as Frank-N-Furter by Whitney Friedlander

Fox’s “Rocky Horror Picture Show” has invited Laverne Cox to come up to its lab. The “Orange is the New Black” actress has been cast as the sexually ambiguous f…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:14PM
Monday, October 19, 2015

‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival in the Works at Netflix by Whitney Friedlander

Netflix is planning a return trip to Stars Hollow. The digital channel is developing a revival of the much-loved Warner Bros. series “Gilmore Girls” with creator Amy Sherman-Pall…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:26PM
Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Vanessa Williams Returning to Miss America as Head Judge by Whitney Friedlander

After 32 years, Vanessa Williams will return to the Miss America stage and will serve as head judge for this year’s competition. In 1984, Williams famously became the first African Ame…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:14PM
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Patti LuPone Cast in a New Role for ‘Penny Dreadful’ Season 3 by Whitney Friedlander

Patti LuPone is back for more “Penny Dreadful.” The Broadway legend, who guest starred as Joan Clayton (aka the Cut-Wife) in the sophomore season of Showtimes’s Victorian E…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:15PM
Tuesday, August 4, 2015

David Alan Grier to Play Cowardly Lion in NBC’s ‘The Wiz Live!’ by Whitney Friedlander

David Alan Grier has the courage to explore live TV. The comedian and three-time Tony Award nominee has joined NBC’s production of “The Wiz Live!.” He’ll play the Cow…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:52PM
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige Join NBC’s ‘The Wiz’ by Whitney Friedlander

Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige are the latest singers ready to make mischief in Oz for NBC’s upcoming live production of “The Wiz.” Executive producer Craig Zadan shared t…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:56PM
Thursday, July 9, 2015

Aaron Tveit Cast as Danny Zuko in Fox’s ‘Grease’ Musical by Whitney Friedlander

Aaron Tveit has been cast as head T Bird Danny Zuko in Fox’s musical version of “Grease,” it is the word. The Paramount Television production is based on the original music…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:47PM
Monday, May 11, 2015

‘The Wiz’s’ Stephanie Mills Returns for NBC Production by Whitney Friedlander

Stephanie Mills is returning to Oz. The Broadway star who originated the role of Dorothy in the musical adaptation of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is set to appear in NBC’s…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:58PM
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix Series Finds its Leads by Whitney Friedlander

“The Get Down,” Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Netflix series about Bronx teens growing up the 1970s, has cast its first four young male leads. TJ Brown will play Boo-Boo, a mecha…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:14AM
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WGN’s ‘Manhattan’ Enlists Mamie Gummer by Whitney Friedlander

Mamie Gummer is heading for the Hill. “The Good Wife” alum has joined WGN America’s Los Alamos-set period drama “Manhattan” for season two, playing a street-smart spy w…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:30PM
Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Minnie Driver joins NBC's 'Peter Pan Live!' by Whitney Friedlander

LOS ANGELES ( - NBC has added to its cast of "Peter Pan Live!," tapping "About a Boy's" Minnie Driver to play the adult version of female lead Wendy Darling in its live staging o…

SOURCE: at 04:20PM

Minnie Driver Joins NBC’s ‘Peter Pan Live!’ by Whitney Friedlander

NBC has added to its cast of “Peter Pan Live!,” tapping “About a Boy’s” Minnie Driver to play the adult version of female lead Wendy Darling in its live staging…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:36PM
Monday, October 27, 2014

Neil Patrick Harris Planning NBC Variety Show by Whitney Friedlander

It seems Neil Patrick Harris can cross one more thing off his bucket list: The newly minted Oscar host has partnered with NBC to develop a variety show based on “Ant and Dec’s Satur…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:53PM
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Viola Davis Gets Personal With the Hunger Is Initiative by Whitney Friedlander

When Viola Davis partnered with Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation to introduce the Hunger Is initiative to eradicate childhood hunger earlier this year, her experi…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Baz Luhrmann Set to Bedazzle Barneys Shoppers by Whitney Friedlander

Barneys New York will soon be extra merry and bright, as Baz Luhrmann and his wife, costume and production designer Catherine Martin, will be glitzing up the joint this holiday season. Named…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:56PM
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Broadway’s Kelli O’Hara Joins NBC’s ‘Peter Pan Live!’ by Whitney Friedlander

NBC has again turned to the Great White Way before setting off for Neverland, tapping Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara for its upcoming musical “Peter Pan Live!.” O’Hara, whose cred…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:29PM
Monday, September 8, 2014

Patti LuPone Joins Showtime’s ‘Penny Dreadful’ by Whitney Friedlander

Broadway great and “American Horror Story: Coven” alum Patti LuPone will soon be casting a spell on Showtime’s supernatural period drama “Penny Dreadful,” Varie…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:47PM
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

‘Annie’ Costume Designer Creates Target Clothing Line by Whitney Friedlander

Hey hobo man, hey Dapper Dan: Target is partnering with the costume designer of the upcoming “Annie” remake on an apparel line. Renée Ehrlich Kalfus has created a 25-piece limit…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:52AM
Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hank Azaria to Lead Cast of Comedy from ‘Family Guy’ Producers by Whitney Friedlander

“The Simpsons” vet Hank Azaria is heading across the border and will be the lead voice role in “Bordertown,” Fox’s new animated series created and written by &…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:13PM
Friday, June 27, 2014

Looking Back: ‘Mad Men’s’ Elisabeth Moss Dances Her Way into Variety by Whitney Friedlander

Elisabeth Moss has racked up five Emmy nominations playing complex, career-driven Peggy Olson on “Mad Men.” But just as Peggy has transformed over the course of seven seasons, Moss, 31, …

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

‘Frozen’ Easily Tops Weekly Home Video Sales Chart by Whitney Friedlander

A lack of new releases in the home entertainment industry’s no man’s season – the period of time between the Memorial Day weekend and the end of the school year – was all it took for…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:36PM

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