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Novelty quickly overstays its welcome in ‘X Factor’ musical

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ERIVO (RIGHT). Expressive face and pristine pipes.

“The X Factor’s” ability to turn talented unknowns into full-fledged stars is undeniable—so, “I Can’t Sing: The X Factor Musical” (at the London Palladium), the West End musical comedy it inspired, was on top of our list during our theater-going trip to the United Kingdom last summer.

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New York state of happy

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SALONGA. Something to look forward to.

I took a brief trip to New York last week for a little bit of work. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to take in a couple of Broadway shows in the process. This season has been an interesting one, what with the opening of several really great shows and the closing of a few others. Since my time in New York was severely limited, there was time to take in only two of them, and I believe I chose well: “Aladdin,” and “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.”

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‘Rak of Aegis’ student discount

The hit original Pinoy musical based on the songs of local band Aegis, “Rak of Aegis,” is being staged again at the Peta Theater.

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Clint Eastwood on being an unlikely choice to direct ‘Jersey Boys’

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EASTWOOD. Back-to-back projects for the Hollywood legend.

At first glance, Clint Eastwood is an unlikely choice to direct “Jersey Boys,” the film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning hit musical on the rise and fall of the 1960s rock and roll group, The Four Seasons. In a recent interview, the iconic, silver-haired actor and director himself said on how he landed the gig, “I would love to make it more complicated and a little fancier, but they (producers) just called up and asked me if I would be interested in doing it.”

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Madonna attends preview of Tupac B’way musical

In this Oct. 17, 2013, file photo, U.S. pop star Madonna smiles during her visit at the "Hard Candy Fitness" center in Berlin. Madonna attended a preview of "Holler If Ya Hear Me" in New York City on Monday, June 16, 2014, which would have been the her friend and rapper Tupac Shakur's 43rd birthday. Shakur died in 1996 at age 25. AP

One of Tupac Shakur’s old friends celebrated his birthday by seeing a new play inspired by his music.

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