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Carly Rae Jepsen heads to Broadway next year

This photo taken April 19, 2012 shows Canadian singer, Carly Rae Jepsen, posing for photographs following an APTN interview at the Landmark Hotel, London. Jepsen has been called by Broadway. Producers of "Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella" said Sunday that the Canadian singer-songwriter will take over the role of Cinderella starting Feb. 4 for 12 weeks. She’ll take over from Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes. Jepsen, a Grammy Award nominee, began performing in musical theater in high school, starring in “Annie,” “The Wiz” and “Grease” before attending the Canadian College of Performing Arts. She’ll be joining the cast alongside Fran Drescher paying Cinderella's stepmother. Drescher, an Emmy Award winner for "The Nanny," takes over the Harriet Harris’ role. The Tony-nominated musical has been given a makeover by Douglas Carter Beane, who has turned the fairy tale into a charming, witty story updated for a new generation. AP

“Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen has had her calls returned by Broadway.

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Lea reveals her lucky charm

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Theater folk can be quite a superstitious bunch. Some refrain from eating peanuts backstage; others believe that saying “good luck” instead of “break a leg” would actually lead to mishaps. Whistling on- or offstage is generally frowned upon, and mentioning the title of “that Scottish play”—or well, “MacBeth”—is likely to draw gasps of horror from the more dramatic actors.

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French director, actor Chereau dies at 68

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Patrice Chereau, a celebrated and award-winning French actor and director in film, theater and opera who was renowned for cutting-edge productions, has died, officials said Tuesday. He was 68.

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‘Peter Pan’ retold

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If “Wicked” examines the friendship shared by the Good Witch of the North and the Wicked Witch of the West before Elphaba’s fall from grace in the magical land of Oz, “Peter and the Starcatcher” recounts the story of an ordinary orphan, Boy (Jason Ralph), who is transformed into the mischievous “Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up”—and how his archenemy, Captain James Hook, developed his fear of blood after he loses his right hand!

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Greater than the sum of its zany parts

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PIERCE AND WEAVER. Strained relationships are fodder for riotous comedy.

The most entertaining non-musical production on Broadway this season is “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” which runs at the John Golden Theatre until July 28. More than its exceptional actors (led by Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce), the show’s biggest draw for us is its writer, Christopher Durang.

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