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Following Margot Robbie, Lin-Manuel Miranda Will Host The Second Episode Of SNL

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If we’re judging season 42 of SNL solely on the selection of the first two hosts, then it already gets an A+. A lot of times SNL will trot out old faithful’s at the beginning of the season to make sure it gets off to a good start, but not this year. After it was announced that Margot Robbie will make her SNL hosting debut in the season premiere, we now know that following her will be first time host and Broadway savant Lin-Manuel Miranda. Although both hosts have no prior SNL experience, its’ safe to say that its not hampering people’s excitement. Plus, if there’s anything better than SNL getting really into Broadway sketches, then I’d like to know what it is. SNL premieres this Saturday night.

-Ryan

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The Broadway Cast’s Of ‘Lion King’ & ‘Aladdin’ Had An Airport Sing Off During A Flight Delay

I never thought I’d say this, but I wish I was stuck at the airport on this day. How amazing would it have been to be there? You’re at LaGuardia airport just absolutely hating your life and then an enormous group of people just start singing in perfect harmony and your day is instantly brighter. Then they get into ‘Circle of Life’ and you start thinking about YOUR life and if you’re really at the job you love, and before you know it your whole life is completely changed. As much as I would have loved to be there, I can’t remember the last time I was at an airport and wasn’t really drunk, so I probably would have been yelling for them to sing ‘Fast Car’ by Tracey Chapman and ruined the whole thing.

– Ryan

Broadway cast of “Lion King’ hijacks a Subway

The Lion King cast on a subway

Just a casual morning with the cast of Lion King…

Talk about your all-time morning commutes! I would like to say that I would just be sitting, possibly video taping, and enjoying the nice serenade on my way into work, but let’s be honest I would probably be ripping a small baby from the arms of its mother and raising him/her to the ceiling of the subway car like Simba on pride rock. I would also be singing right along, so that, paired with the screaming childless mother, it would kill their harmony….it’s probably best i don’t take the subway, or live in New York. The Lion King rocks so hard.

Thanks to Lindy Nash for finding this tremendous video!

Matt

I know this wee bit of viral marketing from somewhere…..

holy change of plans I was going to put ‘The Office’ “Sweeney Todd” video up, but this REAL one is way better.

 

Everything is Apparently Not OK At Home For Shia LeBeouf

UmmAccording to prosecutors, a pair of witnesses identified the 27-year-old actor as the person hauled out of the show at intermission.

“Do you know who I am?” he reportedly shouted at cops.

Once in cuffs, LeBeouf called one officer “a f—-t” and told another to “suck his d—,” according to charges read aloud in court. It reportedly took a half-dozen cops to take him into custody.

Once in the Midtown North Precinct, where he bizarrely did pushups and jabbered non-stop, LeBeouf allegedly told an officer, “I’ll end your life.”

The erratic actor threatened cops and spit in the air while unleashing a foul-mouthed tirade after a full day of drinking at a nearby bar, law enforcement sources and a witness said.

“He said something like, ‘F— you. I will f— you up,’” the sources said.

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Hasn’t this happened to all of us? We drink at the bar all day then go to a performance of ‘Cabaret’ and cause such a disturbance that the cops have to show up and arrest us then we yell homophobic slurs at the cops and do push ups in the jail cell? If that doesn’t sound like a typical Thursday night then I don’t know what does. Shia LeBeouf is obviously slowly losing his mind and just turning into a cynical, horrible person. Something is obviously wrong here, and whatever it is that is wrong has been going on for a long time. This unfortunately is not an isolated incident, but the latest in a string of incidents where he just loses his shit. I’m going to out on a limb and say that someone with Shia’s history shouldn’t be drinking all day in a bar. Probably not the brightest idea. My suggestion is that Shia befriends a horse and moves to the mountains somewhere. Gets in touch with nature and leaves showbiz behind. Only logical solution.

– Ryan

 

 

Why Am I Only Now Finding Out About Bryan Cranston Performing as President LBJ On Broadway?

Source – The producers of “All the Way,” Robert Schenkkan’s play about Lyndon B. Johnson’s tumultuous first year as president, are banking on the star power provided by Bryan Cranston in the lead role, announcing a Broadway opening date in a theater usually occupied by big-budget musicals.

“All the Way” will begin previews Feb. 10 for a March 6 opening at the 1,400-seat Neil Simon Theater. The musical “Big Fish” closes there on Dec. 29; earlier tenants include “Hairspray,” “Catch Me If You Can” and the recent revival of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

After a start at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the play — with Mr. Cranston, the Emmy-winning “Breaking Bad” star, joining the cast — ran at the American Repertory Theater in September. Bill Rauch, who directed the Oregon and A.R.T. stagings, will direct the Broadway production as well.

In announcing details of the opening on Tuesday, the producers also confirmed that Michael McKean and Brandon J. Dirden would continue with the production on Broadway as J. Edgar Hoover and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, respectively.

This is wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time. It’s wonderful because Bryan Cranston is going to tear the house down as LBJ. His show at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge sold like hot cakes and his performance must’ve been outstanding or they wouldn’t have ordered Broadway shows. It’s heartbreaking because there is zero chance I get to see him. I jumped the gun for 2014. I’ve been spending money like some kind of animal. SXSW Film Festival in March. Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden in April. Italy in May. I need to find some way of working this Broadway play into my schedule. If I miss Bryan Cranston as LBJ live I’ll never forgive myself.

If you’re as interested as I am, check out the official website for tickets here

– Ryan.

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