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Odds & Ends: Cher Joins Mamma Mia! Movie Sequel & More

- Monday October 16th, 2017

Here's a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.

Cher Set for On-Screen Reunion with Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia! Movie Sequel
Cher has landed a new screen role! The superstar subject of the Broadway-bound musical The Cher Show will appear in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, the film sequel to the popular hit. The movie musical marks a screen return for Oscar winner Cher, who is expected to sing ABBA tunes in the film. Cher will reunite with Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! star Meryl Streep after having appeared together in the 1983 film Silkwood. No word yet on the nature of Cher's role, but we just can't wait to hear her wrap her stirring voice around those ABBA favorites.

Laura Osnes, Corey Cott


The Fans Have Spoken! The Top 10 Horror Films That Should Come to Broadway

- Monday October 16th, 2017

Hopefully, the results of this week's Culturalist Challenge are as scary as your Monday gets. Last week was Friday the 13th, so we celebrated by asking you which horror film should come to Broadway. We've hunted down the movie trailers for your top 10, which included a psycho, Frankenstein and a demon clown. Look out—one of your top 10 picks is coming to the West End! We're officially hiding under a blanket for the rest of the day. Check out the top 10 below—and bring peanut butter cups if you want to come hide with us after.

10. Rosemary's Baby



9. Pan's Labyrinth


Six Glorious Takeaways from Idina Menzel & Cara Mentzel on Live at Five

- Monday October 16th, 2017

Way before asking us to moo with her in Rent, going green as Wicked's Elphaba and getting super cold as Elsa in Frozen, Idina Menzel was just a Long Island girl with a big voice and little sister, Cara Mentzel. Mentzel has written Voice Lessons, a memoir chronicling her relationship with Dee (as she calls her). The sisters recently caught up with Paul Wontorek on Live at Five to discuss the moving, hilarious stories in the book as well as drop some major Mentzel/Menzel knowledge. Hold on to your broomsticks, kids. Here are six things we learned about Idina Menzel and her super cool sis.

6. Cara Got Stoned for the First Time at the Rent Opening

What happens in Bohemia, stays in Bohemia—unless you document real life and put it out there in a memoir. Rentheads have dreamed about how epic the Broadway opening-night party must have been bac


Broadway Grosses: Bruce Springsteen Is 'Born to Run' on the Great White Way

- Monday October 16th, 2017

The fall Broadway season has kicked off with a one-of-a-kind treat. Music icon Bruce Springsteen opened a sensational concert engagement, aptly titled Springsteen on Broadway, at the Walter Kerr Theatre on October 12 and audiences clearly approve. In just a five-performance week at the Kerr, Springsteen on Broadway brought in a gross of $1,924,817.50, filling the theater to 100.00% capacity. Springsteen on Broadway has already been extended through February 3, 2018, so be sure to take advantage of the chance to see the legendary hitmaker before his Broadway reign concludes.

Here's a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending October 15:

FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)
1. Hamilton ($2,930,747.00)
2. Hello, Dolly! ($2,371,088.47)
3. The Lion King ($2,079,369.00)
4. Springsteen on Broadway ($1,924,


Roy Dotrice, Celebrated Tony Winner of A Moon for the Misbegotten, Dies at 94

- Monday October 16th, 2017

Roy Dotrice, the multitalented character actor who capped a three-plus-decade Broadway career with a Tony Award win for a revival of A Moon for the Misbegotten, died on October 16 at the age of 94, according to Deadline.

Dotrice was born in Guernsey, off the coast of Normandy, on May 26, 1923 to Neva and Louis Dotrice. Years after serving in the Royal Air Force during World War II, Dotrice began taking on stage and radio roles, kicking off his Broadway career with a West End transfer of the solo show Brief Lives (1967), in a celebrated turn as John Aubrey which he played again on Broadway in 1974 and on two tours, landing him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the greatest number of solo performances (1,782).

Dotrice's other performances on the Great White Way included roles in Mister Lincoln (1980), A Life (1980), Kingdoms (1981), Hay Fever (1985) and The Homecoming (1991). Almost


Anthony Edwards Joins Broadway Revival of Children of a Lesser God

- Monday October 16th, 2017

Emmy nominee Anthony Edwards has been announced to play the role of Mr. Franklin in the upcoming Broadway revival of Children of a Lesser God. The new production of Mark Medoff’s 1980 play is set to begin performances on March 22, 2018 at Studio 54 with an opening scheduled for April 11. Tony winner Kenny Leon directs the mounting that will also star the previously announced Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff. 

Edwards is probably best known for his role as Dr. Mark Greene on the long-running TV series ER, for which he received four Emmy nominations. In the theater, Edwards was last seen in Classic Stage Company's Month in the Country, Williamstown Theater Festival's Harvey and a mounting of Joyce Carol Oates' Black. Edwards' recent film work includes Consumed, Experimenter, Big Sur and Motherhood. His other television credits include Law and Order True Crimes: The Menendez Murde


Ben Platt Passes Dear Evan Hansen Torch to Noah Galvin & Taylor Trensch with Ultimate Dance Video

- Monday October 16th, 2017

Dear Evan Hansen Tony winner Ben Platt may be playing his final performance in the hit musical on November 19, but the farewell isn't as sad as it might be. Taking over for Platt will be two of his close friends: Noah Galvin, who will appear in the show's title role for a limited run beginning on November 21, and Hello, Dolly!'s Taylor Trensch, who will start in mid-January. So how best to pass the torch to a pair of dear pals? With a full-on dance video. Platt, Galvin and Trensch have offered up just that with a groovy take on Earth, Wind & Fire's "Getaway." Donning full '70s garb, the trio delivers the song to perfection. Watch the talented guys below and try not to simultaneously tear up and geek out.