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'The Wiz Live' Producers Talk Broadway Plans, Cast Involvement

The producers of The Wiz Live are talking about their plans to bring the show to Broadway next year and if any cast members will be involved.

The telecast was the best-reviewed live musical that NBC has done so far and it brought in 11.5 million viewers, up a significant amount from last year’s Peter Pan Live.

“Right now the plan is to have The Wiz on Broadway a year from now in partnership with Cirque. The entire cast of The Wiz Live knows about the Broadway plans but we didn’t make it a prerequisite when casting them. But over the past couple of weeks, a lot of members of the cast have been sniffing around doing it in the theater,” Neil Meron told THR.

“We’d love for [Shanice Williams] to be on Broadway in The Wiz but that’s to be worked out,” Craig Zadan added.

“Every person that was in the show last night has been invited to come to Broadway. It’s a matter of if they want to and how much time they can give us,” they continued. “And if we can work out a pay scale. Broadway pays differently than doing film, TV and concerts.”

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Matthew Morrison Takes 'Finding Neverland' to the White House

Matthew Morrison performs a song from his Broadway musical Finding Neverland during the Broadway at the White House event held earlier this week in Washington, D.C.

The 37-year-old actor was joined by the rest of his cast members while performing songs from the show for an audience that included First Lady Michelle Obama. One of the event’s special guest hosts was Kristin Chenoweth!

“Over the years we’ve hosted all kinds of performances to highlight our nation’s talent and honor our cultural heritage from Gospel to Motown to Country. And tonight we’re celebrating another cornerstone of our culture by taking a trip to Broadway,” Michelle said at the event. “For other 100 years Broadway has been bringing us together to make us laugh, to make us cry, to make us think, and most of all, to tell our stories. And since America is such a big, bold, beautiful nation that’s how our stories are told on Broadway. With show-stopping dance routines and soaring musical numbers and heart-wrenching, side-splitting performances that we never forget.”

Broadway at the White House, produced by The Weinstein Company, will air on TLC on Thanksgiving day (November 26) at 8/7c. Watch preview clips below!


Matthew Morrison & “Finding Neverland” Cast – “Believe”

Click inside to watch another clip of Matthew Morrison performing… More Here! »

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Jennifer Hudson & Danielle Brooks Bring 'The Color Purple' To Broadway

Jennifer Hudson rocks out a cute black and white look at the Broadway cast photo call of her new play The Color Purple at Intercontinental Hotel on Friday (November 20) in New York City.

“I just love the energy that the people bring,” the 34-year-old actress told Broadway.com. “Just to see the love for theater and live music and seeing it being appreciated, it drives me. I just love it!”

Other cast members in attendance: Kyle Scatliffe, Danielle Brooks, Cynthia Erivo, Joaquina Kalukango, and Isaiah Johnson.

“I’m so grateful that I get to do this,” Danielle said. “I love every bit about it. It’s been a thrill from the first rehearsal to the first preview and now [it's] creeping up on the opening, so it’s been great.”

The Color Purple will officially open on Thursday, December 10th at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 W 45th Street).

20+ pictures inside of The Color Purple photo call… More Here! »

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Bruce Willis Takes a Bow with 'Misery' on Broadway!

Bruce Willis and his co-star Laurie Metcalf take a bow on stage at the Misery Broadway opening night on Sunday (November 15) in New York City.

The 60-year-old actor and his co-stars, including Leon Addison Brown and director Will Frears, as well as his wife Emma Hemming hit up the show’s after party at TAO Downtown later that evening.

The show is set to run in NYC until February 14, 2016. Be sure to catch the show if you’re in town!

15+ pictures inside of Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf taking a bow on Broadway… More Here! »

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Ashley Olsen Supports Bob Saget's Return to Broadway!

Ashley Olsen poses for a photo with Bob Saget while visiting him backstage after a performance of the play Hand to God on Friday (November 6) at the Booth Theatre in New York City.

The 59-year-old actor is making his return to Broadway in the hilarious play, which will finish up its limited run in January.

Ashley of course played Bob‘s on-screen daughter Michelle Tanner in the beloved series Full House. While we won’t be seeing her and Mary-Kate on the upcoming reboot, we can’t wait to see Danny and the rest of the family back in Fuller House.

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Emma Watson Catches a Showing of Broadway's Hit Show 'Hamilton'!

Emma Watson steps out in a sheer shirt for a night out in New York City on Friday (October 30).

The 25-year-old actress was seen out earlier that same day in a different outfit running some errands.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Emma Watson

The day before, Emma caught a production of Hamilton, the hottest show on Broadway! She posed for photos with the writer Lin-Manuel Miranda, and some of the stars including Andrew Rannells and Leslie Odom, Jr.

10+ pictures inside of Emma Watson out and about in New York City… More Here! »

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Sarah Jessica Parker Goes Pantless for 'Lovely' New Photo!

Sarah Jessica Parker supports her husband Matthew Broderick at the after party following the opening night performance of his play Sylvia on Tuesday (October 27) in New York City.

Also in attendance was Matthew‘s co-star Annaleigh Ashford, as well as Broadway stars Bernadette Peters and Laura Osnes.

SJP recently posed pantless for new campaign pictures to celebrate the launch of a 10th anniversary special edition bottle of her fragrance Lovely.

“To celebrate this milestone, we’ve launched www.sjplovely.com. We want to hear your loveliest memories from the last 10 years,” SJP wrote on Instagram. “As you share your memories online, be sure to tag #LovelyTurns10. Each post will be featured on our website, and could enter you to win your very own limited edition Lovely sweatshirt. Can’t wait to read all you’ve been up to. X, Sj.”

A photo posted by SJP Lovely (@sjplovely) on

FYI: SJP is wearing a Dior dress, a Whiting&Davis bag, and a Sorrelli necklace.

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