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The Lion King Returns to DC With a Spectacular Production!

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There’s a reason TV and movie studios are flocking to Broadway. Disney’s venerable stage version of The Lion King has grossed over $1 billion at the theatrical box office, and the touring production now at Washington, DC’s The Kennedy Center will celebrate its 5,000th performance on July 13th, at 1:30pm.

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Side Show The Musical Gets Stunning Revival at The Kennedy Center

Side Show Kennedy Center - Eisenhower Theatre New revival of the hit musical! Synopsis: Inspired by the lives of Siamese twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, Sideshow is about a press agent who brings the twins out of a sideshow and puts them into vaudeville.  CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM Book and Lyrics: Bill Russell Music: Henry Krieger Additional Book Material: Bill Condon Starring Erin Davie, Emily Padgett, Matthew Hydzik, Robert Joy, Ryan Silverman, David St. Louis, Brandon Bieber, Matthew Patrick Davis, Charity Angel Dawson, Lauren Elder, Derek Hanson, Javier Ignacio, Jordanna James, Guy Lockard, Kelvin Moon Loh, Barrett Martin, Con O'Shea-Creal, Don Richard, Blair Ross, Hannah Shankman, Josh Walker, DeLaney Westfall Scenic Design: David Rockwell Costume Design: Paul Tazewell Lighting Design: Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer Sound Design: Kai Harada Special Make-Up Effects Design: Dave Elsey & Lou Elsey Wig and Hair Design: Charles G. LaPointe Make-Up Design: Cookie Jordan Illusion Design: Paul Kieve Production Stage Manager: Linda Marvel Casting by Laura Stanczyk Casting Technical Director: Doug Grekin Orchestrations: Harold Wheeler Original Arrangements: David Chase Associate Director: Dave Solomon Associate Choreographer: Janet Rothermel Produced by Max Woodward General Manager: John J. Hance Musical Direction and Arrangements by Sam Davis Choreographed by Anthony Van Laast Directed by Bill Condon

The award for one of the most unique, surreal musical theater experiences of the year has to go the gorgeously staged Kennedy Center production of Side Show : The Musical. This production is from the team that brought us Dreamgirls. Side Show features book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger, and is directed by Academy Award® winner Bill Condon. Sam Davis serves as musical director and arranger and conducts the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and in a nice change of pace, the show is doing an extended residency, playing June 13 – July 14.

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TV Stars Taking Over Broadway Means Dollars!

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The Broadway League reported that the 2013-2014 season attendance soared to 12.21 million and grossed $1.27 billion, outselling the combined ticket sales of the 10 surrounding professional sports teams including the Mets, Yankees, Jets and Giants. How is that possible? High profile TV stars who shine as brightly live as they do on screen are attracting tourists from all over the world. Here’s a roundup of TV’s biggest names and where you can find them on Broadway this season.

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Review: The Blue Man Group at National Theater

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They say the 3rd time is the charm and nowhere is that more evident than my experience seeing the wonderfully strange, wacky, comical, and surreal experience known as Blue Man Group.  It amazes me that somehow Blue Man Group, founded by entrepreneurs Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton and Chris Wink has been around since 1991 and has been seen by more than 17 million people. How do you describe the indescribable? It’s not a musical, it’s not a play, it’s an experience.

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CinemaCon 2014 – We came, we saw, we partied!

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I know you all expected at least one epic meltdown from me. But nope, this year, I had the magical pass that got me into every event without jumping through hoops. So I had a very easy time. One thing is clear: it seems the studios are more interested in unveiling trailers and news on their own terms than giving shows like CinemaCon the prominence it once held; very few exclusives were unveiled at the show.

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Interview: Shondra Leigh, Cirque Du Soleil ‘Immortal World Tour’ Dancer

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Cirque Du Soleil’s hugely popular Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour is a spectacle that the late, great Michael Jackson would have been proud of. Featuring an amazing soundtrack of remixed hits, it’s like attending a full-on MJ Concert – complete with a live band, only without the Immortal One himself.

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Ludacris Live at the Patriot Center, April 25

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Atlanta native and hip-hop/rapper Ludacris is hitting the stage on April 25 at the Patriot Center at 8 p.m. Bursting onto the music scene in 2000 with his first album that went triple platinum, Ludacris has had several hit singles throughout his career and has appeared in several films, including 2 Fast 2 Furious, Crash and Hustle & Flow. His recent album features the current single “Party Girls” featuring Wiz Khalifa, Jeremih and Cashmere Cat.

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MTV’s Artist To Watch Tour Review – Austin Mahone, Midnight Red, Becky G

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Ok, this is where I admit that I’m old, not the hipster all one of you may think I am. Starting off as a YouTube sensation, Austin Mahone is blowing up big time. The obvious comparison is Justin Bieber (before he went nuts), but I don’t want to compare. When I saw him at JingleBall 2013 a few months ago, I was astounded by how crazy the 16,000 fans that packed the Verizon Center was for this floppy-haired kid.

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David Guetta comes to DC’s Echostage!

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David Guetta, one of the biggest producers in the music industry is making a rare appearance in the DC area this weekend, taking over DC’s newest venue, the 30,000 capacity Echostage. Saturday night’s show is sold out, but tickets are still available for Sunday’s party. The two-time-Grammy-winner will hit the stage at DC’s newest and largest concert venue with special guest Showtek at 9 pm. Tickets are $46 and VIP tables start at $1000, seating up to 12 guests. These ticket prices are downright reasonable (not the tables, of course). If you have a table or are getting a table please invite me!

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