Kristin Chenoweth covers, duets with fellow legends

By : Gregg Shapiro
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On “For The Girls,” the legendary Kristin Chenoweth’s most contemporary, pop-oriented studio album in nearly 10 years, the Tony and Emmy Award-winning performer pays tribute to several of her musical icons.

The list includes Judy Garland, Eydie Gorme, Barbra Streisand, Patsy Cline, Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton.

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Watch: gay couple’s ‘Voice’ audition brings Kelly Clarkson to tears

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Kelly Clarkson got emotional after a gay couple’s audition on “The Voice” impressed the judges.

Singing duo OneUp,  Adam and Jerome, performed “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love” by The Spinners. Their vocals caused Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Blake Shelton to turn their chairs around.

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Syreeta Banks leads ‘Dreamgirls’ to the Venice Theater

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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For actress Syreeta Banks, appearing courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association in the Venice Theatre’s new production of Dreamgirls, the lead role of Effie White is a family affair.

Banks’ earliest memories of the theater stem from her mother’s production of the same Tony and Academy Award winning musical, which first premiered on Broadway in 1981. Since then, it’s launched revivals, tours and a 2006 feature film, captivating audiences on the silver screen and stage alike.

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Chris Weaver returns to ‘The Voice’ for drag version of ‘Bang Bang’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Former contestant Chris Weaver returned to the season finale of “The Voice” as his drag queen persona Nedra Belle to perform “Bang Bang” along with Jessie J.

Weaver, who was picked by Jennifer Hudson for her team, was eliminated during the playoff rounds. He returned as Nedra Belle alongside fellow drag queens Jan Sport, Lagoona Bloo and Rosé. The performance started off with a black and white video playing “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” by Nancy Sinatra.

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You can’t stop the beat with ‘Hairspray Live!’ telecast

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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) – In the steadily escalating battle of the TV musicals, NBC’s Hairspray Live! is the most ambitious contender yet.

It’s got a deep bench of stars, including Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande and Martin Short. It boasts strong themes of racial equality, tolerance and self-acceptance. And it has the outsized, joyful talents of Harvey Fierstein as writer and actor, reprising his Tony Award-winning role as Edna Turnblad.

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NBC releases a first look at the network’s next live musical “Hairspray”

By : Jeremy Williams
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After the success of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and The Wiz; NBC continues its ratings juggernaut of live musicals with Hairspray Live!, airing on the peacock network Dec. 7 at 8:00 ET.

The live television event, based on the Tony-winning Broadway musical (which in turn is based on the 1988 John Waters film), tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, a “pleasantly plump” teenager (played by newcomer Maddie Baillio), landing a spot on a TV dance show in her hometown of Baltimore.

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