'Once' leads 2012 Tony Award nods
Steve Kazee (center), Christin Milioti and the 'Once' cast attend the 'Once' Broadway opening night on March 18 in NYC.
May 1st, 2012
01:51 PM ET

'Once' leads 2012 Tony Award nods

The nominations are in for the 66th annual Tony Awards, and Broadway musical "Once" leads the pack with 11 nominations, including best musical, best direction, best lead actress and best lead actor.

In the best musical catgeory, "Once" is going up against "Nice Work if You Can Get It," "Newsies" and "Leap of Faith."

The revival of "Porgy and Bess" is right behind "Once" with 10 nods, including one for "Private Practice" actress Audra McDonald. For plays, "Peter and the Starcatcher" leads with nine nominations, and is up for best play against "Clybourne Park," "Other Desert Cities" and "Venus in Fur."

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Bradley Cooper signs on for 'Elephant Man' play
April 16th, 2012
04:44 PM ET

Bradley Cooper signs on for 'Elephant Man' play

This summer, Bradley Cooper is going to go from Sexiest Man to “The Elephant Man."

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Cooper - who was tapped last year as People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive - will transform himself into the gruesome character for the stage.

The production, which also stars Patricia Clarkson, will run from July 25 through August 5 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

“The Elephant Man” is about a severely deformed man named Joseph Merrick who became a famous figure in London society, and Cooper reportedly played the part as part of his senior thesis at the Actors Studio Drama School.

A 1980 film chronicling Merrick’s real-life story, starring John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft, picked up eight Academy Award nominations - including one for best picture - following its release.

Neil Patrick Harris returns as Tony Awards host
April 3rd, 2012
10:19 AM ET

Neil Patrick Harris returns as Tony Awards host

His third time as Tonys host is sure to be charming, because let's be honest - is there ever a time when Neil Patrick Harris isn't?

The "How I Met Your Mother" actor has signed on to host the Tony Awards once again, and will lead fans through the 66th ceremony on Sunday, June 10.

Harris previously served as host for the 2009 and 2011 Tonys, and, as he did last year, he'll also produce the 2012 awards show.

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Barenaked Ladies to score 'Animal House' musical
March 6th, 2012
03:13 PM ET

Barenaked Ladies to score 'Animal House' musical

"Animal House" didn't make our list of movies we wish would become musicals, but we think this is a solid idea nonetheless.

On Monday, the 30th anniversary of "Animal House" star John Belushi's death, Universal Pictures Stage Productions announced that the 1978 film is going to become a musical, the New York Times reports.

"Book of Mormon's" Casey Nicholaw is on board as choreographer and director, and The Barenaked Ladies will provide the score.

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'Bodyguard' musical coming to London
February 21st, 2012
02:10 PM ET

'Bodyguard' musical coming to London

Hollywood was said to be working on a modern take of "The Bodyguard" before star Whitney Houston's passing, and it appears the 1992 film will also be turned into a musical.

According to the U.K.'s Guardian, a stage version of the story has been in the works since last year, and producers are now said to be preparing the musical to arrive in London's West End in November.

Tony and Grammy winner Heather Headley will reportedly star as Rachel Marron - the role Houston famously played opposite Kevin Costner in '92.

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Dolly Parton: Kristin Chenoweth could play me on Broadway
January 10th, 2012
02:55 PM ET

Dolly Parton: Kristin Chenoweth could play me on Broadway

Dolly Parton's hoping to make a "Joyful Noise" on Broadway one of these days with a musical about her life.

She tells CNN that she's currently working to make that happen - and she already has an idea on who could play her on the Great White Way.

"I'm working on a musical about my life and I would love for it to get to Broadway," Parton, 65, told CNN. "It's certain to get on stage somewhere. I thought it would be a great way to tell my life story because you can get so many more things in a song. You can tell so many more stories [that way] than [with] just dialogue."

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