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Reliving 'The Sound of Music Live!' (Review)

December 6th, 2013 10:07pm EST
The Sound of Music Live
Although The Sound of Music is not my favorite musical of all time (or even in the top 20), I was beyond excited to see that NBC was reviving the live televised musical. If this was successful, other musicals would surely get adaptations. Of course, it’s NBC so the likelihood of it being successful was not great. Plus, the casting was questionable. Carrie Underwood as Maria? The role doesn’t really lend itself to a country twang. Stephen Moyer of all people as the handsome Captain Von Trapp? Lord no. But I’m willing to give it a chance, especially since some of my favorite Broadway voices a...
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'Private Practice' Star Audra McDonald Is Engaged

January 4th, 2012 8:48am EST
Audra McDonald
Actress Audra McDonald is engaged to marry Broadway actor Will Swenson.

The Private Practice star divorced her first husband, bassist Peter Donovan, in 2009 before starting up a relationship with Swenson.

Now, the couple is celebrating after becoming engaged on New Year's Day.

In a series of posts on Twitter.com, McDonald writes, "Best New Year's Day ever. Ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever. Thanks 4 (for) all of the sweet congrats (sic) on our engagement. We're super happy and excited."

McDonald's showbiz pals are already congratulating her on the happy news.

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Audra McDonald To Perform At NYC's First Gay Marriage

July 21st, 2011 8:34am EDT
Audra McDonald
Private Practice star Audra McDonald will be the star performer at New York's first legal same-sex marriage ceremony this weekend.

Politicians in the Big Apple passed a bill last month allowing gay partners to wed, and the law will come into force at midnight on Sunday.

The first official same-sex union will be officiated by the city's Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Tony Award winner McDonald has been invited to sing at the historical occasion.

In a post on her Twitter.com page, she writes, "Gonna sing at the celebration of the first gay marriage officiated by Mayor Bloomberg this weeke...
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Slideshow: Foxy Black Stars At The Essence Luncheon

February 20th, 2009 4:04pm EST
Halle Berry
A bevy of beautiful black stars showed up at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon on Thursday. Click through our photo slideshow, and tell us which ones looked the hottest!

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Gina Torres

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What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

February 25th, 2008 10:29am EST
A Raisin in the Sun
Monday, Feb. 25

A Raisin in the Sun (ABC, 8 p.m.) - This adaptation of the classic play stars The Cosby Show's Phylicia Rashad, Private Practice's Audra McDonald, Sean Combs and odd-man out John Stamos.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (FOX, 9 p.m.) - Cameron enrolls in a ballet class taught by Dmitri's sister. This should be a piece of cake for real life ballerina Summer Glau.

Medium (NBC, 10 p.m.) - Cash-strapped Allison's going over to the dark side? Say it isn't so.

Tuesday, Feb. 26

American Idol (FOX, 8 p.m.) - The top 10 guys take the stage.

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'Private Practice' Falls Short Of Its Potential

January 7th, 2008 9:01am EST
Private Practice
When ABC announced that the extremely popular show "Grey's Anatomy" was to have an official spin-off, starring the lovely Kate Walsh as the tragically flawed but brilliant Addison Montgomery, fans had mixed reactions.

A two-part episode named "The Other Side Of This Life" aired during the third season of "Grey's Anatomy" to give the viewers a taste of what was to come. "Private Practice" debuted on September 26, 2007, and had nine episodes before the writers' strike put a halt on production.

The show has endured harsh criticism but also a fairly decent number of viewers on an av...
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Production Begins In LA On New ABC Drama 'Private Practice'

July 19th, 2007 8:43am EDT
Kate Walsh
Production has begun in Los Angeles on "Private Practice," a new drama from the creator of "Grey's Anatomy," Shonda Rhimes, featuring an all-star cast that includes Kate Walsh as Dr. Addison Forbes Montgomery, Tim Daly as Dr. Pete Wilder, Audra McDonald as Dr. Naomi Bennett, Paul Adelstein as Dr. Cooper Freedman, KaDee Strickland as Dr. Charlotte King, Chris Lowell as William Dell Parker, with Taye Diggs as Dr. Sam Bennett and Amy Brenneman as Dr. Violet Turner.

From Shonda Rhimes, the Golden Globe-winning creator of "Grey's Anatomy," comes a story about finding a way to begin the res...
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