‘Hair’ Scrapped as NBC’s Next Live Musical – Sources note that the conversation about the future of Hair started with its planned premiere date — Sunday, May 19. That’s the same night as the season finale of ABC’s American Idol and the highly anticipated series finale of the HBO juggernaut Game of Thrones. NBC is said to have pondered rescheduling Hair but instead started a larger conversation about whether it was the right musical for the network. Ultimately, Hair — the 50-year-old Broadway hit of the hippie generation — was scrapped as NBC looks for a title that has greater appeal for family co-viewing. Hair explored topics including the Vietnam War, drugs, race, gender and sexual identity and included brief nudity in most of its previous stagings. – This is the 3rd announced musical that NBC has scrapped, including Music Man in 2014 and the Jennifer Lopez produced Bye Bye Birdie. Not said–Rent on FOX tanked in the ratings. Probably that factored into NBC’s decision. – Read more at Hollywood Reporter
‘AGT’ Semifinalists We Three Announce First-Ever Headlining Tour: Exclusive – Eight months after striking a chord with viewers on America’s Got Talent, sibling trio We Three are bringing their charm and alluring original tunes to stages around the country. The pop group are announcing their first-ever headlining trek, The Lifeline Tour, exclusively on Billboard. The tour will hit 34 cities across the U.S., kicking off on March 7 in Huntington, New York. While We Three’s time on AGT was certainly special, the siblings (Joshua Humlie, Manny Humlie and Bethany Blanchard) are most looking forward to finally connecting with the fans who got them to the semifinals of the show. – Read more at Billboard
Cassadee Pope on New Album ‘Stages,’ Emo Country and Third Eye Blind – “It was just not being on the same page as [the label] and us just not ever really agreeing on the kind of music or what I should do or what songs I should sing,” says Pope, who reached the top of the country charts in 2016 as Chris Young’s duet partner on “Think of You.” “It was really tough. I would have released an album in that time had I been given the opportunity and the trust to go ahead and do that.” “There’s been a lot of excitement and pride, but there’s also been a lot of anxiety and second-guessing myself,” says the 29-year-old, who will accompany Maren Morris on her Girl: The World Tour as well as headline CMT’s Next Women of Country Tour in 2019. “And I think that’s all just really the fact that I’m doing it on my own and I don’t have anybody to really blame if it doesn’t do well.” – Read more at Rolling Stone
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Brian Justin Crum Talks Returning to ‘AGT,’ New Cover Of Queen’s ‘We Are the Champions’ – Crum has not only returned to the show for the first ever season of America’s Got Talent: The Champions, but the star is also flexing for his favorite band in his brand new cover of Queen’s “We Are the Champions.” The video (premiering below today, Feb. 5) shows Crum moving and singing through a lit performance space, while a group of ballet dancers give a beautiful routine to the tune of the song. – Read more at Billboard