The Big Brother 17 two part premiere continues tonight at 8/7c pm on CBS. We meet the rest of the houseguests, while more surprises are revealed.
Pops announces special guests for July 4 – The 42d Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular at the DCR Hatch Shell has unveiled its list of guests for the 2015 shindig. Among those celebrating Keith Lockhart’s 20th year as conductor of the Pops and the annual party on the Charles River Esplanade will be Broadway star and pop crooner Michael Cavanaugh — who was hand-picked by Billy Joel for the lead role in the musical “Movin’ Out” — popular “American Idol” finalist Melinda Doolittle, gospel singer and “The Voice” finalist Michelle Brooks-Thompson, drum and bugle corps the Boston Crusaders, “America’s Got Talent” finalists Sons of Serendip, and the USO Show Troupe. – Read more at the Boston Globe
Thousands of “Idol” hopefuls test their pipes at TCC – The 28-year-old Tucsonan joined an estimated 2,200 other potential contestants to audition Wednesday for the 15th and final season of Fox’s “American Idol” at the Tucson Convention Center Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Grijalva, unlike so many other contestants, did not walk away with dashed “Idol” dreams. His audition with Michael Bublé’s “Feeling Good” and Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” advanced him to the next round of tryouts. He has been here before, in five previous seasons of the show, only to be cut prior to the audition in front of the celebrity judges. – Read more at Tucson.com
Casting Announced for 2015 NYMF Shows Including Deep Love and Pope! An Epic Musical – Deep Love: A Ghostly Rock Opera will see its New York premiere from July 17-24 at the Pershing Square Signature Center. The show, about love, loss, and indecision in the relationship of two sweethearts, features a score by Ryan Hayes and Garrett Sherwood, a book by Jon Peter Lewis, Hayes, and Sherwood, and direction by Lewis and Michael Rader. Featuring American Idol and The Voice contestant Lewis alongside fellow Voice vets Hayes and Amy Whitcomb, Sherwood, and Melanie Stone, the production has musical direction by Ben Matthews and choreography by Ray Mercer. The creative team includes David Goldstein (set design), Bree Perry (costume design), Braden Howard (lighting design), Matt Searle (sound design), amd Ariel Lafontaine (makeup design.) – Read more at TheatreMania.com
THE VOICE Finalist Joins Cast of New Musical HELD MOMENTARILY at NYMF – India Carney – the singer and actress who was a finalist on NBC-TV’s “The Voice” earlier in 2015 – will return to the cast of the new musical HELD MOMENTARILY for The New York Musical Theatre Festival production from July 20 to July 27, 2015. Carney was in the original cast when the show premiered last year. HELD MOMENTARILY will run at PTC Performance Space (555 West 42nd Street in New York). The show features book, music and lyrics by Oliver Houser, was developed by Hunter Bird and includes additional material by Hunter Bird and James Zebooker. The show is directed by Harry Shifman and Scott Stein serves as Musical Director. For more information, please visit www.nymf.org/heldmomentarily. – Read more at Broadway World
Fresh off ‘The Voice’ 2015, Joshua Davis returns to Bell’s Eccentric Cafe – How has the show changed things? “I don’t really know,” the Traverse City resident said in a phone call. “Bell’s is going to be among the first shows I’ve played since ‘The Voice.’ “It’s exciting. It’s kind of a whole new world. A whole lot more people know what I do. There are a lot more people who are fans now. I’m really excited to see what it’s going to look like and what the show is going to look like. “The show made me look at my voice as an instrument,” he said. “I am a far better singer than I was six months ago. It made a difference.” – Read more at MLive
Cassadee Pope Is Picking Songs for a New Album – It’s been almost two years since Cassadee Pope released her freshman album, Frame By Frame, and the singer has revealed that she is hard at work on a new project. “I’m writing a lot and in the studio a ton, just getting a bunch of demos together and really comparing,” Pope tells The Boot. “I’ve written so much the past 8-9 months that my catalog is ginormous. It’s fun for me to kind of get to sift through and kind of get the best songs of the best.” Pope, who wrote five of the 11 songs on her debut record, hopes to write more of the tunes for her sophomore CD, with the help of some of her songwriter friends. – Read more at The Boot