WAITRESS Releases Recording Of ‘She Used To Be Mine’ Performed By Katharine McPhee – Katharine McPhee – who originated the role of Jenna in the London production of Waitress – has recorded the show’s hit ballad She Used To Be Mine which will be released as a single in the run up to her final performance on Saturday 15 June. First heard on Broadway, Sara Bareilles’ showstopper has inspired countless covers by all sexes and ages across the world, performed by well-known theatrical stars and musicians to young viral sensations. The new track will be available for download and on streaming platforms from 13 June. – Read more at Broadway World
Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young To Lead FIRST DATE National Tour – BroadwayWorld has learned that that Broadway Stars and real-life couple Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young will headline the First National Tour of the musical comedy First Date. Although DeGarmo and Young were both contestants on “American Idol,” their “first date” was during the Broadway production of HAIR in 2010. After dating for three years, they tied the knot in 2013 and immediately starred in the National Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. They will share the stage once again beginning fall of 2020. First Date is written by Austin Winsberg (book) with Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (music and lyrics) and this newly updated production will be directed by Matt DiCarlo (NY/National Tour: The Play That Goes Wrong). Tour route and additional cast TBA. – Read more at Broadway World
Kaleb Lee’s upcoming single, ‘I Dream in Southern,’ will feature Kelly Clarkson – After getting national exposure and a musical “boot camp” as a contestant on “The Voice,” he released a single (“Cooler Weather”) on his own label, and he has a second one scheduled for release on July 19, “I Need a Drink,” which he describes as another “fun, summer tune.” His third single will be “I Dream in Southern,” the song Clarkson brought to Lee, asking him to sing it with her as the title track on his first full-length album, coming out in the fall. She is the executive producer of the album, he said.- Read more at Ormond Beach Observer
Haley Reinhart Announces Fall Leg of Lo-Fi Tour
American Idol season 10 alum is set to tour the east coast this fall.
Baby dolls! This Lo-Fi Soul misses you & so she’s goin’ back out on the road with The Boys :) #eastcoast where ya’s at?! ? Pre sale for #mercuryloungenyc is up now. Party on Wayne :) ? #lofisoul #live #tour
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— Haley Reinhart (@HaleyReinhart) June 12, 2019
‘Idol’s’ Wade Cota readies hometown show – On Thursday, June 20, Cota will sing the national anthem just before the D-backs vs. Dodgers game. He admits he’s nervous about singing a cherished song like that. Cota is mainly excited about his show with Wyves, Chad Rubin and Michael Coughlin on Saturday, June 29. “I plan to play the covers I sang on ‘American Idol’ and some of my original stuff,” Cota said. He is working on an album of original songs. Cota’s happy with the two completed songs, one of which will be released before his Marquee Theatre show. – Read more at Peoria Times.com
Sing Along with Kelly Clarkson and Nick Jonas When UGLYDOLLS Arrives on Digital 7/16 and Blu-ray & DVD 7/30 – Unconventionality rules in UglyDolls, the fun and quirky animated musical debuting on Digital on July 16, 2019 and on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on July 30, 2019 from STXfilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Featuring a star-studded voice cast including Kelly Clarkson (The Star, “The Voice”), Nick Jonas (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures, Rio 2), Blake Shelton (The Angry Birds Movie, “The Voice”), Pitbull (“Empire,” Epic), Wanda Sykes (“Black-ish,” Bad Moms) and Gabriel Iglesias (Ferdinand) – Read more at Broadway World
Lauren Alaina Begins Recording Third Album
The American Idol season 10 alum has started recording her third album with Universal Nashville.
Just for the RECORD, we started album three yesterday. Who’s excited for new music?! pic.twitter.com/LX7VHf79e3
— Lauren Alaina (@Lauren_Alaina) June 12, 2019
‘World of Dance’ Judge Derek Hough Signs First-Look Deal With Universal Television – “World of Dance” judge Derek Hough has signed a first-look deal with Universal Television, Variety has learned. The deal encompasses both alternative and scripted programming. Hough has been a judge on the NBC competition series for three seasons since its launch in May 2017. He also co-starred in the network’s production of “Hairspray Live!” in 2016. “Derek is incredibly engaged and passionate about every project he tackles and is exactly the type of talent we want to be in business with,” said Meredith Ahr, president of the alternative and reality group at NBC. “We’re excited to have him in the Universal Television family and work with him even closer as a producer to develop new and innovative ideas.” – Read more at Variety
HBO’s Explicit ‘Euphoria’ Courts Controversy: – The risqué material was even too much for a principal castmember. While shooting the pilot, actor Brian “Astro” Bradley, 22, a former X Factor contestant and rapper signed to Nas’ label, wanted out of the show. Details surrounding his exit are fiercely guarded, but sources say Bradley was uncomfortable shooting scenes that weren’t in the original pilot script and suggested his character would experiment with homosexuality in future episodes. After a lengthy back-and-forth with producers, HBO stepped in and replaced Bradley with The Hate U Give’s Algee Smith. They reshot his parts in the pilot, including an intense sex scene with 21-year-old actress Sydney Sweeney, who says of the recasting, “Let’s just say I’m very glad that Algee is playing the character.” – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter