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First Look Teaser at Izabela Rose in Disney Channel's 'Upside-Down Magic' - Watch Now! 


Just Jared Jr is SO excited to bring you the very first look at Izabela Roseas Nory Boxwood Horace in Upside-Down Magic!!

The new Disney Channel Original Movie is set to premiere this summer and also stars Siena Agudong, Kyle Howard, Elie Samouhi, Alison Fernandez and Max Torina.

Based off of the book series of the same name, 13-year-old Nory Boxwood Horace (Rose) and her best friend Reina Carvajal (Agudong) enter the Sage Academy for Magical Studies, where Nory’s wonky magic and proclivity for turning into a “Dritten” – half-kitten, half-dragon – lands her in a class for those with Upside-Down Magic, otherwise known as UDM. (Read more)

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Cast Announced For 50th Anniversary Tour Of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR 


Work Light Productions announced casting today for the 50th Anniversary Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's iconic musical, Jesus Christ Superstar. Winner of the 2017 Olivier Award® for Best Musical Revival, the North American presentation of the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's production will tech in Syracuse, NY. The tour will officially launch at Austin's Bass Concert Hall on October 8th through the 13th before visiting over 30 cities including Los Angeles, Denver, Nashville, Dallas and Chicago.

"We are thrilled to have put together this incredible company. It's now time for us to plug into the Brown Album and make that music live again on stage. The show will resound with audiences across North America like it was written for us today," says director Tim Sheader. (Read more)

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Bat Out of Hell Musical Opens at New York City Center August 8


New York City Center hosts the American premiere of Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell—The Musical, officially opening August 8. In the new rock musical, based on the cult 1977 Meat Loaf album of the same name, Steinman's music is used to tell a story of rebellious youth and passion. Performances began August 1.

Under the direction of Jay Scheib, the limited Off-Broadway engagement stars Andrew Polec (reprising his role from London and Toronto) as Strat, London star Christina Bennington reprising the role of Raven, Tony winner Lena Hall as Sloane, Bradley Dean as Falco, Avionce Hoyles as Tink, Danielle Steers as Zahara, and Tyrick Wiltez Jones as Jagwire. In Bat Out of Hell, Strat, the immortal leader of The Lost, has fallen in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of the tyrannical ruler Falco. (Read more)

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The “Magic Motor Inn” Episode Of ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ Is A Positive Step For Indian Representation On Primetime TV 


A few months ago, it was announced that ABC was exploring a new sitcom featuring an Indian family at its core, leaning into their brand of diverse family comedy programming. The project, titled Magic Motor Inn, was helmed as a spinoff of Fresh Off the Boat; penned by writer Rachna Fruchbom, it would feature central performances from Bollywood superstar Preity Zinta and comedian Vir Das. But I was skeptical—not only about the idea of reinventing what Fresh Off the Boat did so successfully for six seasons with a new immigrant race as the focus, but also about how much this show’s casting would move the needle forward for Indian representation in mainstream media. (Read more)

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Broadway’s ‘Percy Jackson’ Musical Finds Its Percy; Complete Cast Announced


The full touring cast of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is going to Broadway, producers announced today. The young company – all but one of the 10 actors will be making their Broadway debuts – will be headed by Chris McCarrell in the title role.

McCarrell originated the role of Percy Jackson in the 2017 Off-Broadway production of Lightning Thief (he’s the one with the Broadway credit – he played Marius in Les Misérables in 2014). In addition to McCarrell, the cast, announced today by producers TheaterWorksUSA and Martian Entertainment, are all coming off the recently wrapped 2019 tour. They are Izzy Figueroa, Jorrel Javier, Ryan Knowles, Sam Leicht, Sarah Beth Pfeifer, James Hayden Rodriguez, Jalynn Steele, T. Shyvonne Stewart, and Kristin Stokes. The cast plays a total of 47 characters. (Read more)