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Kerry Butler

Any way you slice it, today is a big day for Kerry Butler. By the time you read this, she should already know that she's been nominated for her overdue first Tony, for her starmaking turn in the stage adaptation of the ‘80s bomb Xanadu. (If she doesn't get the nod, then there is simply no justice in the world.) But, perhaps to ward off the jitters, the onetime Belle in Beauty and the Beast prefers to focus on the fact that May 13 also marks the release of Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust, her album of Disney cover songs. "It's hard not to get caught up in [Tony fever]," she admits to "But I don't think I'll even watch the nominations. "Back when there was a lot of talk that I'd get one for Hairspray, I watched them, and right after I found out I didn't get it, I had to go to a rehearsal and wound up fighting back tears the whole time," she continues. "Even recently, I found myself getting stressed out during Xanadu becaus read more

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UPDATE: Cheyenne Jackson has accepted the role in the (thus far ill-fated) musical. In a statement almost as adorable as he is, the actor states: "I'm excited to join the cast of Xanadu while James Carpinello recovers. My heart goes out to him, as he spent months working on this project, only to be injured so close to opening night. I owe a lot to [director] Christopher Ashley and [writer] Douglas Carter Beane and would gladly paint their apartments if they called and asked." Sadly, he has yet to offer to paint my pad. — RavenAs reported earlier, the Broadway musicalization of the camp classic Xanadu has had to delay its opening night indefinitely after star James Carpinello injured his foot. According to the New York Post, producers are desperate to find a replacement and have their eyes on two actors to play opposite Kerry Butler: How I Met Your Mother's Neil Patrick Harris and All Shook Up hottie Cheyenne Jackson, who starred in the Xanadu workshop but turned down the actua... read more

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UPDATE: Xanadu is eyeing Neil Patrick Harris to step in; go here for more.The campy musical adaptation of Xanadu has more to overcome than just its film-flop reputation: male lead James Carpinello hurt his foot rollerskating during a rehearsal (I hate when that happens), postponing the opening indefinitely.... From Brokeback to Broadway: Jake Gyllenhaal recently appeared in a reading of Beau Willimon's Farragut North, and is considering following the play to the Great White Way.... Sunday's Tonys telecast was clobbered by Tony Soprano, so it's not surprising that a number of honorees have since posted closing notices. Though it won for best revival of a musical, Company will leave July 1, the same day Radio Golf gets switched off. Tony winners Coast of Utopia and Journey's End shuttered earlier this season. — Reporting by Raven Snook read more

Xanadon't: Kristen Bell Won't Toll for Broadway

You have to believe... it was meant to be. Despite buzz that Veronica Mars herself, Kristen Bell, might front a Broadway musical based on the infamous film Xanadu, the Olivia Newton-John role has instead gone to Kerry Butler, who last graced the Great White Way as Little Shop of Horrors' Audrey and recently lathered up One Life to Live. Though Jane Krakowski sold investors on her rollerskating reading in the workshop, yet ultimately had to defer to her 30 Rock obligation, lead producer Robert Ahrens says in a statement that Butler, who created the role of Kira in the first Xanadu reading, "was our first choice, and we are thrilled that her schedule has now opened up to join our production."Xanadu will no longer open in time to be eligible for for the 2007 Tony Awards, but instead will start previews on May 23, then officially open June 26. read more

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