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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and his wife, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, acknowledge someone in the audience during the Clinton Global Initiative 2012 (CGI) in New York on September 24, 2012 (LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS)
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and his wife, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, acknowledge someone in the audience during the Clinton Global Initiative 2012 (CGI) in New York on September 24, 2012 (LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS)

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CURTAIN CALL

If the New York theatre scene can sustain musicals about cats, Mormons and even Spider-Man, why not a stage production about a former U.S. president whose second term in office was marred by a fling with an intern?

It’s already happened.

As reported by Entertainment Weekly, Clinton: The Musical is scheduled to make its North American premiere as part of next month’s New York Theatre Festival.

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Booked to run from July 18 to 25 at the Pershing Square Signature Center, the musical penned by Australian brothers Paul and Michael Hodge made its debut at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, where it received a nomination for best new musical.

The production shifted to King’s Head Theatre in London last year for a limited run.

According to the program description for Clinton: The Musical: “It’s hard enough being president by yourself. Bill Clinton’s problem is that there are two of him. Literally. Clinton follows two Bill Clintons and Hillary on their quest to save their presidency and change America.”

More accurately, the show presents fictional stage versions of two Bill Clintons: One a savvy politician and sage statesman beloved by the American people; the other an uncouth Arkansas hillbilly prone to moonshine and good times.

The cast of support characters in Clinton: The Musical include Clinton’s vice-president Al Gore, repugnant Republican Newt Gingrich, federal prosecutor Kenneth Starr and, obviously, Monica Lewinsky.

And for those requiring any convincing of the show’s irreverence, consider that the cast also includes an actress portrayingc(presumably in poltergeist form since the former first lady passed away in 1962).

However Clinton: The Musical is received in the Big Apple, it’s a safe bet the show will be compared to the upcoming production of Rob Ford The Musical: The Birth of Ford Nation, which playwright creator Brett McCaig recently described as “Shakespearean” in scope.

One notable difference between the two shows: Bill Clinton left the Oval Office in 2001. Rob Ford is still mayor of Toronto.

FENDER BENDER

Everyone remain calm. Justin Bieber was not injured in yesterday’s accident in downtown Los Angeles. According to TMZ reports, the Canadian pop star was in a Cadillac Escalade that was fleeing from paparazzi when a BMW pulling out of a parking facility smashed into Bieber’s ride. Sources told TMZ that Bieber appeared unharmed as he immediately exited the SUV, hopped into another vehicle and sped off. The LAPD confirmed to TMZ that no one was injured in the accident.

Source: TMZ

REST IN PEACE

Former Survivor contestant Caleb Bankston has died in a train accident. Best known for his stint on Survivor: Blood vs Water, the 26-year-old was performing his engineer duties on a transport train in Birmingham, Ala., when the train derailed and Bankston was crushed. Said fellow Survivor contestant Aras Baskauskas: “Caleb was an amazing man and friend. One of the sweetest and most sincere humans I’ve ever come across.”

Source: Just Jared

HE’S EVERYWHERE

The one-man mission by Ryan Seacrest to take over U.S. network television appears to be fait accompli. Earlier this week, the American Idol host inked a deal with CBS to helm the live special Fashion Rocks, which means he now has broadcast deals at every one of the big four networks (CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox). The Fashion Rocks special, set for broadcast this September, is Seacrest’s first TV project with CBS.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

THINKING BIG

Melissa McCarthy wasn’t always comfortable in her role as Hollywood’s preeminent plus-sized actress. The star of the hit CBS sitcom Mike & Molly and the upcoming feature Tammy revealed her early-career distress over weight issues in a recent interview with People magazine. “In my twenties I used to cry about why I wasn’t thinner or prettier,” said McCarthy. “But I want to add that I also used to cry about things like, ‘I wish my hair would grow faster. I wish I had different shoes…’ ”

Source: People

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