Tamyra Gray joining Rent on Broadway

American Idol season one finalist Tamyra Gray will join the Broadway production of Rent at the end of this month.

Starting May 29, she’ll appear as Mimi Marquez, and will be “in the show through Nov. 25 at the Nederlander Theatre,” Playbill reports. The show plays every day except Wednesdays.

Tamyra previously appeared in the Broadway production of Bombay Dreams. Also on stage in New York right now is season three winner Fantasia Barrino, who joined the cast of The Color Purple last month.

“American Idol” Finalist Tamyra Gray Will Play Mimi in Rent [Playbill]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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