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The Daily Dish [Buffalo News (NY)]

October 30, 2013


Abdul makes pilgrimage

Paula Abdul has traveled to Israel for her Bat Mitzvah at the Western Wall, a source said Tuesday. The coming-of-age ritual usually takes place around age 12 for girls.

The 51-year-old, who is Jewish, flew on EL AL Israel Airlines on Tuesday from Los Angeles to Jerusalem.

This is Abdul's first trip to Israel. While there, the singer- competition show judge also plans to tour Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the Galilee and meet with President Shimon Peres and Tourism Minister Uzi Landau.

A question of taste

The Kardashians are in New York - but they're not real.

Characters costumed as family members from the TV reality show are starring in a musical production of Kardashian impersonators singing "The Princess and the Pea" story.

It's part of a Gotham Chamber Opera show called "Baden-Baden 1927." Four pieces were presented that year in the German city, asking composers, "What is art? What is reality?"

Director Paul Curran says he's using what some Americans consider art today - TV people who are special because they say so.

Soprano Maeve Hoglund stars as the princess. The Queen is played by soprano Helen Donath, a kind of Kardashian mother wondering if good taste is still alive.

'Hit List' is a hot ticket

OK, NBC's Broadway-themed soap opera, "Smash," wasn't exactly a ratings smash, but it may have produced one success story. "Hit List," the musical within the musical series, is turning out to be one hot ticket.

When Broadway supper club 54 Below announced that "Hit List" would be performed by "Smash" stars Jeremy Jordan, Andy Mientus and Krysta Rodriguez at 9:30 and 11:30 p.m. Dec. 9, tickets for both shows sold out in just 45 minutes. "People who watched 'Smash' thought it was just so cool to get a glimpse into seeing that fictional musical come to life, so seeing it in its entirety is really special," says Jennifer Ashley Tepper, director of programming at 54 Below.

In case you've forgotten, "Hit List" is all about a wannabe pop singer trying to achieve stardom at any cost. The show is being presented by Tepper, "Smash" writer Julia Brownell and the series' show runner, Joshua Safran.

Jonas Brothers split up

The Jonas Brothers are disbanding.Nick, Joe and Kevin announced Tuesday they're ending their highly successful run. The news comes after the brothers abruptly canceled their tour over creative differences earlier this month.The breakup was first reported by People magazine. Publicist Jesse Derris confirmed the news and said no other details were available.

The brothers told People the breakup was unanimous and came after Nick Jonas told his brothers in a meeting earlier this month that he felt "trapped."

The New Jersey brothers formed the band in 2005 and built a fan base through their association with the Disney Channel.

The band had been scheduled to release its fifth album later this year.

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