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Cinderella Story Hits NCAA Tournament South Regional in Dallas

History will be made this Friday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, as Florida Gulf Coast becomes the lowest seed ever to play a Sweet 16 game in the NCAA tournament. The Eagles knocked off the second-seeded Georgetown Hoyas and the seventh-seeded San Diego State Aztecs and now advance to play the third-seeded Florida Gators Friday at 10 p.m. EST.

Their Cinderella story has caught the attention of college basketball fans everywhere, but the Gators hope to bring it crashing to a halt. Florida was supposed to be here, and things went according to plan with wins over 14th seeded Northwestern State and 11th seeded Minnesota.

While the in-state showdown will be the main event, the earlier game is no slouch either as the fourth-seeded Michigan Wolverines try to knock off the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks.

Kansas fans didn’t get too much of a chance to yell their trademark chant of “Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk!” as they narrowly escaped a second-round upset in a 64-57 win over the South Region’s 16-seed, Western Kentucky. Kansas cruised against its former coach Roy Williams, though, beating his North Carolina Tar Heels 70-58.

Most recognizable on the Jayhawks is shot-blocking center Jeff Withey, who averages 14 points, nearly nine rebounds and four blocks per game. Withey, a 7-foot tall senior, already has 12 blocks in the tournament.

Michigan took care of business against South Dakota State, 71-56 and then throttled Virginia Commonwealth University 78-53. Sophomore guard Trey Burke, who averaged nearly 19 points and seven assists over the course of the season, lived up to his star billing. Burke scored 18 points and had seven assists in the win over VCU. He’ll have to clean up his seven turnovers against Kansas, though.

Tickets are available for Friday’s session or for the entire weekend, as the two winners will meet on Sunday with a trip to the Final Four on the line. Don’t miss out on your chance to see three of college basketball’s power house teams from this season and a Cinderella team hoping to continue knocking off the big dogs. Get your tickets today!

98 Degrees Release First New Music in Ten Years

Just in time before they head out in a couple of months on the “Package” tour with the New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees have released their first single. But, as those fans who have been eagerly awaiting know, there’s more to this story than it just being a new single — it’s the first one heard from the band in a decade!

The song is called “Microphone” and, when it was first heard on radio, the band was quick to let fans in on it. “Hey did you hear our new single #Microphone on @Z100New York this morning? Make those requests NOW to hear more!” the band tweeted on the morning it was heard.

In the song the band sings to a woman, asking her to please “pick up the microphone.” There are tons of great beats and the characteristic falsettos and boy-band “o-o-oohs” throughout. For those that have been missing the great melodies and harmonies this band brings, “Microphone” certainly takes you back ten years, and reminds you why you loved it so much! You can listen to the full track here.

You can hear “Microphone” live by catching 98 Degrees on the “Package” tour, which kicks off on May 31 in Uncasville, Connecticut. 98 Degrees’ newest album, “2.0,” from which “Microphone” is cut, will be released a few weeks before that on May 7. The “Package” tour will wrap up on until July 13, 2013 when it wraps up in Minneapolis.

JT Plays MySpace’s Not-so-Secret SXSW Show

Justin Timberlake celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by closing out the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. The show was supposed to be top secret, but the news that Justin Timberlake would be there leaked so fast, we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that some fans heard about it before the pop star did.

The South by Southwest is notorious for bringing out huge secret acts sometime during the celebration, and often celebrities play on that by dropping clues and hints to their fans somewhere along the way. But this time, fans were told all but what time to show up.

Nearly as soon as JT was booked to play the festival, the Austin Police Department started preparing for it, bringing on additional security and making sure they’d have the grounds and city properly covered. During those preparations, some members of the security team leaked the news that the additional forces were needed because JT was coming into town to perform. But fans didn’t have to hang around the Austin P.D. to know that one of their favorite superstars was coming to town.

That’s because JT’s crew had littered the venue Coppertank Events Center, where the show was held, with ads for his newest project MySpace. And if that wasn’t enough, just around the corner from those ads, the words “Secret Show” were written on a wall in the star’s characteristic typeface.

Although the show probably could have been kept under tighter wraps, JT pulled the show off beautifully. Mostly playing songs from his album that’s about to be released, “20/20,” he also brought in some favorites from his other solo projects, “Justified,” and “FutureSex/LoveSounds.” What might have surprised fans most was when JT broke out into a cover of INXS’ “Need You Tonight.”

In other JT news, he also recently confirmed a rumor that had been floating around about his album “The 20/20 Experience.” The album that’s about to be released is just the first half, with another album due out afterwards.

Kansas City Has Top Seeds, Traditional Matchups and Upset Potential

The NCAA tournament is coming to Kansas City at the Sprint Center on Friday and Sunday, and there’s going to be a little bit of everything for college basketball fans.

That includes a local favorite as the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks take on 16th-seeded Western Kentucky. Kansas should cruise to the second round against a 15-loss Hilltoppers squad that is lucky to find itself in the tournament, but there could be a tough matchup waiting.

Eighth-seeded North Carolina takes on ninth-seeded Villanova, and if the Tar Heels prevail, there will be plenty of familiarity between North Carolina and Kansas. That’s because Roy Williams spent 15 years coaching the Jayhawks before bolting to the Tar Heels. If those two meet up, there may be little love lost between Jayhawks fans and Williams.

Meanwhile, fifth-seeded Wisconsin takes on 12th-seeded Mississippi in the seed pairing most infamous for producing upsets. Ole Miss could be a good candidate, coming in off an SEC tournament title after knocking off Florida. The winner of that game will advance to play the winner of Kansas State against either Boise State or La Salle in a four seed versus 13-seed matchup. The Broncos and Explorers meet in a play-in game to determine the final matchup in Kansas City.

The atmosphere should be electric for both sessions, as there are sure to be plenty of Kansas and Kansas State fans in attendance. That will make for a home court atmosphere, but also a louder-than-usual venue for some early NCAA tournament sites.

It’s the rare pod of games that could give spectators a look at a national title contender in top-seeded Kansas, a likely to be hotly contested eight versus nine matchup in Villanova against North Carolina and potentially a strong storyline if the Tar Heels and Jayhawks meet up.

Once you factor in the upset-rich seedings in the other matchups, there’s a bit of everything in Kansas City.

Don’t miss out on the chance to take part in all of the March Madness. Make sure to get your tickets today, before it’s too late.

Weird Al Goes on Tour before Wrapping Up at Bonnaroo

Weird Al had music fans going crazy last month when announced not only the amazing lineup for the Bonnaroo music festival, but also announced that he’d be performing at some point throughout the weekend. Now, he’ll be busy for some time before June, when the actual festival takes place, as he’s going to be on tour until that time!

With his tour starting in just a month, on April 10 at the Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh, NC, it’s unlikely that he’s going to have another album to promote during this road stint. But with his Grammy-nominated Alpocalypse from 2011 still being so popular among fans, it’s likely that he’s going to be performing a number of tracks from that album. They include parodies of Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, and T.I.

Along the way Weird Al will be visiting cities such as Knoxville, Jacksonville, Nashville, Kansas City, Calgary, and Tacoma, all in the month of April. With no dates scheduled for May, it’s unknown whether Weird Al will be taking a small break, or if he’s just waiting to add more dates to the schedule. He does pick things back up in June though, visiting Port Chester, Bethlehem, and Sault Ste. Marie before heading to the Bonnaroo festival sometime most likely on June 15 or 16th (he’s in other cities during the other dates of the festival.)

For a full listing of the newest Weird Al dates, you can check out the Weird Al tickets page on

K-Pop Stars MYNAME Finish First Solo Korean Concert

You might know them better by their nickname “Hwanhee’s Boys,” thanks to singer Hwanhee from the group Fly to the Sky. But the pop group MYNAME is definitely carving out their own name, and soon people will forget all about “when they were discovered,” and will just focus on the success this band is enjoying right now. Because just two days ago, MYNAME completed their first solo concert in Korea, and it was the first of many more to come.

It may have been their first concert, but the Korean boy band MYNAME is certainly no stranger to the scene. They actually formed over a year and a half ago, and they’ve gathered quite the following since that time. That was apparent at their very first concert held at Interpark Art Center in Seoul on March 3, when more than 5,000 fans showed up to watch them perform. And what a performance they were treated to!

MYNAME kicked off the show with their huge hit, and latest single, “Just that Little Thing,” and then moved into some high-octane dances with songs such as “Message,” “Astonished,” and “Everlastin Luv.” When it was time to slow things down the boys turned almost melancholy, but were still able to belt out ballads such as “Hello & Goodbye” and “Replay” flawlessly. For a special treat, they also performed a cover of the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want it That Way.”

If you attended MYNAME’s very first concert, or you just want a chance to check them out for the very first time, they’ll be touring around Japan in May, hitting major cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya.

Cinderella Hits Broadway for First Time

For the first time ever, Cinderella is on Broadway in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which began previews just over a month ago at Broadway Theater. The stage adaptation of the story was written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein III in 1957 for television and a new book was written by Douglas Carter Beane for this version of the show.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella opened on March 3rd and stars Laura Osnes as Cinderella and Santino Fontana in the role of The Prince. Osnes prior credits include as Bonnie Parker in Bonnie and Clyde in 2011, Sandy Dumbrowski in Grease in 2007 through 2008 and two runs as Nellie Forbush in South Pacific in 2009 and 2010.

Now she follows in the footsteps of Julie Andrews, Lesley Ann Warren and Brandy as prior actresses to star as Cinderella in a film or stage adaptation of the classic fairytale.

Fontana has worked as a director and composer in addition to his acting. His work on Broadway includes playing Tony Elliot in Billy Elliot the Musical in 2008, Stanley Jerome in Brighton Beach Memoirs in 2009 and Rodolfo in A View From the Bridge in 2010. He also played Algernon Montcrieff in 2011 in The Importance of Being Earnest.

The show runs approximately two hours and 20 minutes at Broadway Theater at 1681 Broadway in New York, one of the few “Broadway theaters” to actually have an address on Broadway. The historical theatre opened in 1924 and underwent significant renovations in 1956 and 1986. It often plays host to the most successful shows on Broadway due to its large seating capacity.

So far, the early reviews of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella have been positive. Critics also say the new show moves away from the original storyline often enough that it feels fresh and new, and you may not always know what’s coming next even if you’ve read the story or seen prior adaptations.

So get your tickets right away before Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella becomes one of those hot Broadway shows that are nearly impossible to scoop up tickets for without spending an arm and a leg.

Cirque Du Soleil – A Show for Everyone in Vegas

If there’s one Las Vegas performance you don’t want to miss, it’s a Cirque du Soleil show. Whether you choose the magical “O” or the saucy “Zumanity,” you’re going to leave the theater in awe.

If you’re not sure which Cirque Du Soleil show to see, here’s a quick synopsis of the latest productions taking place on The Strip.

O – Bellagio – “O” is a permanent water based show at the Bellagio. The show began in October 1998 and features a 1.5 million gallon pool of water that features amazing synchronized swimming acts, as well as aerial and ground acts.

– MGM Grand – is the first Cirque du Soleil production to feature a full storyline rather than abstract visuals. The production takes place on two giant moving platforms and five other smaller lifts that appear to float. The show opened in October 2004 and has been seen by more than a million people. The story is about conflict and love between imperial twins that must undergo a rite of passage and tells the story of their encounters with Kà.

Zumanity – New York New York – Zumanity was unveiled in September 2003 and is a cabaret-style show. This show features the sensual side of Cirque du Soleil and is designed for mature audiences only, as there are some erotic songs and dances.

MystereTreasure Island – Mystere’s debut performance was on Christmas in 1993. The show is in a circus style with a mix of dance, circus skills, opera, world beat music, and street style comedy. This show was also seen in the movie Knocked Up when the main characters visit Vegas.

The Beatles: Love – Mirage – Love opened in 2006 and combines the artistry of Cirque du Soleil with The Beatles music. The Love Theater features 6,431 speakers and 2,013 seats around a central stage allowing audiences to absorb all of the music and performances.

Zarkana – Aria – Zarkana was originally a travelling show that had great success in New York City, Madrid and Moscow. It is now a permanent show at the Aria Resort and Casino and replaced Viva Elvis. The show is the story of a magician in an abandoned theater who has lost his love as well as his magic and is plunged into a world of surreal creatures.

Criss Angel Believe – Luxor – This show features 40 illusions from Criss Angel in combination with the artistry of Cirque du Soleil.

When it comes to Cirque du Soleil, there truly is something for everyone. You can find tickets to all Cirque du Soleil shows on!

Lineup for Bonnaroo 2013 Announced!

Bonnaroo is quickly becoming one of the annual festivals that’s a must-attend, and this year’s lineup proves once again just why that is. Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Bjork, and Mumford & Sons are some of the biggest acts stopping by Manchester, Tennessee for the huge festival being held June 13-16 — and those are just the headliners! Because this year, Bonnaroo brings all it has in years past, and even more.

Supporting acts for the headliners will be The Lumineers, Wilco, R. Kelly, Kendrick Lamar, and Wu-Tang Chan; but there will still be a lot of weekend left to fill. That’s why also taking the various stages throughout various times at the festival will also be musical acts The National Collective, Of Monsters and Men, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Passion Pit, Nas, The xx, Cat Popwer, Gaslight Anthem, and Dwight Yoakam. Of course promoters and organizers still have months to get this thing fully in the works, so more are bound to be added, as well.

In past years Bonnaroo has also put a definitive stamp on their festival by also including comedic acts in with the music mix. This year Daniel Tosh from the TV show “Tosh.0” will be there as well as Mike Birbiglia and of course, even more stand-up comedy acts that will be announced soon.

“Top to bottom, this is one of the strongest lineups we ever had,” said Jeff Cuellar, Bonnaroo spokesman , when speaking with Reuters. “Looking at the festival landscape out there, no other American festival has Mumford & Sons, Paul McCartney, and Bjork all under one roof.”

Being known as one of the best musical events in the country, tickets for Bonnaroo always sell out shortly after being open to the public!