Stop me before I give casting news again!

I thought I was done with these kinds of tidbits last night, but I can’t resist this one.

Stanley Tucci, one of my everyone’s favorite character actors who I featured here recently in a great bit from 1996’s “Big Night,” is joining the cast of a musical, “Burlesque!” The movie will also star Cher and Christina Aguilera, who presumably will be doing most of the singing between the two of them. To be helmed by actor-writer turned first-time director Steve Antin, the production is described by Variety‘s Mike Fleming as follows:

Aguilera plays an ambitious small-town girl with a big voice who finds success in a neo-burlesque club reminiscent of the nightclub in Bob Fosse’s “Cabaret.” Tucci will play the manager of the Sunset Boulevard club and the best friend and confidante of Tess (Cher), a former dancer who takes the young girl under her wing.

I’ve lived within a few miles of the Sunset Strip the vast majority of my life and, as far as I know, there is no club remotely like the Weimar-era Kit Kat Club on the strip or anywhere in Los Angeles — except, of course, if they’re actually doing a production of “Cabaret.” If I’m wrong and there is one, I definitely want to go. Now.


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