GAL APPROVED! Jungle Book. Barbershop: The Next Cut. Confirmation & The Barrington Stage Co. 2016 Season!

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Here are the things that you need to see this weekend . . . and beyond!

The Jungle Book. You need to run, climb, and swing to this live feature, pronto! The 3D effects are so good you may run out of the theater when the tiger roars or the elephants approach. Disney offers the classic Jungle Book story about a boy – affectionately known as a mancub — who finds his place with a pack of wolves and various jungle creatures. We loved the wide-eyed innocence of Mowgli, played by newcomer Neel Sethi. It was also fun trying to identify the well-known actors voicing the animals, including Lupita Nyong’o and Idris Elba, who’s very good at being bad! Grab a kid, a bag of popcorn and enjoy.

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Barbershop: The Next Cut. It’s time to go back to the Barbershop! Barbershop: The Next Cut reunites you with many of the favorite characters, including Ice Cube as Calvin Palmer, Jr.; Cedric the Entertainer as Eddie; Regina Hall as Angie; Anthony Anderson as J.D.; and Eve as Terri. And there are newcomers too like Nicki Minaj and Common. Lots of laughs and great hairstyles … what could be better for a Saturday outing with the gals?

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Confirmation. Kerry Washington loves to be in the middle of a political scandal. This time, she plays out real-life drama, playing Anita Hill. Back in 1991, Anita took Judge Clarence Thomas, who had been nominated to the Supreme Court, to task for sexually harassing her while she was his employee. Just like Olivia Pope, this woman is NOT staying quiet.

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Barrington Stage Co.. We’re already booking our tickets to Pittsfield, Mass. (yes, you read right!), for some seriously cool theater. We can’t wait to see SVU vet Tamara Tunie star in American Son, a new play. And we’ve got to give props to Annie Golden, who stars in one of our fave musical movies Hair, who has had a show written for her: Broadway Bounty Hunter. The music from the show pays homage to the R&B and funk sounds that soundtracked Blaxploitation films like Shaft and Foxy Brown. Look for an amazing opening number with Badia Farha. Shows start at the famed theater May 12.

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