THE RIVERAS | Third Season Premiered on Universo March 11



Love, secrets, unexpected break ups, brave revelations and challenges are everything that you will see in this upcoming season of The Riveras on UNIVERSO. The third and most revealing season yet offers viewers a deeper look into the lives of Chiquis, Jacqie, Mike, Johnny and Jenicka.

The family’s relatability has been key to the show’s success – it is raw, honest, funny at times and depicts the challenges that families go through.

“I think what makes our show unique is that we’re the only English language reality television show about a Hispanic family.” Johnny, the youngest Rivera goes on to say “we’re five siblings that all connect in different ways and I think our audience likes to see that. We don’t always agree on everything or get a long all the time, but at the end of the day we are a family and we stick by each other’s side no matter what.”

The 14-episode season offers viewers a lens into their lives as they face life challenges while supporting each other.  Chiquis unveils her relationship with Lorenzo and struggles with commitment issues while continuing to build her empire and the family legacy through her music career. Chiquis releases her new single “Quisieran tener mi lugar,” a duet with her mother. When asked about who she dedicates this song to, Chiquis said “My mom used to receive so much criticism for everything and anything she did. There were a few ladies especially that loved to criticize her and me as well. I’d like to dedicate that song to them.” Her second studio album, “Entre Botellas” was released on March 16th.


Mike takes a shot at stand-up comedy, while continuing to parent his autistic daughter Luna. “As a father of a young daughter with autism, I have learned that patience is the key to being a good parent.” He adds, “the child will always come first, and I think it is important for parents to know, especially if they are separated, that you have to put your differences aside and be selfless for your child.” Jenicka also has a few changes up her sleeve and surprises Mike with the news that she will be moving back in with Chiquis and embarks on a journey to pursue a career in plus-size modeling. Having recently come out via social media, Johnny introduces his partner Joaquin to his family and friends and graduates high school. While on a pursuit for happiness, Jacquie’s recent weight loss gives her a new sense of courage to begin a career in singing and be the best mom she can be to her three children.

Tune in to UNIVERSO on Sundays at 10pm/9c to watch the most revealing, honest and raw season of this perfectly imperfect family.

Movie Review by Kristin: GIFTED | #GiftedMovie


Hello, movie lovers!!

I’ve been wanting to see GIFTED for so long, and I finally got to watch it last night! I absolutely loved it! The cast was phenomenal and Mckenna Grace is definitely a force to be reckoned with.

SYNOPSIS: Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy – his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) – in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the 7-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother, Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan), whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary.

To be quite honest, this didn’t even feel like a movie. This felt like I was a spirit observing a beautiful relationship between an uncle and his niece. The acting didn’t feel forced at all and Mckenna’s performance didn’t just tug at my heart strings . . . she obliterated them. The on-screen chemistry between her and Chris Evans was so incredibly heartwarming. Even her relationship with their neighbor, Roberta (Octavia Spencer), was  a thing of beauty.

This film touched me on a personal level because of the relationship I have with my own niece. Sometimes you put your own life on hold to help raise someone else and I felt Frank’s struggle entirely in that respect. You want to do right by them and make sure they have the best life possible, but everyone makes mistakes. It’s how you bounce back from those mistakes that makes all the difference.

What Mckenna does as Mary is what blows you away as a viewer. She is a math prodigy who struggles to balance being a genius and being a kid. Frank, Roberta and the one-eyed cat Fred, help to keep Mary on a track that finds that balance successfully.

I caught the film on HBO, but this is one that I would definitely recommend actually buying. It’s funny, it’s sad, it’s beautiful, it’s tragic and it’s absolutely underestimated. It’s a wonderful indie film that I highly recommend!


@Thisfunktional Talks with Danay Garcia about FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Season 3 Blu-ray Release

@Thisfunktional Talks with Danay Garcia about FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Season 3 Blu-ray Release

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Actress Danay Garcia has continued to be an unpredictable addition to the “Fear the Walking Dead” cast.

Season 3 was a long road for Garcia’s character Luciana and her survival was questioned until Garcia confirmed her return for season 4 on Instagram.

“It comes with the territory, you know, you come in, you come on board and give your absolute best and you give all you got and you can only hope that it will be taking you to the right places,” Garcia said. “Sometimes you end in the wrong spot.”

All the situations that come with being on on a show based in the Walking Dead universe means that there is no safety for the characters and at any moment situations can change.

The growth that comes with meeting characters, loosing characters and the evolution of the world these characters live in is part of the excitement of watching the show and Garcia said its the same reason its so exciting to be a part of the show and being open to going through all that.

For fans its always stressful seeing a fan favorite be put into tough situations because no one is safe in the Walking Dead universe.

“I think when you decide to do something like this you start to get that weird feeling like ‘Am I going to die?’ those are things that we as humans don’t like to think about. Especially when you create a character thats all about survival,” Garcia said. “You don’t want them to die because it’s a cool journey for you, as an actor.”

Garcia doesn’t get nervous for Luciana’s fate in “Fear the Walking Dead” because she is use to that feeling and has become accustomed to and expecting that script where her character dies since she’s been on the show for awhile now.

Season 3 ended with things scattered and characters separated again, but Garcia said even if she can’t give details season 4 will be exciting.

“I’m so happy by the way we are taking the story and the way it was left off. The Clark family at the dam and you don’t know who made it and who didn’t,” Garcia said. “I’m just excited for everyone to see what is cooking right now.”

The core of Luciana – her beliefs, her morals and who she is as a human – is something Garcia is comfortable with portraying, even when her Garcia’s own personality can be a contrast to her character.

Garcia said the courageous and brave Luciana has the complexity of having a vulnerable side which helps Garcia ground the character and relate her to all the strong women out in the real world right now.

Season 3 Available Now On Blu-ray, DVD And Digital
Season 4 Premieres On AMC April 15

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have a second trailer for AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR!!

It was announced on March 1st that the film would be released in theaters a bit earlier than originally expected, so the new trailer has arrived with perfect timing! The Marvel Cinematic Universe will unite to try and defeat Thanos, but the newest trailer shows our beloved superheroes in some trouble!

SYNOPSIS: Two years after the Avengers were torn apart during the events of Captain America: Civil War, Thanos arrives on Earth to collect the Infinity Stones for a gauntlet that will allow him to bend reality to his will. The Avengers must join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop him before his onslaught of destruction puts an end to the universe.

Did you watch the trailer yet?? If not, what are you waiting for?! Click below and let me know what you think!

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR opens in theaters April 27th.

THE KING’S PARADE Release Video For New Single ‘Woman’





“The sentiment is worthy of praise. So too is the track. With a belting chorus and intelligent lyrics, ‘Woman’ is a rich slice of alt-soul.” – Mahogany

Highly acclaimed London quartet The King’s Parade have revealed the video for their latest single ‘Woman’, which takes aim at the issues of gender inequality prevalent in today’s society.

The video premiered with Happy Magazine who said, “’Woman’ is a refined and thought-provoking clip, sure to leave a major mark across the indie music scene. Clearly, The King’s Parade are cementing their status as one of the most naturally talented and hustling young acts this year.”

Featuring a lone female amongst a sea of larger, anonymous figures in New York, the video highlights the negative attitudes and behaviour towards women. Increasingly shunned and alienated from these more powerful figures, the monochrome aesthetic is broken only by the emergence of a flower, which engulfs the building, before the character blossoms into a soaring creature. Deeply symbolic of patriarchal oppression and how it can be overcome, the video was animated by Lily Fang, who previously made the band’s video for their highly acclaimed single ‘Bunched Up Letters’.

‘Woman’ follows the release of the Haze EP last year which saw the band receive high profile support from BBC 6Music, BBC Introducing, The Independent, Wonderland, Alternative Press, EARMILK and many more.

Its release saw them appear at summer festivals including Secret Garden Party and Cornbury Festival while they played sold out headline shows across the UK and Europe. Most recently The King’s Parade sold out their London release show for ‘Woman’ as well as being nominated for the UMA Choice Award at the forthcoming Unsigned Music Awards 2018.

The King’s Parade breathe fresh life into UK guitar bands. They have developed an exciting new blueprint, which is seeing a loyal and expectant fanbase grow by the day.


“It’s alt-soul melding classic blues influences with more of a modern pop vibe”
The Independent

“Elegant guitar riffs and heart melting vocals”

“The King’s Parade intertwine alternative and soul on this new single”
Alternative Press

“The group are a sought after creative force”

“The four-man band is one of the most naturally talented groups out there”

BRENT COBB Announces New Album ‘Providence Canyon’ Out May 11th






Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and performer Brent Cobb will release his highly anticipated new album, Providence Canyon, on May 11th via Low Country Sound/Atlantic Records.

Recorded at Nashville’s RCA Studio A with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb, the album features eleven songs including the new single ‘King of Alabama’. Each digital pre-order comes with an immediate download of ‘King of Alabama’ as well as ‘Ain’t A Road Too Long’, which was released last year.

In celebration of the album, is currently on an extensive US tour before joining Chris Stapleton on his ‘All-American Road Show’ in June, which includes dates at L.A.’s The Forum, Chicago’s Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre and New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Brent made his live debut in the UK last year, which saw him sell out shows in London and Manchester and stun crowds at both The Great Escape and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival. He’ll be returning to the UK for more dates to be announced soon to wow crowds with his wit, charming tales of the Deep South and heart-rending performances.

Photo credit: Don Van Cleave


The new album and tour follow a breakthrough few years for Cobb, who was nominated for Best Americana Album at the 60th GRAMMY Awards for his major label debut, Shine On Rainy Day.

Released in 2016 to overwhelming acclaim, Uncut said of the album, “the work of a man who’s finally found his calling”, while Mojo said, “It would be a true tragedy if we had to wait another decade for more of his intimate, timeless music.”

Since the album’s release, Cobb has been nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2017 Americana Honors & Awards and made his television debut on CONAN.

Cobb was born in Americus, Georgia, about an hour east of Columbus, in the rural south-central part of the state. In addition to his work as an artist, Cobb is widely respected as a songwriter garnering cuts by Lee Ann Womack, Luke Bryan, The Oak Ridge Boys, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert and more.


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@Thisfunktional talks with Colman Domingo About FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Season 3

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Since meeting Victor Strand on “Fear the Walking Dead” audiences have seen the charismatic character go through many situations in style.

FTWD_S3_3D_BD_O-CardColman Domingo has a fantastic style of his own and is able to inject some of his own personality to his character Strand from the moment he auditioned.

“I think possibly I bring a bit of myself to the character. I know I have strong opinions about this character. It seems to be he’s in alignment with what I think Strand is style wise,” Domingo said. “That doesn’t often happen. Just when I first read the description of Victor Strand I had an idea about him, how he handles himself and how he moves through the world.”

Domingo auditioned for Strand in a bold way, showing up in an electric blue Hugo Boss suit, but it seems that the style choice has continued throughout.

There has never been a character like Victor Strand in the Walking Dead universe, the upfront style of making the unpopular decision that best fits the bigger picture makes survival the priority.

As seen through season 3, Strand uses his talents to be a useful component to everyone’s survival, but still doesn’t jeopardize the safety of himself or others who could be useful in surviving.

“I think that’s challenging for people. I tell people that if you look at the receipts of Victor Strand and all that he’s done, what he has done are very great humanitarian things,” Domingo said. “He may not give alot of information up, if he doesn’t feel he can handle it, or he will may keep you a little out of the loop in some way, if he doesn’t feel there’s any value you add to it.”

The fearlessness and resourcefulness of Strand is the reason Domingo has enjoyed playing this character. The challenges of surviving and the manner in which that brings out the morality of Strand continue to keep the character evolving in the eyes of the audience.

The relationships established by Strand come into play often in the series, from the initial meet up with Nick, and later on with Alicia, to the new found camaraderie with Madison. Strand grows closer with the Clark family because each individual brings something useful to the group and separate they are all still enough to survive.

“It’s a new way of establishing a relationship between a man and a woman. Knowing that in the apocalypse all bets are off, everything that we knew about male and female relationships are challenged because now we have to come to new agreements,”  Domingo said.

Domingo loves the fact that Strand is evolving always, and is able to switch off with Madison to be the dominant personality and lead when each one finds their strengths.

The dynamic between Strand and Madison grew in season three by then and a partnership is proposed which is much more than just something romantic, its something thats grown out of a mutual respect and love to which they each motivate each other to be their very best.

“That scene at the dam. I think thats the closest Victor is to a proposal to Madison. Of saying ‘Lets become partners, lets build something together, lets establish something for you and your kids and grow something here,'” Domingo said. “Which is an apocalyptic way of looking at things. We are re-assecing these relationships.”

Beyond the personal relationships, like many genre projects, “Fear the Walking Dead” deals with topics in the political climate by putting them in a different perspective, a more extreme perspective to give a view into the horrors that the mentality of the world can lead to.

Season 3 deals with segregation, with ownership, with survivalist making their own rules and just how much of civilized society survives when worst comes to worst.

“I think we’ve been exploring things that most television genre shows do not explore,” Domingo said. “I think season 3 has been a boarder story in many ways. About trying to get back across. In some ways we are dealing with Mexican-American relations, when there’s no borders anymore and who owns land and we are dealing with race, not even subtly.”

Season 3 Available Now On Blu-ray, DVD And Digital

Season 4 Premieres On AMC April 15

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WATCH: Teaser Trailer for LIFE ITSELF


Amazon Studios debuted the new teaser trailer for LIFE ITSELF during the Season 2 finale of “This Is Us” on Tuesday night. The film is written and directed by “This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman and stars Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Mandy Patinkin, Olivia Cooke, Laia Costa, Annette Bening and Antonio Banderas.

SYNOPSIS: LIFE ITSELF centers on a couple (Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde) which leads a multigenerational love story spanning both decades and continents, from the streets of New York to the Spanish countryside, and are all connected by a single event.

LIFE ITSELF hits theaters September 21



Adam Rippon Goes IN On Some Spicy Wings On Latest Episode Of HOT ONES


What’s up, everyone??

If you’ve been anywhere in the past 2 months, you should definitely be aware of the name Adam Rippon. He won over the hearts of (most) Americans throughout the 2018 Winter Olympics and he’s been making his way through the TV/Interview circuit ever since. This week he made an appearance on HOT ONES, where he had to feast on spicy wings with host Sean Evans.

My brother got me to watch a few episodes of HOT ONES on YouTube a few weeks ago, so I was stoked to find out that Adam would be on it this week! He’s hilarious in regular interviews, so throw some fiery wings in the mix and it was sure to make people cry with laughter.

Check out the episode below to see if Adam is able to hold his shit together!

SPOILER: I give him a ton of credit because he ate more chicken on each wing than most of the other guests have on the show!

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BREAKING IN | New Poster and Trailer

Payback is a mother.

BGN_Tsr1Sheet_0301_RGB_1Universal Pictures and Gabrielle Union debuted the new poster for BREAKING IN.

Next Mother’s Day, Gabrielle Union stars as a woman who will stop at nothing to rescue her two children being held hostage in a house designed with impenetrable security. No trap, no trick and especially no man inside can match a mother with a mission when she is determined on Breaking In.

Producers Will Packer (No Good Deed, Obsessed) and Union (Almost Christmas, Being Mary Jane) reunite for this original thriller directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Sense8). Written by Ryan Engle (Non-Stop), Breaking In co-stars Billy Burke (Twilight series), Richard Cabral (End of Watch), Ajiona Alexus (Empire), Levi Meaden (Pacific Rim Uprising), Jason George (Grey’s Anatomy), Seth Carr (Black Panther) and Christa Miller (Cougar Town).

Joining Union and Packer as fellow producers are Will Packer Productions’ James Lopez (Girls Trip, Think Like a Man), and Practical Pictures’ Craig Perry and Sheila Hanahan Taylor (American Pie and Final Destination series). Jaime Primak Sullivan, whose story the screenplay is based upon, serves as an executive producer alongside Valerie Bleth Sharp and Jeff Morrone.

BREAKING IN – In Theaters May 11

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DYLhLOoVoAAfDml[1]Warner Bros. just released the first trailer for FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD and I can hardly control my excitement!

FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD is the much-anticipated sequel to 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and is the second installment of five films.

SYNOPSIS: At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

The film is directed by David Yates, screenplay written by the incredible J.K. Rowling, and stars Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Katherine Waterston, Zoe Kravitz, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol and Ezra Miller.

What are you waiting for? Watch the trailer and let me know what you think!




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@Thisfunktional DRAKEN Security Zombie Survival Training FEAR THE WALKING DEAD

@Thisfunktional DRAKEN Security Zombie Survival Training FEAR THE WALKING DEAD

Written by Jesus Figueroa

DRAKEN Securrity’s founder Jaime Salanga, director of tactical training Vincent Lopez and security detail leader Jaime Yager train Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of, on close, midrange and long distance zombie battles at the “Fear the Walking Dead” season 3 press junket.

Yager taught close combat teaching how to fend of zombies without weapons available, Lopez demonstrated techniques with a Tomahawk Axe for midrange zombie battles and Salanga used a bow and arrow for a longe range battle with zombies.

AMC’s “Fear The Walking Dead” season 3 will be available on blu-ray, DVD and Digital on March 13, season 4 premieres on AMC April 15.

Season 3 Available On Blu-ray, DVD, Digital March 13
Season 4 Premieres on AMC April 15
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Movie Review by Kristin: LOVE, SIMON | #LoveSimon


Hey there, movie lovers!

I had the chance to catch a special screening of LOVE, SIMON last night with the niece and we absolutely loved it! We’d been looking forward to this movie since the trailer was first released and it definitely did not disappoint.

SYNOPSIS: Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing. Directed by Greg Berlanti (Dawson’s Creek, Brothers & Sisters), written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (This is Us), and based on Becky Albertalli’s acclaimed novel, LOVE, SIMON is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love.

To start off, the cast in LOVE, SIMON was absolutely phenomenal. It was diverse, it was incredibly talented and every single person made you feel connected to their character in some way. You’re able to place yourself in each character’s shoes to try and imagine what they might have been feeling in that moment and how you would react, in your own life, to certain situations that presented themselves throughout the movie.

Nick Robinson (Everything, Everything) shines as Simon Spier. You can actually feel his anxiety about coming out to his friends and family and being so desperate to do it on his own terms. For those in the LGBTQ community, their coming out story is such a powerful moment in their life and having that moment forced upon them the way it was forced upon Simon in the movie was heartbreaking. As someone who is straight, but very much connected to members of the LGBTQ community, these moments in LOVE, SIMON actually made me cry a bit. Yes, I admit it. My niece and I were wiping away tears that never stopped flowing. It was sad, it was uplifting, it was triumphant, it was lovely and it was inspiring all rolled into one hour and 50 minutes.

I would love to read the novel “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli to see if we get a bit more of a backstory for Simon. When the movie begins, we’re thrust into his present day struggle with being gay and no one having a clue. We get a quick little glimpse of when he sort of realized when he was gay, but I would’ve liked to see that explained just a little more. Its absence doesn’t take away from the film at all though.

Both my niece and I highly recommend seeing LOVE, SIMON. It’s such an important message for those struggling with their own sexuality, for parents who are oblivious to how their children might be feeling, for friends to learn how to be accepting and supportive towards each other, for classmates to see how bullying and social media could really affect a person’s life. It touches on so many important topics for young adults. Some of the characters are flawed in their own way–some more than others–and that really contributes to the realistic feel to the entire movie.

It will make you laugh, cry and cheer for these characters and it will most definitely make you LOVE SIMON!

You can catch LOVE, SIMON in theaters March 16, 2018!

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NEW RELEASE DATE | Meet the new face of evil. #BadSamaritan | In theaters May 4th!

BAD SAMARITAN has a new release date. This is causing disorder and Mr. Erendreich is not very happy! He HATES disorder. Meet the new face of evil on MAY 4, 2018 and find out who is Mr. Erendreich.

BAD SAMARITAN is a horror/thriller film starring David Tennant, Robert Sheehan, Carlito Olivero, Kerry Condon and Jacqueline Byers. BAD SAMARITAN is directed by Dean Devlin known for “Independence Day,” “The Librarians,” “Stargate,” and many more.

Synopsis: BAD SAMARITAN is a terrifying cautionary tale of two thieves uncovering more than what they bargained for when breaking into a house they thought would be an easy score. After making a shocking discovery, they must choose to run and hide, or face the killer whose dark secrets they have exposed.


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Teaser Trailer, Poster from Disney’s MARY POPPINS RETURNS

IMG_3001Here is your first look at the teaser trailer and teaser poster from Disney’s MARY POPPINS RETURNS an all new sequel with a fresh sensibility that celebrates the spirit of the original.

In the film, which hits U.S. theaters this Christmas, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

MARY POPPINS RETURNS stars Emily Blunt as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure; Lin-Manuel Miranda as her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London; Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; and Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy.

The film also introduces three new Banks’ children played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson.

Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.

The film is directed by Rob Marshall from a screenplay by David Magee and screen story by Magee and Marshall & John DeLuca based upon The Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers. The producers are Marshall, DeLuca and Marc Platt with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer and the music is by Marc Shaiman with songs by Shaiman and Scott Wittman.


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