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Theater vets lead ‘Les Mis’ cast

The upcoming Broadway cast of “Les Miserables” is anything but miserable – veteran theater actors Ramin Karimloo, Will Swenson, Nikki M. James and Caissie Levy are all on board.

Producers announced Tuesday that “The Phantom of the Opera” veteran Karimloo was cast as Jean Valjean, “Hair” star Swenson as Javert, “Ghost” star Levy as Fantine and “The Book of Mormon” star James as Eponine.

The re-imagined story will begin previews March 1 at the Imperial Theatre. Additional casting, including the roles of Marius and Cosette, will be announced later.

The show marks the third time the show has made it to Broadway.

The Oscar-nominated big screen adaptation directed by Tom Hooper starred Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway.

Colorized ‘Lucy’ episodes to air

There was never any doubt that “I Love Lucy” was full of color. But for those whose imaginations need some help, CBS will air in December a one-hour special featuring two newly colorized classic episodes of the 1950s series.

The “I Love Lucy Christmas Special” will consist of the seldom seen “Christmas Episode” and the grape-stomping classic “Lucy’s Italian Movie,” airing Friday, Dec. 20, at 8 p.m. ET / PT. The show – which featured Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, and Vivian Vance and William Frawley as the Ricardos’ friends and landlords, Ethel and Fred Mertz – is celebrating its 62nd anniversary.

The holiday episode, which has the Ricardos and Mertzes reminiscing while decorating a Christmas tree, was first broadcast in December 1956 and went into hiding, failing to be included in the series’ long history of repeats while in syndication. It was rediscovered in 1989, with select airings since then.

“Lucy’s Italian Movie” was originally broadcast in March 1956 and became an instant classic in the art of talking with one’s hands and the finesse in slathering crushed grapes across a foe’s face. The episode finds the Ricardos and Mertzes in Rome, where Lucy is invited by a famous Italian film director to appear in his next picture, “Bitter Grapes.” And Lucy does what Lucy does: She gets in a pickle.

There will be no interruption between episodes.

West proposes to Kardashian

Marriage is coming after the baby carriage for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

Kardashian’s publicist, Ina Treciokas, confirmed Tuesday that the couple are engaged.

E! News first reported that West proposed to Kardashian Monday – her 33rd birthday – in front of family and friends at the AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.

Kardashian gave birth to the couple’s first child, daughter North West, in June.

A photo posted on Instagram shows a screen at the stadium that reads “PLEEEASE MARRY MEEE!!!” – in typical West font – above a black-clad orchestra. Another shows Kardashian showing off a diamond ring with a smiling West behind her.

From News and wire services.