Tag Archives: Broadway

In The Heights Tops Tony Noms

The hip-hop and salsa musical In The Heights led today’s Tony Award nominations with 13 nods. The revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center follows closely with 11 noms. Interestingly, four of the Best Play nominees got their start in London. The Tony Awards take place June 15th at Radio City Music Hall. Some of the major nominations: Best Play: …

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Good Work Wednesday

This Sunday join Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS for a few rounds of Broadway Bingo at Spotlight Live in Times Square, where Charles Busch, Jackie Hoffman, and Karen Finley will be among the celebrity callers. There will be special musical performances by Joyce DeWitt (!), the cast of Naked Boys Singing, and Amber Martin. Prizes include paraphernalia from and tickets to …

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Valentine’s Day: Love Beats AIDS

Embiggen the photo above or go here to learn about a fun Broadway event this Valentine’s Day in NYC: LIFEbeat – The Music Industry Fights AIDS is joining forces with Borders for Love Beats AIDS, a special discount promotion taking place on Valentine’s Day ONLY in all New York City Borders stores. Borders will match the discount amount dollar-for-dollar with …

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Broadway Backwards 3

In which my journey towards full-blown theater queenapproaches Platinum Level…. Last night I attended the fantastic Broadway Backwards 3, the annual benefit for the NYC LGBT Community Center in which Broadway stars perform classic musical theater numbers from a gay perspective – changing pronouns or singing numbers written for characters of the opposite sex. The cast (and the audience!) was …

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Great White Way Lights Up Again

After 19 days and estimated losses in the tens of millions, Broadway’s stagehand strike is over. The curtains at 26 darkened theaters will rise tonight. Producers and union leaders reached an agreement last last night. James Claffey, the head of the 2,200-member union for stagehands: “The people of Broadway are looking forward to returning to work, giving the theater-going public …

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Strike Darkens Broadway

The long-feared strike by Broadway’s stagehands union began today, darkening 26 theatres on the Great White Way. The first show to be affected was the 11am matinee of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! – The Musical, with local news carrying footage of hundreds of disappointed children. Broadway shows that will be dark until further notice: August: Osage County …

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Christine Pedi, Diva Impressionist

Little David hipped me to this hilarious clip of Forbidden Broadway’s Christine Pedi channeling a slew of divas as they would have performed And I’m Am Telling You. Pedi’s Little Edie and Bernadette Peters had me on the floor. Pedi’s one-woman cabaret act, Great Dames, recently played NYC’s Metropolitan Room.

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Broadway On Broadway

Yesterday, Little David and I attended Broadway On Broadway, the annual free concert in Times Square that showcases the casts of hit shows. Weather was great, a little chilly at times, but we were miles away from the stage. The sound system was fine in our location, but quite annoyingly the video screens were out of sync with the sound …

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Defying Gaiety

Documentary filmmaker Bill Hussung says the world will be “shocked” to see the Broadway stars and dancers that appear in his upcoming film, Gay No More, which follows about 20 performers who belong to a Life Ministry support group that meets twice weekly in “underground locations.” Hussung: “It’s an ex-gay movement with the core belief that you are gay because …

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Broadway Barks

Yesterday the Farmboyz and I headed down to Schubert Alley for Broadway Barks, the 9th annual pet adoptathon created and hosted by Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters and presented by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The casts and stars of virtually every Broadway show made appearances, from Xanadu’s studly Cheyenne Jackson (left) to Tony winners David Hyde Pierce, Beth Leavel, …

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Lee Goes Legit

The NY Post has leaked the details of Spike Lee’s new Broadway venture and it’s a curious choice – a remake of the 1951 play Stalag 17, originally directed on Broadway by Jose Ferrer. It was made into a movie in 1954, winning multiple Oscars, including Best Actor for William Holden. Lee’s version is expected to open some time next …

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Broadway Roundup

Tickets for the upcoming musical version of Young Frankenstein will be $120, a new plateau for regular seats. Casting has been announced: Dr. Frankenstein: Roger Bart (played in the movie by Gene Wilder), Elizabeth: Megan Mullally (Madeline Kahn), Inga: Sutton Foster (Terri Garr), Frau Blucher: Andrea Martin (Cloris Leachman). Wicked leads last week’s grosses at $1.4M. Xanadu appears to be …

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Cat Of The Year

Andrew Lloyd Webber has been writing a sequel to Phantom Of The Opera, called Phantom In Manhattan. However: “I was trying to write some new music; Otto got into the grand piano, jumped onto the computer and destroyed the entire score for the new Phantom in one fell swoop.” And Broadway was saved. Who’s a good kitty? You are! Yes, …

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The Ritz Returns

Here’s some exciting Broadway news: Terrence McNally’s 1975 hit play The Ritz is returning to Broadway in October, with Rosie Perez playing the role of Googie Gomez, which was originally played by Rita Moreno. I never saw the play, but the 1976 movie version is one of my favorite films of all time, one of those classic gay films that …

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2007 Tonyzzzzzz

Somehow I managed to keep my eyes open during last night’s soporific unhosted Tony Awards, which may have been the most boring telecast in Tonys history and that’s saying something. Bring back Hugh Jackman! The two big winners each nearly swept their respective categories, with Spring Awakening winning eight musical awards and The Coast Of Utopia taking seven Tonys, a …

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Grey Gardens

After viewing RuPaul’s Starrbooty yesterday afternoon, I hopped an uptown train and met Aaron to attend Grey Gardens, currently celebrating 10 Tony nominations, including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Leading Actress (Musical) for Christine Ebersole. Looking around the gorgeous Walter Kerr Theatre, I tried to remember when I was last there. Could it have been waaaay back in ’91 …

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Xanadu: The Musical

Last night Little David and I attended a preview of Xanadu, joining an audience that seemed to be 50% gay men. When the house lights went down, a roar of anticipation went up. David said, “Rowdy crowd!” And they were not disappointed. Thanks to brilliant book by Douglas Carter Beane (The Little Dog Laughed), a show that could have been …

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2007 Tony Noms

The 2007 Tony nominations are out. It looks like Spring Awakening leads with 11 nominations, followed by Grey Gardens with 10. UPDATE: I failed to notice that Kiki & Herb – Alive On Broadway, which Little David and I saw on opening night, is nominated for Best Theatrical Event. Woo-hoo! Best Play: The Coast of Utopia – Author: Tom StoppardFrost/Nixon …

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Broadway Bullet Points

As of yesterday, Spamalot has run longer than Camelot. The Producers closed yesterday after six years and a $300+ million gross. John Waters’ Cry-Baby is in workshop, NYC premiere unknown. New York state may deregulate ticket scalping. Current law expires in June. Semi-flop The Pirate Queen may be evicted for Young Frankenstein. Frost/Nixon, starring Frank Langella, opens tonight. Mary Poppins …

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Spider-Man: The Musical. No, Really.

Bono and The Edge are penning a Broadway musical version of Spider-Man, and auditions are already underway for a first reading, with Julie “Lion King” Taymor set to direct. That this news comes just as April 30-May 6 has been named “Spider-Man 3 Week In NYC” is pure coincidence of course. Producers are said to be looking for an actor …

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