Tag Archives: Broadway

The Lion King Cast Delivers Movingly Topical Number At HIV/AIDS Fundraiser For Broadway Cares [VIDEO]

You’ll want to watch the clip below. From Broadway Cares: Broadway’s best spread messages of unity, hope and resilience through satire, song and dance December 5 and 6, 2016, at the 28th annual Gypsy of the Year competition. Gypsy of the Year , which celebrated six weeks of dedicated fundraising from 55 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies, raised $4,492,636 …

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Positive Reviews For NBC’s Hairspray Live! [VIDEOS]

Watch the highlights clips below. Variety reviews: It’s hard to imagine better casting for the production. Jennifer Hudson stole the show, once Motormouth Maybelle got to the screen; Ariana Grande, certifiable pop star, came away as the show’s MVP, acting as both reliably overlook-able sidekick and, once the situation required it, showstopping diva. Harvey Fierstein was predictably great, reprising his …

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OPEN THREAD: Hairspray Live!

As a desperately needed diversion from the ongoing decline of our nation, let’s gay the fuck out of this joint and watch Hairspray Live! together. NBC’s live broadcast begins at 8PM Eastern and stars Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth, Ariana Grande, with Maddie Baillio making her television debut as Tracy Turnblad. You can watch via NBC’s smartphone app and …

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FEATURETTE: Hairspray Live! [VIDEO]

Entertainment Weekly reports: Hairspray might be set in the ’60s, but the stars of NBC’s upcoming live version of the film and Broadway show think it has a lot to say about modern times, too. “The subject of Hairspray is very current to today,” Jennifer Hudson, who plays Motormouth Maybelle, says in a new featurette. She later explains, “To me, …

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NEW YORK CITY: Hamilton Sets New All-Time Broadway Box Office Record One Week After Mike Pence Flap

The New York Times reports: History is happening in Manhattan: “Hamilton” has set a record for the most money ever made in a single week by a Broadway show. The musical, which attracted national attention just before the week began with criticism from President-elect Donald J. Trump of its quality and the manners of its cast, grossed $3.3 million last …

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LGBT Ally Florence Henderson Dies At Age 82

USA Today reports: Florence Henderson, the wholesome actress who went from Broadway star to television icon when she became Carol Brady, the ever-cheerful mom residing over “The Brady Bunch,” has died. She was 82. She died surrounded by family and friends, her manager, Kayla Pressman, said in a statement late Thursday. Millions loved, and kept on loving, the innocent sitcom …

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TEASER: Hairspray Live! [VIDEO]

Via press release from NBC: “Hairspray Live!” features an all-star cast that includes Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Derek Hough, Dove Cameron, Garrett Clayton, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Ephraim Sykes, exciting newcomer Maddie Baillio and special guest stars Billy Eichner, Sean Hayes, Andrea Martin and Rosie O’Donnell. “Hairspray Live!” will bring back the creative talents of …

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Hamilton Star Brandon Dixon: There’s Nothing To Apologize For, Conversation Is Not Harassment [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: An actor from the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” who angered Donald Trump when he appealed on-stage for Vice President-elect Mike Pence to ensure the incoming administration respected all Americans said on Monday he would not apologize for the remarks. President-elect Trump has complained several times about the comments delivered on behalf of the cast by actor Brandon Victor …

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Mike Pence Breaks With Petulant Boss: Hamilton Is A Really Great Show And I Wasn’t Offended [VIDEO]

Fox News reports: Vice President-elect Mike Pence spoke publicly Sunday for the first time about the mixed reception he received while attending a performance of the musical “Hamilton,” saying he doesn’t want an apology from the Broadway cast and that the audience’s boos and cheers “is what freedom sounds like.” Pence, a Republican, attended the show Friday night. Actor Brandon …

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Trump Is Still Whining About “Overrated” Hamilton

He just cannot stop: The “Hamilton” drama continues. The day after President-elect Donald Trump slammed the cast of the Broadway musical “Hamilton” for addressing Vice President-elect Mike Pence after Friday’s show, Trump returned to Twitter to insult the show and call for an apology. “The cast and producers of Hamilton, which I hear is highly overrated, should immediately apologize to …

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BROADWAY BABY: Trump Has Tantrum After Hamilton Cast Member Addresses Mike Pence From The Stage

USA Today reports: Vice-president elect Mike Pence made a surprise visit to watch the award-winning Broadway show Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre Friday night, and received a loud chorus of boos from the audience as he made way to his seat. At the conclusion of the show, cast members addressed Pence’s appearance — as a group locked in hand-to-hand …

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The Hamilton Mixtape: Lin-Manuel Miranda Previews Pop Star Covers From The Broadway Smash [AUDIO]

A pleasant diversion from election news. USA Today reports: Look at where we are, look at where we started. We started with Lin-Manuel Miranda rapping about Alexander Hamilton at the White House one evening and now we have artists like Kelly Clarkson, The Roots and Busta Rhymes putting their personal spins on the incredible songs from Hamilton. The Hamilton Mixtape, …

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Jennifer Lopez To Star In NBC’s Bye Bye Birdie Live!

Via Playbill: NBC-TV has announced that its 2017 holiday live Broadway musical broadcast will be Bye Bye Birdie Live! and its star will be pop songstress Jennifer Lopez, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter. She will sing the Charles Strouse/Lee Adams score, which includes “Spanish Rose” for her, and “Put on a Happy Face” for her yet-unnamed leading …

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Hamilton’s Schuyler Sisters Say Vote [VIDEO]

Via press release: With lyrics, music and direction by Lin-Manuel Miranda, a new public service ad campaign has been launched urging everyone to vote in the upcoming November 8th elections. The campaign consists of three spots (two English and one in Spanish) featuring music from the song titled “Schuyler Sisters” in the Hamilton Broadway production. “As the nation gears for one …

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Angela Lansbury Stuns Lincoln Center Audience With Surprise Performance Of Beauty & The Beast [VIDEO]

Billboard reports: The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Disney presented a special viewing of Beauty and the Beast on Sunday night (Sept. 18) in honor of the classic animated film’s 25th anniversary. While original voice cast members such as Robby Benson (Beast), Paige O’Hara (Belle), Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Potts) and Richard White (Gaston) had all signed on to appear …

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Playwright Edward Albee Dies At Age 88

In 2011, Edward Albee said this: “A writer who happens to be gay or lesbian must be able to transcend self. I am not a gay writer. I am a writer who happens to be gay.” The New York Times reports: Edward Albee, widely considered the foremost American playwright of his generation, whose psychologically astute and piercing dramas explored the …

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Coming Soon: Donna Summer, The Musical

The New York Post reports: Hey, someone left the cake out in the rain! And I’m here to tell you all about it. Director Des McAnuff, of “Jersey Boys” fame, staged a workshop last week of a new musical about the life of disco queen Donna Summer. It’s a gender-bender, with women playing some of the men in her life. …

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Coming Soon: Moulin Rouge, The Broadway Musical

Playbill reports: Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 Oscar-nominated film Moulin Rouge is being adapted as a stage musical with a book by Tony Award winner John Logan and direction by Tony nominee Alex Timbers. It will be titled Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Logan won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle and Drama League awards for his 2010 play Red. His other …

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TRAILER: Hairspray Live!

Broadway World reports: NBC’s Hairspray Live! will air Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and will originate from Los Angeles. The all-star cast includes Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Mabel, Martin Short as Wilbur Turnblad, Derek Hough as Corny Collins, Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton, Andrea Martin as Prudy Pingleton and Kristin Chenoweth as Velma …

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On Why Gay Men Love Musicals [VIDEOS]

Here’s an entertaining pair of videos in which the narrator explores the famed passion that many gay men have for musical theater. Watch below as he examines the careers of Cole Porter, Noel Coward, Lorenz Hart, and other famed gay composers. More from the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News: Mr. Musical Theatre Mash, or as he likes to be …

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