Tag Archives: Broadway

Fake Melania Trump Denies Plagiarism [VIDEO]

This put me on the floor last night. The Daily Beast sets up the clip: Stephen Colbert opened his second live show of the week by addressing the big controversy to come out of the Republican National Convention’s first night. As Colbert soberly told his viewers: Melania Trump has been accused of plagiarizing portions of a speech First Lady Michelle …

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Stars Of Broadway Unite For Orlando Charity Single: What The World Needs Now Is Love [VIDEO]

I can’t even imagine how many Tonys this ensemble has between them.  Via Playbill: Broadway’s biggest stars united to raise their voices in support of the victims and those wounded in the Orlando shooting massacre, the worst in U.S. history, that took place at Pulse nightclub June 12—an act that targeted LGBTQ individuals and their allies. The new benefit single, …

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Coming In 2019: Wicked The Movie

Via the Hollywood Reporter: Universal’s Wicked is finally a go. The studio announced Thursday that the musical adaptation of the hugely popular Broadway show and book will open in theaters Dec. 20, 2019. That puts Wicked in direct competition with a yet-to-be-revealed live-action fairy-tale movie from Disney. Stephen Daldry has long been set to direct Wicked for producer Marc Platt …

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Broadway Cares Donates $150K To Pulse Funds

Via press release: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS announced today that $150,000 will be donated on behalf of the Broadway community and all Broadway Cares supporters to three service organizations in central Florida committed to reaching out and providing emergency assistance to the victims of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting, and their families and friends. “Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS historically has …

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Carpool Karaoke With Broadway Stars [VIDEO]

The Daily Beast recaps: On Monday night, James Corden hosted a special Tony Awards edition of “Carpool Karaoke” to drum up hype for the show, which he’ll be hosting on CBS the night of June 12. And of course, he had to have Pulitzer Prize-winning, MacArthur Genius Grant-receiving Lin-Manuel Miranda on, whose musical Hamilton set a Tonys record this year …

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JUST PEE: Harvey Fierstein, Cyndi Lauper, & Kinky Boots Cast Sing Against Anti-Trans Laws [VIDEO]

MUST WATCH: Harvey Fierstein, Cyndi Lauper, and the cast of the Tony winning Best Musical Kinky Boots today delivered us a fun message against those stupid, stupid anti-transgender bathroom laws. “I’m me! I don’t need ID to tell who am I and where I oughta pee!”

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MASH-UP: The 2016 Tony Musical Nominees [VIDEO]

The 2016 Tony Awards air on Sunday, June 12th from Manhattan’s Beacon Theater, where Barbra Streisand will be a presenter. Clip recap: In celebration of this year’s Tony nominees for Best Musical and Best Musical Revival, Playbill captured this mash-up from RANGE a cappella. With an arrangement by RANGE co-founders Ross Baum and Ben Holtzman, we catch the magic of …

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Record-Breaking 16 Tony Nominations For Hamilton

The 2016 Tony Awards nominations were announced moments ago, with the huge smash Hamilton receiving a record-breaking 16 nods. The record was previously held by The Producers and Billy Elliot, both of which earned 15 nominations in their debut years. See the full list of 2016 nominees below. From the New York Times: On Tuesday, the show was singled out …

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VIRAL VIDEO: Cast Of Hamilton Does Sweeney Todd Mashup For Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Theater Mania recaps: The company of Broadway’s Hamilton took top presentation honors at this week’s 30th annual Easter Bonnet Competition, an event that serves as the culmination of six weeks of spring fundraising efforts for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Watch the cast perform a transformed version of their opening number “Alexander Hamilton,” featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda as the Demon Barber Sweeney …

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Good Morning Baltimore: Jennifer Hudson And Harvey Fierstein To Headline NBC’s Hairspray Live!

Via press release from NBC/Universal: Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG and Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Hudson and multiple Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein will headline the cast of NBC’s “Hairspray Live!,” the network’s next live Broadway musical holiday event following the phenomenal success of “The Wiz Live!” Also joining the creative team will be acclaimed television director Alex Rudzinski, who received extraordinary reviews …

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The Color Purple Cast Pays Tribute To Prince [VIDEO]

As JMG reader Danimal puts it, Jennifer Hudson took the audience to church. What’s On Stage recaps: Cynthia Erivo and Jennifer Hudson led an onstage tribute at The Color Purple on Broadway last night, following the news that pop legend Prince had passed away at the age of 57. In a video shared on the show’s official Facebook account Hudson …

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Hamilton Cast Pays Tribute To Prince [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: The tributes for music icon Prince poured in from across the world on the day of his death, but one went viral swiftly on Thursday night. The cast of Hamilton sang and danced to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” on stage following their Thursday night performance. The hottest Broadway musical in the world has much of its success …

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Hamilton Wins Pulitzer Prize For Drama

Playbill reports: Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical phenomenon that tells the story of “ten-dollar Founding Father without a father” Alexander Hamilton, was today named winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. It joins an exclusive club of just eight other musicals that have won the prestigious award since it was founded nearly a century ago. The Pulitzer, which is …

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Hamilton Cast Reaches Profit Sharing Agreement

The New York Times reports: The producers of “Hamilton,” a show that could well make hundreds of millions of dollars, on Friday bowed to pressure and said they would share some of the musical’s profits with original cast members. The deal, which was announced by a lawyer representing more than two dozen actors and dancers who were part of the …

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TRAILER: Broadway Bares 2016: On Demand

Cubicle warning: Much nearly nekkid beefcake ahead. Via press release: “Must see TV” never looked like this. Watch what happens when the immensely popular Broadway Bares tackles the boob tube in an unrivaled evening of sexy striptease production numbers, produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Come on down Sunday, June 19, for Broadway Bares: On Demand (#BroadwayBares) where …

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CALIFORNIA: Cyndi Lauper And Harvey Fierstein Get Adjacent Stars On Hollywood Walk Of Fame [VIDEO]

Variety reports: It’s hard to imagine a more simpatico creative pairing than Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein. Lauper, the award-winning (Grammy, Emmy and Tony) pop icon whose rainbow-colored hair and anthemic “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” single made her a hero among fiery female teens in the 1980s, has long established herself as a staunch humanitarian and leading advocate for …

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Chita Rivera & More At Broadway Backwards [VIDEOS]

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has posted some of the full performances from this year’s installment of Broadway Backwards, where men perform show tunes written for women and vice versa. Watch as Tony-winning legend Chita Rivera (she’s 83!) takes on All I Think About Is Love, from Chicago. Other highlights below include Jay Johnson’s Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend, from …

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Anything Can Be A Musical [VIDEO]

Via Entertainment Weekly: It’s getting harder for Stephen Colbert to repress his inner musical urges. After recently dueting with Anna Kendrick and Tom Hiddleston, the Late Show host got another huge opportunity to show off his pipes when Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator and star Rachel Bloom stopped by Tuesday’s show. Colbert began by asking Bloom, in his standard interview style, about …

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Highlights From Broadway Backwards 2016 [VIDEO]

Last night I had the pleasure of once again attending Broadway’s greatest and gayest night, the 11th annual Broadway Backwards, a fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the NYC LGBT Center in which show tunes written for women are sung by men and vice versa. Watch this year’s highlight reel below and see a cavalcade of Broadway royalty including …

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Hamilton Star Raps At White House [VIDEO]

Coolest president ever. CNN reports: It’s not every day the President of the United States plays back up to someone else — let alone tells someone to “drop the beat” — but that’s just what happened in a video the White House posted on Monday evening. President Barack Obama flipped through cue cards as Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of Broadway …

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