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Three New York Plays to See this November

November 5th, 2014 Comments off

We have a lot to be thankful for this November as Broadway and beyond welcomes revivals galore, hoping to capitalize on familiar titles and cult favorites. We’ll see who has staying power, but our eyes are on the following three:

John Epperson as Lypsinka (photo: Peter Palladino via The Broadway Blog.)

John Epperson as Lypsinka (photo: Peter Palladino via The Broadway Blog.)

Lypsinka! The Trilogy
She’s back. After a 9-year absence, a triple dose of the legendary Lypsinka, John Epperson’s iconic creation, will be doled out this fall when the ‘Goddess of Showbiz’ deigns to grace New York City with her sweeping presence in Lypsinka! The Trilogy. To celebrate a staggering three decades of glamorous theatrics, three different shows—revivals of the acclaimed Lypsinka! The Boxed Set and The Passion of the Crawford, as well as the New York premiere of John Epperson: Show Trash—will run in rotating repertory for a strictly limited 8-week engagement from November 5, 2014 through January 3, 2015.

Lypsinka! The Trilogy
Connelly Theater
220 East 4th Street
Opening night: November 13

Find out what the other two shows our Broadway Blog Editor Matthew Wexler recommends for this November by clicking here.

Broadway’s Hottest Leading Men!

October 16th, 2014 Comments off
Alan Cumming photo by Ezequiel De La Rosa

Alan Cumming photo by Ezequiel De La Rosa

For our Fall Fashion Issue, we are featuring eight of the hottest men on Broadway who light up the stage every week—from Motown to Matilda—with their amazing talent. When it comes to style these men would look good wearing only a smile, but they give us that and a whole lot more!

Over at Passport magazine online we got to sit down with Alan Cumming, Andy Karl, Kyle Dean Massey, Christopher Sieber, Rob McClure, Josh Tower, Ramin Karimloo, and Matt Bogart.

Check it out! 

Remembering Broadway Legend Geoffrey Holder

October 10th, 2014 Comments off
Geoffrey Holder (photo: Erin Combs/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Geoffrey Holder (photo: Erin Combs/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

The Broadway community mourns the loss of Geoffrey Holder, the 1975 Tony Award-winning director and costume designer of The Wiz who died on Sunday at the age of 84. The marquees of Broadway theaters in New York will be dimmed in his memory Friday, October 10th, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.

Geoffrey Holder was a multi-talented stage and film artist who directed and designed the original Broadway production of The Wiz for which he won two 1975 Tony Awards  for Best Direction of a Musical and Best Costume Design. In 1978, Mr. Holder directed and choreographed the Broadway musical Timbuktu!, receiving a 1978 Tony Award nomination for Best Costume Design.

Keep reading about this fascinating man over at The Broadway Blog…

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Cocktail Music: Getting ‘Kinky’ In the VIP Lounge with Billy Porter

September 5th, 2014 Comments off
Image via Passport

Image via Passport

While strutting the boards in outrageous, high-heeled boots, Billy Porter won a 2013 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He also received a Drama Desk, an Outer Circle, and a Grammy Award for his turn as brassy drag queen Lola in Broadway’s Kinky Boots. This year, the Pittsburgh-born singer, actor, writer, director, and composer released his third album, Billy’s Back on Broadway, and he will soon debut a semi-autobiographical play, While I Yet Live, starring fellow Tony-winner Lillias White, at Off-Broadway’s Primary Stages from September 23-October 31.

Born in 1969, Porter’s dream was cemented when he saw Jennifer Holliday and the Dreamgirls cast perform on the 1982 Tony Awards. Graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.F.A. in drama, he made it to Broadway by 1991 in Miss Saigon. Between Broadway gigs, Porter has crafted numerous one-man shows for himself, including 2005’s autobiographical musical, Ghetto Superstar.

Read more over at Passport magazine…

Check out some of our favorite Billy Porter songs/performances after the jump…

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Will Two Gay New York Christians Survive ‘Survior?’

August 29th, 2014 Comments off
Screen Shot via YouTube

Screen Shot via YouTube

One of our guilty pleasures (yes, still) is watching Survivor. It always gives us a little Tribal Council anxiety when CBS introduces the new cast offs. Usually there is one member of the gay or lesbian community (and they usually end up being horrible, thanks Colton!). But this season, we have two gay cast members competing on Survivor: San Juan del Sur. Gay couple Joshua Canfield (32) and Reed Kelly (31)—two self-proclaimed Christians—will be competing. BTW, they are singers/dancers/actors from Broadway.

Meet them after the jump…

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Double Take! Side Show Returns to Broadway

August 8th, 2014 Comments off
Side Show begins performances at the St. James Theatre Oct. 28. (photo: Cade Martin)

Side Show begins performances at the St. James Theatre Oct. 28. (photo: Cade Martin)

Are you seeing double? Nope – that’s just the return of the cult favorite musical, Side Show, which opens this fall on Broadway at the St. James Theatre. Directed by Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Bill Condon (Chicago, Dreamgirls, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2, Gods and Monsters) making his Broadway directorial debut, this exciting new staging of Side Show has “the flash and velocity of a Hollywood motion picture”and “puts gripping emotion in the main tent” (Los Angeles Times).

Side Show will begin Previews on Tuesday, October 28 with an official Opening Night on Monday, November 17.  On sale beginning August 13 at www.SideShowBroadway.com.

Featuring a score of “supercharged songs” (Charles Isherwood, New York Times), Side Show includes new music by multiple Grammy Award winner, Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Tony Award nominee Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls), with book and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Bill Russell, additional book material by Bill Condon.

Keep reading over at our sister site, The Broadway Blog…

Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch Dies at 89

July 17th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Featureflash

Broadway icon Elaine Stritch has passed away at the age of 89 at her home in Birmingham, Mi. The legendary performer began her illustrious career in 1944 and has been nominated for four Tonys including her performance in William Inge’s 1955 play Bus Stop,  Noël Coward’s 1961 musical Sail Away, Stephen Sondheim’s 1970 musical Company. Her most iconic theater moment is often cited as her performance of “The Ladies Who Lunch.”

Stritch will be remembered for her vivacious, indefatigable attitude and her love of performing that’s captured best in a recent documentary, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. Watch the trailer after the jump…

Find out more about the legend’s life over at the New York Times. 

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‘On the Town’ Returns to Broadway with Special TV Twist

July 7th, 2014 Comments off
Image via 'On the Town'

Image via ‘On the Town’

Broadway’s On The Town and FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance are teaming up to offer the winner of Season 11 a role in this fall’s highly anticipated Broadway revival, marking an exciting new addition to the TV series’ prize. The show’s winner, crowned “America’s Favorite Dancer,” will be offered the opportunity to join the On The Town cast in Spring 2015.

On Wednesday, July 9 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX, On The Town choreographer Joshua Bergasse (Emmy Award winner for Smash) will choreograph a performance of the show’s iconic opening number, “New York, New York,” featuring the Top 20 finalists.

On The Town, the classic musical comedy love letter to New York City, will return to Broadway this fall in a critically acclaimed production directed by John Rando (Tony Award® for Urinetown) and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse. Bergasse makes his Broadway debut as a choreographer with the production. On The Town will begin previews on Saturday, September 20, 2014 and officially open on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Broadway’s Lyric Theatre (213 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036). Tickets for the new Broadway revival of On The Town are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.

Keep reading over The Broadway Blog… 

A Night on The Town in New York City

July 1st, 2014 Comments off
Jersey Boys at Inside Broadway’s Broadway Beacon Awards (photo: Elena Olivo) via The Broadway Blog.

Jersey Boys at Inside Broadway’s Broadway Beacon Awards (photo: Elena Olivo) via The Broadway Blog.

Writer Lindsay B. Davis hit the streets of NYC to catch the best of Broadway at Inside Broadway’s Beacon Awards and the final concert of Broadway by the Year at Town Hall.

Sometimes I take for granted that on any given night in New York City, I can see some of the best theatrical talent in the world. Other nights, I pause to imagine all the curtains going up in unison and know I could never live anywhere else. My night on the town courtesy of The Broadway Blog provided another perspective, with Inside Broadway’s Beacon Awards at Essex House followed by an impressive Broadway by the Year: The Broadway Musicals of 1990-2014 concert at Town Hall. Nostalgia was definitely the main course on a delicious menu.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog

Broadway Dims Lights for Ruby Dee

June 13th, 2014 Comments off
Ruby Dee (photo: Playbill Vault/Joseph Marzullo/WENN via The Broadway Blog.)

Ruby Dee (photo: Playbill Vault/Joseph Marzullo/WENN via The Broadway Blog.)

The Broadway community mourns the loss of celebrated stage and screen actress Ruby Dee, who passed away on Wednesday at age 91. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory tonight, Friday, June 13, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.

Ruby Dee was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and activist whose seven-decade career spanned stage, radio, television and film. Broadway credits include:Checkmates, Purlie Victorious, A Raisin in the Sun, The Smile of the World, A Long Way From Home, Jeb, Anna Lucasta, and South Pacific.

“Ruby Dee inspired so many people both on stage and off. At the Tony Awards last Sunday, both Audra McDonald and Kenny Leon paid tribute to Ruby Dee during their acceptance speeches,” said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League. “I’ve long admired Ruby Dee’s talent as a performer and her tireless activism for civil rights. Our thoughts are with her family and she will be deeply missed.”

Keep reading over at our sister site The Broadway Blog…