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Broadway Buff: Charlie Williams of ‘Peter Pan Lives’

December 17th, 2014 Comments off
Charlie Williams. Photo by Daniel Robinson.

Charlie Williams. Photo by Daniel Robinson.

Name: Charlie Williams

Hometown: Cary, North Carolina

The best & worst parts of doing Peter Pan Live on television were: The worst part was the commute. We filmed in a sound stage out in Bethpage, Long Island. It’s a little over an hour commute each way on the Long Island Railroad. That means a lot of early mornings in Penn Station and a lot of late nights on the train. I live in Hell’s Kitchen so I’m not used to such a long commute! The best part was definitely the people. We had such a special cast and I really feel like we all became true friends through the entire process. I miss them all!

When I was a performer at the Kennedy Center Honors (airing Tuesday, December 30th on CBS), I was most starstruck meeting: Pentatonix. I’m a huge Pentatonix fan and we were dancing backup for them on the honors this year! It was great meeting them and finding out that they’re just as cool and down to earth as they seem to be.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

Adorable Actor Andy Mientus to Play Gay Supervillain Pied Piper on ‘The Flash’

December 15th, 2014 Comments off
Image via FAcebook

Image via FAcebook

Andy Mientus, known primarily for his work touring for Spring Awakening and his roles Off-Broadway, is set to play the openly gay supervillain Pied Piper on CW’s The Flash. The openly gay actor, who is set to marry his partner Michael Arden, tells Variety. that he is proud to play the gay character. “I feel like I’m representing a whole community. People are excited to see this character, so it is a lot of pressure. But I’m glad they are introducing the character to the show. It’s a huge step forward, and I’m thrilled to help make that happen. It’s awesome.” But he is also nervous that he will let down die-hard fans. “The universe of The Flash has such an intense, passionate fanbase, which has existed since the ’60s… so I hope I pulled it off.”

Catch Mientus begining in January.

 

Three Broadway Shows to See: Final Curtain Edition

December 5th, 2014 Comments off

Broadway Blog editor Matthew Wexler takes a look at some of Broadway’s biggest hits, which are bidding adieu this January. 

Keke Palmer and Joe Carroll in "Rogers + Hammerstein's Cinderella" (photo: Carol Rosegg via The Broadway Blog.)

Keke Palmer and Joe Carroll in “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” (photo: Carol Rosegg via The Broadway Blog.)

As 2014 comes to an end, so do the runs of many of our favorite Broadway shows. The current crop of new productions hasn’t been revelatory (perhaps with the exception of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), so it will be especially sad to bid adieu to some of our favorite standbys. But with a slew of vacant theaters comes January, perhaps some new blood will transfuse the Great White Way and get our hearts beating again. In the meantime, let’s take a last look at three of our favorites (plus a couple of bonuses) before they take their final bows…

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

The original television musical, which aired in 1957, was magically reinvented for the Broadway stage. Originally starring Laura Osnes, the show has seen a several star turns since, including Carly Rae Jepsen and now Keke Palmer. Beyond the gorgeous tunes and innovative design, Douglas Carter Beane retooled the book to make it appealing for a new generation.

Closes January 3, 2015

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

Exclusive Interview: Telly Leung

November 25th, 2014 Comments off
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“My parents are pretty much the opposite of Mama Rose,” jokes Broadway veteran Telly Leung—who plays Feinstein’s at the Nikko in San Francisco this weekend—“They have no relationship to showbiz whatsoever. It was harder for me to come out to them as an actor than as a gay man.”

But, the Brooklyn-born Leung, whose irresistibly sweet, clarion singing voice has graced New York productions Pacific Overtures, Wicked, Godspell, and Rent, may crack wise a bit too quickly.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

Interview: Betty Buckley

November 12th, 2014 Comments off
Betty Buckley (photo: Victory Tischler-Blue via The Broadway Blog.)

Betty Buckley (photo: Victory Tischler-Blue via The Broadway Blog.)

It’s a busy, long weekend ahead for Betty Buckley. From Wednesday through Sunday (November 13-16), the Texas-based Tony-winner brings her latest program of intimate interpretations to Feinstein’s at the Nikko, bringing distinctive idiosyncratic spins to standards and showtunes.

Sunday night also brings the premiere of Buckley’s vanity-eschewing guest gig on the acclaimed HBO series, Getting On, in which she plays a lonely alcoholic patient in the show’s geriatric ward (Her character shares an impromptu same-sex kiss with Laurie Metcalf’s Doctor Jenna James).

And then, after a cross-continental flight, Buckley will take to the stage of the Al Hirschfield Theater in Manhattan as part of Everybody, Rise!, a one-time memorial tribute to the late Broadway doyenne, Elaine Stritch.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

 

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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