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For the 24th annual Broadway Bares extravaganza, organizers decided to go with a rocker theme. Over 150 of New York’s most talented (and hottest) Broadway performers will channel rock icons and pay tribute to 60 years of rock ‘n roll. Once again, proceeds will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The event was created by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots).

Broadway Bares combines the naughtiness of burlesque with the razzle-dazzle of Broadway and has been a smashing success since its inception in 1992. The event, featuring the hottest male and female dancers on Broadway, has become one of BC/EFA’s signature events. The first Broadway Bares featured just seven dancers performing choreographed stripteases on a bar and raised more than $8,000. Through 23 editions, Broadway Bares has raised more than $11.3 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Broadway Bares: Rock Hard! arrives Sunday, June 22 at its new home at Hammerstein Ballroom with two performances only at 9:30 PM & Midnight. Special guests for the evening will be announced at a later date. This year’s edition will be directed by Nick Kenkel (Catch Me If You Can, Peepshow, Legally Blonde), who also directed Broadway Bares 23. Check out the naughty video promo announcing this year’s theme below.

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Michelle Williams & JC Chasez Find Jesus

In: Donovan, Music, The Arts

It’s not exactly a Destiny’s Child and ‘N Sync combo tour but it’s somewhat close. Michelle Williams appeared on Good Morning America to announce a Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour. She’ll be joined with JC Chasez, Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd and Sex Pistols’ John Rotten Lydon. Chasez will play Pontius Pilate while Williams steps in to portray Mary Magdalene. Ben Forster has been tapped to play Jesus Christ.

“I’m looking forward to the experience,” said Chasez. “This is honestly my first theater experience so I’m being thrown into the fire a bit. But I’m excited because the fact that we’re doing something that feels pretty unique.”

This North American tour of more than 50 cities will kick off in New Orleans’ Lakefront Arena on June 9. Set in the present day and updated for a 21st-century audience, Jesus Christ Superstar is a live two-hour rock concert with over 50 cast and musicians performing a dramatization of the last seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

Told from the point of view of Jesus’s friend Judas Iscariot, the original story from the Bible is reflected through our modern society to bring the Gospels to life using contemporary costumes plus arena-scale lighting and video effects that demonstrate the eternal power of this timeless story.

Williams along with Boyd performed a number from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical on GMA today. Check it out below.

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Neil Patrick Harris bids adieu to Barry Stinson on the How I Met Your Mother series finale Monday night. In a complete 180, the 40-year-old swaps out Barney’s trademark suits for more glitzy attire. Harris heads to Broadway to star in John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s rock musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

“I’ve lost 20 pounds,” Neil Patrick Harris says, “I’m in the craziest couture outfits, and I’ve got all this makeup on. But they made me custom heels, so at least those fit well.”

Previews for NPH’s turn as a transsexual East German rock star begin tonight with the show officially opening on April 22 at the Belasco Theatre. Check out a newly-released promo pic of Neil in all his drag regalia below.

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Archie Comics just got a little more gay-friendly. Back in 2012, the publication introduced Riverdale’s first gay teen character, Kevin Keller and now they’ve hired openly-gay Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa as their first ever Chief Creative Officer. Aguirre-Sacasa is a playwright, screenwriter, and comic book writer best known for his work for Marvel Comics and for the television series Glee and Big Love. He recently wrapped the zombie miniseries Afterlife with Archie.

“I just love the characters. I started reading Archie comics when I was a kid, and I’ve just kind of…never stopped. I mean, there was definitely something appealing about how idyllic Riverdale was, and how ‘wholesome’ all the kids were/are — much more so than me and my friends — but I always had a sense: There’s depth and darkness there, too. And an edge, especially in the older stories. I guess I always wondered what was happening between the panels.” – Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

As part of his new duties, Roberto is penning a new Sabrina The Teenage Witch series. In addition, he was instrumental in bringing Lena Dunham to the fold. The Girls creator has been tapped to write a four-issue Archie miniseries scheduled for 2015. Reportedly, Dunahm’s story will follow Archie and the gang when they run into a new reality show filming in Riverdale. Check out the first illustration below.

“I was an avid Archie collector as a child — conventions, first editions that l kept in plastic sleeves, the whole shebang,” Lena Dunham said in a press release. “It has so much cultural significance but also so much personal significance, and to get to play with these beloved characters is a wild creative opportunity.”

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Book Review: Turning 16 by Perie Wolford

In: Donovan, The Arts, Totally GAY!

Looking for a quick, fun read? One that captures those feelings of coming out and first times and first attractions? This book does just that.

It is the story of Sam, turning 16. His birthdays have, to date, been cursed, and he sees no reason why that curse is going to end any time soon. Clumsy accidents and family chaos sure seem to indicate that the curse is going to keep going forever. On top of the curse, Sam is dealing with the bane of pretty much every sixteen year old boy: wet dreams. In Sam’s case, they’re about football legend and all around hotty Jake. His best friend Melissa (probably) doesn’t know that Sam is crazy attracted to Jake, and Sam doesn’t think anyone else does either.

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Most of you are familiar with the Tales of the City (and if you’re not, step away from whatever device you’re reading this on and come back when you’re familiar with them. No seriously. This is the ninth book in an incredible series and the review to follow won’t make a lick of sense without reading what are really one of the biggest contributions to queer literature ever).

Maupin’s beloved series of books that have spawned mini-series and sequels and become such a part of popular culture for the past forty years comes to a triumphant conclusion in the latest and final installment. The ninth book, The Days of Anna Madrigal, has all the magic of the first book, written serially in the 1970s. It features the same group of characters: Brian and Mary-Ann and Michael, and of course, the book’s namesake, Anna Madrigral, as well as the others we have come to know and love in the two books before this, Ben, Shawna, Jake… It features the same twists and turns that have characterized Maupin’s series right from Norman Neal William’s dark secret on…. It features the same laughter and love and grief that we have come to expect from one of the first writers to ever address AIDS.

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Dear Toronto,

This is a very lucky week for you whether you knew it or not. You thought Family Day would be the highlight of your week, but you were wrong. Very dear friends of Homorazzi and downright hilarious sex pots Ryan Steele and Amy Goodmurphy are in town this week, and performing this weekend, and yes it will be the greatest thing to do in TO, and no you will not regret it and yes they will both put out to each and every male and female that attends (they love their fans).

In case you’re unfamiliar with this duo, The Ryan and Amy Show has been going on in Vancouver for a while now, and performing together for 7 years, and with a bagajillion videos on their YouTube channel now, pretty much anything they touch turns to funny.

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The Rhubarb Festival is On Now!

In: Nic, The Arts

Not really knowing what to expect is kind of the main flavor of the Rhuarb Festival. It being my first time stepping into anything Rhubarb related, I got to witness with fresh eyes exactly how surprising those flavours can be.

I had an absolutely inspired evening at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre this week, witnessing 35 2-3 minute plays (“give or take 10 minutes”) for their 35th anniversary show, and got to see a bundle of artistic endeavours from the 70’s through to present time, all having previously participated in the Festival. What a great way to induct me into the local arts to see its journey through all of the artist’s eyes throughout the years.

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