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Taye Diggs Tapped Next To Play Hedwig

In: Donovan, The Arts, Totally GAY!
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Taye Diggs is returning to his Broadway roots. The 44-year-old actor will play the titular role in the Tony-winning musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He’ll begin his 12-week run starting on July 22, taking over the role currently being played by Glee‘s Darren Criss.

“Taye is fantastic — he has theater cred, he has pop culture cred, he can sing, he can act, he can dance, he’s smart and he’s sexy,” producer David Binder told the New York Times. “That’s why we cast him.”

Some of Diggs’ most notable Broadway credits include Rent, Chicago and Carousel. It’s been nearly 12 years since he last appeared on the Great White Way. In 2006, he stepped in to play Fiyero in Wicked opposite his then-wife Idina Menzel.

Excited to see Diggs in the production? I can’t wait to see him all glammed and glittered up in the promo posters. Weigh in below.

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Before Diana Ross eased on down the road for the 1978 film The Wiz, it was another actress who played Dorothy Gale in the all-African-American reimagining of The Wizard Of Oz. Stephanie Mills originated the role in the hit Broadway production. NBC just revealed the 58-year-old actress will take part in their live production airing later this year. This time, however, she’ll play Auntie Em.

In addition to starring on stage, Mills also had a successful recording career. She found commercial success with hits including “What Cha’ Gonna Do With My Lovin’,” “Put Your Body In It” and my personal favorite “Never Knew Love Like This Before.” Love that latter disco jam.

Reportedly, producers are looking for ‘new talent‘ to play Dorothy. Boo, I was hoping for a bigger name. If they learned anything from last year’s disappointing Peter Pan, a household name is needed to lure in viewers.

The Wiz Live! will air on NBC on December 3. The network is teaming up with Cirque du Soleil to stage this production.

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Sexy Seamen Sing At South Street Seaport

In: Donovan, The Arts, Totally GAY!
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How’s that title for a tongue twister? Try saying that five times while being drunk as a sailor ;)

Playbill.com invited nine hunky sailors from the Broadway musical On The Town for a day of frolicking at New York’s South Street Seaport. They showed off their dance steps and gymnastic skills, flexed their muscles while performing choreography from the Tony-nominated musical. Check out their day of fun at the pier below.

Speaking of the Tonys, the 2014 production is up for four Tony awards including best musical revival. The reception has been so warm, producers are planning to take the show on the road. Even more exciting, the Broadway lead actor, Tony Yazbeck will also reprise his role in select cities.

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Book Review: Square Affair

In: The Arts, Totally GAY!
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Step back in time to America in the 60s. It was a very different world, and as much as still needs to be done in the battle for gay rights, it shows how much has already been accomplished. Your narrator is, mostly, Clara May, a 70 year old woman who has seen it all, and who doesn’t let much get to her. She knows what’s really important. Which is more than can be said for many of the other folk in her small, rural town of Dewers, Illinois.

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Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the United State’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. The non-profit stages an eye-catching annual event featuring Broadway’s hottest performers, many of whom are naked to boot. The 2014 show raised a staggering $1,386,105.

The organization celebrates its silver anniversary this year and will do so in grand fashion. Broadway Bares: Top Bottoms of Burlesque will be a lavish and thrilling extravaganza that will combine the naughtiness of burlesque with the razzle-dazzle of Broadway. It promises to show a cast of colorful characters for every desire and fantasy.

“A lot of things can happen in 25 years, but who would’ve thought that seven guys dancing on a bar could grow into an annual event that has raised so much to help people living with HIV and AIDS. Broadway Bares has done that,” says Tony winning choreographer/producer Jerry Mitchell, who created the event a quarter-century ago. “This year we’re going full out, maybe even with a top hat and our version of tails, ’cause if, baby, you’re a bottom, you’re the tops.”

The 2015 edition will fill NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Sunday, June 21. Watch the sexy promo below featuring plenty of naked behinds.

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Darren Criss is the latest actor to step into high heels to play the East German transgender singer in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The former Glee star definitely has some big shoes to fill. He takes over John Cameron Mitchell who originated the role in the original production. And then there’s Neil Patrick Harris who won a Tony award.

Based on the official promotional artwork, the 28-year-old actor is off to a good start. He can definitely rock the shimmery blue eye shadow. But how does he compare with his predecessors including Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall and the aforementioned Harris?

Darren begins his run on April 29 until July. Check out all the promo pictures below and weigh in afterward. Criss definitely looks the most feminine of the bunch. With a weave, he can almost pass as a girl IMHO.

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Musical Review: The Book Of Mormon

In: Donovan, The Arts, Totally GAY!
Credit Joan Marcus, 2015

Credit Joan Marcus, 2015

As a lover of musicals, surprisingly, I’ve never watched The Book of Mormon. In fact, I’ve never listened to the soundtrack or even knew the premise of the show. Shame on me. I should have my gay card revoked. Naturally, when the touring production hit my town, I had to check it out.

After experiencing the sights and sounds of The Book of Mormon, I can see how the religious satire strutted away with nine Tony Awards including one for Best Musical in 2011. I was blown away and would see it again in a heartbeat. Especially on Broadway should Andrew Rannells ever reprise his Tony-nominated role of Elder Price.

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Mark your calendars folks. On January 23, 2017 the Groundhog Day musical hits Broadway. Why producers didn’t wait just a few days later to open it actually on Groundhog Day is a little odd. Opening on that day would’ve been perfect.

The 1993 comedy starred Bill Murray as a Pittsburgh TV weatherman who gets caught in a time loop and relives the same day over and over. Andie MacDowell co-starred in the film which raked in over $70 million at the box office.

Director Matthew Warchus and composer-lyricist Tim Minchin will again be joined by choreographer Peter Darling and designer Rob Howell on the show, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The book is by Danny Rubin, who co-wrote the Columbia Pictures film’s screenplay with director Harold Ramis.

“Our version of Groundhog Day is going to be both instantly recognizable, and utterly different,” Composer-lyricist Tim Minchin said of the project. “The central conceit is perfectly suited to the theatre, in my opinion. In fact, I think many of its ideas could be enhanced by the stage. It has the potential to be complex, dark, visually fascinating, and thematically rich, whilst still being a joyous romantic comedy with cool tunes and lots of gags. It’s certainly not an easy job, and I’m truly honored – and genuinely excited – that Danny is letting me have a crack at it.”

Does this latest movie musical adaptation pique your interest? Weigh in below after watching the original movie trailer.

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