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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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hedwig-and-the-angry-inch-cast

Hedwig and the Angry Inch initially was to end after Neil Patrick Harris’ run but has enjoyed healthy ticket sales even after Harris’ departure. It’d be silly to close down the Tony-winning production now.

Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall and the musical’s co-creator and its original star, John Cameron Mitchell, have all stepped in to take on the titular role since. In April, the production will see another cast rotation. Find out which Glee actor is playing the East German transgender singer next.

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Founded in 1979, The Rhubarb Festival here in Toronto has been paramount to the city’s art scene, and going on sale in January with performances from February 12-23, The Rhubarb Festival has been hailed as the “go to event for thought-provoking, political, adventurous entertainment”. Being in the city for only less than a year, I’ve been profoundly and pleasantly surprised at the inspired and  creative theatre here in Toronto, namely in the LGBT community, none more striking so far than The Gay Heritage Project, an unreal performance that just finished its run and moved a lot of people in this city continuing an already great season for Buddies In Bad Times. Needless to say, I am very excited for my first Rhubarb year.

To put an unnecessary grey cloud over the matter, however, The Rhubarb Festival this year, a festival that creates a lot of buzz in the arts community, has been denied funding by The Department of Canadian Heritage, to the shock of all involved. Although this has happened once before, after being previously denied, Buddies, the oldest and largest running queer theatre in the world, was given clear instructions on the criteria missing so that they could quickly receive funding on a project that aims to preserve local heritage. This year, no explanation was given:

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king-kong-musical-2014-calendar

There’s something about a guy who can do high kicks and dance their little butts off that I find quite attractive. Often times when I watch a live musical, I find my eyes gravitating towards the best dancer. Am I alone in thinking this? While I haven’t seen the King Kong Musical in person, based on the quality of talent, I would have a difficult time picking which cast member to focus all my attention on. They’re all so darn cute.

Even though the Melbourne production is closing on February 14, 2014, they’ve released a 2014 calendar featuring their rock hard cast. Given that it earned numerous Helpmann Awards (The Aussie Tonys), I wonder why it’s shutting down. Any Aussies who’ve seen it care to give their insights? Check out Maxwell Trengrove, Travis Khan, Andy Cook and Sam Marks display their extremely-toned bodies below. Maxwell and Sam are my favorites, so back off bitches ;)

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