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Andrew Rannells is currently playing the titular transgender rocker in the Broadway revival. Production tapped the Book of Mormon star for a limited eight-week engagement after Neil Patrick Harris left after winning a Tony. Beginning October 16, Micheal C. Hall takes over until January 2015.

Production was reportedly to end after Harris’ engagement. It appears box office receipts are still doing well after his departure. The cache of winning all those Tonys is probably helping propel ticket sales.

In case you’re wondering if Hall has the chops for the role, he does. The former Dexter actor, in the past, has taken over roles in other Broadway productions including Chicago and Cabaret. For the latter, he sported some serious amounts of makeup. Check him out playing the Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret below, along with a vocal performance from the HBO series, Six Feet Under.

check out a couple of performances of Hall after the jump

NeNe Leakes Set To Make Broadway Debut

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She proved she didn’t have two left feet on Season 18 of Dancing With The Stars. In November, NeNe Leakes will have to prove she can carry a tune.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star makes her Broadway debut in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. She’ll play the titular character’s wicked stepmother Madame. If you’ve seen Leakes during any of the RHOA reunion shows, you know she was born to play this part. NeNe has proven she has a mean streak when provoked.

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It’s that time of year, Labour Day Weekend, that the biggest drag pageant in North America hits Chicago.

Miss Continental has been around since 1980, and this year marks it’s 35th anniversary. Although all advanced tickets are sold out, tickets night of, will be available for purchase at The Baton Show Lounge.

Preliminary night is this Sunday, August 31st, where we will be in Chicago cheering on friend of Homorazzi, and last year’s runner up, Brooke Lynn Hytes, with doors at 6pm and show at 7pm.  The finals night lands on Monday the 1st, with doors at 7pm and show at 8pm.

After missing first place by just one point last year, the tension is on to see if Brooke Lynn can take the 2014 crown.  A list of contestants and all things pageant can be found at the website here.

So come hoot and holler with us if you’re in the Chicago area! It’s going to be a great time!

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Life is a cabaret, old chum. At least, Emma Stone’s life will be for a little while.

The 25-year-old actress is set to make her Broadway debut this Fall. She’ll don slinky black attire to play Sally Bowles in the musical Cabaret. Her first performance will take place on November 11, just two days after Michelle Williams departs. Reportedly, she’ll stick with the production until February 1, 2015. Better start planning that trip to NYC soon.

Directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, the production stars Alan Cumming, reprising the role of the Emcee that won him a Tony Award the first time around in 1998. The cast also features 2014 Tony nominees Linda Emond and Danny Burstein, along with Bill Heck, Aaron Krohn and Gayle Rankin.

Does Emma have what it takes to belt out the musical’s iconic numbers? Watch a video below where Stone sings “Bitch” during a singing competition on VH1 years ago and decide for yourself. Enjoy.

watch Emma sing after the jump

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It’s true!!! The rhythm is eventually gonna get you.

Taking a page from Carole King’s highly-successful Broadway production, Beautiful, Gloria Estefan is bringing her life to the stage in a new bio-musical titled On Your Feet!- titled after her 1989 hit. The production is to be helmed by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Hairspray), with a book by Alexander Dinelaris (Still Life) and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys).

An open casting search called “Reach Gloria” will be held this September in Miami and New York. Submissions are now being accepted on the show’s official website.

“Finding the right performers to tell our story on the Broadway stage is the most important step in this project. … Our own journey together started in Miami, a city that has been such an inspiration to us both, and it only felt right that the city be a cornerstone of our search for the next generation of bright talent.” – Gloria Estefan

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From the man who brought us Juno and Up In The Air, Jason Reitman takes a hard look at how we connect with each other these days. “Discover How Little You Know About The People You Know,” the tagline poses. One way to definitely find out is to search through one’s browser history, text messages, TUMBLR feeds and other ways we communicate in the technological age.

Based on a novel of same name written by Chad Kultgen, the film stars Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Emma Thompson, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, and Ansel Elgort. Men, Women & Children will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. It then opens in limited release on October 3 and expands on October 17. Elgort presented the teaser trailer to Good Morning America Tuesday and said the following.

“I think it tells a really important story that hasn’t been told yet — the world has changed so much in these past few years with social media and the Internet, how it’s affected us and the way we communicate with people, and the way we have relationships in general, both romantic or just friendships,” Ansel Elgort explained. “One of the things our director Jason said was that it’s so funny in this world now, where all we do is connect, connect on our phone, we’re starting to disconnect.”

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Not even all this sexy man candy could save the Broadway production of Rocky from getting knocked out. Despite earning several Tony nominations, the musical adaptation of the 1976 film Rocky will close on August 17 after 28 previews and 188 performances.

While Andy Karl who plays the titular character is the main attraction, theater patrons couldn’t help fixate on some of the hunky men in the ensemble, standing sweaty ringside. James Brown III, Adrian Aguilar, Okieriete Onoadowan, and Adam Perry wearing only strategically placed boxing gloves posed for a very revealing editorial for OUT magazine.

Photographer Cedric Terrell snapped the quartet in Chelsea showing off their ample assets. Bubble butts for days. Check out some of the NSFW photos below.

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More often than not, one stays clear of performers during a subway ride. For me, I just want to get from destination ‘a’ to ‘b’ without any hassles. However, I’ve never had the fortunate luck of riding along with the cast of a Broadway production. I’d certainly miss my stop to watch a free performance.

The Lion King production became Broadway’s first $1 billion show. To celebrate this milestone, cast members of the ensemble took a ride on the Subway, surprising New York commuters with an a capella performance of “The Circle of Life.” This isn’t your everyday boring commute. Watch all the action below.

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