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Is James Bond Heading To Broadway?

In: Donovan, Movies, The Arts
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Yes and no. It depends which reports you believe.

According to Playbill.com, the world’s most suave spy is heading to Broadway. Merry Saltzman, daughter of legendary Bond film producer Harry Saltzman, revealed she has secured rights to mount a musical based on Ian Fleming’s iconic character. The original storyline will feature several iconic Bond villains, along with some new ones and their own Bond girl. A late 2017-early 2018 opening in New York or Las Vegas is being considered. Read below to learn the conflicting report.

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Earlier this year, Misty Copeland snagged a cover for TIME magazine’s annual Most Influential issue. She follows that up by achieving her lifelong dream. The 32-year-old ballet dancer, who was once told she was the wrong color, made history today.

Copeland becomes the first African-American female principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre in its 75-year history. The honor is the highest rank at the company.

“My fears are that it could be another two decades before another black woman is in the position that I hold with an elite ballet company,” she wrote in her memoir, “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,” published in 2014. “That if I don’t rise to principal, people will feel I have failed them.”

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Taye Diggs returns to his Broadway roots on July 22. The 44-year-old actor steps in to play the titular role in the Tony-winning musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, after Darren Criss’ run ends. Diggs will play the German transgender rocker for 12 weeks.

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.

The first promo picture of Diggs as Hedwig has been released to People magazine. Check it out below and see how it stacks up to Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells, Michael C Hall and Criss’ posters.

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Jessica Lange Teams Up With Ryan Murphy Again

In: Donovan, The Arts
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For those hoping this means Jessica Lange is taking part in American Horror Story: Hotel, sadly you’ll be disappointed. The 66-year-old actress still hasn’t caved in. I still think though, she’ll make a surprise cameo during the FX anthology’s fifth season. Fingers crossed.

Lange is indeed reuniting with Ryan Murphy, but for something completely different. Find out below.

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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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