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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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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 ;)

more sexy pics after the jump

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Into every new club, a new generation is born, one who will fill it with laughter and tears and drama and sex and pretension and life.

The Last Ones is the story of the last night of Club Legion, one of those gay clubs that has meant the world to so many, that has BEEN the world to so many. In these pages are the lives not only of the people whose stories we get to glimpse so briefly but also the stories of all the gays we’ve known in all the clubs we’ve loved and lost.

Legion is the kind of club where everybody knows your name, but only if you want them too. It is just as easy to remain anonymous, one of the many, a part apart.

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Jagged Little Pill Heading To Broadway

In: Donovan, Music, The Arts

Hopefully, Alanis Morisette follows in the footsteps of Green Day’s American Idiot rather than Spice Girls’ ill-fated Viva Forever. Based on the angst and anger found on Jagged Little Pill, I have a feeling it’ll translate well to Broadway.

The 39-year-old Canadian announced she’s teaming up with Tony and Pulitzer winner Tom Kitt, Vivek J. Tiwary and Arvind Ethan David for a Broadway musical that will feature songs from her multi-platinum album and other songs from her catalogue. The musical will debut as a workshop production sometime next year.

“I look forward to taking the heart of Jagged Little Pill and expanding its story, fleshing it out into ever deeper layers of emotionality, specificity, humanity, power, physicality, spirit and fabulism,” Morissette said regarding the musical. “I look forward to collaborating with Vivek and Tom and our whole inspiring team to create something greater than the sum of our parts.”

Good thing she has Kitt on her side. After all, he worked on Green Day’s musical. This could go either way, but I’m optimistic that it’ll be sensational. That album was epic. My favorite tracks were “Ironic” and “You Learn.” Which ones were yours? Check out all the singles from that Grammy-winning album below. It sold more than 33 million copies worldwide and is the highest-selling album of the 90s.

check out all the videos after the jump

Musical Review: The Wizard Of Oz

In: The Arts, Tommy D, Totally GAY!

Original Toronto Cast. Photo by CYLLA VON TIEDEMANN.

We’re off to see the wizard..the wonderful wizard of Oz!

I have been wanting to see this since they had that hilarious Over the Rainbow… search for Dorothy. Well it’s finally in Vancouver and I got to see it opening night.

The story of Dorothy and Oz is not a new one. There have been countless adaptations (The Wiz), prequels (Wicked) and even sequels (Return to Oz), but I have to tell you I am pretty surprised that this is the first musical adaptation I’ve seen that essentially the same as the movie. I’ll give you the quick version of the story in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past 74 years.

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When How I Met Your Mother ends its run in Spring 2014, Neil Patrick Harris won’t have too much time to relax. The 40-year-old actor already has a gig lined up. He’ll portray the titular role in the first Broadway production of the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Featuring a book written by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, the musical will begin previews on March 29, 2014 with a grand opening on April 22, 2014 at the Belasco Theatre. Hedwig originated Off-Broadway in 1998 before traveling the world.

“I am simultaneously ecstatic and terrified to be stepping into Hedwig’s heels,” Harris previously said in a release. “It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime role and I can’t wait to begin the journey.”

For the first promo poster, Harris looks like a male Ke$ha complete with glitter lipstick, eyeliner and random sprinklings on his face. Definitely appropriate given Neil Patrick’s transgender rocker character.

check out the full poster after the jump

Smash Returns… Sorta

In: Donovan, The Arts, TV Shows

While the making of Bombshell dominated Smash during its entire run, it’s The Hit List which was introduced in the second season that’s getting new life. The fictional Broadway show that won seven fake Tonys on the NBC show will receive an actual real-life world premiere. On December 9, two performances of The Hit List will be performed at 54 Below in New York. Jeremy Jordan, Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus who all appeared on Smash will star in the live show which is co-presented by Season 2 showrunner Joshua Safran.

“HIT LIST, a modern fable about identity and the price of fame, tells the tragic love story of a wannabe pop singer who transforms herself to become a star and the hidden songwriter she uses to get there – but at what cost?” – 54 Below

54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club, is the new performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. Tickets are $55 plus a $25 food and beverage minimum. The two shows will begin at 9:30 and 11:00 pm. Check out clips from Smash and a 54 Below promo below.

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