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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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Sherri Shepherd Heads To Broadway

In: Donovan, The Arts
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It appears that Sherri Shepherd won’t be just sitting on her couch this Fall eating bon bons when she leaves The View. The 47-year-old has lined up her next gig.

Shepherd will head over to Broadway, joining the cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. She’ll play the wicked Stepmother, Madame. Nancy Opel previously played the role. It’s the first time an African-American has played the part on Broadway.

Sherri’s casting is on the heels of KeKe Palmer taking over the titular role, becoming Broadway’s first African-American Cinderella. Palmer takes over for Carly Rae Jepsen who most recently wore the glass slippers. Both Shepherd and Palmer make their debut on September 9.

Do you think Sherri and KeKe are good fits for production? Sound off below.

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On August 20, Andrew Rannells joins the Tony Award-winning musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch for a limited eight-week run. He takes over for a departing Neil Patrick Harris. Rannells will don the same glitter and high heels to play the German transvestite.

Rannells was last seen on Broadway originating the role of Elder Price in 2011′s The Book of Mormon, for which he was nominated for a Tony. Check out Andrew below in the first official promo photo.

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Book Review: Memorizing You By Dan Skinner

In: Reader Submissions, The Arts, Totally GAY!
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I wanted a quick, painless, and easy read, one that would give me a couple hours of light-hearted and romantic enjoyment before bed, one that wouldn’t keep me up with thoughts and feelings, one that wouldn’t penetrate me. I picked this one; I was wrong in every way.

Sure, it was romantic, the story of that First True Love, and yes, it was an easy read, but it sucked me into its story and its characters and kept me there til I was done. There wasn’t sleep, there was simply page after page, my finger sliding over my Kindle faster and faster as I devoured the story of David and Ryan.

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Book Review: The Price Of Dick By Dan Skinner

In: Reader Submissions, The Arts, Totally GAY!
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What are you willing to pay for dick?

That’s the question JJ Johnstone asks himself in Dan Skinner’s latest novel, The Price of Dick. Here, the dick in question is attached to Richard Fitch, who everyone calls Dick, and whose dick is well worth any price. At first glance, anyway.

There is an obsession for some gay men about straight men, about being the first to claim that virgin territory. No fruit is as sweet as the forbidden, and JJ has his sights set on Dick’s dick from the moment he sees it at the gym. As they get to know each other, Dick seems to be one of those straight men who might not be so straight. Even though his stories about ex-girlfriends, frat brothers, and sports are clearly waving the heterosexual flag, they’re also just enough to whet any gay man’s appetite. He is a walking wet dream, a dream that JJ eventually makes a reality.

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