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Hedwig And The Angry Inch Ends Broadway Run

In: Donovan, The Arts
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The Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch was originally only slated to run for a limited 16-week engagement. When it walked away with Tonys, producers extended the musical’s run. The likes of Darren Criss, Michael C. Hall, John Cameron Mitchell, Andrew Rannells and Taye Diggs took on the titular role after Neil Patrick Harris vacated the role.

On September 13, the revival will have its final bow. By the time the Broadway show closes, it will have played 22 previews and 506 regular performances, spanning 76 weeks. Not too shabby for what was supposed to be only 16 weeks.

For those who didn’t get a chance to see the production, fear not. Beyond Broadway, a national tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch will start in San Francisco on Oct. 4, 2016, with productions also being planned for London’s West End and Australia, according to Playbill. Read producer David Binder’s statement below.

read the producer’s statement after the jump

The Wiz Live! Finds Its Good Witches

In: Donovan, Music
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There were rumblings that Beyonce was being courted to play Glinda, the Good Witch of the South. Sadly for the BeyHive, that never came to fruition. Even though, I’m pretty sure the “Drunk In Love” singer was on top of NBC’s wish list, their final pick is a solid one.

Orange Is The New Black actress Uzo Aduba has scored the coveted role. Before her breakout role of Crazy Eyes, the 34-year-old actress appeared on Broadway in Godspell. Find out below who’s playing her sister on The Wiz Live!

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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.

read what MGM has to say after the jump

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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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FOX originally intended to broadcast its live Grease production for sometime in 2015. The musical was pushed to Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 when the network couldn’t find the right person to play Danny Zuko. Love him or not these days, but John Travolta slayed it back then. Definitely a hard act to follow.

I’m pretty sure FOX isn’t any closer to finding its leading man, but at least the rest of the cast is starting to take shape. Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens were the first to snag roles in the highly-anticipated project- Sandy and Rizzo respectively. Another Pink Lady has joined the cast. Find out who below.

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Have you secretly hoped for a Game of Thrones musical episode? It’s probably never going to happen. This is probably the closest thing you’ll ever get to one.

Peter Dinklage shows off his vocal chops by singing about dead characters from the popular HBO show. That’s a lot of material to work with. People certainly die a lot on the fantasy series. The humorous original song actually has some legit cred behind it. It was written by Coldplay.

The clip is part of NBC’s Red Nose Day telecast airing on Thursday, May 21. It comes on the heels of another spoof (Anna Kendrick channeled her inner Indiana Jones) to promote the special. Watch Dinklage sing below about the dearly departed.

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The Barden Bellas hit all the right notes at the box office this weekend. Most were predicting the highly-anticipated sequel would take a number in the $40 million range. Pitch Perfect 2 surpassed industry expectations, taking home a whopping $70.3 million.

It snatched the crown from High School Musical 3 to become the biggest movie musical opening of all time. Even more impressive is the fact Pitch Perfect raked in only $65 million during its entire run. Who run the world? Anna Kendrick and company, that’s who.

check out how the other films fared after the jump

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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