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BWW Review: Kyle Igneczi Dominates in Uptown Players' HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCHBWW Review: Kyle Igneczi Dominates in Uptown Players' HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
by Kyle West - Aug 29, 2015

When HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH opened off-Broadway in 1998, I'd just entered high school. As a teenage theatre geek in Massachusetts, my only available resources were local theatres, and the few Broadway cast recordings sold at the local mall, so I remained oblivious. When the 2001 movie was later produced, I'd grown to identify as a member of the LGBT community, but queer independent films were far off my radar, despite the cult following that had quickly developed surrounding this particular film. Now, although I will miss the recent Broadway revival of HEDWIG (which will close on September 13), I've grown familiar with the material, thanks in part to YouTube, and many years of visiting the famous Musical Theatre Mondays at NYC's Splash bar (R.I.P.), which frequently showed clips of "Wig in a Box," "Wicked Little Town," and "The Origin of Love." (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Classic Roles Ready For Gender-BendingSOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Classic Roles Ready For Gender-Bending
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 29, 2015

Lines are blurring. Gender-bending is seemingly everywhere these days, from high fashion ads to news coverage to I AM CAIT, Queen Latifah as The Wiz and beyond. Furthermore, one of the most provocative and popular stories of last week was the news of a Canadian regional production of A CHORUS LINE casting a male actor in the leading role of Cassie, renamed Casey. With the additional angle of Broadway currently being abuzz with the appearance of stage and screen star Taye Diggs stepping into the iconic high heels of the titular character in the recently multi-Tony Award-winning musical HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH - itself centered on a transsexual character - it seems as though now would be the ideal time to consider some other musical theatre mainstays and how they could be re-purposed and refreshed with a gender-bended twist. Although certain roles seems tailor-made to such treatment, it is illuminating to consider the rich possibilities that could potentially be afforded in the experience of witnessing the right performer of perhaps the perceivably wrong sex tackling a role normally associated with the opposite gender. Who knows, maybe a female Phantom or a make Elphaba are not that wildly spurious or far-fetched to consider given the compelling performances that have been given by unlikely actors in roles traditionally portrayed in a certain way. Theatre is nothing without reinvention and these are my top 10 picks for musicals I would like to see taken on with fresh eyes and a new outlook. (more...)

HELD MOMENTARILY, Featuring India Carney, Extends at NYMFHELD MOMENTARILY, Featuring India Carney, Extends at NYMF
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2015

HELD MOMENTARILY -- the new musical featuring India Carney, the singer and actress who was a 2015 finalist on NBC-TV's 'The Voice' -- has extended its engagement at The New York Musical Theatre Festival. Scheduled to run July 20 to July 27, 2015, the production has added an additional performance on Tuesday, July 21 at 1:00 PM at PTC Performance Space (555 West 42nd Street in New York). (more...)

Jane Fonda and More Set for L.A. Theatre Works' 40th Anniversary Gala This MonthJane Fonda and More Set for L.A. Theatre Works' 40th Anniversary Gala This Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2015

L.A. Theatre Works celebrates its 40th Anniversary and honors Geoffrey Cowan, President of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and University Professor at the University of Southern California and the L.A. Theatre Works Company of Artists. (more...)

Celebrating 30th Anniversary, THE BREAKFAST CLUB to Hit Select U.S. Theaters This MarchCelebrating 30th Anniversary, THE BREAKFAST CLUB to Hit Select U.S. Theaters This March
by Movies News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

The Brat Pack returns to the big screen March 26 and 31 at 7:30 p.m. local time with “The Breakfast Club 30th Anniversary,” presented by Fathom Events, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and BY Experience. (more...)

BUT, WAIT! WHAT? Holiday Gift Giving Guide for Pop Culture & Theatre JunkiesBUT, WAIT! WHAT? Holiday Gift Giving Guide for Pop Culture & Theatre Junkies
by Matt Tamanini - Dec 18, 2014

Ok, folks. This is getting dangerous. We are now exactly one week away from Christmas, and you still haven't started finished your shopping yet. And if you celebrate Hanukah, you're in a lot of trouble! So, I decided to help you out with a list of 10 items (in no particular order) that any pop culture fan with a modicum of taste would love to have this year. I've included classic movies, great TV shows, books, CDs, and a lot more; so if you don't find something for the entertainment lover on your list, I don't know what to tell you! (more...)

John Leguizamo, Rozie Perez Star in New Comedy FUGLY!, Hitting NYC TonightJohn Leguizamo, Rozie Perez Star in New Comedy FUGLY!, Hitting NYC Tonight
by Movies News Desk - Nov 7, 2014

The new comedy FUGLY! directed by Alfredo De Villa and written by John Leguizamo will arrive at New York's AMC Empire 25 tonight, November 7th before expanding nationwide. The film will be made available on Movies On Demand and VOD November 25th. (more...)

VIDEO: John Leguizamo Talks New GHETTO KLOWN-Inspired Film 'Fugly!' on 'The View'VIDEO: John Leguizamo Talks New GHETTO KLOWN-Inspired Film 'Fugly!' on 'The View'
by TV News Desk - Nov 5, 2014

Actor John Leguizamo stopped by ABC's THE VIEW this week to talk about his new film, 'Fugly!' Check out the appearance below! (more...)

John Leguizamo, Rozie Perez Star in New Comedy FUGLY! Hitting Theaters in NovemberJohn Leguizamo, Rozie Perez Star in New Comedy FUGLY! Hitting Theaters in November
by Movies News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

The new comedy FUGLY! directed by Alfredo De Villa and written by John Leguizamo will arrive at New York's AMC Empire 25 on November 7th before expanding nationwide. (more...)

Sunday Special: From Mitchell to Hall - Former Stars of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCHSunday Special: From Mitchell to Hall - Former Stars of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
by BWW Special Coverage - Oct 19, 2014

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, with book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, continues its in-your-face freshman run on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre. The production won four 2014 Tony Awards and numerous other accolades, but the musical had much humbler beginnings before becoming the cult phenomenon it is today. Scroll down to learn about the actors who have taken on the role of 'Hedwig Robinson,' rocking audiences with tales of 'her life, her loves, and the botched operation that left her with that 'angry inch'!' (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: Andrew Rannells Rocks HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCHFLASH FRIDAY: Andrew Rannells Rocks HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 22, 2014

Today we are toasting the newest titular star of multi-award-winning rock musical HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH, Andrew Rannells! (more...)

Photo Coverage: James Franco & More Celebrate Opening Night of Rattlestick's THE LONG SHRIFTPhoto Coverage: James Franco & More Celebrate Opening Night of Rattlestick's THE LONG SHRIFT
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - Jul 14, 2014

The Off-Broadway production of The Long Shrift, written by Robert Boswell and directed by James Franco, opened last night at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. The Long Shirt began previews on July 7th and will run through August 23rd. This play is James Franco's directing debut. BroadwayWorld was there for opening night and you can check out photo coverage below! (more...)

BWW Reviews:  THE LONG SHRIFT Gives a Worthy Subject The Short ShriftBWW Reviews: THE LONG SHRIFT Gives a Worthy Subject The Short Shrift
by Michael Dale - Jul 14, 2014

First-time playwright Robert Boswell and first-time director James Franco deal with the issue of rape and miscommunication. (more...)

THE LONG SHRIFT, Directed by James Franco, Opens Off-Broadway TonightTHE LONG SHRIFT, Directed by James Franco, Opens Off-Broadway Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2014

The Off-Broadway production of The Long Shrift, written by Robert Boswell and directed by James Franco, opens tonight at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. The Long Shirt began previews on July 7th and will run through August 23rd. This play is James Franco's directing debut. (more...)

BRIDESMAIDS & More Set for ABC Family's Summer Crush ProgrammingBRIDESMAIDS & More Set for ABC Family's Summer Crush Programming
by TV News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

Starting on Friday, July 25th, ABC Family launches Summer Crush, the network's sixth-annual summer-programming event filled with all-day movies, including classics such as "Pretty in Pink" and "The Breakfast Club" and new hits like the ABC Family premiere of "Bridesmaids." (more...)

THE LONG SHRIFT, Directed by James Franco, Begins Tonight at RattlestickTHE LONG SHRIFT, Directed by James Franco, Begins Tonight at Rattlestick
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2014

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's Artistic Director David Van Asselt and Managing Director Brian Long previously announced that the World Premiere of The Long Shrift, written by Robert Boswell and directed by James Franco, would begin previews tonight, July 7th, 2014. The official opening night is set for July 13th, 2014 and closing night is August 23rd, 2014. (more...)

Allie Gallerani, Scott Haze and More to Star in THE LONG SHRIFT, Directed by James Franco; Runs 7/7-8/23 at RattlestickAllie Gallerani, Scott Haze and More to Star in THE LONG SHRIFT, Directed by James Franco; Runs 7/7-8/23 at Rattlestick
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2014

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's Artistic Director David Van Asselt and Managing Director Brian Long have announced the World Premiere of The Long Shrift, written by Robert Boswell and directed by James Franco, will begin previews July 7th, 2014. The official opening night is set for July 13th, 2014 and closing night is August 23rd, 2014. (more...)

Thunder Studios Launches 'Thunder Funder', an Initiative Designed to Revolutionize Independent FilmmakingThunder Studios Launches 'Thunder Funder', an Initiative Designed to Revolutionize Independent Filmmaking
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014

LOS ANGELES, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Rodric David, Founder and CEO of Thunder Studios in Long Beach, CA, announced today the launch of Thunder Funder. This initiative was created to promote and further develop the independent film industry by investing $12,000,000 annually into selected projects. (more...)

Jason Robert Brown, Anika Larsen and More Set for LaGuardia Arts High School's PEACE, LOVE & THE POWER OF SONG Benefit, 5/19Jason Robert Brown, Anika Larsen and More Set for LaGuardia Arts High School's PEACE, LOVE & THE POWER OF SONG Benefit, 5/19
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2014

On May 19th in Manhattan, LaGuardia Arts High School Parents Association will celebrate 'Peace, Love & The Power of Song' with a tribute to alumnus and folk legend Peter Yarrow. (more...)

Cheyenne Jackson Returns to Birdland with Orfeh TonightCheyenne Jackson Returns to Birdland with Orfeh Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is pleased to announce that Broadway/television leading man CHEYENNE JACKSON will return to the historic music room for two shows only on Thursday, March 27 and Saturday, March 29, with shows at 6:15pm. (more...)

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