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BWW Review: Impressive Smaller-Scale AMERICAN IDIOT Rocks La Mirada
by Michael L. Quintos - May 9, 2016

To be completely honest, my first exposure to the mostly sung-through, modern rock musical AMERICAN IDIOT (during its initial national tour stops in Southern California) was, at best, like seeing a really cool rock concert performed by some incredibly talented musical theater actors, surrounded by some top-notch high-tech visuals. To put it simply, my initial reaction hovered somewhere just slightly above the middle. Well, of course, that all changed for the better once I experienced the truly remarkable, brand-new, more intimately 'immersive' production now causing a stir at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts through May 15, 2016. Part of the theater's creatively innovative OnStage Series, this revitalized and, dare I say, more compelling AMERICAN IDIOT is a brilliantly-staged re-working of the musical that feels much more alive, more relatable, and, most importantly, more sensical. Yes, THIS new, more intimate production successfully converted me into an AMERICAN IDIOT fan. And, man, it is absolutely first-rate. (more...)

Check Out Quotables from THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON - Week of 5/2
by TV News Desk - May 9, 2016

Below, check out quotables from NBC's 'THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON' for the week of May 2-9. (more...)

Tony Kushner Calls Toronto UJA's Disassociation With His Appearance 'McCarthyism'
by Michael Dale - May 9, 2016

Though he opposes the policy, Kushner serves on the board of an organization that supports sanctions against Israel. (more...)

BWW Interview: Juan Carlos, Tatiana, & Sandra Cantu of IN THE HEIGHTS at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
by Cary Ginell - May 6, 2016

In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical about community and family in a Dominican-American neighborhood in New York City, has a multi-layered meaning for its talented cast. The production, which is currently being presented at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, features veteran television actor Juan Carlos Cantu, returning to the stage after more than 30 years, to act besides his two daughters, Tatiana and Sandra. All three play major roles in the show, bringing the three together on stage for the first time. (Our review is in this week's Moorpark Acorn. http://www.mpacorn.com/news/2016-05-06/On_The_Town/Cast_takes_musical_to_the_highest_level.html) We visited with the girls and their proud father before a Sunday matinee performance. (more...)

Open Book: JERSEY BOYS' Co-Bookwriter Rick Elice's Journey From Actor To Tony-Nominated Author
by Michael Dale - May 30, 2016

A chance meeting at an opening night party changed the career of a young actor. (more...)

BWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - A Weekend at Fringe
by Guest Blogger: Clarissa Moon - May 25, 2016

In Orlando, the Fringe festival is kind of a Big Deal. It's a time when the theatre community comes together to perform, watch shows, network, eat from food trucks, and celebrate the arts. I saw three shows this weekend at the festival: On The Line, Burn Job, and Simpleton. (more...)

How Does Tony Nominee Jeff Daniels Do Broadway? By 'Sprinting Face First into the Wall 8 Times a Week'
by Marissa Sblendorio - May 24, 2016

It's undeniable that Jeff Daniels' career has been a varied one. From his Emmy-winning role on Aaron Sorkin's THE NEWSROOM to one half of the comedy duo behind DUMB AND DUMBER, the stage and screen star has proven his versatility time and time again. Now he's back on Broadway in a role that has proven to be his most grueling yet. (more...)

Securus Announces Third DOC Facility to Approve/Accept Its Managed Access Systems (MAS) Technology
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

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BWW Blog: Sam Weber - Just Another Day, Only a Day
by Guest Blogger: Sam Weber - May 23, 2016

If you're reading this, chances are I do not need to describe what many refer to as 'the magic' of theatre.  You're probably living it right now.  Whether this idea refers to the relationships within a cast, the effect of the show on an audience, or simply the energy that you can only feel onstage, there is certainly something special about being a part of theatre.  Now take all of those warm fuzzies, and put them into one tiny, little 24-Hour long box.  You shouldn't be able to, right?  But it's completely possible, and it's something students from all across my university have been doing for two years now. (more...)

South African Author Releases First Collection of Novellas on Third Culture Experiences
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

South African researcher, socio-political analyst and author Chiziwiso Pswarayi, will debut his collection of novellas, 'I bled on the pages' on 20 May 2016. After finding that there was not a great deal of books written about third culture kids by third culture kids from developing regions. 'Third Culture' is a term usually used to refer to children who are raised in a culture outside of their parents' culture for significant part of their development years. Chiziwiso over the last 18 months has cataloguing his experiences, whilst completing a Masters level thesis on the effects of international school education on children in Cardiff, Wales before relocating back to South Africa where he completed the novellas and works as a researcher and socio-political analyst. In addition, Chiziwiso is author of 'Dislocated African' an online blog dedicated to helping other third cultured kids cope with identity issues resulting from frequent travel. Set in South Africa, United Kingdom, Italy, France and China 'Fake African' is a contemporary memoire based on Chiziwiso's experiences living in these countries, coping with continuous lack of identity. When Chiziwiso meets his partner with whom he wishes to spend his life, Chiziwiso must find out who he believes himself to be, no matter if he is accepted by the place he lives. When he discovers who he thought he was is not what his homeland sees him to be, the results could be deadly. 'The Agent,' the second novella in the collection is a quirky story about M. an Ethiopian migrant living in Spain. A real estate agent, he is recently made redundant and needs one Big Deal before moving on. Routinely belittled for being a migrant, does he have what it takes to close one more deal? What is he willing to do to guarantee one more pay check in a country that doesn't want him and home that threatens his existence? 'I bled on the pages' is currently available on Amazon.co.uk Chiziwiso is available for interviews and appearances. For booking presentations, media appearances, interviews, and/or book-signings contact chiziwisopswarayi@gmail.com. (more...)

BWW Recap: GAME OF THRONES Reveals Shocking Truths in 'The Door'
by Jessica Naftaly - May 23, 2016

This weeks episode of GAME OF THRONES entitled 'The Door,' revealed a lot of information and answers to some of the biggest questions of the series, as well answered some questions that don't necessarily need answering. In a show riddled with plot holes, some of which were highlighted this episode, their ability to carry out reveals and give us answers isn't always up to task. If your biggest concern watching GAME OF THRONES was finding out the origin of Hodor's name, then this was the episode for you! If the importance of finding out the origin of the White Walkers, the biggest threat that endangers the lives of all of our characters, is highest on the scale for you, you'll get answer, but the attention and care given to revealing said answer may disappoint you. It's all apparent just looking at the recaps and reactions. The most used phrase from an episode in which we learn where the White Walkers came from, another direwolf dies, a mythic race goes extinct, and the Starks make a battle plan, is 'Hold the door!' That says quite a lot. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: BROADWAY SESSIONS Goes All Open Mic!
by Ben Cameron - May 2, 2016

Sure, we all know by now that Broadway Sessions is the place to be to get up close and personal with Broadway's brightest, but did you know that once a month we throw caution to the wind and open the mic up to the room in our ALL OPEN MIC PARTY? Well we do... (more...)

Broadway Sound Designer Abe Jacob to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Live Design Awards
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

Legendary theatrical sound designer Abe Jacob will be honored for his pioneering career achievements at the Live Design Awards on Monday, June 13 in New York. Another legendary icon, Chita Rivera, will present the award to Jacob, whom she has known since the original Broadway production of CHICAGO (1975). (more...)

Global Negotiation Leader to Share Tactics for Dealing With...
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

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BWW Review: Audience Directs HAPPY HOUR at Spooky Action
by Roger Catlin - May 16, 2016

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BWW Interview: Dixie Longate of DIXIE'S TUPPERWARE PARTY at Holland Performing Arts Center
by Christine Swerczek - May 14, 2016

Dixie Longate is coming back to Omaha. Get ready to cough your teeth into your hand and buy some plastic crap from this top-selling Tupperware dealer! (more...)

Theatre By The Sea's WEST SIDE STORY Begins This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

Bill Hanney's award winning Theatre By The Sea (TBTS) presents the beloved musical classic, WEST SIDE STORY. Shakespeare's immortal 'Romeo & Juliet' is transported to 20th century New York City, where two idealistic young lovers, with only their love in common, find themselves caught between warring street gangs and clashing cultures. WEST SIDE STORY runs from Wednesday, June 22 thru Saturday, July 16, 2016. (more...)

Tony Winner Cady Huffman to Join SHEAR MADNESS; Play to Transfer to Davenport Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

Manny Kladitis, Jeffrey Chrzczon, Terry Schnuck, Kathleen K. Johnson, Jack Lane, Radio Mouse Entertainment, Schaffert/Hummel, Driemeyer-Sills Productions, Michael Guccione, David Gersten, Erach Screwvala, and The Shubert Organization, by special arrangement with Cranberry Productions, have announcde that Tony and Drama Desk Award Winner Cady Huffman will join the cast of Shear Madness beginning June 20th. Cady will assume the role of Mrs. Shubert, originated by Lynne Wintersteller. Also joining the cast that day will be Jonathan Randell Silver, most recently seen in Please Continue at Ensemble Studio Theatre, who will assume the role of Mike Thomas, currently played by Ethan Dubin. (more...)

Broadway Veterans to Lead Pittsburgh CLO's CHICAGO
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

Set inside the sensationalized female murderess craze that swept 1920s Chicago, CHICAGO draws its audience into a world of crime and glitz against the vivid backdrop of the jazz age. A first time production for Pittsburgh CLO, CHICAGO is sure to be 'all that jazz' and more! (more...)

BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY at Paper Mill Playhouse is Magnificent
by Marina Kennedy - Jun 7, 2016

See 'West Side Story' now at Paper Mill Playhouse through June 26th. Their production of this modern American classic is magnificent. (more...)

BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Moments of Happiness: What's Your Proudest Moment in Theater?
by Guest Blogger: Amanda Grillo - Jun 6, 2016

We all have our proudest moments. They may not always be the day you got the 'starring role', but maybe it is. Everyone has that one instant in their life that makes them smile. This week, we're going to talk about your proudest moment in theater. Whether you pursued theater your entire life, only did it in high school, or maybe still getting your feet wet; your experience in theater has an everlasting impact on your life whether you realize it or not. I love asking questions and I love getting to know people, so I went out and found out people's proudest moments in theater.  (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Tony Winner Cady Huffman in SHEAR MADNESS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

Manny Kladitis, Jeffrey Chrzczon, Terry Schnuck, Kathleen K. Johnson, Jack Lane, Radio Mouse Entertainment, Schaffert/Hummel, Driemeyer-Sills Productions, Michael Guccione, David Gersten, Erach Screwvala, and The Shubert Organization, by special arrangement with Cranberry Productions, are proud to welcome Tony and Drama Desk Award Winner Cady Huffman to the cast of Shear Madness. Cady assumes the role of Mrs. Shubert, originated by Lynne Wintersteller. Also joining the cast is Jonathan Randell Silver, most recently seen in Please Continue at Ensemble Studio Theatre, who will assume the role of Mike Thomas.  Adam Gerber, who created the role of Mike Thomas, has replaced Jeremy Kushnier in the role of Eddie Lawrence. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Theatre By The Sea's WEST SIDE STORY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

Bill Hanney's award winning Theatre By The Sea (TBTS) presents the beloved musical classic, WEST SIDE STORY. Shakespeare's immortal 'Romeo & Juliet' is transported to 20th century New York City, where two idealistic young lovers, with only their love in common, find themselves caught between warring street gangs and clashing cultures. WEST SIDE STORY runs from Wednesday, June 22 thru Saturday, July 16, 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: THE AIDS GENERATION: STORIES OF SURVIVAL AND RESILIENCE by Perry N. Halkitis
by Victoria Noe - Jun 22, 2016

AIDS is no Big Deal anymore. (more...)

BabyCenter Finds Politics And Patriotism Are Influencing Baby Names
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

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St. Louis Blues Forward Vladimir Tarasenko Revealed as Cover Athlete in EA SPORTS NHL 17 World Premiere Gameplay Trailer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

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Tony Winner Cady Huffman Joins Cast of SHEAR MADNESS Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Shear Madness welcome Tony and Drama Desk Award Winner Cady Huffman to its cast of beginning tonight, Monday June 20th. Cady will assume the role of Mrs. Shubert, originated by Lynne Wintersteller. Also joining the cast tonight will be Jonathan Randell Silver, most recently seen in Please Continue at Ensemble Studio Theatre, who will assume the role of Mike Thomas. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Pittsburgh CLO's CHICAGO!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2016

Set inside the sensationalized female murderess craze that swept 1920s Chicago, CHICAGO draws its audience into a world of crime and glitz against the vivid backdrop of the jazz age. A first time production for Pittsburgh CLO, CHICAGO is sure to be 'all that jazz' and more! (more...)

BWW Blog: Paisley Haddad - Summertime and Livin' Is Easy
by Guest Blogger: Paisley Haddad - Jun 15, 2016

With school ending and spring theatre productions just coming to an end, probably not the first thing on anybody's mind is starting up another 3 month schedule of rehearsals. When you see that audition on Facebook for a summer production, why not go for it? Odds are that you will have a much better summer than you would have had being a couch potato. I know this experience first hand, as 2 summers ago, I joined a local cast of 42nd Street. As much as I love tap dancing and theatre I still wasn't sure if I wanted to devote most of my summer to them. Being a 15 year old in a cast of almost entirely actors that were over 18 was slightly intimidating, actually it was very intimidating. The first rehearsal I walked in with my mother (who was in charge of props for the show) and everybody was so welcoming. From that moment on I knew this was going to be a great experience. As the rehearsals went on, and we were learning dances, songs, and blocking, I felt like everybody was coming together as a cast. After we had finished opening night, I wanted to do the show again and again, and it seemed like our 6 performances flew by in a blink of an eye. I found myself missing laughing backstage, wearing HIGH HEEL tap shoes ( not really a Big Deal, but it was my first time wearing them), and also just being on stage. Even though I knew that coming September I would be back on the stage, I still missed it a lot. If it means trading in a beach day for a block and tech day, than it's worth it. If the summertime musical scene isn't your thing, then theres many other options for you. Take an acting class, work on your voice with a vocal instructor, take a dance intensive, pick your monologue for the coming year, see that show everybody is talking about on Broadway (and if it's Hamilton, good luck), support your local theatre companies by attending one of their shows, or even just get some tips from online on how to improve your stage skills. So, the next time you see an opportunity to try out for a summer show, just do it! I promise that you will have a great time as well as make some great friends along the way, I know I did. (more...)

Acquire Media Announces NewsBank Distribution Agreement
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2016

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MIH Theatre to Present Loften Mitchell's BUBBLING BROWN SUGAR
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2016

Musical theatre lovers will return to the Harlem Renaissance in New York City when Make It Happen Theatre Company, Inc. (MIH) brings Loften Mitchell's jumping musical revue, Bubbling Brown Sugar, to the Carver Theatre June 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. This commemorative production will not only honor and celebrate the lives and contributions of the late Dr. Frank Adams and Mr. Bill Harris, two incredible Birmingham educators who dedicated themselves to teaching young artists, but funds generated will help provide children of low-income families with scholarships to attend the 2016 MIH Summer Performing Arts Academy at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. (more...)

Big Deal Productions to Present CATCH ME IF YOU CAN This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

Big Deal Productions, the national award-winning theatre program of the Buffalo Grove Park District, is pleased to present Catch Me If You Can: The Musical, directed by Ken Preuss, choreographed by Karen Shuman, and music directed by Aaron Kaplan, running July 15-24, 2016. (more...)

Gallagher's JOKE'S ON YOU COMEDY TOUR Coming to Washington Pavilion, 9/17
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

The Washington Pavilion has announced that Gallagher's "Joke's on You Comedy Tour" will stop at the Washington Pavilion on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. featuring Gallagher and Artie Fletcher.  (more...)

BWW Blog: Sam Weber - Making it Work: Student Productions and Tech
by Guest Blogger: Sam Weber - Jul 18, 2016

Well, it's been awhile - and to be quite honest, not a ton of progress has been made since I introduced my current project.  As I believe I mentioned, myself and a few other students at my college have for the last two years produced full-fledged productions of musicals in less than 24 hours.  Beginning this fall, we are trying to expand our "season", if you will, with another full student production, however this time rehearsed sparsely over the course of two weeks instead of all in one day (with an approx. total rehearsal time of ~40 hours).  Our hope is that this will give us a chance to produce larger scale shows, with more complex elements, and larger, more inclusive casts. (more...)

BWW Review: Lush, Untranslated, and Disorienting: THE WEDDING GIFT at CATF
by Jack L. B. Gohn - Jul 18, 2016

We watch as Doug takes stock of his situation, recognizes the failure of vision on the part of his captors, their inability to see him as a fellow-human, and recognizes what this means in terms of his power and his lack of power. It is a humbling lesson, but one he needs to learn to survive. (more...)

EDINBURGH 2016: BWW Q&A - Dame Nature
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 15, 2016

BWW speaks to Tim Bell about 2016 Edinburgh Fringe show Dame Nature: The Magnificent Bearded Lady. (more...)

SHEAR MADNESS, Starring Cady Huffman, Returns Tonight at New Home
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Shear Madness, the hit comedy whodunit, resumes performances at the Davenport Theatre (354 West 45th Street) tonight, Friday July 15th. (more...)

Meet the Sommelier: Nancy O'Connell WINECRASHER Wine Director and Co-founder
by Marina Kennedy - Jul 13, 2016

We interviewed Nancy O'Connell, the Wine Director and Co-founder of Winecrasher. (more...)

BWW Interview: Alt-cabaret Star Bridget Everett Teases Her Soho Theatre Show
by Marianka Swain - Jul 12, 2016

Alt-cabaret star Bridget Everett discusses her upcoming Soho Theatre show (more...)

BWW Review: World Premiere ALL MY DISTANCES ARE FAR Shares Teen Sessions with School Therapist
by Shari Barrett - Aug 3, 2016

As a former high school teacher who started an alternative program for students who had dropped out, I participated in counselling troubled teens in learning how to deal with challenging circumstances in their lives, be it with parents, siblings, friends, or the desire to find love and respect from that special someone. It's especially difficult when a teen is also dealing with emotional or physical disorders or abuse. And what happens to a foster teen when she ages out of the system? What happens to an adolescent boy with Asperger's when he falls in love? What happens to a Straight-A student who is being sexually molested? In Leda Siskind's world premiere play ALL MY DISTANCES ARE FAR we meet all these characters and others as they confide to the psychotherapist who sees them at their urban high school. (more...)

BWW Interview: John Copeland on What Anita Bryant Did & Has Done for Him Lately
by Gil Kaan - Aug 25, 2016

Playwright/actor John Copeland's latest theatrical project ANITA BRYANT'S PLAYBOY INTERVIEW recounts a specific incident in the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction saga of the former Miss Oklahoma and runner-up to Miss America whose 'Save Our Children' campaign fought to repeal gay rights in Dale County, Florida in 1977.  (more...)


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Breaking: Lindsay Nicole Chambers, Mel Johnson Jr. and James Ludwig Join the World Premiere of ON THE RAILS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Algonquin Theater Productions and Jason Hewitt have announced Broadway actors Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Lysistrata Jones, Legally Blonde, Hairspray), Mel Johnson Jr. (Jekyll & Hyde, Hot Feet, The Lion King, Big Deal, The Rink, Eubie!, On the Twentieth Century), and James Ludwig (Spamalot, Little Shop of Horrors) have joined the cast of the world premiere of ON THE RAILS, a new musical with book by Tony Sportiello (Second Chance, National Pastime), music and lyrics by Al Tapper (Sessions, An Evening at the Carlyle), arrangements and musical direction by David Wolfson, and directed by Misti B. Wills (In Search of Euphoria). (more...)

BWW Interview: Eduardo Guzman and Cara Shanks Talk MIDTOWN: LIVE!
by Alexander Garza - Aug 16, 2016

Pitch Me This (PMT) Productions has partnered with Juxtapose Arts Collective to bring back its third annual production of MIDTOWN: LIVE! This year's show will be performed at the MATCH, and features some of Houston's finest local talent performing engaging pop music and high energy dance and movement. This past Sunday, I drove to the MATCH, and got the opportunity to sit down and talk with Director Eduardo Guzman and Choreographer Cara Shanks about this year's unique production. (more...)

BWW Interview: Peter Vullo and THURSDAY NIGHT TERRORS
by Mark C. Lloyd - Aug 15, 2016

BWW Interviews: Peter Vullo and Thursday Night Terrors (more...)

Cameron Esposito's & Rhea Butcher's TAKE MY WIFE Premieres Tomorrow on Seeso.com
by TV News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Cameron Esposito's and Rhea Butcher's 'TAKE MY WIFE' premieres tomorrow, August 11. The new romcom features fan favorites Maria Bamford, Jonah Ray, Kulap Vilaysack, James Adomian (more...)

Original DREAMGIRLS Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine and Jennifer Holliday Reunite for BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS Concert in L.A., 7/10
by Adam Jay - Apr 27, 2016

Chris Isaacson Presents in association with Ronn Goswick has announced a Broadway Under the Stars special event, a one-night-only concert starring the original Dreamgirls - Independent Spirit Award-winner Sheryl Lee Ralph, Emmy Award-winner Loretta Devine, and Tony Award and two-time Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Holliday in conversation and song. The curtain will rise at 8pm on Sunday, July 10 at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. Additional performers will be announced soon.  (more...)

What's the Big Deal about April 26? Pretzels, Baby!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Snyder's of Hanover the nation's No. 1 pretzel brand is bringing swagger back to the pretzel category on National Pretzel Day. With the new "Pretzels, Baby" campaign currently on-air, Snyder's of Hanover is now hitting the streets to ensure all pretzel fans get to join in the fun. On April 26, they're giving away thousands of bags of boldly-flavored Pretzel Pieces near baseball stadiums in eight cities around the country. Teaming up with professional baseball players in these cities, Snyder's of Hanover wants to make sure all fans know what's so great about April 26 Pretzels, Baby! (more...)

Joan Van Blarcom Releases NO BIG DEAL
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

As a middle school teacher the author Joan Van Blarcom has observed the many problems that children faced upon entering middle school. 'No Big Deal' (published by AuthorHouse) encompasses most of these problems and lends for a conversation with teachers, parents and their children to make their first few weeks in middle school easier. (more...)

BWW Recap: Baby, I Could Never Steal You From Another on SCANDAL
by Jennifer McHugh - Apr 22, 2016

How long have we been asking for the backstory on one Mr. Jake Ballard? Tonight we got our wish and were delivered his tragic past all wrapped up in a blood spattered dress uniform. And as much as I beg for shirtless Jake scenes, I will never complain about Jake in uniform scenes. (more...)

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