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View Comments By the way, the stage version of Peter Pan doesn’t have an actor playing Tinker Bell. The magical character is represented by a little flash of light and tinkling music. Also, to choke on one’s tongue, it would have to be in one’s mouth. Raunchy pop star Miley Cyrus is busy kissing Katy Perry, simulating masturbation on stage, and (of course!) endlessly sticking out her tongue as she treks the country with her Bangerz tour. Still, the 21-year-old former child star took some time out on February 24 to shut down tabloid rumors that she’ll play Tinker Bell in the planned NBC live broadcast of Peter Pan. Peter Pan Live! is set to air on NBC on December 4. ”I would rather choke on my own tongue,“ Cyrus tweeted alongside a pic of a recent Star magazine item purporting that she is excited to don fairy wings on live TV because it’s her “dream role.”
Denis O’Hare is no circus act, but he’ll soon be collecting them on American Horror Story: Freak Show! According to Vulture, the AHS favorite and Tony winner will return to the FX series’ fourth season as a rival “collector of freaks” to Jessica Lange’s character, a German ex-pat who manages a freak show in 1950 Florida. As previously reported, Broadway vets Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Frances Conroy and Sarah Paulson, along with Evan Peters, will reunite for the new season after appearing in the Coven storyline. The crew will play members of the twisted act who will do anything to keep the freak show running. Hey, Ryan Murphy: any chance Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner can join that lineup? View Comments “I’m going to be working at cross-purposes with [Lange’s character],” O’Hare revealed, adding, “We’ll have lots of scenes with each other, but we’ll be battling.” O’Hare received a Tony Award for his performance in Take Me Out, as well as a nomination for Assassins. His additional Broadway credits include Elling, Inherit the Wind, Sweet Charity and Cabaret.
Hereafter Musical Hereafter Musical, a new show by Frankie Keane and Vinnie Favale, begins performances off-Broadway on September 13. Directed by Terry Berliner, the tuner’s opening night is set for October 25 at the Snapple Theater Center. View Comments Related Shows Hereafter Musical follows three women who have come together at the home of world renowned psychic Jason Richards, desperate to make contact with their loved ones who have passed. Unbeknownst to them, the spirits materialize during the reading, and they, like the living, also have a great deal of difficulty moving on. Keane will also appear in the cast alongside Deborah Tranelli, Pierce Cravens, Jill Shackner, Paul Blankenship, Eileen Faxas, Carolyn Mignini, Courtney Capek, Tanisha Gary, Kissy Simmons, Margaret Kelly and Alan Kalter.
The 2014-15 Tony Awards Administration Committee met for the third time this season to determine the eligibility of Honeymoon in Vegas and Constellations. The committee will meet one more time this spring to determine the eligibility of this season’s remaining shows. The committee previously met in January and in November 2014. Nominations will be announced on April 28. The ceremony will be broadcast live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall on June 7. The committee made the following determinations: Tony Danza will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical category for his performance in Honeymoon in Vegas. Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Play categories for their respective performances in Constellations. All other eligibility determinations were consistent with the show’s opening night credits, meaning both Rob McClure and Brynn O’Malley will be eligible for the Leading categories for the Jason Robert Brown tuner. View Comments
Billy Porter & More Belt for the Holidays‘Tis the season for holiday benefits! Tony-winning Kinky Boots star Billy Porter, Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner/Christmas enthusiast Stephanie J. Block and more will headline Sparkle: An All-Star Holliday Concert. The fourth annual event, hosted by Scott Nevins, will take place on December 6 at the Cutting Room and benefit the Actors Fund. Additional stage faves set to spread holiday cheer include Charl Brown, An American in Paris’ Max von Essen, Wicked’s Robin de Jesus, Charl Brown, perennial vlogger Lesli Margherita, Matt Doyle and more.Stage & Screen Stars Set for Mike Nichols MemorialA group of stage and screen greats will take part in a memorial service for Mike Nichols. According to Showbiz411, Monty Python duo Eric Idle and John Cleese, who collaborated with Nichols on Spamalot, will perform. Barry Diller, Bryan Lourd, Lorne Michaels and Elaine May will host (May was recently tapped to direct a PBS documentary focusing on the late EGOT-winning director). The private gathering will take place on November 8, about a week shy of the anniversary of his death at the age of 83.Watch Idina Menzel Rise like the Break of DawnJust when we’d stopped watching Idina Menzel and Taylor Swift’s Frozen duet from Halloween on repeat, then our favorite Broadway supernova goes and posts this video. Check out below a sneak peek of what went down (or should that be up?) behind the scenes right before Menzel made her entrance as Elsa. We just can’t let this performance go. Well, at any rate until Frozen Fever, the short film inspired by the movie, bows on the Disney Channel on November 29. Idina Menzel View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Settle for Santino FontanaSantino Fontana is currently appearing in The CW’s musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and on a recent episode he got to put his hoofing skills to good use. Check out below as the Tony nominee performs a dream sequence number, “Settle For Me,” along with the show’s headliner Rachel Bloom. The former Prince Charming is just as adorable as ever—we’re crossing all fingers and toes he’ll be settling back on the Great White Way soon! Star Files
The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank. We came. We saw. We hunted. Yes, The Wiz Live! is over, but there is more to be done. Wake up your tired twitter fingers, because we want to know which performer truly knocked it out of the park Emerald City. We need to know your top 10 performances in The Wiz Live! Broadway.com Managing Editor Beth Stevens kicked off this new challenge with her top 10. Now it’s your turn!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! View Comments
View Comments Tatyana Lubov(Nadia Quinn) It’s possible! Tatyana Lubov will step into Cinderella’s glass slippers in the national tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which is scheduled to launch in September. She will star opposite Hayden Stanes in the production, who is set to take on the the role of Prince Topher.The touring cast will also feature Leslie Jackson as Marie, The Fairy Godmother, Sarah Primmer as Madame, Ella’s wicked stepmother, Vincent Davis as Lord Pinkleton, Joanna Johnson as Charlotte, Ryan M. Hunt as Sebastian, Mimi Robinson as Gabrielle and Chris Woods as Jean-Michele.Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and original book by Oscar Hammerstein II. Originally directed by Mark Brokaw and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, the tour is directed by Gina Rattan and choreographed by Lee Wilkins.With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella combines the story’s classic elements—glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn’t let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She longs to escape the drudgery of her work at home and instead work to make the world a better place. She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too.Rounding out the ensemble will be Kelly Barberito, Delphi Borich, Rhaamell Burke-Missouri, Taylor Daniels, Giovanni DiGabriele, Chloe Fox, AJ Hughes, Lilli Jacobs, Johnny Link, Brian Liebson, Ilda Mason, Lauren Monteleone, Nick Pelaccio, Emilie Renier, Arnie Rodriguez, Caity Skalski and Tiffany Toh.
ATG Acquires Boston’s Colonial TheatreGood news for Boston theatergoers and history buffs. The Colonial Theatre, after facing an uncertain future when it shut its doors in 2015, the historic venue is set to reopen in January 2018. The U.K.-based Ambassador Theatre Group, which owns Broadway’s Lyric Theatre (the current home of Paramour), has acquired the 1680-seat Colonial, for a 40-year lease agreement with Emerson College. The theater first opened in 1900 and quickly became a go-to house for out-of-town tryouts of such Broadway staples as Anything Goes, Porgy and Bess, Carousel, A Little Night Music and La Cage aux Folles. In its later years, the venue was primarily a spot for national tours. ATG hopes to revive the tradition of out-of-town tryouts at the venue when it opens its doors once again.New Look at The Good FightLook out, Miriam Shor, because Christine Baranski is heading back to the small screen with an assortment of iconic statement necklaces. The Good Fight, the CBS All Access spin-off of The Good Wife, premieres on February 19, and it promises lots of drama and appearances from Broadway notables. Check out the (somewhat NSFW) trailer, featuring Tony winners Baranski and Bernadette Peters and Broadway alums Cush Jumbo and Sarah Steele, below. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Renewed for Third SeasonThe CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has picked up an early renewal for a third season. The musical comedy series, starring Golden Globe winner and musical theater-obsessed Rachel Bloom and featuring a host of Broadway favorites, will wrap up its second season on January 27. While we contemplate which Tony winners will show up to sing about what when the show returns, brace yourselves for Patti LuPone as a rabbi in the January 13 episode. Get a taste (it’s kosher!) below. Emma Watson Sings in New Beauty SpotAt the 2017 Golden Globes, “musical theater nerds everywhere” had cause to celebrate as La La Land earned a record-breaking seven awards. But even the commercial breaks were a treat for Broadway enthusiasts, with Disney releasing a new TV spot for the upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast. The ad features Emma Watson singing Belle’s title song and—fine, we’ll say it—serving some Sound of Music realness on a lush field. Take a look below, and catch the movie when it premieres on March 17. Here’s a quick roundup of stories and videos you may have missed today.The Color Purple’s Epic Swan SongFour shows played their final performances on Broadway on January 8, but only one signed off with an unapologetic riff-off. Following their last bows, the cast of The Color Purple launched into a fiery rendition of Richard Smallwood’s “Total Praise,” treating their audience (which included Hillary, Bill and Chelsea Clinton, Anna Wintour, Leslie Odom Jr. and Jonathan Groff) to a moment of revelry. Check out the clip, beginning with some touching words from Patrice Covington (who played Squeak in the Tony-winning revival) below, and look out for Cynthia Erivo and Jennifer Holliday’s wild parade of hallelujahs around 10:50. Jennifer Holliday & Cynthia Erivo(Photo: instagram.com/domcortia_) View Comments
Benedict Cumberbatch(Photo: Angela Weiss/Getty Images) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Aaron Lazar’s B’way Bod to Star Alongside Benedict CumberbatchThe face of Benedict Cumberbatch and the body of Aaron Lazar. Nope, it’s not a recipe for our dream man (not that we’re opposed), but rather a reality Disney hopes to create in its forthcoming film Avengers: Infinity War. According to Page Six, Lazar (and his pretty face) are currently in Georgia filming the next installment of the Avengers films while Cumberbatch plays inventor Thomas Edison in The Current War. Cumberbatch will then re-shoot Lazar’s Avengers scenes; fans will indeed see Cumberbatch’s bod from the front during his scenes in the film. But from the back…you’re looking at Lazar. Sooo…can Fiyero’s white pants make an appearance in the next Marvel movie?James Corden Added to Starry Ocean’s Eight CastTony winner (and 2016 host), late night king and soon-to-be Grammy Awards host James Corden just got even busier. Deadline announced that Corden is slated to appear in the star-studded Ocean’s Eight film in a featured role as a skeptical insurance investigator. The Gary Ross-helmed picture includes The Present’s Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter. Imagine the future Carpool Karaoke possibilities!Deborah Cox to Record Whitney Houston’s HitsWe’re saving all our love for Queen of the Night Deborah Cox after this news! After receiving many requests from fans, The Bodyguard national tour headliner will record all of her songs from the musical (including Whitney Houston hits like “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” “So Emotional and of course, “I Will Always Love You”) this month, reports Showbiz 411. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on when those are scheduled to hit earbuds. In the meantime, watch Grammy nominee Cox belt her face off below. The Comedy about a Bank Robbery Gets New Felons Some mischief makers are on the move! Hannah Boyce, Mark Hammersley, Sean Kearns, Steffan Lloyd-Evans, Tania Mathurin, Christopher Pizzey, Gareth Tempest and Miles Yekinni are set to start in the West End hit The Comedy about a Bank Robbery beginning on February 8. The former cast members in the Mischief Theatre Company production are headed to the Great White Way in Mischief’s Olivier-winning The Play That Goes Wrong, which is set to begin performances at the Lyceum Theatre on March 9.2016 Tony Awards Grab Directors Guild NominationAnd the nominees are! We thought the 2016 Tony Awards were revolutionary and highly GIF-able (although Neil Patrick Harris had some choice words for James Corden’s hosting stint). Glenn Weiss and the broadcast’s directing team are up for a Directors Guild Nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement; the DGA ceremony is scheduled for February 3. As recently reported, Broadway’s biggest night returns to Radio City Music Hall on June 11. Nominations will be announced on May 2, so only 109 days until Tony season officially begins!Hillary Clinton’s Speeches to Be Set to MusicFresh off of witnessing the joyful noise at The Color Purple’s final Broadway performance, Hillary Clinton is getting a musical treatment of her own. Composer and conductor Glenn Roven has set her candidacy announcement and presidential concession speeches to music, which will be performed in a concert film at National Sawdust on January 20 (which just so happens to be inauguration day). The vocalists set to perform include Beautiful’s Chilina Kennedy, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Donna Lynne Champlin, opera stars Isabel Leonard, Nathan Gunn, Patricia Racette, Lawrence Brownlee and Matthew Polenzani.P.S. It’s a great day for TV lovers! TV Line reported that Ryan Murphy’s previously announced series Feud, starring Tony winner Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon, will premiere on FX on March 5. In addition, Netflix released the theme opener for Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, which is available on January 13. Despite star Neil Patrick Harris’ advice, we can’t look away. Check it out below, and binge-watch the series all weekend! View Comments
By Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaIt should have been a usual “doing what dogs do” day for Lucky, aneighboring dog that pays a daily visit to Sid, our cockerspaniel.Lucky was sniffing around in my liriope bed trying to findsomething of interest. Suddenly, Lucky flipped around, tucked hertail between her legs, and quickly ran away, snapping at flyingtormentors on both sides of her.When she finally outran what was after her, she stopped andlooked back at the liriope bed with a “what was that?” look onher face.Lucky may not have known what she’d gotten into, but I knew. Shemust have found a yellow jacket nest. I’m glad she was the one tofind it instead of me. Hidden beneath the groundThe nest was belowground, as most nests are. They’re found aroundrotten stumps or on the sides of terraces, gullies and ditches.Recently the principal at one of the area high schools called mewith some concern about the large number of yellow jackets aroundthe school grounds. The yellow jackets are attracted to the sugarin the soft drink cans tossed in the garbage cans around theschool. They may come from some distance to get the sugar.Yellow jackets aren’t the only stinging insects in large numbersthis year. Hornets are out in large numbers, too.I guess everyone is familiar with the bald-faced, or white-faced,hornet. Surely you’ve seen a hornet’s nest, shaped like a bloatedfootball, high up in a tree or under the eve of a building.The hornet that causes the most concern is the giant Europeanhornet. The size of it alone is enough to scare folks. It canbe more an inch long. Unlike the bald-faced hornet, it’s morebrown than black. The only yellow markings are on the abdomen.It’s attracted to lights at night.Hornets and yellow jackets are very aggressive if they believetheir nests are threatened. And they can sting repeatedly.If you’re smart, you’ll wait to control these insects until theevening, when they’re in their nests and are at rest. You’ll beless likely to get stung. What to doSevin is deadly on bees. Just apply it in and around the yellowjacket nests in the evening. Pyrethroids(permethrin, resmethrin,and others) are available in aerosols, some of which produce ajet stream so you can stay a safe distance away. Aim at the nestopening in trees, bushes, ground cracks and crevices. You mayhave to retreat for total control.Don’t be like poor Lucky. She got too close and found out thepainful way just how aggressive yellow jackets can be.