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Here Is Your First Look At Andrew Rannells In ‘Hedwig And The Angry Inch’

Second Act

Last month we learned that stage and television actor Andrew Rannells has been selected to take over the lead role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch when Neil Patrick Harris leaves the show next month. Today we get our first look at Rannells as he will look as Hedwig in the hit Broadway show. NPH, as you may know, won the Tony Award for his performance in Hedwig but I have every confidence that Andrew will do an excellent job putting his own spin on the character when he takes over Hedwig and the Angry Inch next month. More »

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The Tupac Musical ‘Holler If Ya Hear Me’ Bombs On Broadway, Will Close This Weekend

Dunzo!

Welp … I guess the plan to bring the music of Tupac Shakur to the Broadway stage was too ambitious or not well-executed or whatever because we learn today that the show is closing early due to nonexistent ticket sales. Holler If Ya Hear Me opened on the Great White Way just a few weeks ago and never really caught on with either 2pac fans or Broadway fans. Because the show turned out to be a bomb, producers have decided to close the show early in order to cut their losses while they can. After only 38 performances (not including previews), Holler If Ya Hear Me will Peace the Spork Out this Sunday. More »

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Theater Review: ‘Aladdin’

The TV Guide

As a BIG fan of the original Disney animated film, I have been anxiously awaiting my chance to see the Broadway production of Aladdin … and last night was finally my chance. I did my best to stay away from any spoilers about the show but I couldn’t resist watching the live performance of the Friend Like Me number on the Tony Awards this year so I knew that I was in for a good time based on just that performance. The hardest thing for me was to try and not think about the original animated movie while watching the show. I didn’t want to compare the two since it is impossible to recreate the magic of animation on the live action stage. On its own, I really did love Aladdin … even if I wished there was a way for Disney to infuse a bit more magic into the performance. More »

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Theater Review: ‘Newsies’

The TV Guide

Last month, when Adriana and I saw the disappointing touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in LA, we decided we needed to see real Broadway shows to cleanse our theatrical pallets. Aide was really excited for us to see Newsies and since the show is closing here on Broadway in August, we knew we had to fly out for the 4th of July weekend and see the show. She managed to score us a pair of SWEET center orchestra seats for the matinee performance and I’m happy to report that we both loved the show. More »

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Broadway Weekend Mission: Accomplished

The TV Guide

And so … my whirlwind Broadway weekend here in NYC has come to a close and it has been a smashing success. When Adriana and I decided to come to NYC to see shows last weekend, I was hoping we’d find the time to do and see everything that we wanted but I didn’t really know if we we’d be successful. I’m happy to report that we not only did everything we wanted to do but we even had time to do things we didn’t even plan for. My day was bizzy yesterday since I saw two shows back to back but it really was the perfect end to a really fun weekend in the city. More »

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Theater Review: ‘Hedwig And The Angry Inch’

The TV Guide

At long last, I finally got to see Neil Patrick Harris in his Tony Award-winning production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch last night and I am here to tell you that the show is absolutely THE Broadway show that you have to see. NPH is at his best when he’s performing live and Hedwig is 100 minutes of Neil being Neil … much to the extreme glee of every single person in the audience. It was very plain to see why NPH was awarded the Tony this year because he truly delivers a tour de force performance. I loved. More »

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Theater Review: ‘Heathers: The Musical’

The TV Guide

Adriana and I made our way to NYC, NY very early yesterday morning and managed to arrive early enough in the day that we were able to settle into our hotel and rest up a bit before we each hit the town. Aide met up with some friends for dinner and I made my way to the New World Stages to see the off Broadway show Heathers: The Musical. As you may recall, I blogged back in March about the debut of Heathers on the musical stage but at the time, I wasn’t sure when I would be in NYC to see the show for myself. When Adriana and I decided to come to NY, I knew that Heathers would be one of the shows that I had to see. I am so happy to report that I loved the show and had the best time seeing it last night. More »

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Watch: This Is What A ‘Do The Right Thing’ Broadway Musical Would Sound Like

Is this really happening?
'Get Some Mother**** Black People On The Wall!"

Spike Lee is working on bringing his classic 1989 film Do The Right Thing to Broadway, and I’m pretty excited. But—don’t worry—it will not be adapted into a musical! In a recent interview he did say that they are trying to make it happen (I heard that he’s supposed to be teaming up with the folks who worked with him on Mike Tyson‘s Broadway show), and then jokingly gave us a sample of what Do The Right Thing the Musical would sound like. Peep the video for more!

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No, No, No ‘Joseph’

The TV Guide

My friend Adriana and I have been talking about seeing a couple of musical shows here in LA in recent weeks and we decided that we needed to see the new touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Our interest didn’t really lie in the fact that the show stars American Idol losers and real-life husband and wife Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo. Our interest lied solely in the fact that we just LOVE the show. Aide and I are so bad at planning that we sometimes miss things … and we almost missed seeing Joseph, too. The show ends its run today so we figured, let’s see the show ASAP … so at 11AM we decided to see the 2pm matinee performance yesterday. We had a lot of fun together but … this production of Joseph left MUCH to be desired. More »

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Andrew Rannells Will Replace Neil Patrick Harris In ‘Hedwig And The Angry Inch’

Rannells becomes Hedwig on August 20

Now that Neil Patrick Harris has won a Tony Award for his lead performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, his work in the show is basically done. NPH was originally scheduled to star in Hedwig until August but there was talk that he might extend the gig if he won the Tony. Today we learn that plans for him to extend aren’t happening after all because Tony Award nominee Andrew Rannells (who you may know from The Book of Mormon on Broadway and Girls on HBO) will take over the role of Hedwig in August. More »

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