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Corbin Bleu To Host 2017 Looking Ahead Awards

The Actors Fund announced today that stage and screen star Corbin Bleu will host the 2017 Looking Ahead Awards on Tuesday, December 5 at Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.

Tickets are now on sale at www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards.

The Looking Ahead Awards gala celebrates leaders in the current and former young performer community who inspire the world by living the Looking Ahead Program’s core values of growth, education, leadership and community service. Five awards will be presented including the Elizabeth Taylor Award for Social Awareness to the youth cast of NBC’s hit series “This Is Us.” The award is presented annually to the youth cast of a current TV show that is raising awareness about important societal issues though their roles. Additional honorees will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Looking Ahead Program was created in 2003 in partnership with SAG-aftra to work with youth between the ages of 9 and 18, helping them develop the values,
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‘Torch Song’ Theater Review: Harvey Fierstein Passes It to Michael Urie

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‘Torch Song’ Theater Review: Harvey Fierstein Passes It to Michael Urie
It turned out to be a downright risible night at the Tony Awards. On June 5, 1983, “Torch Song Trilogy” beat out “Plenty” and “‘night, Mother” for best play of that Broadway season. Granted, the David Hare and Marsha Norman plays have not been blessed with stellar revivals to enhance their reputations since then, but at least no one ever felt the need to cut huge chunks from either work or change the title. A revival of Harvey Fierstein’s “Torch Song” opened Thursday at Off Broadway’s Second Stage; it’s 45 minutes shorter than the original, and is performed with only.
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‘Younger’ Star Michael Urie on Making His Drag Debut in 'Torch Song' and Staying True to Himself (Exclusive)

“We need to be heroes again,” Michael Urie tells Et before a full weekend of performances at Second Stage Theatre, where the Younger star is leading the first major New York revival of Torch Song Trilogy, Harvey Fierstein’s seminal play about gay life and identity in 1970s and early ’80s New York. “We had a president who was a hero for us,” Urie says, recalling the past eight years with Barack Obama. “Now we have to be the heroes again and stand up for who we are.”

That conviction is at the heart of Torch Song, which will open off-Broadway Oct. 19 and continue through Dec. 3. As the actor notes, the original production “actually changed people’s lives” when it premiered, first in three parts downtown and then on Broadway in 1982, when Urie was just 2 years old. (It has been revised and condensed to a more conventional length -- and renamed Torch Song -- for the new revival
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Harvey Fierstein Sets the Record Straight (For Once): ‘I Ain’t Weinstein’

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Harvey Fierstein Sets the Record Straight (For Once): ‘I Ain’t Weinstein’
Iconic gay playwright, actor, and producer Harvey Fierstein would like to get one thing straight (for the first time in his life): He is not Harvey Weinstein. Despite having the same first name and very similar last names, the raspy-voiced comedian is none too happy about being mistaken for the Hollywood heavyweight, especially following a slew of allegations about Weinstein’s decades long history of sexual assault.

Fierstein has been tweeting up some hilarious missives in his attempt to right the ship. “Harvey Weinstein is rumored to be in trouble & I am somehow getting flak as well! I get it. All Harveys look alike,” he wrote. “Guys, we’re mad at Harvey Weinstein, not Harvey Fierstein!” A few days later, he added: “Thanks to Weinstein’s horrible behavior I’ve been dubbed #theGoodHarvey on the internet. I appreciate the distinction [but can’t] I be #TheFabHarvey?”

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Theater’s Most Anticipated, Star-Studded Shows of the Fall Season

Theater’s Most Anticipated, Star-Studded Shows of the Fall Season
In addition to fall TV and a new slate of prestigious films, theater is gearing up for a new season, both on and Off-Broadway.

This year, there is no shortage of Hollywood star power -- ahem, the Broadway debuts of Amy Schumer and Uma Thurman, the return of Anna Camp and Clive Owen, and the Boss -- as well as anticipated new productions, must-see revivals and the redemption of director Julie Taymor. And the action is not limited to New York as two major musical adaptions get their feet wet with out of town tryouts.

2017 Fall Preview: Et's Complete Coverage

Frozen

Through 10/1

Denver Center for the Performing Arts (Colorado)

Disney’s global animated phenomenon is headed to the Broadway stage with a new musical from composers and lyricists RobertLopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and book writer Jennifer Lee in February 2018 after a limited engagement in Denver. The Snow Queen-inspired fairy tale and its Norwegian kingdom of Arendelle
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Now Casting: Seize Roles in a Production of Disney’s ‘Newsies’ + 3 More Gigs

Don’t be afraid, don’t delay, and chase the opportunities in today’s casting roundup! A Fireside Theatre production of Alan Menken, Jack Feldman, and Harvey Fierstein’s “Newsies” is currently seeking younger actors for principal roles. There are also roles available on Broadway as dancers and ensemble members in “Kinky Boots,” background roles on Netflix’s upcoming dark comedy series “Ronald,” and a product lifestyle photo/video shoot. Disney’S “Newsies” The Fireside Theatre in Wisconsin is currently casting principal roles for its upcoming production of Disney’s “Newsies.” Male and female talent, aged 17–22, are sought to play several lead and supporting roles, including the lead role of Jack. There are also two roles available for male and female talent, aged 40–69, as Joseph Pulitzer and Medda, “a vaudeville star of the Bowery variety.” There is an open casting call on Sept. 25 in NYC. Rehearsals begin Feb. 5, 2018, and the show runs Feb.
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First Trailer for Animated 'Animal Crackers' About Reviving a Circus

"They say a circus is a lot like a family, but every family needs that special something that holds it all together." Blue Dream Studios (not related to Blue Sky Studios) has released the first official trailer for an animated comedy called Animal Crackers, about a down-on-his-luck guy who tries to revive a circus. The catch - he finds a magical box of animal crackers that allows him to transform into any of the animals in his box. He thinks this might save the circus, until he discovers he has to go up against his long lost evil uncle - Horatio P. Huntington. The extensive voice cast in Animal Crackers includes John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Danny DeVito, Ian McKellen, Raven-Symoné, Sylvester Stallone, Patrick Warburton, Tara Strong, Lydia Rose Taylor, Wallace Shawn, Gilbert Gottfried, Harvey Fierstein, and Kevin Grevioux. This looks fun, even though it seems seriously derivative in many ways,
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Now Casting: Play Shrek or Fiona in ‘Shrek the Musical’ + 3 More Gigs

It’s a big, bright, beautiful world, thanks to today’s casting roundup! A California production of “Shrek the Musical” is currently casting all principal roles, including Shrek and Fiona. There are also roles available in the national nonunion tour of “Kinky Boots,” a horror film set in the Everglades, and a clothing commercial! “Shrek The Musical”Join an upcoming production of “Shrek the Musical” in Fontana, CA. Male and female talent aged 18–70 are needed to fill all lead roles, as well as supporting and ensemble. Actors should be excellent singers with great comedic timing. There is an open casting call on Aug. 22 in Fontana. Rehearsals will begin Sept. 11 and the show runs Oct. 20–Nov. 12 at the Center Stage Theater Fontana. Pay is a $500 minimum stipend, with additional fees added for certain roles. Apply here! “Kinky Boots” Nat’L Nonunion TOURThe national non-equity tour of Cyndi Lauper/Harvey Fierstein’s
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‘Newsies’ is Casting Principals, Ensemble for West Coast Premiere

The world will know, indeed! Disney’s “Newsies,” which bowed on Broadway in 2012 and two Tony Awards along the way, is casting multi-talents for principal and ensemble roles to “carry the banner” in its West Coast premiere! Children’s Musical Theater San Jose will present the tuner, based on the 1992 film of the same name. The team will hold by-appointment auditions for nonunion performers Aug. 1 and 8 in San Jose, California, where the show will run Dec. 1–10. A male actor aged 16–30 is sought for the spry leading role of Jack, while a female actor aged 16–35 is needed to play the female lead, Katherine. Additionally, casting is underway for male performers ages 16–35 who are highly skilled dancers to round out the team of Newsies, and male and female performers ages 18–70 are sought for ensemble tracks, as well. Finally, a male and female actor are needed for the supporting roles of Davey and Medda,
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Now Casting: Seize the Day With Roles in ‘Newsies’ + 3 More Gigs

Don’t be afraid and don’t delay applying for the great opportunities in today’s casting roundup! The Disney musical “Newsies” is currently casting all roles for its West Coast premiere. There are also roles available in an educational tour of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet,” a web show about space, and a romantic comedy starring Rebel Wilson! “Newsies”Casting is underway for the West Coast premiere of the Alan Menken/Jack Feldman/Harvey Fierstein musical “Newsies.” Highly skilled male actors/dancers aged 16–35 is sought to play the Newsies. There are several additional roles available for male and female talent aged 16–70, including the lead roles of Jack and Katherine, Davey, and ensemble members. Auditions are by appointment Aug. 1 and 8 in San Jose, CA. Rehearsals begin Nov. 1–30, and performances run Dec. 1–10, in San Jose. A stipend will be provided. Apply here! “Romeo & Juliet”The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival adaptation of the
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From Silent Film Icon and His Women to Nazi Era's Frightening 'Common Folk': Lgbt Pride Movie Series (Final)

From Silent Film Icon and His Women to Nazi Era's Frightening 'Common Folk': Lgbt Pride Movie Series (Final)
(See previous post: “Gay Pride Movie Series Comes to a Close: From Heterosexual Angst to Indonesian Coup.”) Ken Russell's Valentino (1977) is notable for starring ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev as silent era icon Rudolph Valentino, whose sexual orientation, despite countless gay rumors, seems to have been, according to the available evidence, heterosexual. (Valentino's supposed affair with fellow “Latin LoverRamon Novarro has no basis in reality.) The female cast is also impressive: Veteran Leslie Caron (Lili, Gigi) as stage and screen star Alla Nazimova, ex-The Mamas & the Papas singer Michelle Phillips as Valentino wife and Nazimova protégée Natacha Rambova, Felicity Kendal as screenwriter/producer June Mathis (The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse), and Carol Kane – lately of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fame. Bob Fosse's Cabaret (1972) is notable as one of the greatest musicals ever made. As a 1930s Cabaret presenter – and the Spirit of Germany – Joel Grey was the year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner. Liza Minnelli
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Dysfunctional Heterosexual Couples and Oscar-Winning Cross-Gender Performance: TCM's Gay Pride Comes to an End

Dysfunctional Heterosexual Couples and Oscar-Winning Cross-Gender Performance: TCM's Gay Pride Comes to an End
Turner Classic Movies' 2017 Gay Pride film series comes to a close this evening and tomorrow morning, Thursday–Friday, June 29–30, with the presentation of seven movies, hosted by TV interviewer Dave Karger and author William J. Mann, whose books include Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines and Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969. Among tonight's movies' Lgbt connections: Edward Albee, Tony Richardson, Evelyn Waugh, Tab Hunter, John Gielgud, Roddy McDowall, Linda Hunt, Harvey Fierstein, Rudolf Nureyev, Christopher Isherwood, Joel Grey, and Tommy Kirk. Update: Coincidentally, TCM's final 2017 Gay Pride celebration turned out to be held the evening before a couple of international events – and one non-event – demonstrated that despite noticeable progress in the last three decades, gay rights, even in the so-called “West,” still have a long way to go. In Texas, the state's – all-Republican – Supreme Court decided that married gays should be treated as separate and unequal. In
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‘Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical!’ Carries the Banner Again – Returning to Cinemas Nationwide on August 5th and 9th

Fathom Events’ Highest Grossing Broadway Musical Event Stars Members of Original Cast, Including Tony Award-Nominee Jeremy Jordan

Due to an immensely successful and record-breaking cinematic debut, “Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical!” returns to movie theaters nationwide for a two-day encore presentation. Captured live at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre early last year, the event features Jeremy Jordan, who currently stars in the television series “Supergirl,” reprising the role he created as “Jack Kelly.”

Fathom Events partners with Disney Theatrical Productions to bring this spectacular stage show back to the big screen on Saturday, August 5 at 12:55 p.m. and Wednesday, August 9 at 7:00 p.m. (all local times), including special behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and creators.

Tickets for “Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical!” can be purchased at www.FathomEvents.com or participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to
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Annecy Film Review: ‘Animal Crackers’

Annecy Film Review: ‘Animal Crackers’
When Ringling Bros. announced its plans to retire the Greatest Show on Earth after 146 years, animal-rights activists rejoiced, relieved that dancing bears and trained elephants would suffer no more. But “Animal Crackers” has a much better solution, albeit one that demands a dash of magic: In this delightfully inventive, frequently hilarious animated feature, a box of enchanted cookies allows big-top couple Buffalo Bob and Talia to shape-shift into a full menagerie of circus animals. All it takes is a bite of the right cookie, and presto, they become the critter in question!

In addition to boasting a downright clever idea, “Animal Crackers” is uniquely suited to the medium of animation, considering that live action (even heavily CG-embellished live action) simply wouldn’t support all those dramatic transformations — from two-ounce hamster to 600-pound brown bear, for example — and the wonderfully anthropomorphic behavior each of those species requires. The fact that this Spanish-produced,
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Costumes Mean Power in ‘The Crown,’ ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ and ‘Feud’

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Costumes Mean Power in ‘The Crown,’ ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ and ‘Feud’
When a show is steeped in politics and culture, costumes are the swiftest path to communicating what’s at stake. In “The Crown,” the wardrobe of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) expresses her rite of passage inside and outside the palace; in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” red dresses symbolize menstrual blood and political rage; in “American Gods,” costumes express the battle between the Old and New Gods; in “Feud,” wardrobes underscore the bitter rivalry between Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon); and in “Hairspray Live!,” the flamboyant costumes help unite Baltimore during the civil rights movement of the ’60s.

The Crown

The wedding and coronation dresses offered distinct challenges for costume designer Michele Clapton (three-time Emmy winner for “Game of Thrones”). Authenticity, particularly the iconic silhouette, was important for the wedding dress, as was a comfortable fit for Foy as Elizabeth. “We altered it around the arms
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Jennifer Hudson on Why ‘Hairspray Live!’ Was the Scariest Thing She’s Ever Done in Her Career (Exclusive Video)

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Jennifer Hudson on Why ‘Hairspray Live!’ Was the Scariest Thing She’s Ever Done in Her Career (Exclusive Video)
Jennifer Hudson has appeared on the big screen and performed live on a Broadway stage and on “American Idol” — but none of that compared to her experience doing NBC’s musical event, “Hairspray Live!” “With a live production on television, it didn’t dawn on me until I literally was getting ready to step out on stage, and I’m like, ‘Oh, my God, this is the most exciting thing I’ve ever done in my career — and the scariest,'” the Oscar winner for “Dreamgirls” told TheWrap. Hudson starred as Motormouth Maybelle in the production alongside Kristin Chenoweth, Ariana Grande,
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Now Casting: ‘Kinky Boots’ Tour + 3 More Acting Gigs

Put one foot onward and forward! “Kinky Boots” is looking for a few good men to lace up the red heels for its national tour. Also in today's casting roundup, there are roles available in an immersive play, a web series, and a film about unrequited love. “Kinky Boots”“Kinky Boots,” the Tony-winning musical by Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein, is looking for dancers for its non-equity national tour. A male actor ages 30–55 with “a killer voice with power blues and gospel chops” is needed to fill the lead role of Lola. There are also swing and ensemble roles available for two male actors aged 20–39. Tumbling, acrobatics, and tricks are a plus. All talent must be able to move well and dance in very high heels. There is an open casting call on June 27 in NYC. Rehearsals begin August 22, with a tour runs Sept. 18 through May 13, 2018. Pay is $450 per week minimum,
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NBC's Live Bye Bye Birdie Musical Postponed Until 2018 — Find Out Why

NBC's Live Bye Bye Birdie Musical Postponed Until 2018 — Find Out Why
NBC is saying farewell to Bye Bye Birdie — for the time being, at least.

The Peacock network announced on Thursday that its live, Jennifer Lopez-fronted production of the classic musical — which was slated to bow in December — has been pushed to 2018. Lopez’s busy schedule is apparently the culprit; the multi-hyphenate is already juggling her just-renewed drama Shades of Blue and her new summer reality show World of Dance (both on NBC), not to mention her Las Vegas residency.

RelatedRent: Live Set as Fox’s Latest Musical

In Bye Bye Birdie, Lopez is set to play Rosie, the role
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NBC Pushes ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ Live Musical to 2018

NBC Pushes ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ Live Musical to 2018
NBC has delayed its plan produce “Bye Bye Birdie” toplined by Jennifer Lopez as live musical until next year.

The tuner had been set to air as NBC’s holiday musical event this year. The decision to push it a year was driven by Lopez’s overflowing schedule, which includes two series for NBC, “World of Dance” and the drama “Shades of Blue.”

The postponement of “Birdie” means NBC will not stage a musical event this holiday season. Earlier this month, NBC unveiled plans for a “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” event to air on Easter Sunday next year. That project will be shepherded by Craig Zedon and Neil Meron, the pair behind all of NBC’s live musical events to date. Given the high cost of the one-night-only live events, it was unlikely that NBC could field “Superstar” just a few months after staging “Birdie,” had the show stayed on its original date, and
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‘Crash’ Co-Writer Hired to Pen Script on History of Irish Criminals in New York City

‘Crash’ Co-Writer Hired to Pen Script on History of Irish Criminals in New York City
CuffLink Productions has hired Bobby Moresco, who co-wrote Paul Haggis’s 2004 Oscar winner “Crash,” to pen a script based on the history of Irish criminal dominance in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen. The story revolves around the rise and fall of the “Westies Gang” and the end of a century of violence on New York’s west side.

Ed Cuffe and Tierney Boorboor, of CuffLink Productions, will serve as producers. Michael Reuten and Joseph Isgro (“Hoffa”) are executive producers and Michael Mandaville of the “Taken” franchise is line producer.

Moresco, who grew up in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, brings a unique understanding of the neighborhood’s history and the families that comprised this tight knit, and often violent, community.

“This is a story I’ve wanted to tell for a very long time and I’m thrilled that now is that time,” says Moresco.

Adds Cuffe,
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