Tuesday, December 29, 2009

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Senate approves openly gay U.S. Marshal for Minnesota

ARTICLE FROM www.startribune.com


Minnesota’s next U.S. Marshal will be Minneapolis’ openly gay Assistant Police Chief Sharon Lubinski. Her confirmation by the U.S. Senate was announced Monday morning by Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar, who recommended her.

Lubinkski was formally nominated for the post in October by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in a flurry of pre-holiday legislative activity last week.

U.S. Marshals oversee federal courthouse security, protect witnesses, transport prisoners, and catch federal fugitives.

Already one of the nation's highest-ranked female law-enforcement officers, Lubinski now becomes the state's first female U.S. marshal and one of only two women in the nation currently serving in the post.

Lubinski has risen through the Minneapolis police ranks since joining the force in 1987. She was a finalist for the Minneapolis police chief job in 2004.

Varla Jean Merman

VARLA JEAN MERMAN IS OUR FAVORITE!!!!!!


Tyra Banks Ending Her Talk Show in 2010 --- from advocate.com


Tyra Banks will be ending her talk show in 2010 after a five year run to shift her focus to producing for film and television, Banks announced in an open letter to her fans on her website and in an interview with People Magazine.

Banks, who won the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation award in 2009 for Excellence in Media, says she will be focused on launching Bankable Studios, a N.Y.-based film production company currently reviewing possible projects.

"This will be the last season of The Tyra Show," Banks tells People. "I've been loving having fun, coming into your living rooms, bedrooms, hair salons for the past 5 years."

Banks will continue to work on America’s Next Top Model, which returns in February, and True Beauty.

"You empowered me, and in turn, when I finally had a platform and the power and a voice to get across the points and the messages that are important to me, I brought you along with me, because you embraced me," Banks said while addressing the crowd at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards.

According to industry insiders, Bankable Productions will focus on empowering women and minorities through media.


(THIS POST IS FROM WWW.ADVOCATE.COM)

MTC Announces Participants for “After Words: Time Stands Still”

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB

ANNOUNCES PARTICIPANTS FOR

“AFTER WORDS: TIME STANDS STILL”

POST-PERFORMANCE DISCUSSION PANELISTS TO INCLUDE

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR SEBASTIAN JUNGER,

INTERNATIONAL TRAUMA STUDIES DIRECTOR JACK SAUL, PHD,

AWARD-WINNING WAR PHOTOGRAPHER JAMES NACHTWEY,

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO’S BROOKE GLADSTONE,

PLAYWRIGHT DONALD MARGULIES AND DIRECTOR DANIEL SULLIVAN

Manhattan Theatre Club is pleased to announce guests and dates for the upcoming sessions of After Words, the popular discussion panels held after selected Saturday matinees at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The first two offerings of the season will focus on the New York premiere of TIME STANDS STILL by Donald Margulies, directed by Daniel Sullivan.

The Saturday, January 9 edition of After Words will feature Sebastian Junger, bestselling author of The Perfect Storm; Jack Saul, PhD, assistant professor at Columbia University and director of the International Trauma Studies Program; and TIME STANDS STILL director, Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan. The panel will be moderated by David Shookhoff, MTC’s Director of Education.

On Saturday, January 16, After Words will feature award-winning war photographer James Nachtwey and TIME STANDS STILL playwright Donald Margulies. The discussion will feature NPR’s Brooke Gladstone as guest moderator.

After Words is part of MTC’s continuing effort to deepen and enrich the play-going experience for its audiences. Held after selected Saturday matinees, these panels, featuring writers, cultural critics and journalists, provide provocative and illuminating insights into the political, cultural, and artistic contexts of the work MTC produces.

For more information on After Words, or to download a podcast of past After Words, please visit: www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

BIOGRAPHIES

BROOKE GLADSTONE is host and Managing Editor of NPR’s “On the Media.” Brooke started out in print journalism, writing on defense policy, strip-mining, broadcasting and cable TV. Her freelance pieces (on topics ranging from orgasmic Russian faith healers to the aesthetics of Pampers to NPR’s near fiscal crash) have appeared in the London Observer, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and The American Journalism Review among others. She also covered public broadcasting for Current.org, wrote and edited theater, film and music reviews for The Washington Weekly. In 1987, NPR’s Scott Simon asked her to fill in as senior editor for his still-new program, “Weekend Edition Saturday.” Eventually they gave her the job, and a couple years later, she became senior editor of the daily news magazine, “All Things Considered.” She was awarded a Knight Fellowship at Stanford in 1991 and a year later she was in Russia, reporting on the bloody insurgency of the Russian Parliament and other stories for NPR. In 1995, NPR created its brand new media beat and gave it to Brooke, who covered it for six years from NPR’s New York office in midtown Manhattan, until she was tapped by WNYC several subway stops downtown to help re-launch “On The Media.” The program was reborn in January of 2001. It has since tripled its audience and won quite a few awards by brazenly showing how the journalism sausage is made. Brooke has won several awards too, including an overseas press club award and a Peabody. Recently, the Milwaukee Press Club bestowed on her the Sacred Cat Award for lifetime achievement, but sadly, “On the Media’s” staff stubbornly refuses to perform any of the associated rituals.

SEBASTIAN JUNGER is the author of three New York Times bestselling books including The Perfect Storm which was turned in a major motion picture. As a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and as a contributor to ABC News, he has covered major international news stories in Kosovo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan. His work has also appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, and Men’s Journal. He has been awarded the National Magazine Award for reporting for his October 1999 Vanity Fair article, “The Forensics of War,” and an SAIS Novartis Prize for Journalism. He is also the recipient of a 2009 Alfred I. duPont Award. The documentary, Restrepro, which he co-directed with Tim Hetherington, is an official selection of the 2010 Sundance Film festival.

JAMES NACHTWEY’S career as a war photographer began in 1981 when he covered civil unrest in Northern Ireland. Since then he has photographed more than 25 armed conflicts as well as dozens of critical social issues. He has received the Robert Capa Gold Medal, World Press Award, Magazine Photographer of the Year, and I.C.P. Infinity Award multiple times. He has been named recipient of the TED Prize, the Heinz Foundation Award for Art and Humanities, the Common Wealth Award and the Dan David Prize. War Photographer, a documentary about his work, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2002. His photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, among others. Nachtwey has been a contract photographer with Time Magazine since 1984 and is a founding member of the photo agency VII.

JACK SAUL, Ph.D is an assistant professor of clinical population and family health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and director of the International Trauma Studies Program, a research and training institute. As a psychologist he has created a number of programs in New York City and abroad for populations that have endured war, torture and political violence and is known for his

innovative work integrating testimony, healing, media, and the performing arts. Dr. Saul consults to news organizations on staff welfare and provides therapeutic services for journalists and others returning from war and other humanitarian crises. He has a private practice in Manhattan.

INFORMATION ON TIME STANDS STILL

Manhattan Theatre Club’s New York premiere of TIME STANDS STILL by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies will start previews Tuesday, January 5 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The production, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan, will open Thursday, January 28.

The cast will feature acclaimed actor and playwright Eric Bogosian (Talk Radio, “Law & Order: CI”), Tony Award nominee Brian d’Arcy James (Shrek, Off-Broadway’s Next to Normal), Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Laura Linney (“John Adams,” Sight Unseen on Broadway), and Golden Globe Award nominee Alicia Silverstone (Clueless, “Miss Match”).

Sarah (Laura Linney) and James (Brian d’Arcy James), a photographer and a journalist, have been together for years and share a passion for documenting the realities of war. But when circumstances compel them to return home to New York and their circle of friends (Eric Bogosian and Alicia Silverstone), the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life. TIME STANDS STILL marks the fourth collaboration for Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies and Tony Award®-winning director Daniel Sullivan.

The creative team for TIME STANDS STILL includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Rita Ryack (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Darron L West (sound design), Peter Golub (original music), and Thomas Schall (fight direction).

Special thanks to the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting new American plays at Manhattan Theatre Club.

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR TIME STANDS STILL

* Single tickets to TIME STANDS STILL are available via www.Telecharge.com; by telephone at (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250 if outside the NY metro area; and at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office (261 West 47th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue).
* TIME STANDS STILL tickets range in price from $57.00-$97.00.

www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Hedda Lettuce hangs balls in the White House


I was reading the advocate.com and saw dear friend Hedda Lettuce in the headline and just had to see what she was up to...well...read below & you will see it is a bright holiday for her this year!

From www.advocate.com
A gay man has decorated the White House’s Blue Room Christmas tree with communists and a “legendary transvestite” named Hedda Lettuce, according to the conservative blog Big Government.

The blog post, which is headlined “EXCLUSIVE: Transvestities, Mao and Obama Decorate White House Tree,” takes to task gay designer Simon Doonan, creative director of Barneys, who oversaw the White House Christmas decorating this year.
It also includes close-ups of some of the Blue Room's Christmas bulbs, including one that features Mao Tse Tung, another with the president’s face near what appears to be Mount Rushmore, and a third featuring performer Hedda Lettuce.

But the bulbs weren’t part of Doonan’s gay agenda. As anyone who watched Oprah Winfrey’s Obama White House Christmas special knows, the White House sent bulbs out to schools and community centers across the country for decoupaging. And as Hedda explains on her blog, one of the lucky community centers was a gay senior center where she volunteers. So as anyone would expect, Hedda decorated one of them with her own pictures. She writes:

“I may never get equal rights, I may never be blond and pencil thin, I may never see Lady Gaga in concert at Madison Square Garden (I could not get a ticket) but one of my balls is hanging in the White House with my name for all to see.”

Julia Roberts & more set to Present at Golden Globes

Golden Globe winners Jennifer Aniston, Mickey Rourke and Julia Roberts have been set as presenters at "The 67th AnnuAl Golden Globe Awards" on Sunday, January 17. The show, hosted by Ricky Gervais, will be broadcast live coast to coast on NBC (5 to 8 pm PT, 8 to 11 pm ET) from The Beverly Hilton.

They join previously-announced Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio who will present the Cecil B. DeMille Award to Martin Scorsese.

"The 67th AnnuAl Golden Globe Awards" will be seen in more than 160 countries worldwide and is one of the few awards ceremonies that span both television and motion picture achievements.

The special will be produced by Dick Clark Productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Philip Berk is President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Orly Adelson, president of Dick Clark productions, and Barry Adelman will executive-produce the special. Chris Donovan is the director and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production.

173 live-action feature films (105 dramas and 68 comedies or musicals), 15 animated feature films, 133 television series (79 drama and 54 comedies), 33 mini-series or telefilms and a record 69 foreign language films were qualified for "The 67th Golden Globe Awards" consideration honoring 2009 achievements.

In addition, a record 103 songs were eligible for the Golden Globe for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture.

Nominations for "The 67th Golden Globe Awards" were announced at 5:00 a.m. PT on Tuesday, December 15.

For more information, visit www.goldenglobes.org.

The 67th AnnuAl Golden Globe nominees are:

1. BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
a. AVATAR
Lightstorm Entertainment; Twentieth Century Fox
b. THE HURT LOCKER
Voltage Pictures C/O 42West; Summit Entertainment
c. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
The Weinstein Company; The Weinstein Company
d. PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE
A Lee Daniels Entertainment / Smokewood Entertainment Group Production;
Lionsgate
e. UP IN THE AIR
Paramount Pictures; Paramount Pictures

2. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
a. Emily Blunt THE YOUNG VICTORIA
b. Sandra Bullock THE BLIND SIDE
c. Helen Mirren THE LAST STATION
d. Carey Mulligan AN EDUCATION
e. Gabourey Sidibe PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL
PUSH BY SAPPHIRE

3. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
a. Jeff Bridges CRAZY HEART
b. George Clooney UP IN THE AIR
c. Colin Firth A SINGLE MAN
d. Morgan Freeman INVICTUS
e. Tobey Maguire BROTHERS

4. BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
a. (500) DAYS OF SUMMER
Watermark Pictures; Fox Searchlight Pictures
b. THE HANGOVER
Warner Bros. Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures
c. IT’S COMPLICATED
Relativity Media, Scott Rudin Productions; Universal Pictures
d. JULIE & JULIA
Columbia Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing
e. NINE
The Weinstein Company; The Weinstein Company

5. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR
MUSICAL
a. Sandra Bullock THE PROPOSAL
b. Marion Cotillard NINE
c. Julia Roberts DUPLICITY
d. Meryl Streep IT’S COMPLICATED
e. Meryl Streep JULIE & JULIA

6. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY
OR MUSICAL
a. Matt Damon THE INFORMANT!
b. Daniel Day-Lewis NINE
c. Robert DowNEY JR. SHERLOCK HOLMES
d. JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT (500) DAYS OF SUMMER
e. Michael Stuhlbarg A SERIOUS MAN

7. BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
a. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS
Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation; Sony Pictures Releasing
b. CORALINE
Laika, Inc.; Focus Features
c. FANTASTIC MR. FOX
American Empirical Picture; Twentieth Century Fox
d. THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG
Walt Disney Pictures/Walt Disney Animation Studios; Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
e. UP
Walt Disney Pictures/PIXAR Animation Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion
Pictures

8. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
a. BAARIA (ITALY)
Medusa Film; Summit Entertainment
b. BROKEN EMBRACES (SPAIN)
El Deseo SA; Sony Pictures Classics
c. THE MAID (CHILE)
(LA NANA)
Forastero; Elephant Eye Films
d. A PROPHET (FRANCE)
Chic Films; Sony Pictures Classics
e. THE WHITE RIBBON (GERMANY)
(DAS WEISSE BAND – EINE DEUTSCHE KINDERGESCHICHTE)
Wega Films; Sony Pictures Classics

9. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A
MOTION PICTURE
a. PENÉLOPE CRUZ NINE
b. Vera Farmiga UP IN THE AIR
c. Anna Kendrick UP IN THE AIR
d. MO’NIQUE PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL
PUSH BY SAPPHIRE
e. Julianne Moore A SINGLE MAN

10. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A
MOTION PICTURE
a. Matt Damon INVICTUS
b. Woody Harrelson THE MESSENGER
c. Christopher Plummer THE LAST STATION
d. Stanley Tucci THE LOVELY BONES
e. CHRISTOPH WALTZ INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

11. BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
a. Kathryn Bigelow THE HURT LOCKER
b. James Cameron AVATAR
c. Clint Eastwood INVICTUS
d. Jason Reitman UP IN THE AIR
e. Quentin Tarantino INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

12. BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
a. NEILL BLOMKAMP, DISTRICT 9
TERRI TATCHELL
b. MARK BOAL THE HURT LOCKER
c. NANCY MEYERS IT'S COMPLICATED
d. Jason Reitman, UP IN THE AIR
SHELDON TURNER
e. Quentin Tarantino INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

13. BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
a. MICHAEL GIACCHINO UP
b. Marvin Hamlisch THE INFORMANT!
c. James HorneR AVATAR
d. ABEL KORZENIOWSKI A SINGLE MAN
e. KAREN O,
CARTER BURWELL WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

14. BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
a. “CINEMA ITALIANO” — NINE
Music & Lyrics by: Maury Yeston
b. “I WANT TO COME HOME” — EVERYBODY'S FINE
Music & Lyrics by: Paul McCartney
c. “I WILL SEE YOU” — AVATAR
Music by: James Horner, Simon Franglen
Lyrics by: James Horner, Simon Franglen, Kuk Harrell
d. “THE WEARY KIND (THEME FROM CRAZY HEART)” — CRAZY
HEART
Music & Lyrics by: Ryan Bingham, T Bone Burnett
e. “WINTER” — BROTHERS
Music by: U2
Lyrics by: Bono

15. BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
a. BIG LOVE (HBO)
Anima Sola and Playtone in association with HBO Entertainment
b. DEXTER (SHOWTIME)
Showtime Presents, John Goldwyn Productions, The Colleton Company, Clyde
Phillips Productions
c. HOUSE (FOX)
Universal Media Studios in association with Heel and Toe Films, Shore Z
Productions and Bad Hat Harry
d. MAD MEN (AMC)
AMC
e. TRUE BLOOD (HBO)
Your Face Goes Here Entertainment in association with HBO Entertainment

16. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES –
DRAMA
a. Glenn Close DAMAGES
b. January Jones MAD MEN
c. Julianna Margulies THE GOOD WIFE
d. Anna Paquin TRUE BLOOD
e. Kyra Sedgwick THE CLOSER

17. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
a. Simon Baker THE MENTALIST
b. Michael C. Hall DEXTER
c. Jon Hamm MAD MEN
d. Hugh Laurie HOUSE
e. Bill Paxton BIG LOVE

18. BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
a. 30 ROCK (NBC)
Universal Media Studios in association with Broadway Video and Little
Stranger Inc.
b. ENTOURAGE (HBO)
Leverage and Closest to the Hole Productions in association with HBO
Entertainment
c. GLEE (FOX)
Twentieth Century Fox Television
d. MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
Twentieth Century Fox Television
e. THE OFFICE (NBC)
Universal Media Studios, Deedle Dee Productions, Reveille LLC

19. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES –
COMEDY OR MUSICAL
a. Toni Collette UNITED STATES OF TARA
b. COURTENEY COX COUGAR TOWN
c. Edie Falco NURSE JACKIE
d. Tina Fey 30 ROCK
e. Lea Michele GLEE

20. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES –
COMEDY OR MUSICAL
a. Alec Baldwin 30 ROCK
b. Steve Carell THE OFFICE
c. David Duchovny CALIFORNICATION
d. Thomas Jane HUNG
e. Matthew Morrison GLEE

21. BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
a. GEORGIA O'KEEFFE (Lifetime Television)
Sony Pictures Television
b. GREY GARDENS (HBO)
Specialty Films and Locomotive in association with HBO Films
c. INTO THE STORM (HBO)
Scott Free and Rainmark Films Production in association with the BBC and HBO
Films
d. LITTLE DORRIT (PBS)
Masterpiece/BBC Co-production
e. TAKING CHANCE (HBO)
Motion Picture Corporation of America and Civil Dawn Pictures in association
with HBO Films

22. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION
PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
a. Joan Allen GEORGIA O'KEEFFE
b. Drew Barrymore GREY GARDENS
c. Jessica Lange GREY GARDENS
d. Anna Paquin THE COURAGEOUS HEART OF IRENA
SENDLER
e. Sigourney Weaver PRAYERS FOR BOBBY

23. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION
PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
a. Kevin Bacon TAKING CHANCE
b. Kenneth Branagh WALLANDER: ONE STEP BEHIND
c. CHIWETEL EJIOFOR ENDGAME
d. Brendan Gleeson INTO THE STORM
e. Jeremy Irons GEORGIA O'KEEFFE

24. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A
SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
a. Jane Adams HUNG
b. Rose Byrne DAMAGES
c. Jane Lynch GLEE
d. Janet McTeer INTO THE STORM
e. CHLOË SEVIGNY BIG LOVE

25. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES,
MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
a. Michael Emerson LOST
b. Neil Patrick Harris HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
c. William Hurt DAMAGES
d. John Lithgow DEXTER
e. Jeremy Piven ENTOURAGE


WINNERS BY MOTION PICTURE DISTRIBUTOR
AND TELEVISION NETWORK
MOTION PICTURE DISTRIBUTOR
The Weinstein Company 12
Warner Bros. Pictures 9
Paramount Pictures 7
Sony Pictures Classics 6
Lionsgate 5
Twentieth Century Fox 5
Fox Searchlight Pictures 4
Sony Pictures Releasing 4
Summit Entertainment 4
Universal Pictures 4
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 4
Focus Features 2
Relativity Media LLC 2
Apparition 1
Elephant Eye Films 1
Miramax Films 1
Oscilloscope Laboratories 1

TELEVISION NETWORK
HBO 17
FOX 6
SHOWTIME 6
NBC 5
CBS 4
Lifetime Television 4
ABC 3
AMC 3
FX NETWORKS 3
PBS 3
TNT 1

WINNERS BY MOTION PICTURE
AND TELEVISION SERIES OR PROGRAM
MOTION PICTURE
UP IN THE AIR 6
NINE 5
AVATAR 4
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS 4
THE HURT LOCKER 3
INVICTUS 3
IT’S COMPLICATED 3
PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE 3
A SINGLE MAN 3
(500) DAYS OF SUMMER 2
BROTHERS 2
CRAZY HEART 2
THE INFORMANT! 2
JULIE & JULIA 2
THE LAST STATION 2
UP 2
BAARIA 1
THE BLIND SIDE 1
BROKEN EMBRACES 1
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 1
CORALINE 1
DISTRICT 9 1
DUPLICITY 1
AN EDUCATION 1
EVERYBODY'S FINE 1
FANTASTIC MR. FOX 1
THE HANGOVER 1
THE LOVELY BONES 1
THE MAID 1
THE MESSENGER 1
THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG 1
A PROPHET 1
THE PROPOSAL 1
A SERIOUS MAN 1
SHERLOCK HOLMES 1
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE 1
THE WHITE RIBBON 1
THE YOUNG VICTORIA 1

WINNERS BY MOTION PICTURE
AND TELEVISION SERIES OR PROGRAM
TELEVISION SERIES OR PROGRAM
GLEE 4
30 ROCK 3
BIG LOVE 3
DAMAGES 3
DEXTER 3
GEORGIA O'KEEFFE 3
GREY GARDENS 3
INTO THE STORM 3
MAD MEN 3
ENTOURAGE 2
HOUSE 2
HUNG 2
THE OFFICE 2
TAKING CHANCE 2
TRUE BLOOD 2
CALIFORNICATION 1
THE CLOSER 1
COUGAR TOWN 1
THE COURAGEOUS HEART OF IRENA SENDLER 1
ENDGAME 1
THE GOOD WIFE 1
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER 1
LITTLE DORRIT 1
LOST 1
THE MENTALIST 1
MODERN FAMILY 1
NURSE JACKIE 1
PRAYERS FOR BOBBY 1
UNITED STATES OF TARA 1
WALLANDER: ONE STEP BEHIND 1


(article from www.broadwayworld.com)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

HOT TOPICS

HOT TOPICS

• Actress Brittney Murphy passes away at age 32 of heart failure

• Susan Boyle in the running to record new Bond song?

• John Waters to perform “A John Waters Christmas” at BB Kinds tonight

• NINE soundtrack arrives in stores today

• Beyonce, Fergie & Taylor Swift Among First Grammy Performers Announced
o To be held on Sunday January 31st in LA
 Broadcast LIVE on CBS
• Nurse Jackie to be Less Gay
o Showtime announces Edie Falco’s gay nurse sidekick on the show is not returning for season 2.
 Study executives believe the character story line has run its course

• Megan Mullally to return to Broadway in Terrance McNally show “Lips Together, Teeth Apart”
o Opening night is April 29th at Roundabout Theatre Companies American Airlines Theatre

• Martha Stewart Weddings features gay couple for the 1st time

• Joan Rivers returns to E! to critique Hollywood’s fashion choices in a special Fashion Police series

• Is singer Katy Perry trans-phobic…you decide, check out her twitter

• NYC Contributes $25 Million to Signature Theatre’s New $60 Million Complex


• Megan McCain is intrigued by Neal Patrick Harris according to her blog on The Daily Beast

• Former NYC Mayor Rudy is NOT running for senate

o Possible governor run

• Mexico City approves gay marriage

o As does Washington DC
 Mayor of DC signed bill in to order: now goes to Congress for approval
• How do we feel about congress having to approve laws of our nations capital instead of trusting judgment of their city council

Mayor Bloomberg Announces $60million partnership for new Signature Theatre Company Home in Theatre District

MAYOR BLOOMBERG, SPEAKER QUINN, SIGNATURE THEATRE COMPANY AND RELATED COMPANIES ANNOUNCE $60 MILLION PARTNERSHIP TO CREATE GEHRY-DESIGNED
PERFORMING ARTS CENTER IN THEATER DISTRICT

City Announces $25 Million Contribution to New Home for Signature Theatre within $800 Million,
1.2 Million-Square-Foot LEED-Silver Complex with More than 800 Housing Units and Hotel

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Signature Theatre Company Founding Artistic Director James Houghton and Related Companies Executive Vice President Bruce A. Beal Jr. today announced a $60 million partnership to create a new home for the theater company. The Frank Gehry-designed Signature Center will be part of Related Companies’ $800 million, 59-story, residential building and hotel on 42nd Street and 10th Avenue in the heart of the theater district. The building will provide more than 800 new housing units, including more than 160 that will be targeted to low-income families. The performing arts center will feature three intimate and distinct theatres, rehearsal studios, a café, bookstore and administrative offices and will allow Signature to more than double its audience, with anticipated attendance of more than 80,000. The LEED-Silver building will create 700 construction jobs and is expected to be completed in 2011, with the Signature Center expected to be completed in 2012. Joining Mayor Bloomberg at the announcement, which took place on the construction site of the new complex, were New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin and Signature Theatre Company Playwright-in-Residence in 2010-11 Tony Kushner, Executive Director Erika Mallin and artists-in-residence Bill Irwin, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Hallie Foote John Guare and Edward Albee.

“Signature Theatre Company is one of New York City’s most successful and fastest growing cultural groups and its spectacular new home will allow it to continue to expand,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “The $25 million commitment, combined with a $35 million private investment, will result in a new, world-class performance venue in the heart of the City’s theater district. The fact that Related Companies is moving forward with the major development project now is great news and will have a profound impact, not only on the cultural industry and the City’s skyline, but also on the local economy. There was a period when the future of the project was in question – as were its 700 construction jobs and hundreds of units of much-needed housing. But the construction unions, contractors, architects and engineers worked together to reduce costs and today it’s serving as a prime example that – despite the national economic downturn – large-scale projects are still happening.”

“The Council has a long standing commitment to the visual and performing arts of this City,” said Speaker Quinn. “We recognize that in order for the city’s theatres to thrive we need to invest in them. I am very happy the city was able to participate in this public private partnership. With the incredible new space that the Signature Theatre Company is acquiring, I look forward to not only the many exciting projects that are sure to come, but the jobs it is creating for our city particularly during this difficult time.”

“It is thrilling to watch our future home materialize in front of us, and we are honored to have Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Christine Quinn, our Board of Trustees and so many of Signature’s artists here to celebrate the progress we have made,” said Signature Theatre Company Founding Artistic Director James Houghton. “Since its founding, Signature Theatre Company has been making an extended commitment to a playwrights’ body of work, championing the playwright’s singular vision and involving the playwright in every aspect of the creative process. The Signature Center will be a home for many diverse writers to create work that engages even more artists and audiences. The collision and interaction of multiple distinct voices reveals the greater power of our collective stories. We are honored to have the extraordinary support of the City of New York and the Related Companies as we bring Signature’s artistic vision to life on an even larger scale.”

“The American playwriting community has never been more thriving with talent and interest and no theater serves our community better than Signature does,” said Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, who will be Signature’s Playwright-in-Residence in 2010-11. “It’s one of the very few essential institutions in the American theater.”

“Related has a long-standing commitment to supporting the arts from our partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center to Symphony Space and we are incredibly proud of the public-private partnership we have formed with the Signature Theatre Company, a great New York arts institution, to create a world-class theatre complex on 42nd Street in the heart of the theatre district,” said Related Companies Executive Vice President Bruce A. Beal Jr. “We are also grateful to our entire development team, contractors, architects, consultants and members of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York who are working hard to ensure that this large scale development project can continue to move forward in challenging economic times and as many other development projects remain stalled.”

“We are happy to be part of creating a new home in the New York City theatre district for the Signature Theatre Company,” said Architect Frank Gehry. “I believe in Jim Houghton’s mission of creating innovative theater and our goal was to design the spaces to support that mission. We’re all very excited about the direction we’ve taken and are looking forward to watching the first performance.”

“This new home for Signature will build on the company’s success, expands its commitment to public accessibility and serves both the local neighborhood and the city’s entire cultural community,” said Commissioner Levin. “By bringing together artists and audiences in a wonderful new space, Signature will enhance its contribution to the city’s identity, economy and quality of life.”

“I don’t expect in my lifetime to run into too many opportunities where I have the ability to participate in something that will be a lasting legacy for my community,” said Signature Theatre Trustee and Co-Chair of Capital Campaign Edward Norton. “I strongly believe that the Signature Center is one such opportunity where we can make a significant contribution to the future landscape of the arts in New York City.”

The City is contributing $25 million to the Signature Center. The theater company has raised $16 million for the project and plans to raise an additional $19 million. The Signature Center will feature three unique programs: the continuation of the Master Playwright Residency, which explores the works of playwrights with major bodies of work; the expansion of the Legacy Program, which celebrates the lifetime achievements of the artists who have previously worked at Signature and the introduction of a new Emerging Playwrights Residency, which will feature early and mid-career playwrights and guarantee them three full productions over the course of a four-year residency.

The entire 59-story complex will be built to LEED Silver standards. The building will incorporate smart design measures and premium efficiency systems that will save over $800,000 worth of energy each year, resulting in less of a draw on the City’s energy infrastructure and lower energy bills for each of its tenants and over 1,800 anticipated residents. The project also anticipates another $100,000 worth of electricity savings by using fluorescent lamps instead of incandescent bulbs for the building’s temporary lighting during construction. While Frank Gehry is designing the theater center, Arquitectonica and Ismael Leyva are designing the rest of the building.

Founded in 1991 by James Houghton, Signature is the first theatre company to devote an entire season to the work of a single playwright, providing audiences with re-examinations of past writings, as well as New York and world premieres. Since 2005, Signature has been committed to presenting its world-class programming at an affordable price: the Signature Ticket Initiative, with major support form Time Warner, offers subsidized $20 tickets to all performances. Signature’s initiative has become a model in breaking down price barriers to theatre, helping to attract younger and more diverse audiences.

Signature is currently running the critically acclaimed The Orphans’ Home Cycle by Horton Foote, a nine hour, three-part theatrical event and the company’s most ambitious programming to date (22 actors, multiple set locations). Signature will celebrate its 20th anniversary in the 2010-11 season by presenting a season of works by Pulitzer-Prize winner Tony Kushner, including the first New York revival of Angels in America. Signature, its productions and its resident writers have been recognized with a Pulitzer Prize, eleven Lucille Lortel Awards, fifteen Obie Awards, five Drama Desk Awards and nineteen AUDELCO Awards, among many other distinctions. The National Theatre Conference recognized the company as the 2003 Outstanding National Theatre of the Year.

Roundabout Theatre Presents Megan Mullally in Lips Together, Teeth Apart

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
Presents

Megan Mullally Patton Oswalt
in the Broadway premiere production of
LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART

By Terrence McNally
Directed by Joe Mantello

Performances begin April 9th, 2010
Official opening is April 29th, 2010
On Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce Terrence McNally’s comedy Lips Together, Teeth Apart will star Megan Mullally (Chloe Haddock) and Patton Oswalt (Sam Truman).

Directed by Joe Mantello, Lips Together, Teeth Apart will begin performances on April 9th, 2010 and open officially on April 29th, 2010 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement through June 20th, 2010.

Additional cast members will be announced shortly.

The design team includes John Lee Beatty (Sets), Tom Broecker (Costumes), Paul Gallo (Lights) and Darron West (Sound).

Lips Together, Teeth Apart takes place on the elegant deck of a beach house on Fire Island. A brother and sister and their respective spouses attempt to celebrate the Fourth of July with a gnawing uncertainty that makes their affluent habits and petty prejudices sizzle in the summer sun. In this unforgettable comedy, Terrence McNally does for the beach house what Chekhov did for the Russian country estate.

Terrence McNally and Joe Mantello most recently collaborated at Roundabout Theatre Company on the comedy The Ritz at Studio 54. Joe Mantello, who is an associate artist at Roundabout Theatre Company, received a Tony® Award for staging the 2004 Tony® winning production of Assassins. He also directed Noël Coward’s Design for Living and Rodgers & Hart’s Pal Joey.

TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets go on-sale January 2010 and are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street). Ticket prices range from $66.50 to $116.50.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Lips Together, Teeth Apart plays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM.

BIOGRAPHIES:
MEGAN MULLALLY (Chloe Haddock) is one of Hollywood’s most versatile talents – an actress and singer, she has appeared on Broadway, at concert halls, on the big screen, and on daytime, primetime, and cable television. She is best known for her two-time Emmy and four-time SAG Award-winning role as Karen Walker on the hit NBC Series “Will & Grace.” Up next, Megan can be seen on the 2nd season of the Starz hit cable series “Party Down” alongside Adam Scott, Ken Marino, and Lizzy Caplan, and as Chief on the new Adult Swim comedy, “Children’s Hospital,” an extension of the Rob Corrdry web series of the same name. She is also currently in development on Karen: The Musical, based on the character Megan made infamous on “Will & Grace.” Most recently Megan appeared on NBC’s “Park and Recreation,” on the big screen in 2009’s Fame based on the hit 1980 film, and in her critically acclaimed performance as Beverly Wilkins in the West Coast debut of The Receptionist at the Odyssey Theatre which wrapped in November 2009. Megan made her television debut alongside Elaine Stritch and Ellen Burstyn on “The Ellen Burstyn Show” in 1986. She appeared opposite Stanley Tucci as Walter Winchell’s wife in Paul Mazursky’s award-winning HBO bio-pic Winchell and opposite Juliet Stevenson in Lifetime’s “The Pact.” She has guest starred on the hit shows “30 Rock,” “The New Adventures Of Old Christine,” and “Boston Legal,” among others. This past year she starred on ABC’s “In The Motherhood” alongside Cheryl Hines and Rachael Harris. Megan also ventured into the daytime realm hosting her own daytime syndicated talk show, “The Megan Mullally Show” from 2006-2007. Megan made her Broadway debut in the 1994 revival of Grease alongside Rosie O’ Donnell. She then received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for her performance as Rosemary in the Broadway revival of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying opposite Matthew Broderick and starred in the hit Broadway musical, Young Frankenstein. Her other Los Angeles theater credits include The Berlin Circle at The Evidence Room Theater, for which she won the 2000 Backstage West Garland Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play and the L.A. Weekly Award for Best Leading Female Performance. She also appeared in Mayhem at The Evidence Room, as well as a variety of plays and musicals in both Chicago and Los Angeles. On the big screen, Megan starred in the film Everything Put Together directed by Marc Forster - an entry in the 2000 Sundance Film Festival’s main competition and also appeared in 1999’s Anywhere But Here. Other feature film credits include Stealing Harvard, Speaking Of Sex, and Rebound. Megan also is a talented singer, recording albums and performing around the country with her band Supreme Music Program. Next up, Megan and Supreme Music Program will make their international debut in the West End, performing at the Vaudeville Theater in London for eight performances in February 2010. Megan’s most recent concert appearances with her band include The Allen Room at The Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Seattle Symphony, Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, SUNY Buffalo Performing Arts and the Orange County Performing Arts Center. She also has appeared as a soloist at The Disney Concert Hall. She has made three CDs with Supreme Music Program entitled “The Sweetheart Break-In,” “Big As A Berry” and the recently recorded “Free Again!”. She can also be heard singing the solo barn burner song “You Took Advantage of Me” on the new FAME soundtrack.

PATTON OSWALT (Sam Truman) has released three hugely successful standup specials and two critically acclaimed comedy albums. His latest one-hour, Grammy nominated Comedy Central Special, “My Weakness is Strong,” aired the fall of 2009, and the subsequent “My Weakness is Strong” DVD/CD was released to tremendous success through Warner Brothers records. Patton made his dramatic debut in the acclaimed, Independent Spirit-nominated film Big Fan, in the lead role as “Paul Aufiero.” The directorial debut of writer Robert Siegel (The Wrestler), Big Fan catapulted Patton to the front ranks of every “Best Of” list of 2009. Also in 2009, Patton co-starred opposed Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh’s feature film The Informant. He has recently been seen in Observe and Report (opposite Seth Rogen) and is beloved by children the world over for lending his voice to “Remy, the rat,” in Pixar Animation’s smash, Oscar winning hit, Ratatouille. Patton has appeared in more than 20 films, including: Magnolia, Starsky and Hutch, Sex and Death 101, Zoolander, Balls of Fury and Reno 911!: Miami. Recurring roles include: Showtime’s hit series, “The United States of Tara” (Showtime), playing John Corbett’s best friend “Neil”; the new SyFy Battlestar Galactica-spinoff series “Caprica”; and Dollhouse. He appears on a host of other series, including: “The Sarah Silverman Program” and “Community.” Patton is a regular contributor to “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” “Real Time with Bill Maher” and Lewis Black’s “Root of All Evil.” Patton tours regularly and extensively, headlining both in the United States and UK. A regular at music festivals like Bumbershoot, Bonaroo and Coachella, he’s made the jump to theaters, as well as performing/reading at events by McSweeney’s and The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. He has a regular, bi-monthly show at the new Largo at the Coronet Theater in Los Angeles, and was also a regular fill-in host for Steve Jones on the nationally syndicated “Jonesey’s Jukebox” on Indie 103.1. On TV he played “Spence” on “The King of Queens” on CBS for nine seasons, and made guest appearances on: “Seinfeld,” “Reaper,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” and “Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show, Great Job!”

TERRENCE McNALLY (Playwright) has won four Tony Awards for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! (as well as the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play and the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Best Play) and Master Class and his musical books for Kiss of The Spider Woman and Ragtime. Recent Broadway credits include the revivals of his plays The Ritz (Roundabout Theatre Company) and Frankie And Johnny In The Clair De Lune and Deuce with Angela Lansbury and Marian Seldes and Chita Rivera: A Dancer's Life. His other plays include Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Drama Desk Award Best New Play), A Perfect Ganesh, It's Only A Play, Corpus Christi, Dedication or The Stuff Of Dreams, The Stendhal Syndrome and Some Men. Earlier stage works include Bad Habits (Obie Award Best Play), Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?, …And Things That Go Bump In The Night and Next. He also wrote the books for the musicals The Full Monty, The Rink, and A Man Of No Importance. The San Francisco Opera presented Dead Man Walking with McNally's libretto and music by Jake Heggie. McNally has written a number of TV scripts, including “Andre's Mother” for which he won an Emmy Award. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, a Lucille Lortel Award, and a citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has been a member of the Dramatists Guild since 1970 and is twice the recipient of the Hull-Warriner Award for Best Play. His most recent play, Unusual Acts Of Devotion, was seen last season at La Jolla Playhouse after opening the season at Philadelphia Theatre Company. In August, the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle presented the world premiere of his musical adaptation of Catch Me If You Can with a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. This season, the Kennedy Center will produce three of his plays under the title Terrence McNally’s Nights At The Opera: Master Class, The Lisbon Traviata and the world premiere of Golden Age. Other recent work includes his musical adaptation of The Visit with a score by Kander and Ebb at Arlington’s Signature Theatre.

JOE MANTELLO (Director). Directing credits include 9 to 5, Pal Joey, Blackbird, Three Days of Rain, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony nom), Laugh Whore, Assassins (Tony Award®), Wicked, Take Me Out (Tony Award®), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, A Man of No Importance, Design for Living, The Vagina Monologues, Another American: Asking and Telling, Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony nom.), Proposals, The Mineola Twins, Corpus Christi, Blue Window, God’s Heart, Snakebit, Three Hotels and Imagining Brad. Directed the film Love! Valour! Compassion! As an actor he appeared in Angels in America (Tony nom) and The Baltimore Waltz. Mr. Mantello is the recipient of Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence Derwent, Obie and Joe A. Callaway awards. He is a member of Naked Angels and an associate artist at the Roundabout.

Roundabout Theatre Company is one of the country’s leading not-for-profit theatres. The company contributes invaluably to New York's cultural life by staging the highest quality revivals of classic plays and musicals as well as new plays by established writers. Roundabout consistently partners great artists with great works to bring a fresh and exciting interpretation that makes each production relevant and important to today’s audiences.

Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at three permanent homes each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the Roundabout's mission. Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics. Roundabout's Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions. Together these three distinctive venues serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts; and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2009-2010 season includes Michael Stewart, Lee Adams and Charles Strouse’s Bye Bye Birdie, starring John Stamos, Gina Gershon, Bill Irwin & Nolan Gerard Funk, directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom; Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking, directed by Tony Taccone; Theresa Rebeck’s The Understudy, with Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Justin Kirk and Julie White, directed by Scott Ellis; Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days, directed by Marc Bruni; Noël Coward’s Present Laughter starring Victor Garber, directed by Nicholas Martin; Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sondheim on Sondheim starring Barbara Cook and Vanessa Williams, and Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, directed by Gordon Edelstein. Roundabout’s sold out production of The 39 Steps made its second Broadway transfer to the Helen Hayes Theatre on January 21, 2009.


www.roundabouttheatre.org

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Love Never Dies to World Premiere in London

“LOVE NEVER DIES” TO WORLD PREMIERE IN LONDON
AT THE ADELPHI THEATRE ON TUESDAY 9 MARCH 2010
AND NEW YORK ON THURSDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2010

RAMIN KARIMLOO AND SIERRA BOGGESS TO STAR AS ‘THE PHANTOM’ AND ‘CHRISTINE’ IN LONDON
FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED

‘THE PHANTOM’ CONTINUES TO HOLD THE WORLD IN THRALL AS HE RETURNS TO PROVE THAT “LOVE NEVER DIES”

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long awaited new show “LOVE NEVER DIES” will have its World Premiere in London at the Adelphi Theatre on Tuesday 9 March 2010, followed by New York on Thursday 11 November and Australia in 2011.

“LOVE NEVER DIES” continues the story of ‘The Phantom’, who has moved from his lair in the Paris Opera House to haunt the fairgrounds of Coney Island, far across the Atlantic. Set ten years after the mysterious disappearance of ‘The Phantom’ from Paris, this show is a rollercoaster ride of obsession and intrigue...in which music and memory can play cruel tricks...and ‘The Phantom’ sets out to prove that, indeed, “LOVE NEVER DIES”.

“The Phantom of the Opera”, based on the French novel by Gaston Leroux, has proved a huge success the world over and has been seen by over 100 million people, making it the single most successful entertainment entity in history. The show has been translated into 15 languages and has played in over 25 different countries, including China, Brazil, Poland and Korea. “The Phantom of the Opera” opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London on 9 October 1986 starring Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford and celebrated its 23rd London birthday on 9 October 2009. “The Phantom of the Opera” has won a staggering 50 awards worldwide, whilst global album sales currently stand at over 40 million copies.

Ramin Karimloo will create the role of ‘The Phantom’ in “LOVE NEVER DIES”, having already played the role to great acclaim in “The Phantom of the Opera” in London. Ramin’s other stage credits include starring as ‘Enjolras’ in “Les Misérables” in the West End, ‘Chris’ in the UK tour of “Miss Saigon” and ‘Artie Green’ in the UK tour of “Sunset Boulevard”. Ramin also played ‘Raoul’ in the West End production of “The Phantom of the Opera”, as well as the role of ‘Christine’s Father’ in Joel Schumacher’s film, making him the only actor to play all three of ‘Christine’s’ loves.

Sierra Boggess will create the role of ‘Christine’ in “LOVE NEVER DIES”. Sierra made her Broadway debut creating the lead role of ‘Ariel’ in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”, receiving both Drama League and Drama Desk Award nominations and a Broadway.com Audience Award for ‘Favourite Breakthrough Performance’. She also understudied the role of ‘Cosette’ in the U.S. national tour of “Les Misérables”. In 2007 Sierra was handpicked by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Hal Prince to originate the role of ‘Christine’ in the brand new production of “Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular”. “LOVE NEVER DIES” marks Sierra’s West End debut.

Joseph Millson will play ‘Raoul’. He has worked extensively in theatre, film and television, including many roles at both the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was nominated as ‘Best Actor 2001’ at the Royal Television Society Awards, and as ‘Most Promising Actor 1999’ and ‘Best Actor 2000’ at the National Television Awards for his starring role as ‘Sam Morgan’ in five series of “Peak Practice”.

Liz Robertson will play ‘Madame Giry’. Liz Robertson has starred in many West End and regional musicals, including “The King and I”, “The Sound of Music”, “I Love My Wife”, “The Mitford Girls” and “Song and Dance”. She starred as ‘Eliza Doolittle’ in “My Fair Lady” at the Adelphi Theatre for which she earned rave reviews and The Variety Club’s ‘Most Promising Actress’ Award, as well as an ‘Olivier’ nomination for ‘Best Actress in a Musical’.

Summer Strallen will play ‘Meg Giry’. She, also, has starred in many West End musicals, including “Scrooge”, “Cats”, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “Guys and Dolls”, “The Boyfriend” (for which she was nominated for the 2007 ‘Olivier’ Award for ‘Best Supporting Role in a Musical’) and “The Drowsy Chaperone” (for which she was nominated for the 2008 ‘Olivier’ Award for ‘Best Actress in a Musical’). She recently starred as ‘Maria’ in the London Palladium production of “The Sound of Music”, having won the role whilst playing ‘Summer Shaw’ in “Hollyoaks” on television.

‘Fleck’, ‘Squelch’ and ‘Gangle’ will be played respectively by Niamh Perry, Adam Pearce and Jami Reid-Quarrell. Niamh has recently starred as ‘Sophie’ in “MAMMA MIA!” at the Prince of Wales Theatre and was one of the twelve finalists in “I’d Do Anything” on BBC 1, in which she came fifth. Adam spent four years with the National Youth Music Theatre and has subsequently played in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat” and “Evita”, both at the Adelphi Theatre in London. Jami has worked with the English National Opera, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Royal Opera House and the Royal Shakespeare Company, and was in the recent West End production of “Equus” and played the lead in “Depeche Mode” for television.

The cast will also include Derek Andrews, Dean Chisnall, Helen Dixon, Lucie Downer, Paul Farrell, Charlene Ford, Chris Gage, Lucy van Gasse, Celia Graham, Simon Ray Harvey, Jack Horner, Erin Anna Jameson, Pip Jordan, Jessica Kirton, Louise Madison, Janet Mooney, Colette Morrow, Tam Mutu, Ashley Nottingham, Tom Oakley, Mark Skipper, Jonathan Stewart, Tim Walton and Annette Yeo.

Lyricist Glenn Slater was nominated for the 2008 Tony and Grammy Awards for Disney’s theatrical production of “The Little Mermaid”. He is lyricist on the current London production of “Sister Act”. Bob Crowley, set and costume designer, recently worked on “Phèdre” with Helen Mirren at the National Theatre. His many award-winning productions include “The History Boys”, “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”, Disney’s “Aida”, “Mary Poppins” and “The Year of Magical Thinking”. Choreographer Jerry Mitchell recently made his directorial debut with “Legally Blonde”, both on Broadway and in the West End, and choreographed the award-winning musical productions of “La Cage aux Folles”, “Hairspray”, “The Full Monty” and “Catch Me If You Can”, which recently opened in Seattle. Director Jack O’Brien directed the award-winning London production of “Hairspray” and won Tony awards for the Broadway productions of Tom Stoppard’s “The Coast of Utopia”, “Hairspray” and the 2004 production of “Henry IV”. His other productions include Stoppard’s “The Invention of Love”, “The Full Monty”, “Hapgood”, “Damn Yankees”, “The Little Foxes”, “Catch Me If You Can”, and operas including “Street Scene” at New York City Opera and “Il Triticco” at the Metropolitan Opera.

The World Premiere of “LOVE NEVER DIES” will take place in London on 9 March 2010 at the Adelphi Theatre. Previews begin on 20 February. The show will subsequently open in New York on 11 November 2010 and then in Australia in 2011.

March 2010 sees the Polydor/Universal release of the album of “LOVE NEVER DIES”, the long awaited follow up to “The Phantom Of The Opera” (the eighth best-selling album of ALL TIME, unprecedented for a musical theatre album). The album release will coincide with the opening of the show in London’s West End and will be available in both deluxe and standard versions.

Performances in London at the Adelphi Theatre will be Mondays - Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets, priced from £25.00 – £67.50 (to include 75p theatre restoration levy and inclusive of booking fees), are available from the Adelphi Theatre Box Office on 0844 412 4651 or online from www.loveneverdies.com.

An online hub www.loveneverdies.com has been created, providing fans with regular production updates and blogs as well as being able to follow the show’s progress on Twitter and Facebook. By seeing the matinee of “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre on a Tuesday or Saturday afternoon and “LOVE NEVER DIES” at the Adelphi on a Tuesday or Saturday evening, new and diehard fans can follow the whole ‘Phantom’ story in a single day.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Very MARY Holiday

A Very MARY Holiday

Benefiting Broadway Speaks OUT & The Ali Forney Center


WHEN: November 30, 2009 8pm-10pm

VIP After Party 10pm-11pm

WHERE: Dixon Place 161 Chrystie Street NYC

TICKET INFO: $25 Mezzanine Seating

$50 Orchestra Seating (includes passes to VIP after party



www.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/7492015



Hosted by

Martin Gould Cummings



Featuring Broadway Stars

Tituss Burgess

Kate Pazakis

Frankie James Grande

Anthony Hollock

Jeffery Self & Cole Escola of Logo Tv’s Jeffery & Cole Casserole
(more to be announced)


The Ali Forney Center and Broadway Speaks OUT are teaming up for ‘A Very MARY Holiday’ to benefit their organizations LGBT causes.

AFC is dedicated to promoting awareness of the plight of homeless LGBT youth in the United States with the goal of generating responses on local and national levels from government funders, foundations, and the LGBT community.

Broadway Speaks OUT! is an online talk show that provides viewers with an inside look at Broadway, current events, and the LGBT community.

Broadway Speaks OUT! is also a concert series that brings innovative and exciting music and theatre in support of the LGBT rights movement. Each concert features a variety of Broadway performers who use their talents to fight for equality. Every concert benefits an LGBT charity and/or organization.


For further information please contact either Marti Gould Cummings at contact.broadwayspeaksOUT@gmail.com 302-383-7662 or Wil Fisher at wfisher@aliforneycenter.org

Friday, August 7, 2009

http://www.blogtv.com/People/BroadwaySpeaksOUT

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Monday, August 3, 2009

HAIR's Lauren Elder joins Broadway Speaks OUT Concert 8/24


The popular Broadway Speaks OUT concert series is moving to a new home on August 24th. The concerts are now FREE and at the popular midtown nightclub, Vlada Lounge.
Starting August 24th at 11:00pm join host Martin Gould Cummings and piano master Rob Baumgartner as they jam out for equal rights with Lauren Elder of the Tony Award winning revival of HAIR.

Lauren Elder recently made her Broadway debut in the musical Hair. A musical theater vixen since the age of 3, Lauren has performed roles such as Audrey, in Little Shop of Horrors, Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, Rizzo in Grease , and Medea in Medea in Disneyland. A lover of jazz and all things old, Lauren has performed in New York's premiere jazz clubs including Birdland and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Lauren hopes that you understand that marriage is a civil right that should be granted to all, and that you recycle, because we only have one Earth.

Broadway Speaks OUT! is an online talk show hosted by Martin Gould Cummings. This informative program provides viewers with an inside look at Broadway, current events, and the LGBT community. Broadway Speaks OUT! is also a concert series that brings innovative and exciting music and theatre in support of the LGBT rights movement. Each concert features a variety of Broadway performers who use their talents to fight for equality. Every concert benefits an LGBT charity and/or organization.

Vlada Lounge, Located in Hell's Kitchen Right near the theater District at 331 W. 51st Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues) 212–974–8030.

For more information visit www.broadwayspeaksOUT.com
Martin Gould Cummings

Friday, July 31, 2009

The Red Rose Girls the Musical

I am so honored to have had the opportunity to sit down with Jeff Blumenkrantz and Brian Dorsey this week. We chatted about their upcoming musical The Red Rose Girls.
The show is aiming for the 2011-2012 Broadway season.




Friday, June 12, 2009

MIRANDA SINGS

Perez Hilton is a JOKE

Perez Hilton, printed photos of Oscar winner, and gay rights activist, Dustin Lance Black, having sex. This completely undermines Perez trying to speak out for the LGBT movement.
The fact that he thinks it is okay to print photos of someone nude and performing sexual acts is disturbing and degrading.
How would he feel if someone printed that about him.
I find it to be an injustice to the gay rights movement to say he is a leader for our community.
He is no leader of mine...stop the cruelty of Perez Hilton.
Dustin, you are a role model and an inspiration and I am sorry that this private moment in your life has been made public by this disgrace to the LGBT world.




DISGRACE

Monday, June 8, 2009

TONY AWARDS!!!


















The Tony Awards were AMAZING!!!
1st off...seeing everyone wearing white ribbons for marriage equality ROCKED...I was so happy to be giving them to the stars before the show :)
after conducting some of the most fun interviews ever on the red carpet, I went up to the Rainbow Room at 30Rock to watch the show!
While in the press room I sat with the fabulous Ryan O'Conner. He is such a sweetheart and I can not wait to make a video with him!!!

Then being in the same room as Angela Lasbury, LIZA, and Jerry Herman was just...WOW!

Seeing my beautiful partner and love, Anthony, singing and dancing on stage with his cast of HAIR was the icing on the cake. I am so proud of him!!!
After the show his parents and I hoped in a car and headed to Tavern on the Green.
WOW...Anthony and I did the press line then chatted it up with John Stamos and Neil Patrick Harris!!!
WHAT A NIGHT!!!

Congratulations to ANTHONY, HAIR, & ALL THE WINNERS & NOMINEES OF THE 2009 TONY AWARDS!!!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

2009 Tony Awards Cocktail Reception








I had the honor of attending this years Tony Awards Eve Cocktail Reception held the night before the big show!
The interviews were so much fun to conduct at this event due to everyone's high energy and excitement for the big day!
My good friend, Roger, came with me to help capture the stars on film and photographs! So check it out and enjoy the 2009 TONY AWARDS!!!

PHOTOS ARE OF:
Neil Patrick Harris
Jane Fonda
Phyllis Newman
David Bologna
Christopher Sieber & John Tartaglia

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

KRXQ 98.5 FM Radio Host Spew Advocate violence towards LGBT people

KRXQ 98.5 FM Sacramento's Rob, Arnie, & Dawn in the Morning held a segment where they encouraged beating transgendered children.
the radio talk show host went on to say they would beat and verbally abuse their sons if they caught them in womens clothing.
these radio host spewed hate and bigotry by telling their audience to beat and humiliate transgendered people.
please please contact them from the information below and let them know this is bigotry hate and not acceptable!
These HOMOPHOBIC folks need to be taken off the radio!

John Geary
Vice President & General Manager
KRXQ-FM
(916) 339-4209
jgeary@entercom.com

Arnie States
On Air Personality
KRXQ-FM
(916) 334-7777
rad@robarnieanddawn.com

Rob Williams
On Air Personality
KRXQ-FM
(916) 334-7777
rwilliams@entercom.com

When contacting KRXQ , please ensure that your emails and phone calls are civil and respectful and do not engage in the kind of name-calling or abusive behavior that we are expressing our concerns about.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

TONYS PACK A PUNCH WITH PERFORMANCE FILLED TELECAST

New York, NY (June 1, 2009) – Additional performances for the 63rd Annual Tony Awards® Telecast were announced today. Dolly Parton along with the cast of 9 to 5: The Musical; Elton John with the cast of Billy Elliot, The Musical; Liza Minnelli; Stockard Channing; and the band Poison along with the cast of Rock of Ages, will be taking the stage, joining previously announced performances by this year’s Tony-nominated Best Musicals and Best Musical Revivals, including: Billy Elliot, The Musical; Guys and Dolls; HAIR; Next to Normal; Pal Joey; Rock of Ages; Shrek the Musical; and West Side Story.

Celebrating Broadway across America – this year’s Tony Telecast will also feature some of Broadway’s favorites who are currently touring cities across the United States – Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde The Musical and Mamma Mia! Becky Gulsvig, who is on tour as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, The Musical, will perform a number from the hit show. The Jersey Boys performance will feature five current actors who are currently playing the role of Frankie Valli, in various performances – Joseph Leo Bwarie, representing the Toronto company; Rick Faugno, representing the Las Vegas company, Courter Simmons, representing the national tour and Dominic Scaglione, Jr. representing the Chicago company, will perform a number together from the show. Michelle Dawson, Kittra Wynn Commer and Robin Tyler, currently on stage, as the Three Dynamos at the Pioneer Center in Reno, Nevada will perform a number from Mamma Mia!

Presenters for the 63rd Annual Tony Awards include, Lucie Arnaz, Kate Burton, Kristin Chenoweth, Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, Edie Falco, Will Ferrell, Carrie Fisher, Jane Fonda, Hallie Foote, James Gandolfini, Lauren Graham, Colin Hanks, Marcia Gay Harden, Nicole Kidman, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Lange, Frank Langella, Angela Lansbury, Samantha Mathis, Audra McDonald, Lin-Manuel Miranda, David Hyde Pierce, Piper Perabo, Oliver Platt, Susan Sarandon, Kevin Spacey, John Stamos and Chandra Wilson.

Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, The Tony Awards will be broadcast live in HD, from Radio City Music Hall on CBS, Sunday, June 7th, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT time delay). The 2009 Tony Awards are presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. To view the live Tony Awards pre-telecast, featuring the Creative Arts Awards, please log onto www.TonyAwards.com at 7:00 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, June 7th. For the first time ever, fans in the New York area are invited to watch the Tony Awards simulcast in Times Square. Live from Radio City Music Hall, the Tony Awards will be simulcast on the Clearchannel Spectacolor HD Screen, from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. and will feature the pre-telecast Creative Arts Awards and the Tony Awards broadcast. Seating will be provided in Duffy Square.

Saycon Sengbloh





every Monday at Splash Bar NYC there is a little thing called Musical Mondays. This is where they play show tunes all night long then have a broadway diva grace the stage to belt it out.
well last night my dear friend Saycon Sengbloh was the diva to belt her face her! This girl is so talented it makes my sides hurt!
She has been in EVERYTHING on Broadway. Her credits include, WICKED,RENT,THE COLOR PURPLE,AIDA, & now the hit revival HAIR.
she is also an incredible recording artist. Just pick up a copy of her album, Southern Pinup and you will see that!
I am so proud of her and so happy to have seen her sing last night at Slash.
Great job SAYCON!


Monday, June 1, 2009

Twitter

finally gave in...http://twitter.com/BwaySpeaksOUT

Saturday, May 30, 2009

2009 Tony Awards

it is quickly approaching.
i can not even believe the TONY AWARDS are next week!!!
a dream come true! i have always wanted to go to this event...it is the oscars of broadway. the highest honor in theatre.
to be able to cover this event and speak to the nominees is overwhelming and thrilling and scary and amazing all at the same time.
oy...here we go!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

NewNowNext Awards 2009

Prop 8 Rally in Union Square










I was hoping to be in Union Square today celebrating the repeal of Proposition 8. Instead I was marching in protest of the California Supreme Courts decision to uphold proposition 8.
Yes 18,000 LGBT couples will be able to keep their marriages but what about the others who are yet to wed?
How can we live in the land of the free when civil rights are being denied to people?
I was deeply touched and overwhelmed but the out cry in Union Square today.
Thousands of people turned out for this protest.
It was bitter-sweet.
The LGBT community has united as the new civil rights movement in America.