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Theatre News: Darren Criss Does ‘Hedwig,’ Bruce Willis, Clive Owen and ‘Hamilton’ Coming To Broadway

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> As reported earlier, producers have announced that Glee star Darren Criss will take over as Broadway’s next Hedwig on April 29, after the musical’s creator and original star, John Cameron Mitchell, ends his run in the acclaimed revival at the Booth Theatre. Criss was previously seen on Broadway in 2012 in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Tony winner Lena Hall will also step aside make way for Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot, Passing Strange) to take over the role of Yitzhak. Jones will begin performances on April 14.

Hamilton> The Public Theater’s Off-Broadway production of Hamilton, the new acclaimed musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of In the Heights) will transfer to Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre this summer, producers Jeffrey Seller and the Public Theater announced last week. Inspired by Ron Chernow’s book Alexander Hamilton, and with book, music and lyrics by Miranda, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and direction by Thomas Kail, the show will begin previews on July 13 for an opening night of August 6.

Clive owen> Roundabout Theatre Company announced that Clive Owen will make his Broadway debut in Harold Pinter’s Old Times, the opening production of the company’s 50th anniversary season this fall. Directed by Douglas Hodge, the dark, comedic drama will begin previews on September 17 for an opening night of October 15 at a theatre yet to be determined.

> Bruce Willis and Elizabeth Marvel are set to star in Misery, a new play based on the novel by Stephen King coming to Broadway this fall. Written for the stage by William Goldman (Oscar-winning writer of The Princess Bride and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), the drama about a novelist held captive by his biggest fan will be produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Castle Rock Entertainment and Raymond Wu. Directed by Will Frears, the production will mark Willis’ Broadway debut. Dates and theatre location have yet to be announced.

Marylouiseparker> Manhattan Theatre Club announced that Mary-Louise Parker will star in the company’s Off-Broadway production of Heisenberg, a new play by Simon Stephens, author of the current acclaimed Broadway hit The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Stephens’ play, about two strangers’ chance encounter at a crowded London train station, will begin previews on May 19 and open on June 3 at New York City Center Stage II under the direction of Mark Brokaw.     

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Darren Criss Will Return To Broadway In 'Hedwig And The Angry Inch'

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Earlier today we reported that John Cameron Mitchell has extended his run as Hedwig on Broadway through April. Now comes news that Darren Criss will don the East German's golden locks as he makes his return to Broadway in the Tony-award winning musical, taking over for Mitchell after he wraps his return to the stage in the role he created. Variety reports:

“Glee” star Criss looks poised to help sustain business at “Hedwig” with a fan base that turned out in droves for his last stint on the Main Stem. In 2012 he appeared in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” for a three-week run that kept the revival’s weekly sales well above the million dollar mark in a post-holiday time period that usually slows sales at shows across the board.

Neil Patrick Harris launched the Broadway revival of “Hedwig” with a Tony-winning turn that was followed by Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall and Mitchell. Hall has temporarily returned to the show for a weeklong run while Mitchell recovers from a knee injury he sustained during a recent performance.

Criss stars in “Hedwig” for a 12-week run that starts April 29 and stretches into the summertime months, when New York City tourism keeps Broadway sales robust. Mitchell, back in the show Feb. 24, exits “Hedwig” April 26.

We can now begin counting down to when we will see promotional stills of Criss in Hedwig's glittery make-up. 

Will you be flocking to see Criss in Hedwig?


Evan Rachel Wood and Darren Criss Star in Gender-Swapped Parody of 'Big' - VIDEO

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Turns out Tom Hanks' 1989 classic film Big conveniently left out some of the moral and legal quandaries of pursuing a relationship with a magical child. 

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What To Watch This Week on TV: MacLaine Guests On 'Glee;' 'Drag Race' Hilarity - VIDEO

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Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— That's Jason Sudeikis underneath that wig (with the chest hair poking out) on this Thursday's season finale of Portlandia, 10 p.m. Eastern on IFC. Out musician k.d. lang also shows up for the feminist getaway, hosted by Toni (Carrie Brownstein) and Candace (Fred Armisen), proprietors of Women and Women First bookstore.

More picks and clips, including one of the most hilarious Drag Race mini-challenges in herstory, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Conservative Media Pundit Brent Bozell: TV and Film Has Too Much Gay 'Propaganda'

EWIn a column published online, Brent Bozell (pictured below), president of the conservative Media Research Center, blasted Hollywood for including too many gay characters in television and film and criticized the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for throwing a "tantrum" whenever media doesn't feature LGBT characters.

Said Bozell:

These cultural trend-enforcers went after the movies this summer, complaining that out of the 101 film releases by the major studios in the 2012 calendar year, "only 14 films contained characters identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual. There were no films containing transgender characters."

America weeps.

BozellThe silver-screen people need to catch up, they lectured: "But if the major Hollywood studios want a real barometer of how much has changed in our society and how much catching up they have to do, they need only look at what's become one of the greatest threats to their viability: television."

In the 2012-13 TV season, GLAAD found a record number of LGBT characters - 4.4 percent, or at least double their actual percentage of the population. Fox was honored for having these characters in 42 percent of their programming hours - although that wasn't enough for "Excellent" status, merely "Good."

Bozell goes on to say that GLAAD is even trying to ram these gay characters down kids' throats:

They want children indoctrinated as well. GLAAD is also not shy when it comes to Teen Nick, Cartoon Network and the Disney Channel. Apparently, children also desperately need the propaganda of gay characters in 42 percent of programming hours. They're extremely happy with the liberalism of "ABC Family" and have relayed that Disney Channel executives promised GLAAD they will "introduce LGBT characters in an episode of its original series 'Good Luck Charlie' set to air in 2014, a first for the network." The first of many, they expect. 

In the past, Bozell has written at length about what he sees as Hollywood's push to normalize the gay 'identity' among America's youth. Back in 2011, Bozell slammed an Entertainment Weekly cover featuring Glee stars Chris Colfer and Darren Criss (pictured above), calling the photo "gay teen propaganda."

The folks over at Equality Matters have also been documenting the MRC's anti-gay crusade, including their disappointment at the lack of 'ex-gays' in the media and their belief that news networks are going too easy on gay bullying victims.

Pretty sick. 

(credit via Equality Matters)


All the Performances from Last Night's Emotional 'Glee' Tribute to Cory Monteith: VIDEO

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Not surprisingly, viewers tuned in in huge numbers to watch Glee's tribute episode to Cory Monteith, titled "The Quarterback", and the show posted its best ratings since September 2012.

The emotional episode features the entire cast performing "Seasons of Love" from Rent.  Monteith's real-life girlfriend Lea Michele broke into tears during “Make You Feel My Love.” Naya Rivera sang “If I Die Young” and Amber Riley performed “I’ll Stand By You." Mark Salling performed "No Surrender", and Chord Overstreet and Kevin McHale sang James Taylor's "Fire and Rain".

Just about everything in the show was filmed in one take, according to creator Ryan Murphy.

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