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Are All Men Dogs? — VIDEO

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Rumer Willis, Skylar Astin, Tyler Oakley, Lance Bass, Courtney Act, Brad Goreski, Darren Criss, and Robbie Rogers voice dogs in this commentary about cruising featuring Kyle Krieger and directed by Jake Wilson.

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First Look: Darren Criss as Broadway's 'Hedwig'

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Darren Criss has revealed the first photo of him as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway. He takes the role over from creator John Cameron Mitchell on April 29.

All five actors who have played the East German transgender rock star came together two weeks ago to celebrate Tony winner Lena Hall's last performance as Yitzak at New York City's Belasco Theatre.


Here are All 5 of Broadway's Hedwigs in One Epic Photo

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Last Saturday night, the four actors who have played Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway — creator John Cameron Mitchell, Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells and Michael C. Hall — and future Hedwig Darren Criss, came together to celebrate Tony winner Lena Hall's last performance as Yitzak at NYC's Belasco Theatre.

Said Rannells on Instagram, where this was posted: "I am very proud to be a part of this group. And so happy for Lena and her triumphant run."


The Gay Legacy of 'Glee'

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When Glee ends its six-season run tonight with a special two-hour finale, its legacy will certainly be mixed. The show debuted in 2009 and became an instant phenomenon -- spawning hit singles, sold-out concerts, a reality competition series and a 3-D film. In the beginning, the fresh-faced cast and the delightfully wicked Jane Lynch drew praise for bringing Ryan Murphy’s twisted vision to life. It was a rare achievement, and still one of the only successful TV musicals of all time.

But even the freshman season was far from flawless. Wildly uneven tone and quality plagued the series, while tribute episodes and guest appearances weighed down the already cumbersome (and at times nonsensical) narratives. Glee could be great, but as the run soldiered on -- ushering its protagonists through graduation, college and beyond -- the great moments were further and further between.

What has been consistent, however, is the show’s celebration of individuality and commitment to its queer characters. Say what you will about the artistic quality of the work, but its impact on mainstream television cannot be denied.

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Darren Criss, Chris Colfer and the Cast of 'Glee' Play a Raunchy Game of Cards Against Humanity with Ellen: VIDEO

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Glee stars Chris Colfer, Jenna Ushkowitz, Lea Michele, Chord Overstreet and Darren Criss stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week ahead of next Friday's Glee series finale to play a game of Cards Against Humanitywhich if you haven't played yet is basically just a raunchier version of Apples to Apples. 

The cast also sat down with Ellen to reminisce about the show's six years on air and discuss shooting an emotional scene in the last episode paying tribute to former Glee leading man Cory Monteith, who passed away from a drug overdose in July 2013.

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The Glee series finale airs March 20th at 8/7c on Fox.

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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.     

(Hamilton: Joan Marcus)


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