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Theatre News: Audra McDonald and Brandy on Broadway, Jesse Tyler Ferguson in the Park, ‘Cabaret’ on Tour

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> Brandy Norwood (otherwise known as Brandy) will make her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in the long-running production of Chicago, producers Barry and Fran Weissler announced this week. The revival, which opened on Broadway in 1996, has welcomed many stars in its nearly 20-year run, including most recently Jennifer Nettles in the role of Roxie. Brandy will begin performances on April 28 and continue through June 21.

Audra> Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will return to Broadway in spring 2016 in Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, a backstage musical about the making of the 1921 musical Shuffle Along, producer Scott Rudin announced. To be directed by George C. Wolfe (Angels in America) and choreographed by famed dancer Savion Glover, the show will mark the first collaboration between the two artists since Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk in 1996. Shuffle Along, a controversial all-black musical that launched the career of Josephine Baker, was created by Flournoy Miller and Aubrey Lyles, with music and lyrics by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle.

Jesse> Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater will join Sam Waterston in this summer’s free Shakespeare in the Park season, the Public Theater revealed last week. Ferguson joins previously announced Waterston in director Michael Greif’s production of The Tempest, which will run from May 27 to July 25, while Rabe and Linklater will play opposite each other in director Daniel Sullivan’s production of Cymbeline, which plays from July 23 to August 23, both at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park.

> Roundabout Theatre Company announced the launch of a national tour of its acclaimed production of Cabaret, beginning performances in Providence, R.I., in January 2016. Directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, the revival was originally produced by the Roundabout in 1998 and returned to Studio 54 last season starring Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams. Emma Stone and Sienna Miller have also stepped in to play the role of Sally Bowles in the Broadway run. Casting for the tour has not yet been announced. 


Are Cam and Mitch Getting a Divorce on 'Modern Family'? - VIDEO

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, and the rest of the Modern Family cast took part in a PaleyFest panel in Los Angeles on Saturday to dish on the behind-the-scenes of the hit ABC show, now in its sixth season. 

During a discussion on the impact of Cam and Mitch's wedding last year, actress Julie Bowen, who plays Claire Dunphy, jokingly let slip a potential storyline for the next season involving television's leading gay married couple:

ClaireWe have a very exciting opening to season 7. Cam and Mitch want to get a divorce and they find that gay divorce is not legal and have to spend the entire season fighting for the rights of gays to divorce. It's an emotional ending... 

Hear the whole scoop and find out which wacky singer has been "cast" as the divorce lawyer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson Defends Modern Family's Mitch and Cam After Actor Calls Them the 'Gay Equivalent of Blackface'

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson has come to the defense of Mitch and Cam after a fellow gay actor criticized the two Modern Family characters, claiming they were the "gay equivalent of blackface."

Tuc Watkins, best known for his roles on Desperate Housewives and One Life to Live, shared his displeasure with the on-screen couple in a Facebook post on Thursday:

WatkinsHmm. I think “Modern Family” is clever, hilarious, even terrifically subtle at times. But, for the most part, I have a hard time laughing at the gay guys. In fact, I kinda cringe. It feels a little bit like the gay equivalent of “blackface.” It doesn’t feel “modern” at all.

Sure, people come in all shapes, sizes, etc. So why are we fed such 80s stereotypes every week?

Here's JTF's response:

Sorry you feel that way Tuc. I know lots of guys who are just like Cam and lots of guys who are just like Mitch. We can't be expected to represent every gay person. We can only represent these two people. Also, Mitch is basically a version of me..so I never know how to take it when people say that he is stereotypical. And in defense of Cam, I still can't figure out how a clown & football coach who also happens to be gay is a stereotype.When all is said and done, it's a family sitcom. I feel our writers do a fantastic job of servicing 11 characters each week in just 22 minutes. I am incredibly proud to play Mitch and I have a lot of pride in our show. As a closeted kid of the 80's I would have loved to have had a show like Modern Family to watch with my parents. It would have meant a lot to me to see who I secretly was reflected on television. TV has come a long way and it continues to forge new ground. I am thrilled with the work that you did on Desperate Housewives. It opened the door for shows like ours and hopefully we can hold that door open for many more shows to follow us. At the end of the day we can't please everyone..and we shouldn't try to. Kinda just like life, right? Take care. Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Thoughts?


Jesse Tyler Ferguson Just Wants To 'Shake It Off' - VIDEO

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Out Modern Family star and marriage equality advocate Jesse Tyler Ferguson took part in the Trevor Project's TrevorLIVE event in LA and decided that Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" was an appropriate anthem to perform at the event, reminding audience members that even though there are haters in the world that are gonna hate, hate, hate, sometimes you just got to shake it off. Because after all, instead of getting down and out about the liars and the dirty, dirty cheats of the world, you could have been getting down to a sick beat.

Modern Family's Sarah Hyland, who is close with Swift, shared Ferguson's performance on Instagram which quickly gained the seal of approval from Swift herself. 

Watch the performance, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Meredith Vieira Play 'Slime the Mime' - VIDEO

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson stopped by Meredith Vieira's show yesterday to take part in the "Slime the Mime" challenge to see who could best guess a set of clues acted out by a mime. Per the rules, the loser of the competition would then get "slimed" with a bucket of green goop.

For the sit-down portion of the segment, Ferguson shared how his marriage to Justin Mikita has impacted his life while Meredith surprised him with a sexy gift.

See who gets slimed and watch the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet Crashed a Frat House, Took Selfies: VIDEO

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet paid a visit to Stonestreet's alma mater Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas and decided after their talk with students on campus to check out Stonestreet's old frat house.

Their timing couldn't have been more awkward. Turns out there had just been a party at the frat house and the Modern Family actors walked in on the aftermath, which included frat bros getting intimate with their ladies.

Ferguson tells Conan what happened when Mitch and Cam walked into the bedroom, AFTER THE JUMP...

Ferguson also talks about throwing out the first pitch at a Dodger's game recently ("gayest opening pitch") and making People magazine's "Best Dressed List".

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