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Theatre News: Mitchell Extends in 'Hedwig,' 'Falsettos' and 'Allegiance' Coming to Broadway

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> John Cameron Mitchell has extended his stint as the star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Belasco Theatre through April 26. However, due to a knee injury he sustained during a performance on February 7, the actor, who co-created the musical with Stephen Trask and originated the title role Off Broadway, is taking a weeklong hiatus from the show to recover. Michael C. Hall, who played Hedwig earlier in the production’s run, will return to the role from February 17 through 21, after which Mitchell is expected to return. 

George_takei_0> George Takei will star in the forthcoming Broadway production of Allegiance, a musical about Japanese Americans during World War II inspired by the actor’s own experiences in internment camps. With music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and book by Marc Acito, the musical first premiered in 2012 at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego under the direction of Stafford Arima. The show is scheduled to begin previews on Broadway in October 2015 with an opening night set for November 8. Arima returns to direct, further casting and the theatre have yet to be announced. 

> A revival of the 1992 musical Falsettos, with music and lyrics by William Finn (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and book by Mr. Finn and James Lapine (Into the Woods) is aiming for Broadway in the spring of 2016, producer Jordan Roth announced last week. A combination of two one-act musicals by Finn originally produced Off Broadway, the show tells the story of a man who leaves his family to be with another man. Lapine will return to direct, as he did the original production, which was nominated for seven Tony Awards and won for Best Book and Best Original Score.

(Mitchell: Joan Marcus)


Massive Hudson River Park Backed by Barry Diller and Diane Von Furstenburg Wins Unanimous Approval

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Pier55, the massive public NYC Hudson River park backed by Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenburg to the tune of $113 million has won unanimous approval from the Hudson River Park Trust on Wednesday, DNA Info reports:

Pier55 will feature 2.7 acres of new floating public park space rising from the river near West 14th Street. The pier is expected to open in the spring of 2019, said Madelyn Wils, president of the Trust...

...Diller is contributing $113 million to Pier55's construction, and will fund the park's maintenance for 20 years.

The park will be erected at the end of 14th near the Meatpacking District. More, including details on all the community board concerns and contentiousness, at DNA Info...

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NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio to Boycott St. Patrick's Day Parade Over Gay Group Exclusion: VIDEO

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (right) is likely to boycott the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade again this year because of the lack of LGBT groups taking part, reports Irish Central.

Bill_de_Blasio_InaugurationIt has also been confirmed that a majority of City Council members, including Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, will not take part. The council boycotted last year’s event and withdrew its banner in protest.

Council member Daniel Dromm said:

“I won’t march until an Irish gay group can march. And there will be no council banner in this year’s parade – of course there won’t.”

Dromm added that the decision to allow non-Irish LGBT group OUT@NBCUniversal to take part in this year’s parade came about purely for corporate reasons.

Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer joined Dromm in highlighting the parade’s non-inclusive stance:

“Once again I will not march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade. This parade is still not fully inclusive of the thousands of New Yorkers who have been turned away for decades from representing their heritage.

"Until all New Yorkers are able to represent themselves freely and march as proud members of our city’s vibrant Irish and Irish American LGBT community I will continue to boycott this parade.”

De Blasio will march in the St. Pat’s for All parade in Queens on Sunday, March 1st.  Brendan Fay, a co-founder of the alternative parade, welcomed the decision to allow OUT@NBCUniversal to take part in the main parade but agreed with Dromm that it “is looking increasingly like a trick to maintain the parade’s corporate sponsors and ensure that NBC continues to broadcast the parade.”

Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny will not be taking part in this year's New York parade.

Following a boycott by several of NYC's prominent gay bars, last year Guinness announced that it had dropped sponsorship of the parade.

Watch a report on LGBT protests at the 2014 parade, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Long Island To Have First Openly Gay GOP Legislative Candidate

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Suffolk County will have an open seat in the county legislature when Second District seat holder Jay Schneiderman of the Independent Party is termed out at the end of the year after 12 years in the position. Likely candidate in the running for the seat is Amos Goodman of Springs (pictured above), a 31-year-old financial consultant who will be running on the Republican ticket.

Goodman is also openly gay, a facet of his personality that he makes no effort to hide, but says,

It’s probably the least interesting thing I am. It’s not a secret, but it’s one of 20 things I am. I’m not embarrassed about it. It’s not something I have to hide, but it’s not something I have to telegraph at every turn.

Perhaps more interesting is that Goodman is a member of both the National Rifle Association and the Human Rights Campaign.

The chairs of both South Fork Republican committees say that Goodman should be the choice in November, and Goodman has received support from party leadership at all levels. Goodman will be the first openly gay Republican to run for Long Island legislature. The Democrats have not yet revealed their choice for candidacy to oppose Goodman this fall.


George Takei’s World War II Internment Camp Musical ‘Allegiance’ Is Headed To Broadway: VIDEO

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Actor George Takei is finally bringing his musical, Allegiance, to Broadway reports ABC News. The musical is a multigenerational tale about a Japanese-American war veteran who reflects on his family’s time spent in a Wyoming Internment camp. Takei’s starring role in the musical means this will be the first Asian-led cast in a Broadway musical in more than a decade since Flower Drum Song and David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish. 

Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 11.30.42 AMAllegiance features music and lyrics from Jay Kuo, blending Big Band sounds with traditional Japanese folk melodies and brassy Broadway numbers - and a book by Lorenzo Thione, Marc Acito and Kuo. Stafford Arima, who directed Carrie and Altar Boyz off-Broadway, is directing the musical. The show originally premiered in 2012 at the Old Globe in San Diego starring Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung - only Takei signed on for the Broadway run.

The show is heavily based on Takei’s and Arima’s internment experiences when Takei and his family were removed from their Los Angeles home in 1942 and forced to live in an internment camp for several years, and Arima’s father was imprisoned in an internment camp in Canada. Takei says the project is an ode to his parents and to shed light on a dark time in America’s history.

Said Takei:

"I'm always shocked by the number of people I consider to be well informed who, when I tell them about my childhood and growing up behind barbed-wire fences, they are aghast and shocked. They'd never heard of it.

"I owe so much to my parents, and, in many ways, this production is my tribute to them. It's a kind of lifetime of gratitude coming to fruition…At the heart of "Allegiance" is the importance of family."

The show’s previews begin on Oct. 6 and the show opens Nov. 8 on Broadway at a yet-to-be-announced Shubert theater. You can watch a highlight video of moments from Allegiance’s run at the Old Globe featuring Takei, AFTER THE JUMP

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Theatre News: Anne Hathaway Off-Broadway, Jim Parsons to Play God, and Bradley Cooper in London

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> Anne Hathaway and director Julie Taymor are teaming up Off-Broadway at the Public Theater this spring for Grounded, a new play by George Brant. The solo show, which was previously produced in New York by Page 73 Productions and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival prior to that, is about a pregnant fighter pilot assigned to operate a remote-controlled drone from her suburban home. Previews begin April 7 for an official opening on April 23.

Jim-parsons> Jim Parsons will star as the title character in An Act of God, a new comedy arriving on Broadway this spring at Studio 54, producer Jeffrey Finn announced last week. David Javerbaum, a former head writer and executive producer on The Daily Show With John Stewart, penned the 90-minute satire based on his own 2011 book The Last Testament: A Memoir by God. Directed by Joe Mantello, the show will begin previews May 5 and open on May 28.

> The Heart of Robin Hood, a play by David Farr that was headed for the Marquis Theatre on Broadway next month, will extend its run in Toronto and postpone its arrival in New York, producer David Mirvish revealed last week. Billed as an imaginative and acrobatic retelling of the classic Robin Hood story with original music performed by Parsonsfield, the show is directed by Gísli Örn Gardarsson’s and was previously staged at the American Repertory Theatre. Future Broadway plans have not been announced.

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> The current Broadway revival of The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola, will transfer to London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket to begin performances on May 19, producer James L. Nederlander announced last week. Directed by Scott Ellis, the revival will continue its limited engagement at the Booth Theatre through February 21, where it has broken box office records since opening this fall.


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