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Cynthia Nixon Reveals Which Sex and the City Gal Hillary Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg & Michele Bachmann Are: VIDEO

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While stopping by Watch What Happens Live! last night, Cynthia Nixon played a round of everyone's favorite categorization game inspired by the four ladies of Sex and the City

Find out how Miranda herself sorts Queen Elizabeth II, Hillary Clinton, Oprah, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Gandhi, Michele Bachmann, Beyonce, Michelle Obama, and Lena Dunham AFTER THE JUMP...

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Helen Mirren Reigns on Broadway in ‘The Audience’: REVIEW

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BY NAVEEN KUMAR

There is a two-word catchphrase that, while seated in The Audience, which opened Sunday night at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, you may be tempted to blurt aloud in the darkness more than once. But, of course, you wouldn’t dare: This is Broadway, not Broad City, and you are in the presence of royalty. All such expressions of “Yaaass, Queen!” directed toward Dame Helen Mirren, returning here to the role of Elizabeth II, for which she won an Oscar in the 2006 film The Queen, will just have to remain on the inside. (Think of it as your first immersive step into British culture.)

Audience1The play also marks Mirren’s reunion with scribe Peter Morgan, who penned both that celebrated film and The Audience, which premiered on London’s West End in 2013 with Mirren in the role, also under the direction of Stephen Daldry. The play’s title refers to a long-standing weekly meeting held between the Queen and the Prime Minister in Buckingham Palace, and its action spans the Queen’s ascendance to the throne in 1952 through to the present. Assembled in non-chronological order, scenes jump from decade to decade, each inviting us to eavesdrop on a tête-à-tête between two of the world’s most powerful leaders in their time.

Audience3If you’re expecting a history lesson, well, you may find yourself getting a crash course (the crib sheet in the program will help), as these private conversations are inseparable from the public sphere. Undoubtedly, many of the play’s deeper subtleties hinge on our grasp of events unfolding outside the palace walls and the unique climate of international relations during a particular decade. To that end, Morgan does a fine job of anchoring the Queen as the world spins rapidly around her, generating a fixed point of view as events of various consequence and prime ministers of different temperaments come and go.

But Morgan’s play is foremost a fascinating character study, brought to life by Mirren’s stunning performance as the Queen. Mirren is one of the rare performers so vividly associated with a true-life figure, and watching her return to the role of Elizabeth II is something of a marvel. She disappears into the role like a second skin, seamlessly inhabiting different stages of the Queens’s rule—from the naiveté of her first audience (at age 25) with Winston Churchill to her unfazed aspect opposite David Cameron at the age of 88.  (The astonishing costume changes and stately set are courtesy of designer Bob Crowley.)

Audience4The Queen is something different to each prime minister who steps into office: a mother figure and confessor to some, a friend or rival to others. But to us, as to her subjects, she remains constant. Much of what makes The Audience so compelling is feeling privy to the Queen’s inner life—being given the chance to recognize the personal character of someone whose outer persona is so ubiquitous. Monarchy—and politics—are, after all, theatre. And Morgan’s play offers a backstage pass to the longest running show in the world.

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Follow Naveen Kumar on Twitter: @Mr_NaveenKumar (photos: joan marcus)


Queen Elizabeth II Thinks Same-Sex Marriage Is 'Wonderful' - VIDEO

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Or so says Stephen Fry.

Appearing as a guest on the Jonathan Ross Show to speak about his recent wedding, Fry revealed that the Queen, though officially politically neutral, is delighted with the turn of events in same-sex equality:

It was only last summer that Her Majesty The Queen gave the Royal Assent. When the Queen signed the Royal Assent for the Equal Marriages Act, allowing gay people to marry for the first time, she put it down and said 'Well, who’d have thought 62 years ago when I came to the throne, I’d be signing something like this? Isn’t it wonderful?'

The whole episode is embedded here, but the bit about the Queen can be found starting at the 9:32 mark AFTER THE JUMP...

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Actress Ellen Page Is 'Pissed' That Queen Elizabeth II Supports Anti-Gay Politician

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Actress Ellen Page took to her Twitter account to voice her displeasure with the Queen of England who gave a prestigious award to a blatant anti-gay politician reports StyleiteQueen Elizabeth II awarded Maurice Mills, a Democratic Unionist Party councillor of Northern Ireland, with the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his services to local government. Mills is known for blaming natural disasters, like Hurricane Katrina, on gays and saying AIDS is a consequence of the practice of sodomy.

Screen Shot 2015-01-05 at 4.40.03 PMPage is having none of it, saying "F*** that," citing a Vice News story about the Queen and Mills in her tweet. There's a petition to get Mills' award retracted; it currently has 369 signatures. A Belfast Telegraph article disagrees saying Mills deserves the honor. The move is disappointing as the Queen expressed support toward the gay community in the past, to say nothing of her lashing out at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for "lacking the guts," to legalize gay marriage, going so far as to say "Just sign the damn bill, Chris." It's unclear if the Queen truly supports Mills' views or was simply being "diplomatic," awarding Mills for his work in government and not his archaic views on the gay community.


Queen Elizabeth II Photobombs a Selfie: PHOTO

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Two women from the Australian women's hockey team may have captured the selfie of the year.


Queen Elizabeth II Congratulates GLBT Charity Organization On 40th Anniversary

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Queen Elizabeth II has gone the entirety of her reign without any involvement in LGBT charities nor voiced support of equal rights. All of that has now changed as she surprised London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard on their 40th anniversary with a message of congratulations, saying, “Best wishes and congratulations to all concerned on this most special anniversary.”

Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, London Mayor Johnson, and Labour leader Ed Miliband all added their voices of support as well to the organization, Cameron saying,

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard on reaching its 40th anniversary.

Since 1974 there has been real progress towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. Voluntary organisations, such as the Switchboard, have made a vital contribution to that progress. The government continues to work to create a fairer and more equal society by removing the barriers to equality that LGBT people face.


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