A few years ago when Daniel Radcliffe starred in Equus on Broadway and he went fully naked. In a few weeks he is hitting the stage again and Stephen Colbert wanted to know on his Late Show if we are going to see the actor’s magic wand again in Privacy. Harry Potter told him, “I mean, one of the great things about the show is that it is going to be changing on a nightly basis. Based on things the audience is doing, so who knows?
According to Playbill‘s description of the off-Broadway show, “Privacy explores our complicated relationship with technology and data through the funny and heart-breaking travails of a lonely guy (Radcliffe), who arrives in the city to figure out how to like, tag, and share his life without giving it all away. The play uncovers what our technological choices reveal about who we are, what we want and who’s keeping track of it all. This provocative theatrical event will ask audiences to charge their phones, leave them ON during the performance and to embark on a fascinating dive online and into a new reality where we’re all connected…for better or worse.”
I hope that the audience asks for a nude Selfie from him every night! If they he’ll be playing to packed houses every night. Heck, I’d fly across the country to see that.
James Corden hosted the Tony Awards for the first time yesterday and he opened the show with a tribute to several of Broadway’s biggest musical numbers. He started it off by telling the story of a kid, himself, who one day dreamed of being on that stage to actually being on that stage belting out showtunes like Don’t Cry for Me Argentina from Evita, Tomorrow from Annie and Don’t Rain on My Parade from Funny Girl. Proving that the funny man can host more than just a talk show at 12:30a on CBS.
Have you been wondering what the full version of Jabba Flow from Star Wars: The Force Awakens sounds like? Well not only did Lin-Manuel Miranda and J.J. Abrams perform the song they wrote outside the backstage door of Hamilton, Lucasfilm made it available to download on iTunes.
What a wonderful present from them to us on May the Fourth Be With You. So party like you are at Maz Kanata’s castle because you know you want to.
Michael MacILwee dressed up as T-Rex and danced to I Hope I Get It from A Chorus Line. I think we can all agree he got it. I mean, not only did he pull off the Jazz number flawlessly, he did it in a huge costume that would make walking seem difficult.
Someone get him on Broadway because he is a star!
After a 16 year hiatus, Cats is returning to Broadway this summer. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical used to be the longest running show on Broadway, and now it has a chance to reclaim that title if The Phantom of the Opera ever closes.
So if you have never had a chance to see Cats, skip it. It sucks.
Wayne Brady is a good looking man, and turns out he is equally as good looking as a Drag Queen. The Let’s Make a Deal host started his Broadway run in Kinky Boots this weekend, and he will be causing a lot of people to have kinky thoughts. So kinky, it will knock their boots off. Seriously, don’t you think he looks super fierce?
It’s a sad day on the Great White Way because the curtain is coming down on Mamma Mia! in September according to Playbill. The curtain went up on the Broadway musical written around Abba’s music in 2001 and will end a month before its 14th anniversary and 5,765 performances. While that is a long run for any show, it is not long enough for this wonderful musical turned in to a movie. At least we can take some solace that it will go down in history as the 8th longest running Broadway show and it will play on for one last summer!
Joel Grey is 82 years young and he has finally come out to the world as gay. The Oscar/Tony winner told People, “I don’t like labels, but if you have to put a label on it, I’m a gay man.” Then he added, “All the people close to me have known for years who I am. It took time to embrace that other part of who I always was.”
Cabaret’s Master of Ceremonies grew up in a different time, a time when when people weren’t as accepting as we are today. That is why it took him so long to come out.
The star of Remo Williams was married to a woman for 24 years and had two children (including Jennifer Grey) with Jo Wilder, and he says that was the happiest time of his life.
I think he will have another happy time in his life now, now that he can be who he is to the whole wide world. A world that accepts him, no matter who he loves. As long as he keeps singing songs from Cabaret like Money. Afterall that is what makes the world go round.
The best part about Aladdin was Robin Williams, so it makes sense that the Broadway version of the Disney movie would honor him. During yesterday’s performance of the show, Tony Awards winner, James Iglehart, asked the audience to sing the Genie’s big song, Friend Like Me, in honor of the great entertainer; and they did. They did it so beautifully and with such warmth, I am sure Robin Williams felt the love wherever he is right now. Because as we know, we ain’t never had a friend, never had a friend. We ain’t never had a friend, never had a friend. We ain’t never had a friend like him. We ain’t never had a friend like him!
Last night Jane Lynch wowed us when she sang Little Girls from Annie at the Tonys and I spoke to her about starring in the Broadway show at a set visit for her upcoming NBC game show Hollywood Game Show right before she left to do it.
Lynch will be hosting Hollywood Game Night starting on July 11th at 10p and I asked what was left on her bucket list because she has done TV, movies, hosted the Emmys, won one and now can add hosting a game show to the list. She told me, “I don’t have a bucket list.” She then explained, “It was Broadway, it was the last thing on it. I thought a Broadway musical was preposterous, in terms of fantasy.”
Well that fantasy is now a reality until July 14th. So how did it happen? She told us, “I didn’t seek out Annie. It kind of just feel into my lap. Things happened perfectly, it just showed up one day.”
And another thing that happened perfectly was before she sang Little Girls on the Great White Way and on The Tonys, she sang it on Glee. Here’s a little tidbit about how that happened, creator Ryan Murphy did that on purpose for her to cross promote her Broadway musical debut. And she admitted, “It’s a perfect song for Sue Sylvester too.” There is a lot of Miss Hannigan in Sue Sylvester if you think about it.
As you might remember in 1982 Carol Burnett played Miss Hannigan in the movie version of the musical; and the lendary comedian also played Lynch’s mom on Glee. So I wanted to know if the former head of the oprhanage had any words on how to run the place now. Lynch said, “She was the first person to text me and say, ‘Congratulations, enjoy it.'” Then she added that Burnett, “is the best.”
And Jane Lynch is up there with Carol Burnett when it comes to be being the best out there in the comedic world. Something you will really see her shine at when Hollywood Game Night makes it debut next month. I honestly think that the NBC game show will be the biggest hit of the summer. Everyone in the family will enjoy it and then after the credits roll, they will want to play the games with their friends and family. I know I have played a few with my friends already, and I will be honest I sucked just as bad them. But that is the fun about Hollywood Game Night. So mark your calendars to watch the show on July 11th, I promise it will be the latest addiction of your TV viewing and you are not going to want to miss celebrities and non-celebs go all out in the spirit of competition as they play games we can all play at home. The best part is we get to see them make fools of themselves. Who doesn’t love that? And who won’t love this show?
What more do you need from great television? Nothing, so make sure to watch it. And tell your friends and family to too, so that you can play these fun embarrassing games with them when the episodes end.