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0. Corbin Bleu – as Usnavi in In The Heights

His face may be plastered all over teenage girls’ walls and little kid lunch boxes, but Corbin Bleu was an unlikely replacement for a lead role in a Broadway show. Or at least, that’s what everyone thought. Most people doubted Lin-Manuel Miranda’s choice to let the High School Musical star take over the role he received a Tony nomination for. Many said that they didn’t believe Bleu would have the chops and be able to hold his own on stage. They called it and blatant stunt cast and said it would fail. How wrong they were. Mister Miranda stuck up for his choice and let Corbin’s performance speak for itself. Over the last few months, Corbin Bleu has won over not only Broadway fans in general, but some of the most die-hard In The Heights fans as well. Although he’s a very handsome fellow, he seems to play the geeky, self-conscious Usnavi very well. We know from seeing him on t.v. and the big screen that the guy can dance, but you’d never know it when you see him pull on that cap and play the lead role in his show. As Lin said, he raps the heck out of the part and sings the musical lines better than we could have hoped.

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From the NY Tiimes
Lena Horne, who was the first black performer to be signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio and who went on to achieve international fame as a singer, died on Sunday night at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell hospital in New York. She was 92 and lived in Manhattan. (more…)

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And you thought Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation was out there. The Royal Shakespeare Company has teamed up with Mudlark, a cross-platform production company, to bring you Such Tweet Sorrow, a modern-day telling of Romeo & Juliet — via tweets. (more…)

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Kim Cattrall Plans to Play Cleopatra in U.K.; Private Lives on Broadway Also Possible

from Playbill.com:

Kim Cattrall

“Sex and the City”‘s Kim Cattrall will return to her birth city to play arguably Shakespeare’s most alluring female character, Cleopatra, in a new production of Antony and Cleopatra at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre.

According to a report in London’s Daily Mail, no dates are yet set, but she has been in discussions with the theatre for two years to play the role, which is now on track for a limited run in the fall. Cattrall was born in Mossley Hill, Liverpool, in 1956, before her family emigrated to Canada when she was three months old. She returned to Britain between the ages of 11 and 16, when she studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), before returning to Canada to complete her schooling.

Cattrall is currently in the West End playing the lead role of Amanda in Noel Coward’s Private Lives opposite Matthew Macfadyen, running at the Vaudeville Theatre through May 1. According to the Daily Mail, there are also plans to transfer this production to Broadway, after Cattrall completes her run in Antony and Cleopatra. (more…)

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Jonathan Groff Will Be Featured on “Glee” Madonna Album; Series Will Go Gaga

Playbill.com:

Jonathan Groff in "Glee"
Jonathan Groff in “Glee”

Oh my Gaga! Here we go, Gleeks: The creators of “Glee” have revealed the songs that will be part of the upcoming Lady Gaga and Madonna-themed episodes of the FOX series.

Creator Ryan Murphy told EW.com that Lea Michele will do a stripped down version of Gaga’s “Poker Face” and the cast will unite for “Bad Romance.”

EW.com also reports that the cast will also get decked out in costumes inspired by her outrageous fashions. “I do know that we’re all different Lady Gagas, and at one point I am the Kermit the Frog Lady Gaga,” Michele told EW. “I saw a picture of the Kermit the Frog Lady Gaga with a Post-It on it that said ‘Lea.’ I was like, oh, great. Everyone else has incredible Lady Gaga outfits and I have that one.”

Also coming up is the all-Madonna episode of “Glee,” which will be released as an EP on April 20. The digital-music service iTunes not only lists the songs that will be performed, but reveals that Michele’s former Spring Awakeningco-star Jonathan Groff (who guests on the series) performs in four of the numbers. (more…)

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Calling all CELEBRITIES, PRESS, TALENT, VENDORS /PRODUCTS for Charity!

Please feel free to pass this on!

Neal B. (www.NealB.tv) and Velour (www.VelourNYC.com) are having a blowout party to celebrate the premier of “Sex and the City 2” in New York City on Saturday, May 29, 2010. A portion of the proceeds will benefit “Outright Vermont”! Outright Vermont’s  (www.outrightvt.org) mission includes building safe, healthy, and supportive environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth, while educating the whole community.

This is such a worth organization and we want to try to make as much money as we can for them!  We are including raffles, and hoping special guests all through the night!

We are looking for a few things:

CELEBRITIES-  to help us spread the word, to possibly make an appearance at the event or video.  Obviously, we would work with you and your team and you’d get the VIP treatment.

PRESS- Any publications, or websites that would like to cover this and also help us promote Outright Vermont!

TALENT-  Anyone who has a great talent that may want to share or help!

VENDORS/PRODUCTS- For the raffle and auctions, we would love to have any businesses or people that have a great product (CD’s, gift certificates, etc. ) that would want to donate it for the raffles and auction!

We am looking for as much involvement as possible to make this a great event and to raise some a substantial amount of money for an organization changing the community:

More info:

http://www.firstgiving.com/corinemertz1

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=297829189348&ref=ts

http://tinyurl.com/ydq3the

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