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December 8, 2014

He juggled sitcom with Broadway show, two movies and writing a book

It's clear that Neil Patrick Harris has had the biggest year of his career - so far - in 2014.

He had two movie roles, won a Tony for the Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, was named host of the 2015 Academy Awards, wrote the book Choose Your Own Autobiography and appeared in his final season of How I Met Your Mother.

So how crazy did things get?

'This last year has been the most glorious of clusterf***s.' Harris writes in a first-person article in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly.

December 5, 2014

Harris and Jackson up for Broadway cast albums and Waters nominated for Best Spoken Word Album

Neil Patrick Harris has won a Tony and four Emmys.

Now he has a change to add a Grammy to his collection of the biggest awards in showbiz.

He is among the openly gay artists who scored Grammy nominations on Friday (5 December) besides British singer Sam Smith.

Smith earned five nominations including Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

December 4, 2014

Gang of 15 beat one man unconscious in the anti-gay attack

A man and a woman have been arrested in connection to what police describe as a 'homophobically aggravated assault' in Manchester.

Jean Claude Manseau, 25, was beaten unconscious by a gang of 15 people after singing songs from the musical Wicked on the city's tram system on 1 November.

His friend, Jake Heaton, was also punched in the back of the head but managed to run for help.

November 21, 2014

To follow Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells and Michael C. Hall in current Broadway production

Move over bitches, John Cameron Mitchell is stepping into the platform shoes of Hedwig again.

Mitchell is set to step into the title role of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway after Michael C. Hall completes his run on 18 January.

He co-created the role of a transgender punk rocker, debuted it Off-Broadway in 1998 and later starred in a 2001 feature film.

The current Broadway production has been a smash since it opened in the spring with Neil Patrick Harris in the role.

November 17, 2014

Anthony Callea and actor Tim Campbell have been together seven years

Australian Idol runner-up Anthony Callea married his actor boyfriend last week in New Zealand, where gay marriage is legal.

Callea announced their marriage today (17 November) on social media and his Facebook post had 34,000 likes within six hours.

'Happy Monday! It's extra special today as we finally get to share our exciting news..... Tim Campbell and I were married last week!' he wrote. 

'Yep.... he liked it and definitely put a ring on it!'

November 11, 2014

Closeted during his days starring in Damn Yankees and other films, Hunter came out publicly as gay in 2005

There was a time when Tab Hunter would not want to be seen at an event like the Los Angeles LGBT Center's 45th anniversary gala.

But there he was over the weekend, front and center, presenting an award to George Takei and enjoying a standing ovation from the audience.

The star of the classic movie musical Damn Yankees told Gay Star News he was attending his first high-profile LGBTI event even though he had come out publicly in his 2005 autobiography Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star.

November 4, 2014

Hubby of Neil Patrick Harris to return to Broadway stage after a decade-plus away in It Shoulda Been You

David Burtka is getting ready to step out from behind the considerable shadow of husband Neil Patrick Harris.

Burtka, 39, has been tapped to star in the wedding-themed Broadway musical It Shoulda Been You which will open this spring.

The show will be directed by Tony winner David Hyde Pierce who is best known for his long run as Niles Crane on the sitcom Frasier.

It Shoulda Been You is described as 'a culture clash for the ages when two families from wildly different backgrounds come together to celebrate a wedding.'

October 29, 2014

Producers suspect someone wants to be the transgender punk rocker for Halloween

Just settling into his Broadway run as the lead in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Michael C. Hall is already missing his wig.

His long, blond wig disappeared after a recent performance following a scene where the transgender punk rocker character rips off the wig and throws it to the ground.

'Normally, the crew gets it immediately after the curtain call,' a source tells The New York Post's Page Six.

October 6, 2014

TV's Dexter set to take over role of transgender punk rock singer in Broadway production

Promotional photos released Monday (6 October) show that Michael C. Hall is ready for his close-up on Broadway in the title role in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

The show about a transgender punk rock singer has continued to be a hit even after the departure in August of Tony winning star Neil Patrick Harris.

Andrew Rannells has stepped into the role for the past two months at the Belasco Theatre.

Hall takes over for Rannells on 16 October and will be in the role through early January 2015.

September 22, 2014

Tony winner to direct David Burtka in solo New York City cabaret show

When he won the Drama Desk Award in June for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Neil Patrick Harris hinted that it would soon be husband David Burtka’s turn to shine.

‘Thank you so much for your love and for your patience and your sacrifice in all that you do,’ Harris said that night. ‘And I can’t wait for the opportunity soon when these roles get to be reversed and I get to cheer you on up here doing what you do so well.’

September 9, 2014

Tweets four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein: 'She loved Broadway and we loved her'

There is growing outrage over The Broadway League's controversial decision not to dim the marquee lights of Broadway theaters in honor of the late Joan Rivers.

The Broadway League is the trade organization that represents Broadway theatre owners and producers.

September 8, 2014

Versatile actor to go from playing serial killer on television to transgender rock singer in Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Michael C. Hall is going to have some mighty high platform high heels to fill.

It was announced Monday that the after, who played a serial killer for eight seasons on Showtime's Dexter, will take over the title role in the smash Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch next month.

The character of a transgender rock singer won Neil Patrick Harris a Tony Award before he left the show in August. He was replaced by Andrew Rannells whose run ends next month.

Hall will debut on 16 October and is set to be with the show through early January.

September 3, 2014

If you can’t meet the smoking hot models at the Red Hot exhibit’s New York premiere today, at least you can drool over their photos right now

Hearts will be melting in New York City today as the Red Hot exhibit kicks off stateside.

Thomas Knights, photographer and creator of the Red Hot campaign, has confessed he ‘despised’ his own ginger hair growing up, and many of the red head models he's photographed for this series share a similar story of being made fun of for their red locks.

August 18, 2014

Tony winner takes to Twitter to shoot down National Enquirer story

Neil Patrick Harris took to Twitter over the weekend to make one thing clear: he is a happy family man.

'I couldn’t be more in love with my family,' he tweeted. 'Any reports to the contrary are woefully mistaken.'

August 15, 2014

National Enquirer story completey debunked by Harris spokesman as 'complete and utter nonsense'

David Burtka has been with Neil Patrick Harris for more than a decade and they are the parents of twins.

But since they are not married, the National Enquirer tabloid is referring to Burtka as the Tony winner's 'gay lover' in a story about an alleged fiery split.

In the left top corner of the tabloid is the headline: Neil Patrick Harris: Storm Out on Gay Lover.'

The proof?

Harris, set to wrap up his run as Broadway's Hedwig this weekend, was spotted leaving the couple’s New York City brownstone at least four times since June all by himself.

August 14, 2014

John Cameron Mitchell says Rannells is 'so ebullient and he's so sweet' while Harris performed role as 'mean goth girl'

Neil Patrick Harris will complete his Tony Award winning run as a transgender rocker in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Sunday (17 August) with Andrew Rannells stepping into the role three days later.

Will there be a big difference?

The author of the show's book, John Cameron Mitchell, thinks there might be.

Mitchell, who played the title role in the film version that he also wrote and directed, describes Rannells as 'so ebullient and he's so sweet, everyone loves working with him.

August 13, 2014

Late actress regarded the show as her greatest professional high

The late Lauren Bacall, who died this week at 89, took the greatest pride in her stage career where she received the roles and acclaim that often alluded her in films.

The stage role of her lifetime was that of Margo Channing in Applause, a musical version of the classic Bette Davis film All About Eve.

Bacall played the older actress who takes young and ambitious newcomer Eve Harrington under her wing only to later be betrayed.

August 5, 2014

Broadway star is wearing nothing but nail polish and traces of make-up

Neil Patrick Harris is in the final weeks of his triumphant run in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch and seems in the mood to savor every moment.

Harris, who won a Tony Award in June for his performance in the musical, recently posted pre-show and post-show selfies of himself on Twitter.

The first selfie has him in full make-up as the transgender rock singer Hedwig but without the glittery character's big, blond wig.

July 18, 2014

Actor takes over for Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris next month

Andrew Rannells is getting ready for his close-up as Hedwig.

Broadway's production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch released its first image of Rannells in character as the transsexual punk rocker.

A Tony nominee for The Book of Mormon, Rannells takes over the title role from Neil Patrick Harris on 20 August.

He has some mighty high heeled footsteps to follow in a production that in June won the Tony Award for best revival of a musical.

July 17, 2014

The enduring star of stasge and screen has died at the age of 89

The late Elaine Stritch, who died Thursday (17 July) at the age of 89, had legions of gay fans.

But it was only in the last year of her life that the Broadway legend began to realize the depth of that popularity.

She did several gay press interviews earlier this year in connection with the release of a documentary about her life called Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me and found them to be educational as far as learning of her exalted standing among gays.

July 15, 2014

They both ponder such questions as 'What does it mean to be gay? How gay am I? Does my voice sound gay?''

Portraying a gay video-game developer named Patrick on HBO's Looking has provided actor Jonathan Groff with a character that fits like a glove.

'The character felt close to me than anything I had ever worked on before,' he said during an appearance with castmates at Outfest in Los Angeles over the weekend.

So what do he and Patrick have in common besides the fact that they are both gay?

June 17, 2014

'After August, I'll be all up in waffles'

For his Broadway role as a gaunt transgender punk rock singer in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Neil Patrick Harris is thinner than at any time in his adult life.

The sacrifice has paid off for the star who has been a commercial and critical smash and last week won a Tony Award for his performance.

So what does he want to do when he ends his run as Hedwig in August and Andrew Rannells takes over the role?

June 13, 2014

Tony winning production will extend its Broadway run through October with a new star

The plan was for Hedwig and the Angry Inch to end its Broadway run in August when star Neil Patrick Harris is scheduled to leave the show he has headlined since April.

But following Tony Award wins this week for best revival of a musical and best actor in a musical, producers have decided to keep the show running through October.

To do so, the have chosen a new star: Andrew Rannells, according to the show's Twitter account.

June 11, 2014

'I went home, and I was like, "Oh my God, I have glitter between my teeth!"'

During Sunday night's Tony Awards, Neil Patrick Harris kissed fiance David Burtka on the mouth during his electrifying performance of Sugar Daddy from Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

But during his rehearsal of the number earlier in the day, those lips belonged to Looking star Jonathan Groff.