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April 16, 2014

Actor lost 20 pounds and also undergoes nearly two hours of make-up to become transgender punk rock singer in Broadway show

Neil Patrick Harris was so serious about transforming into a transgender punk rock singer in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch that he went way beyond wearing make-up, miniskirts and fishnet stockings.

'I've lost 20 pounds almost for the role to try and be more feminine which sort of changed my whole posture,' Harris said in an interview with ABC's Good Morning America which aired today.

Harris, his cheekbones sunken in, described himself as 'Jared Leto manorexic.'

April 10, 2014

Harris, who had been rumored as possible Letterman successor, tweets: 'He's a fantastic choice. I'm a huge fan'

The selection of Stephen Colbert today to replace David Letterman as host of The Late Show on CBS ended speculation that Neil Patrick Harris could become the first openly gay host in late night history.

Harris took to Twitter to congratulate the host of The Colbert Report who will take over for Letterman next year.

He tweeted: 'I'm thrilled for replacing Dave. He's a fantastic choice. I'm a huge fan. Colbert is rad.'

March 25, 2014

'It sounds like I've lost my mind, but I feel like I'm becoming aware of it'

Elaine Stritch has legions of gay fans but it is only recently that this Broadway legend is realizing the depth of that popularity.

Stritch, semi-retired at 89, is doing gay press interviews in connection with the release of a new documentary about her life called Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me and finding them to be educational as far as learning of her exalted standing among gays.

'I'm just becoming aware of it - by articles such as this one,' she admits to PrideSource magazine.

March 24, 2014

HRC honoree Paris Barclay jokes that during Roberts' nomination hearing 'you did not see one, single picture of (him) in that wig. But I have them.'

When Paris Barclay accepted the Visibility Award over the weekend at the Human Rights Campaign gala in Los Angeles, he shared with the sold out crowd a high school memory that US Supreme Court Justice John Roberts would probably want forgotten.

It seems the two were classmates at an all boys high school long before their paths went in separate directions. Roberts ended up heading the highest court in the US and Barclay an Emmy winning director who is the first black and first gay president of the Directors Guild of America.

March 19, 2014

Audience member captures first time star peforming numbers from upcoming Broadway show in public

Neil Patrick Harris sure surprised audience members at the Mercury Lounge in New York City's Lower East Side over the weekend.

The How I Met Your Mother star showed up at the club to perform - for the first time in public - some numbers from his upcoming Broadway show Hedwig and the Angry Inch which opens next month.

Audience member Jeff Walsh reports that Harris performed a set consisting of Tear Me Down, Midnight Radio, Angry Inch and Sugar Daddy.

March 14, 2014

In behind-the-scenes video, Broadway's Hedwig further distances himself from TV's Barney Stinson

Neil Patrick Harris confesses in the current Out Magazine cover story that 'a lot of homophobic insecurities within myself' are surfacing as he prepares to play a transgender rock star on Broadway.

The actor opens in Hedwig and the Angry Inch next month and as part of his metamorphosis from his TV persona of Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother, he surrendered to all kinds of make-up and glitter for the Out cover shoot.

March 11, 2014

Leaving TV series and Los Angeles behind, actor has stepped into high heels of East German transgender glam rock singer

Later this month, Neil Patrick Harris will make his final appearance as skirt chasing Barney Stinson on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother.

But his new life has already began.

The actor, partner David Burtka and their two children have already moved from Los Angeles to New York City where Harris is deep into rehearsals for the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch which opens next month.

March 10, 2014

'We had been feeling anxious, nervous, excited, hopeful for a season two since the day we wrapped season one'

Jonathan Groff knew he had landed a dream job as one of the leads on HBO's Looking and he sure didn't want it to end with the season finale that aired last night (9 March).

Since ratings did not go through the roof, there was some question over whether the San Francisco gay-themed dramedy would return for a second season.

Late last month, the renewal was announced.

February 6, 2014

Expect 'swearing, high kicks, alcohol, verbal abuse. You know: the usual...with a lisp'

‘In New York, sometimes the only way to get Broadway credits on your resume, is to do a show entitled "Broadway Credits”.’

Micah McCain, whose husky-voiced rendition of Beauty and The Beast’s ‘Bonjour!’ became an Internet sensation in 2011, is gracing the stage again with a one-man show in New York this weekend.

February 6, 2014

Broadway, TV and film star is engaged to entrepreneur Jason Landau

A divorce last year has not scared Cheyenne Jackson off of marriage.

He’s going to take the plunge again.

Jackson's representatives confirm that the busy Broadway, film and television actor is engaged to entrepreneur Jason Landau, according to E! Online.

January 27, 2014

A production based on the tragic love story between two cowboys, played by actors Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger, opens this week in Madrid

The gay cowboy love film Brokeback Mountain gets its own musical production, debuting this week in Madrid, Spain.

The English-language opera is based on the 2005 Oscar-winning film starring Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath ledger as two cowboys who fall in love in 1960s Wyoming.

The tragic love story of Jack and Ennis will be portrayed in this opera by Canadian bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch and American tenor Tom Randle, according to a AFP.

January 24, 2014

Entertainers get together to attack Russian laws through song and dance, and even Putin gets his own solo

Broadways stars have come together to create ‘Russian Broadway Shut Down’, a video satire attacking Russia’s anti-gay laws.

Created by Jason Michael Snow and Jason Walton West who came up with the viral hit Downton Abbey: The Musical, many famous faces appear during the 11-minute video including Looking star Jonathon Groff, Glee alumni Jeremy Jordan and Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie.

In the video, Russian Broadway is completely shut down because it promotes homosexuality, completely at odds with the gay propaganda law.

January 24, 2014

Andrew Rannells, Jonathan Groff, Harvey Fierstein and Michael Urie among those making powerful musical statement in Love and Punishment

With a cast that could rival a Tony Awards telecast in terms of star wattage, some of Broadway's biggest stars use their talent in a new video to make a statement against Russia's anti-gay propaganda law.

In the video, the Russian government cites the propaganda law in outlawing theatrical performances on 'The Great Red Way.'

The Russian Broadway community responds in the only way they know how - they put on a show called Love and Punishment.

December 18, 2013

'I just feel that you just rise above it ... You can't believe anything you read'

With roles on stage television and in film, Cheyenne Jackson has long been one of the busier openly gay performers in show business.

But until this year, the actor best known for Xanadu on Broadway and 30 Rock on television had not had to deal with headlines about his personal life in tabloids and online sites.

The official announcement of his split from husband Monte Lapka after less than two years of marriage and a decade together was preceded by reports of a younger boyfriend. (He has since confirmed he is dating actor Jason Landau)

December 8, 2013

The Taiwanese kid wants to let cancer patients wear a wig made from his hair

‘People should help others whenever they can.’

It was this belief that drove Lucas Lee, then only a first-grader, to start keeping his hair uncut five years ago, when his mother said selling his soft and smooth hair could help other children undergoing chemotherapy, Apple Daily reports.

December 3, 2013

Christmas With the Skivvies features scantily-clad elves performing holiday and pop tunes

Broadway star Nick Adams has such a remarkable physique that it had to be covered up during a revival of A Chorus Line in 2008 to not detract from the buffness of the show's new star Mario Lopez.

Adams has more than a great body though.

He can sing and dance so well that he was one of the leads in the recent Broadway production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and also had roles in the musicals La Cage aux Folles, Guys and Dolls, Chicago and The Pirate Queen.

October 16, 2013

New show will star Alan Cumming, Daniel Evans and Ugly Betty's Michael Urie in possible new stage show

Legendary composer Stephen Sondheim is reportedly working on a ‘gay version’ of his 1970 musical Company.

Bobby, a commitment phobic New Yorker, is seen going from girlfriend to girlfriend in the musical.

But while some actors have chosen to play the part as a lothario, there have long been suggestions Sondheim and the late book writer George Furth meant for him to be read as a closeted gay guy.

September 13, 2013

Chair of Russian Association of Lawyers for Human Rights has said she is effectively in a same-sex marriage

A top Russian lawyer has come out as trans to protest the ‘gay propaganda’ law.

Masha Best, the chair of the Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights, is speaking out in Russian media to oppose the federal ban.

‘The law banning gay propaganda among minors is completely wrong,’ she told the Moscow Times.

September 6, 2013

'I think it's a gay actor's responsibility to give full-blooded life to gay characters'

There is the Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Lambert and Lance Bass 'Yep, I'm gay' magazine cover method of coming out.

Then there is the low-key bury the lede coming out used by Zachary Quinto and Jim Parsons in an interview where their sexuality is casually mentioned lower in a story about their latest project.

September 6, 2013

The male cast of the King Kong musical currently playing Melbourne have stripped down to sing for charity at the gala OZ Showbiz Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Twisted Broadway concert

The male cast of King Kong the Musical have performed ‘Big Spender,’ at Twisted Broadway Melbourne

Twisted Broadway Melbourne is an annual charity event raising money for Oz Showbiz Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and this year performers were asked to sing a song from the opposite gender.

The cast of King Kong chose Big Spender, written by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields for the musical Sweet Charity, resulting in a raunchy performance.

August 29, 2013

Having your head wrapped in cling film, not washing your hair for 48 hours and then using a special shampoo – is it worth it?

I've always had a very special relationship with my hair. I shouldn't complain as I have been blessed with a bountiful bonce since birth which has run the gamut of styles du jour, from bowl to curtains, wet look to emo. Dependent on the moment you catch me post shower I can channel the looks of Emeli Sande or Gabrielle. My locks are, you might say, versatile.

August 13, 2013

From ‘McKinley High’ Ohio, to New York City, Fox’s musical-comedy masterpiece is to see a transfer to the stage

America’s hit TV musical-comedy ‘Glee’ could be making the move from high school corridors to the sidewalks of Broadway with talks of a live stage musical.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, co-head of television network Fox Gary Newman announced the plans for a stage musical during a shareholders presentation.

‘We launched a live stage business with a sold-out arena concert tour in 2011, and now a live stage musical is in the works,’ Newman said.

June 17, 2013

Will portray East German transgender singer in revival of rock musical

A week after his third triumphant stint as host of the Tony Awards, it's been announced that Neil Patrick Harris is returning to the Broadway stage himself.

The actor will don wig and heels to play an East German transgender singer in a revival of the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

'I am simultaneously ecstatic and terrified to be stepping into Hedwig’s heels,' Harris said in a statement. 'It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime role and I can't wait to begin the journey.'

June 10, 2013

US theater awards returned bigger and better with Neil Patrick Harris back as the singing, dancing host

The Tony Awards returned bigger and better with gay actor Neil Patrick Harris back as host for the fourth year in a row.

Honoring the achievements of Broadway theater productions over the past year, drag queen musical Kinky Boots was the big winner taking home six awards.

They included Best Musical, Best Score and Best Leading Actor in a Musical.

Introducing the opening number, Patrick Harris  joked he would not have been there if Shia Labeouf  ‘hadn’t passed on hosting’.