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May 13, 2015

Drinks, dinner and dancing on the Thames – affordable elegance epitomized

For many a jaded Londoner, there's comes a point where you feel you've seen it all before, that the city has nothing new to offer. (Which is almost NEVER the case – I've lived here for almost seven years and never seen Little Venice).

April 28, 2015

Just when the world needs a big gay musical, director Gene David Kirk and his cast deliver

It was 2001 when the original version of Closer To Heaven hit the London stage. With music from Pet Shop Boys and story by Jonathan Harvey, it was a six month run that received mixed reviews.

I wasn't in London at the time, but I'd loved the album Nightlife – which had featured several of the songs – so when the revival at the Union Theatre was announced there was no way I was missing it.

April 17, 2015

'I was like, “Mama look good! Mama look real pretty!”'

If Darren Criss had any reservations about being able to get into character for his upcoming role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, he doesn't now.

All it took was some cosmetics.

'The first time I put on the makeup, you immediately become this sassy bitch because you just look at yourself and go, “Oh! Who is that?!”' he tells Playbill of his transformation into a transgender punk rocker.

April 16, 2015

'I was still very scared and insecure about being gay. I did the stupidest things'

Jonathan Groff may be one of the more famous openly gay actors around today but it always that way.

The star of HBO's Looking recalled this week how he made his boyfriend sit in the back of Radio City Music Hall the year Groff attended The Tony Awards as a nominee for Spring Awakening.

'I didn't bring him as my date,' Groff said while accepting an award from the Point Foundation Monday night.

Groff, now 30, had made a name for himself on Spring Awakening but was not ready to share with the world that he was gay at the age of 21.

April 14, 2015

Glee alum latest big name set to play transgender punk rocker in hit musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Darren Criss was tweeted out the first photo of his transformed into a transgender punk rocker for his upcoming role in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

The transformation involved taming Criss' famously thick eyebrows.

He's not telling how this was accomplished.

April 13, 2015

'What is it, honey? Are you drunk? Are you menopausal?'

Patti LuPone fans should know better than to misbehave during one of the diva's shows.

The Broadway legend once stopped in the middle of a performance of Gypsy to loudly scold an audience member for taking pictures. Her tirade was audio recorded and went viral.

But not everyone has learned their lesson.

The two-time Tony winner was in the middle of a show at 54 Below last week when a woman in the crowd would not stop talking.

The woman was shushed several times by others in the audience to no avail.

April 2, 2015

The Glass Protégé explores the movie studios' obsession with image, money, and power.

My attention is easily grabbed by any play that carries a warning of 'very strong language and scenes of full-frontal male nudity', so I had been looking forward to seeing The Glass Protégé. After a six week run in Chicago, this new play from Dylan Costello had its London debut at the Park Theatre.

April 1, 2015

Pussies galore!

A new lesbian dating app has released a new version, and it turns out to be just pictures of cats. 

For April Fools' Day HER joked they were rebranding as HER CAT, an app for lesbians and cats.

On the social and dating app, which you can download on the iPhone App store, every user's photo is of their cat.

For those who are without a whiskered friend, don't worry, as your photo will be replaced with someone else's cat (this is potentially false feline advertising, so just let them know.)

March 24, 2015

Authorities says the term LGBT is too 'sexual'

The Oklahoma Tax Commission has denied a personalized license plate reading LGBTALY because it says the term LGBT is too 'sexual'

John Keefe, 36, said he wanted to show his support for LGBTI rights when he applied for the plate in December.

'The gentleman who denied it said it was sexual in nature,' he told KWTV.

March 20, 2015

Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett, Frankie J Alvarez, Raul Castillo and Daniel Franzese want to keep doing the beloved show with a small but rabid fan base

There was not a seat to be had last month at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills on a night dedicated to the HBO show Looking.

Most of the cast, including Jonathan Groff, were on hand for a panel discussion following the screening of an episode and the audience was wildly enthusiastic at every turn.

They get the characters of Patrick, Dom, Agustin, Kevin, Richie, Eddie and Doris who are navigating life and love in modern day San Francisco.

March 16, 2015

'She had no relationship to what she was singing'

The Sound of Music's leading lady Julie Andrews may have been moved to tears by Lady Gaga's medley of songs from the film at this year's Oscars but Stephen Sondheim is crying foul over the performance.

February 17, 2015

Follows Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall and John Cameron Mitchell in current production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Darren Criss will next play the title character in the Broadway hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

It was announced today that the Glee star will replace John Cameron Mitchell beginning 29 April for a limited 12-week run at the Belasco Theatre in New York City.

Criss will be the latest in a growing list of high-profile performers to tackle the role of a transgender punk rock singer who is the victim of a botched sex-change operation.

January 27, 2015

Out broadway star lands a recurring role in ABC's country music drama

Openly gay broadway star Kyle Dean Massey has joined the cast of ABC's country music drama Nashville in a recurring role.

Massey, 33, will play Kevin Bicks, 'one of the most successful singer-songwriters in Nashville who also happens to be openly gay.'

December 26, 2014

LuPone gave Harris withering stare during rehearsals for Company then later used 'a colorful variety of Anglo-Saxon words' before storming off

Neil Patrick Harris may seem ultra-confident on a Broadway stage, a movie screen or on television but he admits even he can have major bouts with insecurity.

One of those times came in 2011 when he appeared in The New York Philharmonic concert production of Company with such heavy hitters as Patti LuPone, Stephen Colbert and Katie Finneran.

December 12, 2014

'There is something about people, for one reason or the other, who are marginalized by their circumstance that is compelling to me'

Before he played his most famous role of a serial killer on TV's Dexter, Michael C. Hall spent several years playing a gay funeral director on the series Six Feet Under.

The actor, currently starring on Broadway as a transgender punk rock singer in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, admits that he has been drawn to queer characters.

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.