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July 18, 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.

June 9, 2014

'The magic and beauty (of Broadway) made me dream of a life better than the one I was living in'

Rosie O'Donnell got personal Sunday when she took to the stage to accept a special Tony Award for her commitment to helping provide arts education to students in New York City public schools.

'To this day, sitting in a velvet seat and hearing the orchestra tune up is better than Prozac for me,' said O'Donnell who told the crowd about how the theater provided an escape during a troubled childhood.

June 9, 2014

Jonathan Groff referenced John Travolta's introduction of Idina 'Adele Dazeem' Menzel at the Oscars in his own presentation

The Tony Awards has once again proved to be the best show in showbiz with an incredible night of prizes and promotion for Broadway’s best musicals.

Bryan Cranston’s play All The Way and Harris’ musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch were the biggest winners of the night.

The night opened with a musical monologue from Hugh Jackman, who served as host of the annual Broadway awards show.

The Wolverine star began the telecast by dancing in a hopping fashion outside the theatre, through the crowd and up onto the stage.

June 3, 2014

Out star already has crowded trophy shelf with four Emmys

Neil Patrick Harris has been the toast of the Tony Awards in the past as the singing and dancing host of Broadway's biggest night.

But on Sunday (8 June), it will be Hugh Jackman hosting and Harris will be in the audience as a nominee.

The consensus among pundits is that he can look forward to becoming a first-time Tony winner for his performance as a transsexual punk rock singer in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

May 7, 2014

'Once all the cards were on the table, I got more opportunities than ever'

Neil Patrick Harris, currently the toast of Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, has taken it all off for the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine.

Harris is wearing nothing but a bow tie but a strategically-place top hat covers his most private bits.

The photo reveals an already slim actor who has lost even more weight for his Tony nominated role as a transsexual German glam rocker.

April 29, 2014

Stephen Fry is nominated for Best Actor for his work as Malvolio in Twelfth Night and Rosie O'Donnell is getting a special award for her humanitarian work

Several nominations for the 2014 Tony Awards were announced today (19 April).

Among those tipped for awards at the biggest night on Broadway, gay British actor and TV presenter Stephen Fry is nominated for his role as Malvolio in the revival of Twelfth Night.

Frozen star Idina Menzel is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her work in If/Then.

April 25, 2014

Star creating Tony buzz for performance as trans punk rock singer

Will Neil Patrick Harris be placing a Tony Award next to his four Emmys?

It certainly seems possible judging from the stupendous reviews he has been getting during opening week of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway.

As a transgender East German punk rock singer, Harris is getting the kind of raves performers - and producers of a show - dream about.

April 21, 2014

The gay US actor clarifies he was in character when he swore at a heckler during his Broadway performance 

Gay US actor Neil Patrick Harris swore at fan who interrupted him during his Broadway show, but later clarified it was his character and not him.

The How I Met Your Mother actor is appearing on Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and found his die-hard fans cannot separate him from his character.

During a performance of the show, about a trans German punk rocker, Harris was interrupted by a fan who couldn't stop themselves from broadcasting their love for the star.

‘We love you Neil!’ shouted the fan.

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.