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Bechdel Test in a Red State: 'Fun Home' Musical Shares Stage With LGBTGA Debate at College of Charleston

United Nations Turns to ‘Fun Home’ To Help End LGBT Discrimination >>

If you tuned into last year’s Tony Awards or had the good fortune of seeing 'Fun Home' on Broadway, you know how powerful the show can be. But did you have any idea that it could help change the world? The UN has just used 'Fun Home' as a tool to promote LGBT rights in other countries. Representatives from 15 countries, including Russia, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay were treated to a special performance of the Broadway hit as part of campaign to help end discrimination across the globe.

The Phantom of the Opera

‘Phantom of the Opera’ Coming to North Charleston Performing Arts Center >>

'The Phantom of the Opera' is coming to Charleston, South Carolina. The highly acclaimed musical is heading to the Palmetto State as part of the North Charleston Performing Arts Center's Best of Broadway series this March (2016). Check out the report below for all the details as well as some behind the scenes videos from the production.

Anastasia

‘Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ Director Darko Tresnjak Talks New ‘Anastasia’ Musical Based on Animated Fox Film >>

Director Darko Tresnjak ('A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder') will helming the all new Anastasia musical. The upcoming musical will be an all new beast based on but not beholden to the 1997 animated Fox film. The book for the musical will be written by Terrence McNally ('It’s Only A Play', 'Catch Me if You Can') with music by Stephen Flaherty and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Now, Tresnjak is opening up about the all new production, giving some details about the show’s casting and development.

NYFOS

David Hyde Pierce Gets Topsy-Turvy with New York Festival of Song's Gilbert & Sullivan Gala >>

This April, the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) presents "Topsy-Turvy: A Guide to Gilbert & Sullivan Gala and Dinner." There will be plenty to patter about with David Hyde Pierce (Spamalot), English tenor Hal Cazalet and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder’s Lauren Worsham and Bryce Pinkham all performing selections from Gilbert & Sullivan’s classic catalog.

American Psycho the Musical

‘American Psycho the Musical’ Slashing Prices to $19.89 >>

Similar to 'Hamilton’s' Ham4Ham discount ticket promotion, 'American Psycho the Musical' is also slashing prices in a manner very fitting to the show’s theme. American Psycho will be offering tickets for the low, low price of $19.89. What a better way to honor the decade of excess and greed, than by dropping the price down.

Zac Efron

Disney Announces ‘High School Musical 4’ >>

The 'High School Musical' franchise was a mega hit for The Disney Channel. The trilogy, which consisted of two made for TV films followed by a theatrical release, launched the careers of Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale. It also helped pave the way for the Teen Beach Movie franchise. With all that success it is no wonder that Disney announced they are planning a fourth installment of the franchise.

American Psycho the Musical

Jennifer Damiano Talks Duncan Sheik’s ‘American Psycho the Musical’ >>

Jennifer Damiano ('Next to Normal') was an ensemble member and understudy in the original 'Spring Awakening' Broadway cast, so she is very familiar with the music of Duncan Sheik. Now a decade later, Damiano is working on another Sheik musical, 'American Psycho the Musical.' Damiano recently opened up about the music of 'American Psycho' and how if fits with film’s tone.

Tanglelows

Greg McGoon Releases New Book ‘Traveling the Twisting Troubling Tanglelows’ Trail’ >>

'The Royal Heart' creator Greg McGoon is getting ready to release his new children's book, 'Traveling the Twisting Troubling Tanglelows’ Trail.' The book is being published by Pelekinesis Publishing Group and is slated for release later this month.

The 58th GRAMMY Awards - 'Hamilton' GRAMMY Performance

‘Hamilton’ Director’s New Show ‘Dry Powder’ Opens for Previews with Claire Danes, Hank Azaria and John Krasinski >>

Tonight, Dry Powder opens for previews Off-Broadway. The new show stars Claire Danes (Homeland), John Krasinski ('The Office,' '13 Hours'), Sanjit De Silva ('War Horse') and Hank Azaria ('The Simpsons,' 'Spamalot') and is directed by Thomas Kail (Hamilton).

ACONY

American Classical Orchestra Presents Mozart & Michael Haydn >>

This spring the American Classical Orchestra presents Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus and Horn Concerto No. 4, Michael Haydn’s Requiem and Krommer’s Concerto for Two Clarinets. Conducted by Thomas Crawford. The April 5 event also features the talent of R.J.Kelley (Horn), Nina Stern and Edward Matthew (Clarinet).

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

The Reluctant Ballyhoo that is ‘Bright Star’ Steve Martin >>

Steve Martin is making the rounds to promote his all new Broadway musical 'Bright Star.' There is only one problem. Martin doesn’t like talking to people. Last night during Martin was scheduled to on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon but refused at first due to his lack of anecdotes and his overall disdain for small talk. However, the funnyman eventually sung his way to the stage despite his initial reluctance. Check the video below to see Martin sing his “I Don’t Want to Do This Show,” song

'Dance Moms' Maddie Ziegler

New ‘Dance Moms’ Episodes: Maddie Ziegler Returns [DANCE AND CHAT] >>

'Dance Moms' is back tonight with two new episode. First off we have the "Dance & Chat" edition of last week’s episode where Maddie Ziegler returns after taking time off to film a movie. The dance drama also continues into the 9:00 p.m. hour with a never before seen episode. Check the report below to see what is in store for the ladies of the Abby Lee Dance Company, tonight.

Disaster!

‘Disaster!’ Cast Preview New Musical on ‘Today Show’ Before Broadway Opening >>

'Disaster!' is currently in preview on Broadway, but you don’t have to make it to NYC in order to get a taste of the new musical. Recently, Seth Rudetsky and the rest of the cast appeared on 'The Today Show' where they previewed the show for all of America to see.

Michael C. Hall

‘Hedwig’ got Michael C Hall Gets Married to Morgan Macgregor >>

'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' and 'Lazarus' star Michael C Hall got married to his girlfriend Morgan Macgregor on monday.

Krysta Rodriguez

‘Spring Awakening’ Krysta Rodriguez Joins Cast of New John Lithgow Pilot ‘Trail’ on NBC >>

'Smash' star Krysta Rodriguez ('Spring Awakening') has landed a role on the new NBC pilot alongside John Lithgow. The show will be called The Trail follows the lives a father and (adopted) daughter, Lithgow and Rodriguez respectively. The twist is that Lithgow’s character Larry Henderson is accused of murdering his wife. It gets even better. The show is said to be a single camera comedy.

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