2016 continues to be a huge year for Broadway musicals in the news. On April 3, Kinky Boots became the longest-running show to ever play the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on 302 West 45th Street, as announced by producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig via Playbill last week.
Wayne Brady, actor/comedian best known for his "Whose Line is it Anyway" characters, will strap on a pair of high heeled red leather boots this week as he takes over for the original and current Lola, played by Billy Porter in the Tony-winning production of Kinky Boots.
Acclaimed violinist Lindsey Stirling has been added to the lineup of the 17th annual Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert "Lean on Me: A Celebration of Music and Philanthropy.” Other performers include Melissa Etheridge, Cyndi Lauper, Willie Nelson, Robin Thicke, Aloe Blacc, John Mellencamp and Rozzi Crane. “Lean on Me” will be a part of Grammy Week, which highlights the Grammy Foundation’s ongoing work to safeguard music’s history. The Grammy Foundation hopes that by preserving our musical past, future generations will be able to benefit and grow in their own appreciation of history-making musical giants. Grammy Week will include a number of different events, culminating with the premiere of the 57th annual Grammy Awards. “Lean on Me” will bring together an extraordinary range of artists for a unique evening featuring live musical performances and archival footage from the Grammy Foundation’s preservation grant archives. The night will explore the history of and evolution of songwriting. By presenting an array of versatile artist, “Lean on Me” will celebrate the invaluable contributions of historic musicians and their impact on the American cultural landscape.
With a Tony Award, a new album, and an autobiographical play coming up this fall at Primary Stages, Billy Porter is on several rolls at once.
Pop stars from Ricky Martin to Carly Rae Jepsen have ventured onto Broadway and West End stages, with mixed results.
Sister Cristina Scuccia competed in The Voice of Italy's first battle round on Wednesday night, belting out Lauper’s "Girls Just Want to Have Fun” as a duet with her competitor Luna Palumbo.
"Nora, hope we got it right." -- George C. Wolfe
The musical Kinky Boots, with a score by pop star Cyndi Lauper, earned 13 nominations for the Tony Awards, leading the field for Broadway's highest honor.
Last night, April 4, 2013, a new musical 'Kinky Boots' had its official opening night on Broadway at Al Hirschfeld Theatre.