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Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman is Real Life Hero >>

Hugh Jackman might play a hero in the 'X-Men' film series, but today he is a real hero. The Tony winning 'Boy From Oz' star recently returned home to his native Australia where he saved the lives of his kids and another family who were at risk of drowning from a dangerous riptide in Sydney. The whole dramatic incident was captured on video.

B.D. Wong

From Broadway to 'Gotham' Tony Winner BD Wong Turned Super Villain Hugo Strange >>

Fans of comic book TV shows/movies and musical theater have a lot in common. Both the theater and comics require a rather large central conceit,(breaking out into song and dance and super natural powers, respectively), but offer you an inside glance at some pretty detailed characters. Action figures allow kids to take control of their favorite hero and community theater gives actors a chance to step into the shoes of their favorite character. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many musical theater actors also cross over into the world of superhero TV shows/movies. Hugh Jackman is famous for playing both Peter Allan in The 'Boy From Oz' and Wolverine in the 'X-Men' series. Many of his fellow X-Men are also know to break out into song and dance. The list could go on for days. Tonight we focus on on Tony winner turned supervillain. B.D. Wong ('M. Butterfly,' 'You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown') recently joined the cast of Fox’s 'Gotham' as the demented Doctor Hugo Strange. Check out the report below for a look at Wong as Strange.

James Corden Hosting Tony's: Replacing Neil Patrick Harris, Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming & Hugh Jackman >>

The American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League have their new host for 2016 Tony Awards celebration. 'Into the Woods' film actor Late Late Show Host, and Tony Award Winner James Corden has been selected to emcee the evening. Corden is replacing last year’s paired host, Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming (Cabaret, Reefer Madness, film). The bar for Corden gets even higher when compared to host of Tony’s past, Hugh Jackman ('Boy From Oz') and Neil Patrick Harris ('Hedwig and the Angry Inch', 'Assassins'). Both men have won Emmy Awards for hosting the Tony’s. It should be noted that all five the aforementioned actors have won Tony Awards.

The Lion King

Boost in Broadway Ticket Sales This Holiday Season >>

The holidays mean big money for Broadway producers. This season, 19 of the current 26 shows broke the $1 million mark for the week with almost 30,000 more people attending shows than last Christmas. The Broadway League says the shows pulled in $40,993,950 for the week ending Sunday, Dec. 28, better than the same week last year when 30 shows attracted $38,783,854. Also, attendance is on the rise from 290,386 in 2013 to 318,721 this year. The mild New York winter weather and Christmas falling on a Thursday may all be helpful factors in the increase in attendance. With a boost in celebrity casting in Broadway shows being another reason for people attending the theater, performances sans celebrities are holding their own. Despite having Hugh Jackman in "The River," Bradley Cooper in "The Elephant Man" and Sting in "The Last Ship" all onstage toward the end of the year, and "The Book of Mormon" hardly slowing down at all this year, an old favorite was once again king of Broadway in 2014. Disney's "The Lion King" set a weekly record at the Minskoff Theatre with a nine-performance haul of $2,885,321. The Disney favorite remains Broadway's highest-grossing show of the year for the second time in a row, despite six other shows having higher average ticket prices.

Hugh Jackman

Cush Jumbo of 'Torchwood' to Make Broadway Debut with Hugh Jackman in 'The River' >>

Hugh Jackman may have gotten most of the attention at yesterday's press introduction for the upcoming Broadway premiere of Jez Butterworth's The River, but American audiences might also recognize co-star Cush Jumbo's face from the Season Three "Children of Earth" series on the Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood.

Shakespeare in Love

'Shakespeare in Love' Opens Today in London, Minus Gwyneth Paltrow and Tom Stoppard >>

A risky bet on a film adaptation opens on the West End without a trial run.

Rap Meets Broadway: LL Cool J, T.I., Tupac and--Hugh Jackman? >>

Hip-hop culture has been muscling its way onto the Great White Way for some time, with or without Hugh Jackman's rapping skills.

Neil Patrick Harris in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' on Broadway

Neil Patrick Harris, Alan Cumming, Idina Menzel and Sting to Perform at 2014 Tony Awards >>

Hugh Jackman hosts a music-heavy lineup that includes pop stars, cast performances and previews.

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman Returning to Broadway in 'The River' >>

The Tony winner (and four-time Tony host) will appear in a limited engagement of Jez Butterworth's first play since 'Jerusalem.'

Third Eye Blind: Totally Not Gay Hugh Jackman, Again, to Host 68th Annual Tony Awards on June 8

Third Eye Blind: Hugh Jackman, Again, to Host 68th Annual Tony Awards on June 8 >>

An Emmy award-winner for his 2004 gig as a Tony-giver, Wolverine himself, Hugh "Logan" Jackman, will make an unprecedented third-time appearance as the much sought-after host of the 68th annual Tony Awards on June 8.

Rufus Norris Replacing Nicholas Hytner as New Royal National Theatre Chief >>

No more bets, gentlemen, the most hotly contested position in British--and maybe world--theater has just been filled. Rufus Norris will take over Britain's National Theatre from 2015, when the (excellent) incumbent Nicholas Hytner steps down.

Five Quickies: Les Misérables with Lawyers, Donald Rosenberg on Modern American Symphonies, Britten's Lost 'Sylphides,' Charlie Parker's Birthday, Snapchat Opera

Five Quickies: Les Misérables with Lawyers, Donald Rosenberg on Modern American Symphonies, Britten's Lost 'Sylphides,' Charlie Parker's Birthday, Snapchat Opera >>

So, in an effort to keep all you Classicalites abreast of each and every situation, we'll be trawling the web for the best headlines--those stories, those people making the biggest waves.

Les Miserables Cast

'Les Miserables' soundtrack tops Billboard album chart >>

The soundtrack to the big screen adaption of Broadway musical "Les Miserables" topped the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, edging out British folk rockers Mumford & Sons.

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