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.
Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris ('Hedwig and the Angry Inch') is returning to TV but that doesn’t mean his theater days are behind him. NPH is reportedly working behind the scenes on an all new theatrical magic show. According to Playbill Harris will be working with Randy Weiner ('Sleep No More,' 'The Donkey Show') to create a magical new theatrical experience.
Last week Tony Award winner B.D. Wong ('Law & Order: SVU,' 'OZ,' 'M Butterfly') made his debut appearance on Fox’s Batman origin series, Gotham. Wong is playing the crazed psychiatrist Doctor Hugo Strange. Now, Wong is opening up about the inner workings of his characters warped mind. Check out the report below to hear what Strange things Wong has to say about the new villain, as well as a look at tonight’s all new episode.
Tony Winner Sutton Foster is making her way to Star’s Hollow. Foster formerly starred in 'Bunheads,' by Amy Sherman-Palladino, who also created 'Gilmore Girls.' So, now that 'Gilmore Girls' is getting a Netflix reboot, Foster is coming along for the ride.
B.D. Wong knows a thing or two about 'Law & Order,' Playing forensic psychiatrist and FBI criminal profiler Special Agent George Huang, on 'Law & Order: SVU' as well as Oswald State Penitentiary chaplain Father Ray Mukada in HBO’s 'OZ.' But now Wong is taking on something a little stranger. The Tony Award winner is returning to TV this Monday, Professor Hugo Strange in Fox’s Batman prequel series, 'Gotham.' Check out the report below for a look at Tony
Tony Award winner B.D. Wong (M. Butterfly, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Law & Order: SVU, OZ) is returning to television next week in Fox’s hit Batman prequel Gotham. Wong will be portraying the classic Batman villain, Dr Hugo Strange, as part of the 'Wrath of the Villain's' storyline. In the comics, Hugo Strange is a mad scientist obsessed with Batman, who even takes to dressing as the caped crusader in an almost fetish type manner.
Kelli O’Hara has been chosen to be the national spokesman for the Theatre in Our Schools (TIOS) Campaign. The campaign is a joint effort from The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) and the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE). O’Hara will be actively raise public awareness of the value of theatre education & quality programs for all students. O’Hara just might be the perfect person to shine light on the won the 2015 Best Actress in a Musical for her role in 'The King and I.' O’Hara is also up for a Grammy award for Best Musical Theater Album meaning all eyes are bound to be on her.
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.
Annaleigh Ashford was “walking down the street just having a wink, when a snake of a guy gave her an evil.” In other words, she has officially been cast in Fox’s 'Rocky Horror Show Live' as everyone’s favorite groupie, Columbia. Ashford is a highly acclaimed stage actress who won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for the revival of 'You Can't Take It with You.' Ashford will be in good company. Original West End, Broadway and Picture Show star, Tim Curry, has officially been cast as the Criminologist.
One time Tony Award winner and Seven time Tony nominee Brian Bedford passed away on Wednesday at the age of 80. Bedford died after battling cancer making him the 3rd high profile actor to die this week, with David Bowie and Alan Rickman both passing away from cancer at the age of 69. Bedford, a veteran of the stage is known for his work acting and directing for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Bedford also stole the show as Lady Bracknell in his 2009 performance of Oscar Wilde’s classic play The Importance of Being Earnest, Many fans will remember Bedford as the voice of the charming lead character in the animated Walt Disney classic, Robin Hood.
Responding to Monday's Boston Marathon bombing, Tony-winning playwright Richard Greenberg made a few last-minute edits to his newest play, The Assembled Parties, before its Broadway opening on Wednesday.