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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.

Liza Minnelli

Broadway Legend Liza Minnelli Turns 70 Years Old >>

“What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play!” That is right. Broadway and film icon, Liza Minnelli has just turned 70 years old today (March 12). The daughter of the legendary Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli, Liza made a name for herself winning one Oscar, two Tonys, One Emmy and One Legendary Grammy award. Liza’s many awards puts her in rare company of other E.G.O.T. (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winners.

Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald Graces Essence Cover Before ‘Shuffle Along’ Opens >>

Six time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, who is known to many as Dr. Naomi Bennett on ABC’s 'Private Practice,' graces the April 2016 cover of Essence magazine.Now, as her new play, 'Shuffle Along' is heading into Broadway previews, McDonald is talking about staying humble after winning so many honors. Check out the report below for a look at the April cover of Essence.

B.D. Wong

New ‘Gotham’ Tonight with Tony Winner BD Wong as Doctor Hugo Strange >>

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 Talks Joining ‘Gilmore Girls’ Netflix Reboot Cast >>

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

Tony Winner BD Wong on Wrong Side of ‘Law & Order’ >>

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

Gotham

Tony Award Winner BD Wong Returns to TV in Fox’s ‘Gotham’ >>

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.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Tony Winner Annaleigh Ashford Joins Original Frank Furter Actor Tim Curry in Fox’s Rocky Horror Show Live >>

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.

Brian Bedford

Tony Winner Brian Bedford Dies At 80: Remembered for Disney ‘Robin Hood’ Voice & Shakespeare Roles >>

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.

Dancing With the Stars

'DWTS' Champ J.R. Martinez Throws Facebook Shade On Ex-Girlfriend >>

Season 13 'Dancing with the Stars' winner J.R. Martinez survived Iraq, the perils of daytime soaps and even reality television, but he can't take one more minute with girlfriend of 4 years actress Diana Gonzalez-Jones. He took to Facebook to announce their breakup and let it be known that the mother of his daughter Lauryn has changed into a person he would rather not be around.

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