Peppermint makes history as first trans woman to create a principal role on Broadway

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” season nine alum Peppermint has been cast in the new musical “Head Over Heels,” making her the first openly transgender woman to originate a principal role on Broadway.

“Head Over Heels” is based on the Elizabethan comedy “The Arcadia,” and will feature music from the all-female band The Go-Go’s known for their hits “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed” and “Vacation.”

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Kate Shindle on playing out author Alison Bechdel in the national tour of ‘Fun Home’

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Kate Shindle is an author, activist, actor and ally to the LGBTQ community. She’s also the youngest-ever president of the Actors’ Equity Association, the labor union fighting for the fair treatment of over 50,000 theatre industry professionals, and is only the third woman to hold the title.

Last year, Shindle broke ground in another way when she began touring the country as Alison Bechdel, the lead in the Tony-award winning Fun Home. The show, based off of Bechdel’s graphic memoir of the same name, is the first Broadway production to feature a lesbian protagonist.

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The groundbreaking Broadway smash hit ‘RENT’ celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a tour across America

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It’s been over 10,512,000 minutes since RENT took the world by storm in 1996, well over 525,600. But as Jonathan Larson’s original rock musical readies its 20th anniversary tour, it’s clear that every one of those minutes has indeed been measured in love.

The off-Broadway world premiere of RENT, a re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, took place on February 13, 1996. The hit show transferred to Broadway on April 29 of the same year and went on to captivate audiences worldwide. It even inspired a 2005 film adaptation of the same name, featuring much of the original Broadway cast and earning nearly $30 million domestically.

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Acclaimed UK production of ‘Angels in America’ heads to NY

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LONDON (AP) – Britain’s National Theatre says its acclaimed production of “Angels in America” is heading to Broadway.

Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane lead the cast of Tony Kushner’s “gay fantasia on national themes,” which opens at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York for 18 weeks beginning Feb. 23.

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Acclaimed singer and actress Barbara Cook has died at 89

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NEW YORK (AP) — Barbara Cook, whose shimmering soprano made her one of Broadway’s leading ingenues and later a major cabaret and concert interpreter of popular American song, has died. She was 89.

Cook died early Tuesday of respiratory failure at her home in Manhattan, surrounded by family and friends, according to publicist Amanda Kaus. Her last meal was vanilla ice cream, a nod to one of her most famous roles in “She Loves Me.”

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid

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An Under the Sea Sensation!

With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, this beautiful Broadway hit is based on your favorite Disney film! Come fall in love with the magic for the first time – or all over again! “One of the most ravishing things I have ever seen on a Broadway stage” – Time Magazine

The Thursday, July 13, performance will be sign language interpreted.

Stay tuned for on-sale information.

Cher announces Broadway musical coming in 2018

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Cher’s life story will be brought to the Broadway stage in a musical set to debut in 2018, the pop icon announced on Twitter on Tuesday.

The singer teased that the production was in the works back in January after attending the read through.

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The reigning queen of Broadway, Idina Menzel, is on top of the world and she isn’t letting it go anytime soon

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Idina Menzel has the billion-dollar voice – that is billion with a “B.” It is in no small part because of that voice singing the hit song “Let It Go” that Disney’s Oscar-winning animated musical Frozen became the highest-grossing animated film of all time with a $1.2 billion worldwide box-office showing. Menzel’s powerful vocals in Wicked also began that Broadway musical’s ascension over the billion-dollar mark, which it crossed in 2016, only the third time that feat has been accomplished on Broadway.

The Tony-winning Broadway icon released her fifth studio album, Idina., in September 2016, starred in Lifetime’s remake of Beaches and will soon begin recording the voice of Queen Elsa for the much anticipated animated sequel, Frozen 2.

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“Great Comet,” “Hello Dolly!” lead Tony nods

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NEW YORK (AP) – “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” a musical that dramatizes a 70-page melodrama at the center of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” earned a leading 12 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, which also saw nods for Bette Midler, Kevin Kline, Josh Groban, Danny DeVito and Cate Blanchett.

Groban earned a nod for portraying – in a fat suit – an unhappy husband in “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.” His musical will now compete for the best new musical Tony with “Come From Away,” ”Dear Evan Hansen” and “Groundhog Day.”

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Watermark Giveaway: Bernadette Peters at the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando

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Broadway legend Bernadette Peters is coming to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts April 21 and we want to send you and a guest to be a part of the magic.

Few in Broadway’s history are as legendary as Bernadette Peters. She has conquered the stage, the screen (both big and small) and concert halls across the world, and now the voice of Sondheim will perform some of her greatest hits with the Dr. Phillips Center’s brand new jazz orchestra.

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Broadway legend Bernadette Peters talks Sondheim songs and streaming shows ahead of her concert at Dr. Phillips Center

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Few in Broadway’s history are as legendary as Bernadette Peters. Nominated for seven Tony Awards (winning two plus an honorary award), nine Drama Desk Awards (winning three) and genuinely understood by those in the wings to be the greatest songstress to ever sing Sondheim, Peters commands every stage she steps on. But to be Broadway royalty wasn’t enough for this talent.

Peters is a Golden Globe winning actress who has been a part of classic films such as the movie musical Annie, Mel Brooks’ Silent Movie and starring opposite Steve Martin in The Jerk and Pennies From Heaven. She is also a recording artist, a children’s book author, a humanitarian who fights for equal rights for both people and animals. And, to top it all off, she is currently a part of not one but two television series – Amazon Prime’s Mozart in the Jungle and CBS’ The Good Fight.

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Fan collapses at ‘Hello, Dolly!’ says he’d ‘rather die than miss Act Two’

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One Bette Midler fan wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of seeing Midler perform live on Broadway in “Hello, Dolly!,” not even his health.

Page Six reports a 53-year-old man from Los Angeles fell ill during Act One but refused to leave the theater until the show was over.

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