Scissor Sisters frontman out with catchy new solo record

By : Thom Murphy OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Like the emcee in “Cabaret,” Jake Shears invites us into his new eponymous solo debut album, a smart, eccentric and at times outlandish record that feel like its own self-contained cabaret performance.

Shears is best known as a founding member of the pop group Scissor Sisters. The group went on hiatus in 2012 following the album “Magic Hour,” a Billboard No. 1 album on the Top Dance/Electronic chart which featured the single “Let’s Have A Kiki.” Shears has since appeared alongside Kylie Minogue in the 2015 single “The Other Boys,” published a memoirand made his Broadway debut in “Kinky Boots” — coincidentally in the same role played by Panic! At the Disco’s Brendon Urie last summer. But in his first solo album (out last week), the 39-year-old singer seems interested in branching out from his previous work, experimenting with country and blues.

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Todrick Hall opens up his forbidden side for his new album and tour

By : Randa Griffin
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Todrick Hall’s rise to fame has not slowed down since he first appeared on season 9 of “American Idol,” where he made it all the way to the semi-finals. He has established himself as an influential force in every aspect of performing, showcasing his talents for singing, dancing, theater and choreography on his YouTube channel—which currently has nearly 3 million subscribers—and his sold-out performances around the world.

Hall released his latest album “Forbidden” in March and is taking his talent back on the road in his new show “Todrick Hall American: The Forbidden Tour.” Watermark spoke to Hall about his rapidly changing career, his impact on his LGBTQ fans and his plans to win a “grand slam,” in show business.

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‘Something Rotten!’ actor Nick Rashad Burroughs talks about being on Broadway, working with Todrick Hall and what inspires him

By : Jeremy Williams
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Nick Rashad Burroughs grew up singing in the church in Birmingham, Alabama. As the son of a preacher, Burroughs spent his days either with the youth choir or running track.

“Track was my focus at the time,” Burroughs says. “I found theater a bit late, but just in time to go to college for it.”

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Kinky Boots

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Kinky Boots
Tuesday, April 11 at 8 pm
Wednesday, April 12 at 8 pm
Thursday, April 13 at 8 pm
Friday, April 14 at 8 pm
Saturday, April 15 at 2 & 8 pm
Sunday, April 16 at 2 & 7 pm

Kinky Boots is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by GRAMMY® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind.

Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.

With direction and choreography by two-time Tony® Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), Kinky Boots is the winner of 6 Broadway Tony® Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography.

Take a step in the right direction and discover that sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out. “There is no show hotter than Kinky Boots!” – CBS News

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‘80s sitcom star Jim J. Bullock kicks up his heels as he heads to Clearwater for ‘Kinky Boots’

By : Christina Diaz and Jeremy Williams
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Many will remember Jim J. Bullock as the flamboyant Monroe Ficus in the 1980s sitcom Too Close For Comfort, starring Ted Knight and Nancy Dussault. Bullock’s over-the-top and endearing personality shined through his character and left the audiences at home wondering is he or isn’t he? Spoiler alert: he is.

After six seasons of Too Close For Comfort, Bullock went on to become a fixture on Hollywood Squares, appeared in films such as Spaceballs and Kissing Jessica Stein and even had a short-lived talk show with famed televangelist Tammy Faye.

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Dixie Chick: Cyndi Lauper on fame, going country and her dream to be in ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?’ with Madonna

By : Chris Azzopardi
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It’s not just about having fun anymore.

For Cyndi Lauper, music runs deeper than her ‘80s-era eccentricities may have seemed to suggest. A collection of classics from the Great American Songbook, deep Memphis-based blues, the feel-good Broadway romp Kinky Boots, which won her a Tony in 2013 for best score – Lauper changes musical guises like she changes dye jobs.

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Local LGBT teens learn about theatre during backstage Kinky Boots experience

By : Jamie Hyman
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Orlando – Theater has long been a safe refuge for LGBT kids.

Dana Brazil, Director of Education for Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, says theater is an “open door for people find a home” where there is “a lot less judgment, a lot more acceptance, ” especially for young people who might be discovering they are gay or transgender.

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Kinky Boots event brings LGBT youth behind the curtain

By : Jamie Hyman
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About 20 of Central Florida’s LGBT youth will get an opportunity to learn about what goes into a Broadway production.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Zebra Coalition, Kinky Boots and the True Colors Foundation is hosting the event, which is an afternoon of educational speakers followed by a dinner, performance and then a Q&A with the Kinky Boots cast.

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Wayne Brady gets ready to model some Kinky Boots

By : Danny Garcia
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Starting in November, Orlando’s Wayne Brady replaces Billy Porter, donning the kinkiest boots on Broadway when he takes over as “Lola” on Broadway’s Kinky Boots.

Wayne Brady attended school in Orlando and performed at SAK Improv theater. He gained notable fame when he appeared on the U.S. version of Whose Line is Anyway?

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Dr. Philips Center announces sophomore season Orlando Broadway series

By : Jeremy Williams
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With only a few more shows left in their inaugural season, Fairwinds Broadway in Orlando announced the shows lined up for the 2015/16 season at the Dr. Phillips Center.

The six shows were announced on March 16 to a packed crowd in the Walt Disney Theater and brought some recent Tony award winners, a couple of movies converted to musicals and two Roger & Hammerstein classics. The season runs from November 10 thru May 8.

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12.5.13 Editor’s Desk

By : Steve Blanchard
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SteveBlanchardHeadshotOn Thanksgiving morning, I settled in with my coffee beside me and a dog on my lap to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Granted, it’s not something I normally do, but it’s proven to be a year of new traditions for me, so I figured, “why not.”

After fighting dreary reports and sleepy performances on CBS, I switched over to NBC and saw that the network incorporated Broadway (although obviously lip-synched) performances into the parade festivities. I caught the second half of the Motown show, stepped outside with my pups for a bit, and came back in time to hear Matt Lauer introduce a performance by the cast of the Cyndi Lauper/Harvey Fierstein musical Kinky Boots.

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