American Stage, Matthew McGee bring “The Producers” to the park

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Being out in the park is the perfect place to do this,” Tampa Bay fan-favorite actor Matthew McGee says of “The Producers,” American Stage’s latest outdoor production. “American Stage can make gigantic sets for this huge show, they can have a large cast… and you can also make it available for lots of people to see.”

McGee plays Max Bialystock, a devious lead in Mel Brooks’ Oscar-winning 1967 film, Tony-winning 2001 musical and subsequent 2005 film of the same name. The cult classic, described as an “equal opportunity offender,” follows Bialystock and fellow-schemer Leo Bloom as they produce the most notorious flop in history, bilking their backers out of millions of dollars.

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Nathan Lane says Harvey Weinstein attacked him at Hillary Clinton’s birthday

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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In the midst of recent sexual harassment allegations swirling around Harvey Weinstein, actor Nathan Lane recalled his own encounter with the film producer.

According to Page Six, the out actor claims that Weinstein attacked him at Hillary Clinton’s birthday party in 2000. Lane recalled telling a comb-over joke about Rudy Giuliani, which resulted in Weinstein throwing Lane against the wall.

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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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Nathan Lane says straight actors can play gay roles

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BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) – Gay actors shouldn’t have a monopoly on gay roles, award-winning stage and screen actor Nathan Lane said.

Lane, who is gay and has played both straight and gay characters, was asked the question at a TV critics’ meeting Tuesday. He was there to discuss PBS’ presentation of the Broadway play “The Nance,” in which he stars.

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