Chris McCarrell leads ‘The Lightning Thief’ national tour

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Chris McCarrell knew he wasn’t done playing the titular lead he originated in “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” when the popular Off-Broadway production came to a close in 2017.

“My dream growing up was to get with a show at its ground level and truly watch it become what it needed to become,” the openly LGBTQ, 28 year-old performer says. “I just couldn’t sit at home while I knew people were seeing ‘The Lightning Thief’ and I wasn’t there. When I was offered the tour, I knew that if anyone was going to carry this character to the next step of the show, it had to be me.”

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NBC releases a first look at the network’s next live musical “Hairspray”

By : Jeremy Williams
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After the success of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and The Wiz; NBC continues its ratings juggernaut of live musicals with Hairspray Live!, airing on the peacock network Dec. 7 at 8:00 ET.

The live television event, based on the Tony-winning Broadway musical (which in turn is based on the 1988 John Waters film), tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, a “pleasantly plump” teenager (played by newcomer Maddie Baillio), landing a spot on a TV dance show in her hometown of Baltimore.

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Orlando 2016 Fringe Review: Darlings

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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It seems ever since Finding Neverland debuted on Broadway, references to Peter Pan, Wendy Darling, Captain Hook, the Lost Boys and Mr. Smee have become ubiquitous in pop culture, especially theater—and the show Darlings is a great example of the re-imagining and re-working of the ever-loved story of Peter Pan.

Playing in the Pink Venue and put on by Animal Engine Theatre Company from New York, the show features, and was created by, the company’s two artistic directors Karim Muasher and Carrie Brown, who are also husband and wife. Brown plays Mrs. Darling and Muasher plays Mr. Darling, and you’re thrust into their world the moment you step into the venue. The show is a whirlwind of pain, giddiness, longing and childish innocence, as the play tells the traditional story of Peter Pan but from a new perspective: in the eyes of the Darling parents.

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Gay Day at the Magic Kingdom 2014

By : Chris Stephenson
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June 7, 2014 was Gay Day at the Magic Kingdom.

While there was a strong LGBT presence, Gay Day 2014 was not the sea of red shirts that past years have been.

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