Jake Gyllenhaal to produce and star in film version of ‘Fun Home’

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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ABOVE: Jake Gyllenhaal (Photo by Emilio Madrid, courtesy Broadway.com)

“Brokeback Mountain” star Jake Gyllenhaal has been set to produce and star in a film adaptation of “Fun Home,” the Broadway musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel of the same name.

Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical, “Fun Home” — originally adapted from out cartoonist Bechdel’s groundbreaking 2006 memoir by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori — depicts Bechdel onstage at three different ages as she delves into memories of her dysfunctional upbringing, especially those surrounding her closeted father, in a home that also served as the location for the family’s mortuary business.

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Billy Porter teams with Idina Menzel to record a holiday classic

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ABOVE: Billy Porter and Idina Menzel keeping warm in their new video duet (Image via YouTube)

As Christmas approaches each year, it comes with the anticipation (and maybe also the dread) of the next glittery, fabulous new holiday single to be dropped by a pop star.

This season has already brought us Sam Smith’s rendition of Donna Summer’s classic “I Feel Love” (okay, not exactly a Christmas song, but coupled with those Target holiday commercials it seems as festive as “Jingle Bells”), but the winner might just have landed under our trees courtesy of not one, but two of Broadway’s brightest lights.

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Carrollwood Players Theatre in Tampa presents the Tony Award winning drama, Streamers, by David Rabe.

This Vietnam era drama examines the relationships of a group of young men waiting in an army barracks for their imminent departure to the war in Vietnam. Sexual and racial tensions flare as each of the men grapples with his identity, leading to an explosive crescendo.

Performances:

Friday, August 23rd at 8 pm. Saturday, August 24th at 3 pm and 8 pm. Sunday, August 25th at 3 pm.

Adult Language and Themes. Violence.

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Carrollwood Players Theatre in Tampa presents the Tony Award winning drama, Streamers, by David Rabe.

This Vietnam era drama examines the relationships of a group of young men waiting in an army barracks for their imminent departure to the war in Vietnam. Sexual and racial tensions flare as each of the men grapples with his identity, leading to an explosive crescendo.

Performances:

Friday, August 23rd at 8 pm. Saturday, August 24th at 3 pm and 8 pm. Sunday, August 25th at 3 pm.

Adult Language and Themes. Violence.

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Carrollwood Players Theatre in Tampa presents the Tony Award winning drama, Streamers, by David Rabe.

This Vietnam era drama examines the relationships of a group of young men waiting in an army barracks for their imminent departure to the war in Vietnam. Sexual and racial tensions flare as each of the men grapples with his identity, leading to an explosive crescendo.

Performances:

Friday, August 23rd at 8 pm. Saturday, August 24th at 3 pm and 8 pm. Sunday, August 25th at 3 pm.

Adult Language and Themes. Violence.

Streamers

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Carrollwood Players Theatre in Tampa presents the Tony Award winning drama, Streamers, by David Rabe.

This Vietnam era drama examines the relationships of a group of young men waiting in an army barracks for their imminent departure to the war in Vietnam. Sexual and racial tensions flare as each of the men grapples with his identity, leading to an explosive crescendo.

Performances:

Friday, August 23rd at 8 pm. Saturday, August 24th at 3 pm and 8 pm. Sunday, August 25th at 3 pm.

Adult Language and Themes. Violence.

Jay Goldberg serves stepsister realness in ‘Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella’

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Over 100 million viewers welcomed Julie Andrews into their homes for the live CBS premiere of “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” in 1957. It was a record-breaking feat for the musical theater writing team’s only piece produced exclusively for television.

The production would go on to spark multiple onscreen revivals, like 1997’s Brandy and Whitney Houston-led cult classic, and it would ultimately venture to the stage. It wasn’t until 2013 that the show would find its way to Broadway, however, where its stage revival garnered nine Tony Award nominations—winning one of those for best costume design and launching multiple national tours in the process.

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‘Hamilton,’ ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ among the Broadway shows coming to Dr. Phillips Center

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ORLANDO | The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announced their 2018/19 FAIRWINDS Broadway series in a press release March 9.

The season will be headlined by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2015 Tony Award-winning smash hit Hamilton. Hamilton took Broadway by storm nearly three years ago going on to receive a record-setting 16 Tony nominations, and winning 11 of them including Best Musical.

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Watermark Giveaway: RENT – 20th Anniversary Tour at the Straz Center in Tampa

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RENT was a more than a Broadway musical, it was a movement. Twenty years after Jonathan Larson’s groundbreaking show won the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it is back and its themes of life, death and love are still as relevant today as the day it opened on Broadway.

RENT is coming to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts this month and we want to send you to opening night. We are giving away three pairs of tickets to the Sept. 19 show.

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‘Rent’ announced as Fox’s next live musical

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Fox’s next live production event will be the Tony-winning musical, “Rent,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The rock musical, loosely based on the Italian opera “La bohème” by Giacomo Puccini, will be adapted for the small screen by executive producer Marc Platt (“La La Land,” “Wicked”) and the estate of the late “Rent” creator Jonathan Larson.

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An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth

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Emmy® and Tony Award®–winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth returns Mon, Mar 13 to Ruth Eckerd Hall after a smash performance in 2016! Kristin takes the lead in a career that spans film, television, voiceover and stage. Though Kristin has often come into our living rooms on hit shows such as The West Wing and Glee, she may be most remembered by Broadway lovers everywhere for her origination of the role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked, which earned her a Tony Award nomination and her Tony Award–winning performance in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, for which she stole the show and many hearts in the process. In July, she received the coveted star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of live performances on stage or in theatre.

A veteran of the concert stage, Kristin has performed to sold–out crowds in concert halls across the globe. In her live show, the acclaimed star brings iconic songs from her best known shows like Wicked, Glee and On the Twentieth Century – as well as popular standards and classics from Broadway, Hollywood and beyond!

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

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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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