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Billy Porter Drops Fierce and Political Music Video

Tony and Grammy Award-winning artist Billy Porter has released a new politically-charged video I’m Gonna Was That Man Right Outta My Hair. The performer, known for his incredible portrayal as Lola in Broadway’s Kinky Boots, recorded the song for his new album The Soul of Richard Rodgers which offers new and soulful takes on classic Richard Rodgers songs.

I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair is a video that begins with snippets of monumental moments in Porter’s life. From stage performances on Kinky Boots to day he married his partner Adam Smith, the video celebrates a time when the artist felt his life was at a high, until you-know-who stepped into the White House.

The video takes a political stance on Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ+ rights and is a mixture of spoken word and dance that empowers and uplifts those who are feeling that the country has some split ends.

Watch the diva slay in this new video:

 

Drag Race's Miss Peppermint Makes History As First Transfemale Lead On Broadway

Miss Peppermint is making history on Broadway.

The runner-up for the ninth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race will not only be acting on Broadway, but she’ll be in a leading role. But that’s not all. Miss Peppermint will be the first transwoman in a leading role on Broadway.

Peppermint came out as trans while taking part in Drag Race.

She shared her gender identity on the show while she talked about the topic of gender. Then, she later came out to the public after the show’s production had wrapped.

“It was actually though my drag that I realized my transness,” she explained. “I’m trans. I’m a trans woman.”

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Now, it’s been announced that she will be starring in a new show called Head Over Heels. The musical, described as “Elizabethan love story turned on its head,” will feature songs from the Go-Go’s and a few songs from Belinda Carlisle’s solo career.

On top of that, the show will be produced by Gwyneth Paltrow and directed by Michael Mayer (of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, American Idiot, and Spring Awakening).

In addition, Miss Peppermint will be joined on stage by Rachel York (Disaster!), Jeremy Kushnier (Cirque Du Soleil Paramour), Alexandra Socha (Spring Awakening) and Ricardo Zayas (Hamilton).

Congratulations to Miss Peppermint!

The 'West Side Story' Remake Is Coming--But This Time Wants a Real Latino Cast

The next project in the trend of reboots and revivals is the musical classic West Side Story. The 1961 film skyrocketed the careers of many young starlets, including EGOT winner Rita Moreno, who portrayed Anita in the musical. The story that surrounds two lovers from opposite gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, in New York City, who dream of getting married (a modern day Romeo and Juliet).

The problem in the 60s was that the lack of minorities in the media was a major concern. The film starred Natalie Wood, a white actress portraying the Puerto Rican Maria along with mainly white actors portraying minorities, primarily Puerto Ricans on screen.

It seems though that after movements like #OscarsSoWhite this new version of West Side Story will take heed on social changes and current demographics and make sure latinos are well-represented as part of the cast.

Enter Steven Spielberg, who really needs no introduction. Spielberg has taken on the challenge of revamping the classic tale. The 71-year-old director has put out the casting calls for the new film. With inclusivity in mind, Spielberg has made sure that all casting notices include “Must be able to sing. Must be able to speak Spanish” according The Hollywood Reporter. If successfully cast, the film is set to film in 2019 with a 2020 release.

Since revivals and remakes are such a tricky territory, Spielberg knows to tread lightly so the project remains contingent on finding the right cast to fit the bill. Who knows? Maybe the project will launch the career of a new Rita Moreno.

Andrew Garfield and “Angels In America” Are Coming Back To Broadway

Andrew Garfield / Photo by Helen Maybanks

After a successful run on the West End, Angels In America is coming back to Broadway.

The show will have its previews on February 23 and then official debut a month later on March 21. From there, they are expecting an 18-week run.

In addition, 7 members of the cast, including Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane, will make the move across the pond as well. In fact, the only cast mate who won’t be making the switch is Russell Tovey who played Joe Pitt. The role will be recast at a later date.

If you remember, controversy spiraled around Garfield during the London run after he took part in a staged interview about the play. While Garfield expressed that he had worked hard researching and preparing for a gay role, news sites twisted his words into “I’m a gay man without the act.”

Garfield later responded by stating that his words were in fact twisted and that his intention was to respect the gay community and, most importantly, his character.

Andrew Garfield and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett / Photo by Helen Maybanks

As for his character in Angels In America, Garfield plays Prior Walter, a gay man and former drag queen living with AIDS.

The play itself, which is split up into two parts called “Millennium Approaches” and “Perestroika,” is a great depiction of the AIDS epidemic and scare during the 1980s.

In fact, the play was so celebrated for its artistic yet strikingly true portrayal of the time that it has won seven Tony Awards including Best New Play (for “Perestroika”) and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (for “Millennium Approaches”).

The Broadway production is set to be hosted at the Neil Simon theatre, which is currently the home of the latest revival of Cats until December 30.

Since this production was only just announced, tickets cannot be pre-ordered yet, but be on the lookout as pre-orders, or at least a notification email list, should appear soon.

The 'Mean Girls' Musical Cast Is Revealed

Since we found out one our favorite cult classics from the new millennium Mean Girls was hitting the Broadway stage as a new musical, we’ve almost been too gay to function!

And now the cast of the much anticipated production has finally been revealed. You won’t recognize anyone from the film, but there are new plastics in town that will hopefully make us fall in love with the characters over again.

 

 

The Mean Girls Musical book is by none other than the hilarious Tina Fey, who created the North Shore High School world. Fey’s husband, Jeff Richmond, has composed the original music with lyrics from Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde). Direction and choreography will come from Casey Nicholaw (Aladdin, The Book of Mormon, Spamalot).

African foreign exchange student turned Cold hard plastic, Cady Heron, will be played by Erika Henningsen who has captivated audiences as Fantine in Les Miserables


Fugly slut queen of the Plastics Regina George will be played by Taylor Louderman who is currently on Broadway in Kinky Boots


Drug pushing Ms. Norbury will be played by Kerry Butler who was Penny Pingleton in the original cast of Hairspray and has also appeared in Les Miserables and received a Tony Award nomination for Xanadu


The girl with the 5th sense, Karen Smith will be played by Kate Rockwell who has appeared in Bring It On and Legally Blonde


The daughter of the inventor of Toaster Strudel, Gretchen Wieners, will be portrayed by Ashley Park from previous productions of Mamma Mia! and The King and I


Goth wannabe Janis Sarkisian (Ian) will be played by Barrett Wilbert Weed who has appeared in Heathers: The Musical


Pink shirt-wearing, queer accomplice, Damian Hubbard will be played by original Book of Mormon cast member Grey Henson


The Mean Girls musical will have its world premiere on October 31st in Washington, D.C. with a run through December 3rd. Dates for New York City are still being decided.