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GLAAD President: It’s Time to Retire Annual Lgbt TV Report

3 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

For nearly a decade, GLAAD has tracked and advocated for Lgbt representation on television through our annual report, the Network Responsibility Index (Nri), and the change we’ve seen in that time has been nothing short of remarkable. As the Lgbt community celebrated historic victories in the real world, on TV, Lgbt people appeared in growing numbers and can now be found on nearly every major network.

GLAAD’s Nri has been a critical tool in holding networks accountable for the images they present, and no doubt, helped ignite better representation of a community once left out of the picture entirely. Now, almost 10 years after its debut, GLAAD will retire the Nri, though not for the reasons you might think.

We haven’t “won” when it comes to television, because simply getting higher numbers of Lgbt people on TV was never the only goal. Since its founding, GLAAD has pushed »

- Sarah Kate Ellis

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Kinky Boots London exclusive rehearsal footage

18 August 2015 9:12 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Kinky Boots London

Starting its preview run at the Adelphi Theatre in London from this Friday, 21st August is the new musical Kinky Boots, and to tie in with that, we have an exclusive look behind-the-scenes at rehearsals for the show in a brand new featurette.

Watch the Kinky Boots London rehearsal footage below.

Kinky Boots: The Musical which music and lyrics by Tony, Emmy and Grammy-winner Cyndi Lauper and a book by legendary Tony-winner Harvey Fierstein, has already had a hugely successful run on Broadway, where it opened in 2013. Transferring to the West End this year, the UK production stars Killian Donnelly and Matt Henry in the two leads as Charlie and Lola respectively, with other cast members including Amy Lennox as Lauren, Amy Ross as Nicola, Jamie Baughan as Don, and Michael Hobbs as George.

Kinky Boots: The Musical is based on the 2005 movie screenplay by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth. »

- Paul Heath

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‘The Wiz’: Common, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley Join NBC Live Musical

13 August 2015 10:43 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC is rounding out the cast of “The Wiz Live!” with recording artists Common and Ne-Yo, and “Hairspray” star Elijah Kelley, the network announced Thursday at its Television Critics Assn. summer press tour presentation.

Kelley will play the Scarecrow, the first of the three friends to meet Dorothy (Shanice Williams). He’s always dreamed of having brains, never realizing that he’s the smartest of them all. The role marks a reunion between Kelley and his “Hairspray” co-star Queen Latifah. It will be the actor’s second collaboration with “Wiz” executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who also served as EPs on “Hairspray.”

Ne-Yo will play the Tin Man, who was once a flesh-and-blood woodsman until a spell put on him by the Wicked Witch caused him to lose his limbs and heart — but not his ability to feel.

Oscar and Grammy winner Common will play the Bouncer, the »

- Laura Prudom

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‘The Wiz’ Casts ‘Orange Is the New Black’s’ Uzo Aduba & ‘Glee’ Alum Amber Riley

6 August 2015 10:36 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Orange Is the New Black” star Uzo Aduba and “Glee’s” Amber Riley have joined the cast of NBC’s “The Wiz Live!”

Aduba will play Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, who finally reveals the secret of the silver slippers to Dorothy and points her way home.

Riley will portray Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North. She is the sister of Glinda, Evillene and Evvamene, the other three witches of Oz. Addaperle points Dorothy to the Yellow Brick Road and her journey to Emerald City.

The pair joins Queen Latifah, who will play the Wiz; Mary J. Blige, who is set as the Wicked Witch of the West; David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion; original cast member Stephanie Mills, who will play Aunt Em; and Shanice Williams, who landed the lead role of Dorothy.

“We are so happy to welcome two actors we’ve admired and »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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NBC’s ‘The Wiz Live!’ Finds Its Dorothy

5 August 2015 6:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC’s “The Wiz Live!” has found its Dorothy in newcomer Shanice Williams.

The 18-year-old, who was selected out of hundreds of applicants from a nationwide, open casting call, will join the titular Wiz Queen Latifah, Wicked Witch of the West Mary J. Blige and Cowardly Lion David Alan Grier in the live NBC show, it was announced Wednesday on “Today.”

Stephanie Mills, who starred as Dorothy in the original Broadway production of the African-American adaptation, has landed the part of Aunt Em.

The Wiz will mark Williams’ TV debut. She co-starred in several plays in her home state of New Jersey, including “West Side Story,” “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “42nd Street” and “Pippin.”

The Wiz follows NBC’s live musical specials of “The Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan.” Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who were behind both of the aforementioned NBC productions, will exec produce “The Wiz Live. »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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David Alan Grier to Play Cowardly Lion in NBC’s ‘The Wiz Live!’

4 August 2015 5:11 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

David Alan Grier has the courage to explore live TV.

The comedian and three-time Tony Award nominee has joined NBC’s production of “The Wiz Live!.” He’ll play the Cowardly Lion, the famously timid friend of the lost Dorothy who accompanies her down the Yellow Brick Road in the hopes that their journey will lead him to find some courage.

Grier broke out via Fox’s 1990s sketch show “In Living Color.” His TV credits also include “Crank Yankers” and “Happy Endings.” His stage credits include a co-starring role in the original Broadway production of “Dreamgirls” and his film credits include “A Soldier’s Story” with Howard E. Rollins and Denzel Washington and “Jumanji” with Robin Williams. He will soon appear on the NBC sitcom “The Carmichael Show,” which premieres Aug. 26.

The Wiz Live!” is adapted from L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” with a book »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Queen Latifah Will Play Wiz and Mary J. Blige Is Evillene in NBC's Musical Production of 'The Wiz'

28 July 2015 4:33 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige have been added to the cast of NBC’s upcoming holiday musical production of “The Wiz Live!,” set for Thursday, Dec. 3. Kenny Leon will direct, with Harvey Fierstein providing new written material. Queen Latifah stars as the Wiz, the mysterious and powerful wizard who holds the keys to the Emerald City, but whose metamorphosis from ordinary to extraordinary is itself a hoax. She rose to her lofty position after being transported by accident to Oz in a hot air balloon during a snowstorm. Mary J. Blige will play Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West, who holds sway over the Winkies and the Winged Monkeys that do her bidding. She captures Dorothy »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Queen Latifah Will Play Wiz and Mary J. Blige Is Evillene in NBC's Musical Production of 'The Wiz'

28 July 2015 4:33 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige have been added to the cast of NBC’s upcoming holiday musical production of “The Wiz Live!,” set for Thursday, Dec. 3. Kenny Leon will direct, with Harvey Fierstein providing new written material. Queen Latifah stars as the Wiz, the mysterious and powerful wizard who holds the keys to the Emerald City, but whose metamorphosis from ordinary to extraordinary is itself a hoax. She rose to her lofty position after being transported by accident to Oz in a hot air balloon during a snowstorm. Mary J. Blige will play Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West, who holds sway over the Winkies and the Winged Monkeys that do her bidding. She captures Dorothy and her friends to avenge the unintentional murder of her evil sister, Evvamean, and to get back the powerful silver slippers given to Dorothy by the Good Witch of the North. This »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige Join NBC’s ‘The Wiz’

28 July 2015 3:53 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige are the latest singers ready to make mischief in Oz for NBC’s upcoming live production of “The Wiz.”

Executive producer Craig Zadan shared the news via Twitter.

Executive Producers @craigzadan @neilmeron welcome @Iamqueenlatifah @maryjblige to join @PrettyMill1 in #TheWizLive @nbc Thu Dec 3rd

Craig Zadan (@craigzadan) July 28, 2015

Latifah will play the mysterious and powerful wizard who holds the keys to the Emerald City, but who is keeping the secret that her metamorphosis from ordinary to extraordinary is a hoax since she only got to Oz as a result of a faulty hot air balloon ride.

Mary J. Blige will play Evillene, better known as the Wicked Witch of the West, who holds sway over the Winkies and the Winged Monkeys that do her bidding. She captures our leads to avenge the unintentional murder of her evil sister, Evvamean, and to get back the »

- Whitney Friedlander

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NBC's 'The Wiz' Enlists Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige

28 July 2015 3:48 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NBC's live The Wiz has enlisted some musical heavy-hitters. Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige have joined the cast of the live musical, producers announced Tuesday. NBC's The Wiz, set for Thursday, Dec. 3, will again be executive produced by Sound of Music and Peter Pan duo Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, with Tony-winning director Kenny Leon attached to direct both the live event as well as the Broadway revival in 2016-17. Tony winner and Broadway icon Harvey Fierstein will contribute new material to the original book by William F. Brown and work alongside Zadan, Meron and Leon. Latifah will portray the Wiz, while Blige is on board as Evillene, the

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Gay Rights and Hollywood Still Have a Long Way to Go

29 June 2015 7:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Activist David Mixner stood alone on a theater stage in Los Angeles at the start of this year’s Gay Pride Month, sharing his memories with an audience of friends, political figures and a smattering of celebrities, about the time Ronald Reagan saw the light.

It was 1978, and aides to Reagan, who was on the cusp of launching his presidential campaign, believed he was ready to endorse a California initiative to ban gays and lesbians from teaching in the state’s classrooms, a ballot proposition inspired by the anti-gay crusades of singer Anita Bryant.

Mixner remembered when he and fellow activist Peter Scott landed a secret meeting with Reagan, who was exceedingly charming and willing to listen. Mixner warned the soon-to-be candidate that the initiative would create anarchy: Students could retaliate for a bad grade by accusing their teachers of being gay.

Reagan didn’t immediately reveal what he was going to do, »

- Ted Johnson and Brent Lang

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Gay Rights and Hollywood Still Have a Long Way to Go

29 June 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Activist David Mixner stood alone on a theater stage in Los Angeles at the start of this year’s Gay Pride Month, sharing his memories with an audience of friends, political figures and a smattering of celebrities, about the time Ronald Reagan saw the light.

It was 1978, and aides to Reagan, who was on the cusp of launching his presidential campaign, believed he was ready to endorse a California initiative to ban gays and lesbians from teaching in the state’s classrooms, a ballot proposition inspired by the anti-gay crusades of singer Anita Bryant.

Mixner remembered when he and fellow activist Peter Scott landed a secret meeting with Reagan, who was exceedingly charming and willing to listen. Mixner warned the soon-to-be candidate that the initiative would create anarchy: Students could retaliate for a bad grade by accusing their teachers of being gay.

Reagan didn’t immediately reveal what he was going to do, »

- Ted Johnson and Brent Lang

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Watch Laverne Cox Don Corset and Pasties for Sexy ‘Broadway Bares’ Performance (Video)

22 June 2015 4:13 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Laverne Cox gave thousands of spectators an eyeful during Sunday’s Broadway Bares fundraiser in New York City, wearing nothing more than nipple pasties and a black corset. The “Orange Is the New Black” star wowed the audience with a sexy routine designed to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS as part of its annual striptease fundraising gala. Cox joined “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner Bianca Del Rio, Bravo’s Andy Cohen, four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, two-time Tony winner Judith Light, Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita and two-time Tony nominee Christopher Sieber and more than 100 of »

- Itay Hod

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Tony Awards: Alex Sharp, Ruthie Ann Miles and Richard McCabe win for Broadway debuts

8 June 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Three performers -- Alex Sharp, Richard McCabe and Ruthie Ann Miles -- won Tony Awards for their Broadway debut. These victories put them in a freshman club that now has 90 members.  -Break- Sharp, who won for his portrayal of socially awkward genius Christopher Boone in "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," is the fifteenth Best Actor (Play) champ to take home the trophy for his first time on Broadway. He joins: Paul Scofield for "A Man for All Seasons" (1962); Cliff Gorman for "Lenny" (1972); John Kani and Winston Ntshona (joint nomination) for "Sizwe Banzi is Dead/The Island" (1975); Tom Conti for "Whose Life is it Anyway?" (1979); Harvey Fierstein for "Torch Song Trilogy" (1983); Jeremy Irons for "The Real Thing" (1984); Ralph Fiennes for "Hamlet" (1995); Stephen Dillane for "The Real Thing" (2000); Jefferson Mays for "I Am My Own W..." »

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HBO’s Lgbt History: Common Threads (1989)

27 May 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Manuel is working his way through all the Lgbt-themed films & miniseries produced and distributed by HBO.

Last week we looked at the quietly touching film Tidy Endings (1988), written and starring Harvey Fierstein and a must-see for Stockard Channing completists. We’re not going far this week, since much of HBO’s early Lgbt output tried to grapple with the AIDS epidemic that had dominated the cultural conversation about gay men in the 1980s.

Did you know that films produced by HBO have won over 20 Oscars? This past year alone, HBO dominated both documentary categories with Citizenfour and Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 emerging victorious. It has been a stealth awards run which Sheila Nevins (currently the president of HBO Documentary Films but her involvement stretches back to 1979) has all but nurtured herself. 

Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989)

Written & Directed by: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman (based on the book, The »

- Manuel Betancourt

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NBC Announces 2015-2016 Fall TV Schedule with Trailers

11 May 2015 10:11 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

As it closes in on its second consecutive season-long victory in the key adult 18-49 demographic, NBC unveils a new 2015-16 primetime schedule that combines popular returning series, edge-of-your-seat new dramas, inventive new comedies and season nine of the Emmy Award-winning musical competition series The Voice. NBC is on track to win the traditional September-to-May primetime season in adults 18-49 for the second year in a row after having gone the prior 10 years without an 18-49 win. Through 32 completed weeks of the season, NBC also ranks #1 or tied for #1 among the Big 4 networks in adults and men 18-34 and men and women 18-49.

In total viewers, NBC is running #2 for the season and within 7% of its year-ago Olympics-boosted average (8.8 million vs. 9.5 million), making this season and last NBC's two top-scoring seasons in total viewers since 2006-07. NBC has won the last three November sweeps in adults 18-49, as well as »

- MovieWeb

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NBC Announces The Wiz as Its Next Live Musical, Sets December Air Date

31 March 2015 7:43 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Get ready to travel back to Oz, everybody! NBC announced yesterday that the next musical project that executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who were behind the network’s live versions of The Sound of Music and Peter Pan, will tackle will be The Wiz. Like both Sound of Music and Peter Pan, The Wiz will air this December (Dec. 3, to be exact); however, this time, Zadan and Meron won’t be putting on the show alone. Instead, the duo will work together with Cirque du Soleil on NBC’s version of The Wiz, and following the Dec. 3 debut of the musical, Cirque’s new stage theatrical division will then present The Wiz as a major Broadway revival for the 2016-17 season. Tony-winning director Kenny Leon will stage both the TV production and Broadway revival of The Wiz, collaborating with another Tony winner, Harvey Fierstein, who will compose new »

- Chris King

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Musical 'The Wiz' Revived for Both a Live TV Production on NBC + a New Broadway Run (Kenny Leon Will Direct)

31 March 2015 6:55 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

NBC will debut a new live television production of the hit Broadway musical “The Wiz” on Thursday, Dec. 3, to be executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, in partnership with Cirque du Soleil, whose new stage theatrical division will co-produce the live TV event and then present it as a major Broadway revival for the 2016-17 season. Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon will stage both the television production and Broadway revival of “The Wiz,” in collaboration with Tony winner and Broadway icon Harvey Fierstein, who will contribute new material to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown. “We're thrilled to have the opportunity to not only produce this as our next »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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'Mulan' Live-Action Movie Planned at Disney

30 March 2015 3:13 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Following the success of Disney's live-action takes on Maleficent and Cinderella, the studio is developing a remake of their 1998 animated hit Mulan. The studio picked up the screenplay by writing team Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek, which centers on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the female warrior who was at the center of Disney's animated adventure. Chris Bender and J.C. Spink are on board to produce the Mulan live-action remake.

The original Mulan centered on the title character, voiced by Ming-Na Wen, who disguises herself as a man to take her ailing father's place on the battlefield. With the help of her beloved dragon sidekick Mushu (voiced by Eddie Murphy), Mulan becomes a brave warrior who becomes one of her country's most honored heroines. The original Mulan voice cast also included Miguel Ferrer, Harvey Fierstein, June Foray, James Hong, Pat Morita, B.D. Wong and George Takei. Mulan earned over »

- MovieWeb

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NBC Sets The Wiz as Next Live Musical; Broadway Revival to Follow

30 March 2015 3:03 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

NBC has settled on the source material for its next live musical staging, and it may come as a bit of a surprise. THR reports that the network has set The Wiz as its next live television event, but this adaptation will differ from NBC’s Peter Pan and The Sound of Music in one significant way: it has Cirque du Solei onboard. The Wiz Live will be a co-production between NBC and Cirque du Solei under the latter’s new theatrical banner and will air on December 3rd, followed by a fully fledged Broadway revival of the Wizard of Oz update during the 2016-17 season. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will once again return as executive producers with Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon staging both the television production and the Broadway revival. If that wasn’t enough, Harvey Fierstein is contributing new material to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown. »

- Adam Chitwood

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