Jenn Colella talks thespianism and lesbianism on and off Broadway

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Jenn Colella is a bona fide Broadway leading lady. She has starred in numerous shows on and off Broadway including High Fidelity, Chaplin, and The Beebo Brinker Chronicles. Hey, not many people get to say that their Broadway debut (Urban Cowboy) also happened to be in a leading role. Jenn is a true triple threat whose star is always on the rise. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Jenn a few times over the years, and she is as lovely as she is talented. Her performances are show stealers, and her powerhouse belt and comedic timing easily make her one of Broadway’s great, young stars. The out actress talked to AfterEllen recently about her life on the boards.

Jenn Colella performing at Birdland

Photographer Seth Walters

Ae: You are a very funny lady, and you’ve have played many wonderfully comedic parts.
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Cheyenne Jackson Employs a Full Chorus of B'way Hunks for New Video

Cheyenne Jackson has plenty to keep him busy after the swift closing of Broadway comedy “The Performers.” With solo album “Drive” being released early next year, Jackson’s newest single, ”Don’t Wanna Know,” is now available for purchase on iTunes—and the video is available for repeated viewing. Not content to showcase just his own hotness, Jackson also gathered together a who’s who of hunky Broadway stars for the video, from Matt Cavenaugh as his ex to Nick Adams as a sexy cop—not to mention a slew of sexy, ass-shaking construction workers. Check out the video below, and see how many Broadway hotties you can name!
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AfterElton Briefs: George Takei Meets Kevin Keller, Cheyenne Jackson Gives Us a Peek, and Is It Time To Worry About "Happy Endings?"

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Mario Cantone, Neil Patrick Harris and Michael Cerveris perform at the Assassin's Concert Gala in NYC

Birthday shoutouts go to Tyra Banks, who is 39, Marisa Tomei is 48, and Jeff Bridges is 63. NBC will try once again to reboot a 60's classic, this time the Raymond Burr series Ironside. Buried in this Deadline report on ABC's mid-season schedule announcement is this alarming sentence: "As for ABC’s Tuesday comedy block, it will be completely gone by mid-March, with the Dancing With The Stars results re-taking the Tuesday 9 Pm hour on March 19 (The fate of the unaired episodes of Happy Endings and Don’t Trust The B— is unclear)"Stevie Nicks has announced that Fleetwood Mac will embark on a 34 city tour starting in April. And what's on her iPod? "Call Me Maybe" and Rihanna.Will Verizon Stop Funding The Boy Scouts? Why is The Hobbit making some moviegoers sick? George Takei
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New York's 39 Hottest Guys in Theater!

A little over two years ago, brought readers a list of the 37 Hottest Guys in Theater, and since then, the New York Stage has only become increasingly sexified. The lines between Broadway and Hollywood continue to blur, and as young men come to recognition in NYC, they're often quickly whisked away to Tinseltown to showcase not only their amazing talent, but often they're breathtaking good looks.

While it's tempting to include every Hollywood hottie who graces the stage on this list (a certain Lee Pace and Luke Macfarlane spring to mind), the point here is to honor the men who are mostly known for rockin' the live stages here in New York.

And so, without further ado, we present, in alphabetical order, the list (39!) of this year's hottest guys in theater!

Nick Adams

A perennial AfterElton favorite, the muscular, openly gay Nick first made waves a few years
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Kyle Dean Massey: Broadway’s ‘Next’ Big Thing

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Kyle Dean Massey in Next to Normal (Photo credit Joan Marcus)

Kyle Dean Massey, one of Broadway’s brightest young stars, is illuminating and electrifying in Next to Normal, the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical about a bipolar mom and her family. The out and proud, 5-foot-10 hunk plays Gabe, the dashing and dynamic 18-year-old son, and Massey reaches new heights whether he’s racing up the show’s three-level jungle gym of a set, or hitting a high B when he belts Gabe’s big solo, “I’m Alive.”

So far, he has racked up about 500 performances and won’s award for Favorite Male Replacement.

Tom Kitt, the show’s Tony-winning composer, raves, “It would be challenging for anyone to take over a role from Aaron Tveit [who’s gone on to do TV’s Gossip Girl and the film Howl], but Kyle Dean’s made the role his own. He’s a beautiful actor with an exquisite voice and he’s incredibly moving.
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Weaving Your Web(site)

Thanks to the Internet, a headshot and résumé don't have to be an actor's sole calling card anymore. A website can help you raise your visibility and spotlight your talent. And just as a quality headshot and résumé can brand you an astute pro, so can a top-notch website. But the opposite is also true: A confusing or inferior site can frustrate casting directors. So consider the following advice from some Web-savvy sources.Cost Not only is there the cost of designing and building your website to consider; there's also the fee for registering the domain name (the address) and another for hosting your site on a server, as well as the cost to update the site regularly—unless you're tech-savvy enough to do it yourself. Expect to pay anywhere from a few hundred dollars to $1,000 or more, depending on the designer and how much content you have,
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Morning Meme: Real Americans Fly Lear Jets, "Priscilla" Casting, Alan Cumming's Money and an "Ugly Betty" Movie?

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Creepy robots, Stonewall Equality Dinner, demonic penguin movies, possible Glee spoilers, and President Obama does something right by the Glbt community.

Ana Ortiz says that we may not have seen the last of Ugly Betty, because America Ferrera is looking to take the show to the big screen. It worked for Sex and the City, so why not?

Daniel Radcliffe is headed back to the Great White Way next year. Sadly, it sounds like he’s keeping his pants on, but we do get to hear him sing in a revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Was Tom Jones a chicken thief? A Welsh village thought he ran off with their prize chicken, and had banned the crooner for forty years. They just lifted the ban this week. No word from Jones on the subject.

Way back in January I had mentioned that Priscilla, Queen of
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Broadway Tapping With Tuners Next March

Broadway will be well represented on the musical front in 2011. Add Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which is casting up for a March opening, most likely at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on W. 46th Street. I'm told that West Side Story's  Matt Cavenaugh is in talks to play Adam/Felicia, the role played by Guy Pearce in the 1994  film, with Hair's Will Swenson in talks to play Tick/Mitzy, the role played onscreen by Hugo Weaving. Tony Sheldon will play Bernadette, the role originated onscreen by Terence Stamp. The stage musical originated in Australia, with book by Stephan Elliott and [...]
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Gays of our Lives (June 09, 2009)

Are the gays taking over daytime? It would seem so, as yet another daytime soap reveals its plans to tell a gay love story this summer. We’ve got the latest news and spoilers on the upcoming plot, including a clip of the intended lovebirds. Plus, we have an extra large helping of Gool Theater this week, including a hot and sexy episode of Forbidden Love, some explosive events on EastEnders, heart pounding moments on Coronation Street and our first visit to New Zealand soap Shortland Street.

We’ve also got spoilers on a goodbye to Fair City’s gay character and the dish on what cutie pie Noah Mayer is shooting this week on As The World Turns. Meanwhile, Gool Newsbeat looks at the controversy surrounding EastEnders’ gay Muslim storyline as well as the scoop on another U.K. sudser's returning gay character. And as usual, Snapshots and our Soap Stud Of The Week!
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Tony Weekend: West Side Story, Garret Dillahunt and Nine to Five

Thanks for all the birthday wishes, yesterday!

My birthday festivities usually fall close to Tony Awards night. So today I can let my inner theater geek out -- is it "inner" if everyone knows about it?. I'll probably tweet the actual ceremony... but if you're into Broadway and you don't mind spoilers there's already people tweeting from the dress rehearsal including Jane Fonda, Just Jared and Broadway World's Robert Diamond . In the meantime I thought I'd catch you up on a few recent stage shows that I haven't really discussed. As per usual, many of them have movie connections. But mostly I'm here to talk about West Side Story which is up for four TONYs tonight: Best Musical Revival, Best Actress, Best Featured Actress (Karen Olivo as "Anita") and Best Lighting Design.

Anita center (she's gonna get her kicks tonii-iiii-iight. she'll have

a private little mix tonii-iii-iight) and her fellow PRs.
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Tony Awards make final decree on category placements

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The Tony Awards Administration Committee made the following rulings about category placement and eligibility. This is the last of the panel's pronouncements before nominations are announced next Tuesday. "The Norman Conquests" will be eligible as a single play in the category for best revival of a play. Bruce Coughlin, Stephen Oremus and Alex Lacamoire will be considered jointly eligible in the category of best orchestrations for "9 to 5." Roles Defined As Lead Performances In Plays/Musicals

Stephanie J. Block, "9 to 5"

Matt Cavenaugh, "West Side Story"

Gavin Creel, "Hair"

Allison Janney, "9 to 5"

Megan Hilty, "9 to 5"

Constantine Maroulis, "Rock of Ages"

David Hyde Pierce, "Accent on Youth"

Thomas Sadoski, "Reasons to Be Pretty"

Josefina Scaglione, "West Side Story"

Amy Spanger, "Rock of Ages"

Roles Defined As Featured (Supporting)

Jonathan Cake, "The Philanthropist"

Brian Dennehy, "Desire Under the Elms"

John Glover, "Waiting for Godot"

Steven Weber, "The Philanthropist"

John Goodman, "Waiting for Godot" Photo: St.
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The 37 Hottest Guys in Theater

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Hollywood is famous for its abundance of hot actors, but the New York theater has its own cadre of guys who are seething with sex appeal. Here's our tribute to some of the fabulous fellows you're likely to find performing on stage in NYC. We tried to cast a wide net, so in addition to such pretty Broadway faces as Cheyenne Jackson and Matt Cavenaugh, you'll find less well-known but no less smokin' hot men who have made their mark Off- and Off-Off-Broadway.

We'd love to have your feedback, but before you begin noting who we left out, please know the criteria we used for our selections. We wanted to focus on men who are truly part of the fabric of New York theater, so we leaned toward those who've been consistently active in this arena over the past few years and/or have had two or more major roles during that time.
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