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Emmy Live Blogging: Swine Flu Fever Edition (Pt 2)

20 September 2009 8:19 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

part one

refresh screen regularly

9:03 I recently flew home to visit my parents who were moving out of my childhood home. One of my brother's friends was living in their basement. Killing time one night, I watched How I Met Your Mother on the ancient TV system. It only seemed to carry the broadcast networks. It's like the TV had absorbed my parents refusal to join the modern world. Anyway... while watching the show, my brother's friend comes in the room and says "this is a funny show but you know what the funniest show is? Two and a Half Men. I Love that show."

This is why people like Jeff Probst win "Best Host of a Reality TV Program"

9:07 Gilles Marini is thrusting so often on that clip from Dancing With the Stars I feel like he should be punished on an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. »


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Gavin Creel Doesn’t Just Break The Fourth Wall (He Smashes It to Bits!)

22 July 2009 10:03 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Ask any actor: stage performances don’t always translate well on television.

But when Gavin Creel, the star of the new revival of the 1967 musical Hair, took the stage to perform the song “Hair” at this year’s Tony Awards, it was instantly clear why his explosive, trippy performance, with its subtle hint of bisexuality, had been nominated for an award.

Before you knew it, Creel and his fellow cast members had broken the fourth wall, jumping off the stage and dancing out into the audience. Creel even got to serenade Anne Hathaway.

“The ‘Hair’ number just rocked,” Creel admits. “I was really proud of the show and how we came off on the Tonys.”

Now Creel, who was also nominated for a Tony for his Broadway debut in 2002’s Thoroughly Modern Millie, is getting more intimate still, with a performance later this month at Joe’s Pub in New York. »

- Brent Hartinger

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Tony Awards Round Up: Harden, Lansbury, Hathaway, Langella, Neil Patrick Harris

8 June 2009 2:37 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

And now a pre-show moment with Martha Plimpton...

That's right. I was conceived because of the musical Hair. I wouldn't exist without it. That's Plimpton sandwiched inbetween Broadway's Hair boys: my fellow Byu alum Will Swenson, who we've been drooling on for awhile and Gavin Creel (Love the... tie? scarf? tarf?). Plimpton was actually speaking the truth to the reporter. Her parents Keith Carradine (yes, the star and composer of one of the greatest song scenes in all of cinematic history, "I'm Easy" from Robert Altman's Nashville) and Sheila Plimpton met while performing Hair on stage in the late 60s.

I bring up this pre-show red carpet moment because Martha Plimpton is a handy human symbol of how much the mainstream media, and by extension the public, misses out on because they ignore theater and great actors who work in it. To the general public Ms. Plimpton isn't recognizable or, »


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The 2009 Tony Awards Couldn't be Any Gayer if Liza was Named Mayor

8 June 2009 3:17 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

The 63rd Annual Tony Awards aired on CBS last night, kicking off with Sir Elton John, technical glitches, Liza at her Liza-ist, tons of hot musical theater guys, hair (beautiful hair), Dolly Parton, a gaggle of flying Billy Elliots, and what may be the single greatest television moment ever filmed ... Poison lead skank Bret Michaels being cold cocked by a giant "Broadway" sign.

Oh, and all this happens in the first ten minutes!

We Are The World just isn't the same without Dan Aykroyd (All Pics: Getty)

Watching the Tony Awards is always bittersweet for me. As much as I love seeing the best of Broadway on TV every year, it brings me closer to the realization that I'll probably never see any of these shows in person. The dream of moving to New York and becoming a theater groupie dies a little each time my knees crack when I »

- michael

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Jane Fonda vs. Geoffrey Rush for the Triple Crown

6 May 2009 6:10 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

You know about the Triple Crown of Acting, right? It's when an actor manages to stretch across three mediums and snag all three of the top competitive prizes: Tony (theater), Emmy (television) and Oscar (film).

To date only 15 actors* have accomplished this but the number could jump to 17 soon. Currently the rarified list reads like so...

Jack Albertson (Tony: 65, Oscar: 69, Emmy: 75)

Anne Bancroft (Tony: 58, Oscar: 63, Emmy: 99)

Ingrid Bergman (Oscar: 45, Tony: 47, Emmy: 60)

Shirley Booth (Tony: 49, Oscar: 53, Emmy: 62)

Melvyn Douglas (Tony: 60, Oscar: 64, Emmy: 68) Did you know that this Hud star was Illeanna Douglas's grandfather? I certainly didn't.

Jeremy Irons (Tony: 84, Oscar: 91, Emmy: 97)

Thomas Mitchell (Oscar: 40, Tony: 53, Emmy: 53)

Rita Moreno (Oscar: 62, Tony: 75, Emmy: 77)

Al Pacino (Tony: 69, Oscar: 93, Emmy: 04)

Vanessa Redgrave (Oscar: 78, Emmy: 81, Tony: 03)

Jason Robards (Tony: 59, Oscar: 77, Emmy: 88)

Paul Scofield (Tony: 62, Oscar: 67, Emmy: 69)

Maggie Smith (Oscar: 70, Tony: 90, Emmy: 03)

Maureen Stapleton (Tony: 51, Emmy: 68, Oscar: 82)

Jessica Tandy (Tony: 78, Emmy: 88, Oscar: 90)

All My Sons.

This year »


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'9 to 5' still timely to Drama Desk

27 April 2009 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

"9 to 5," the musical version of the 1980 hit movie comedy, received a generous stimulus package from the Drama Desk on Monday, netting a record 15 nominations from the organization of New York-based theater critics, reporters and editors for its annual awards.

Other top nominees included "Shrek the Musical" with 12, "Billy Elliot" with 10, "Irving Berlin's White Christmas" with six and the "Hair" revival with eight.

The previous record for the most noms was 14 shared by five shows -- "The Secret Garden" (1991), "Ragtime" (1998), "The Producers" (2001), "Hairspray" (2003) and "The Drowsy Chaperone" (2006).

"9 to 5" opened March 30 on the same night as Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of "Waiting for Godot," which received two nominations. Those are the last two productions of the 2007-08 Broadway season.

Unlike the Tony Awards, the DDs consider Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway equally in all of its categories. The noms were determined by a seven-member committee. The winners will be voted on by »

- By David Sheward, Back Stage

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Hump Day Hotties, Will Swenson in Hair

8 April 2009 5:30 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Will Swenson, backstage at Hair here on Broadway. Not Hairspray, Hair. (They definitely don't believe in hairspray in this show. The locks must be free to fly about, the wilder the better.)

Swenson plays Berger (one of the musicals two leads) and the leader of the "tribe" of drugged up sexually uninhibited anti-war kids that the musical fawns over as they drop out in Central Park. The other lead is Berger's less wild best friend "Claude" played by freshly out Broadway regular Gavin Creel. He replaced Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening) who did the role in Central Park last summer. We assume he dumped Hair for his part in Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock? It's the musical's loss but who can blame him. You'd take a role in an Ang Lee film, too.

I apologize that I've been so weirdly name-droppy lately (I blame the recession ... it's fun, try it) but fact: »


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Exclusive pics from Broadway's "Defying Inequality" concert

24 February 2009 5:47 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

No doubt inspired by the heartfelt pro-gay marriage remarks of Milk’s Sean Penn and Dustin Lance Black at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, members of the Broadway community gathered at the Gershwin Theatre on Monday, February 23 for Defying Inequality, a celebrity benefit concert for equal rights for the Glbt community.

The show began with a live performance of Marc Shaiman’s Prop. 8: The Musical, the video version of which has become an Internet phenomenon.

In addition to such Broadway stars as Nathan Lane, Harvey Fierstein, David Hyde Pierce, and Jane Fonda (who is soon to open in 33 Variations), the standing room only event featured impassioned speeches and appearances by Cyndi Lauper, Carson Kressley, Judy Gold, political pundit Keith Olbermann, Ugly Betty stars Michael Urie and Mark Indelicato, and a host of other notables, as well as performances by the casts of a dozen Broadway shows.

Proceeds from the benefit »

- dennis

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The 37 Hottest Guys in Theater

27 January 2009 6:50 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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. »

- michael

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