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We here at The Hollywood News are starting to cover the very latest West End theatre news right here on the site, as well as some exciting stage-themed features over the coming weeks, and we are so excited about it all. Anyway, here’s some more news from theatreland regarding Legally Blonde, the award-winning stage musical that has been wowing audiences at The Savoy in the Strand since 2009.
College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn’t take no for an answer. So when her boyfriend Warner dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law! Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.
- Paul Heath
Rising star Luke Evans was once very open about being gay. But don't ask him about his private life today. The Welsh actor, who is currently in New Zealand filming The Hobbit (he'll next be seen in Immortals and The Three Musketeers, among other projects), had no problem discussing his sexuality with reporters back in 2002 at age 23 while appearing on the London stage in the Boy George musical Taboo... Now 32 and a rising action star, he's gone quiet on matters of the heart. The Web has been buzzing this week with the discovery that his Wikipedia page was recently altered. What once said he was "openly gay," became, "Evans lives a private life and rarely speaks about his »
On this, the day of Boy George's 50th birthday, we propose a biopic. After all, Hollywood is quite fond of musician biopics what with their formulaic three act story beats: rise from talent-individuality-chutzpah, fall from drugs and debauchery, miniature or major comebacks as the performer finds themselves again.
So why is it that someone as fab and movie-character ready as Boy George doesn't have his own biopic? He's already written all of the wittiest lines for some future screenwriter, being one of the quippiest of '80s icons. He's already conjured the movie's most memorable costumes. He's already even provided a rough draft blueprint with his own autobiographical musical, Taboo (2004).
Now, Taboo was historically not a success on Broadway but we chalk this up to its difficult developmental period, clashing egos and press animosity (sometimes the media just turns on something and there's only a war zone from there »
- NATHANIEL R
Pretty much every theater queen knows that 2004 was one of the most remarkable years in Broadway history as it saw the debuts of two extraordinary musicals — Wicked and Avenue Q. It also saw one of the biggest and most controversial flops in Boy George's Taboo. Then there was Tony Kushner's well received Caroline or Change which was ultimately a box office disappointment. Despite the different levels of success all four went on to become Tony nominees, as well as subjects of the documentary Show Business: The Road to Broadway.
Originally released in 2007, this film which chronicles the behind the scenes drama that took place during the run of each show, is the latest documentary to be featured as part of Logo's (AfterElton.com's parent company) documentary series and airs this Saturday night on LogoTV. If you're at all interested in Broadway, I highly recommend this one.
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- Michael Jensen
Boy George first garnered international fame in the early 80’s as the “androgenius” front man of New Romantic outfit Culture Club. With his soulful voice and dragamuffin appearance, he won over a generation of fans with singles “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?,” “Time (Clock Of The Heart),” and “I'll Tumble 4 Ya,” which famously made the group the first since the Beatles to achieve three top 10 hits from a debut album. “Karma Chameleon” off their next LP, spent three weeks at number one and became their signature track. The group would sell over 100 million singles and 50 million albums.
Although Boy George eventually went solo and achieved a Top 20 hit with 1992’s “The Crying Game,” a Grammy nomination for 1999’s “When Will You Learn,” and a Tony nod for his Taboo musical, he’d become more famous for being infamous. News of his previous tempestuous relationship with Culture Club drummer Jon Moss, »
- Josh Rotter
5 items from 2011
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