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Cyndi Lauper, Who Ran Away at 19, Gives Back to Homeless Lgbtq Kids Because 'I've Seen the Fringes'

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Cyndi Lauper, Who Ran Away at 19, Gives Back to Homeless Lgbtq Kids Because 'I've Seen the Fringes'
Long before she was a singer–songwriter with 16 Grammy nominations and a Tony award-winning composer, Cyndi Lauper was a 19-year-old runaway just trying to survive.

“At 19, it’s hard to navigate in the world,” Lauper, now 64, tells People. “I couch-surfed and stayed at youth hostels and finally went to a homeless shelter for runaways. So I’ve seen the fringes.”

When she returned to her hometown of New York City to make her way as a singer, Lauper struggled at first to earn enough money to get by. While she eventually found fame with her ’80s albums She’s So Unusual and True Colors,
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27th Annual Divas Simply Singing Event

Divas Simply Singing!, the longest consecutive running musical AIDS benefit in the United States, hosts its 27th annual fundraiser for The D.I.V.A. Foundation at the Taglyan Cultural Center in Hollywood California Saturday, December 9.

27th Annual Divas Simply Singing

Produced and hosted by Tony Award nominee, Spirit Award Winner, honored AIDS activist and D.I.V.A. Foundation Founder Sheryl Lee Ralph, the event will be most intimate gathering in the organization’s history – a cocktails, dinner and evening of song and entertainment in a unique club setting that will give all in attendance an up close experience with the performing artists.

“We are always trying to find creative ways to continue to raise HIV/AIDS awareness,” Ralph says. “Anytime you put on an event for over 25 years, there’s the danger of becoming old, too familiar and having the community take you for granted. So this year,
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Todrick Hall Will Return to Broadway in ‘Chicago’ + More New York Theater News

On Broadway and beyond, a curtain can rise as quickly as it can fall; a star can be swapped as easily as Bernie Telsey can say, “That’s enough.” Theater is the beating heart of New York show business and, if you want to make it here, it’s crucial you’re up to date on incoming projects, latest castings, and other industry news. Don’t worry, Broadway baby, Backstage has your back. Every week, we’re rounding up the can’t-miss stories no thespian should live without, so you can focus on important matters like hitting your high F. Curtain up and light those lights! “Chicago” gains a high-profile Billy Flynn.Following his stint earlier this year in the long-running hit “Kinky Boots,” Todrick Hall is wasting no time getting back to Broadway. Beginning Nov. 30, Hall will step into the teflon production of “Chicago,” playing smooth-talking Billy Flynn in a limited engagement through Jan.
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Who Is Brad Falchuk? 5 Things to Know About Gwyneth Paltrow's Rumored Fiancé

Who Is Brad Falchuk? 5 Things to Know About Gwyneth Paltrow's Rumored Fiancé
With reports out that Gwyneth Paltrow is engaged to Brad Falchuk after three years of dating, many are curious to know more about the 46-year-old writer-producer.

The couple went public with their romance in April 2015 at Robert Downey Jr.’s 50th birthday bash, after a year of flying under the radar with their relationship. And they’ve been equally shy about their engagement: Et reported that Falchuk popped the question a year ago.

A rep for Paltrow has not commented yet, but a source close to the actress previously told People, “She’s crazy about Brad.” Though the source said
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‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ Team Teases a Sexy and True Broadway Adaptation (Exclusive)

‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ Team Teases a Sexy and True Broadway Adaptation (Exclusive)
Pretty Woman is headed to Broadway -- and the cast and crew promise the musical adaptation will feature everything that fans love about the iconic 1990 romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.

“I don't want to give away too much, but I think all the standards are there. I watched the film the other night for just a reference point and I was like, we got that; we got that. There are those moments that you have to have,” Steven Kazee teases to Et at Garry Marshall Theatre's First Annual Founders Gala. “What we're trying to do is tell the story in the same way to a new audience. We just want to try to be as true to the story as possible.”

The movie-turned-musical about a prostitute and a wealthy businessman who fall in love with each other is set to open on Broadway in the fall of 2018 following a five-week engagement at the Oriental
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Todrick Hall Gets Personal in Trailer for His New Documentary Behind the Curtain

Todrick Hall Gets Personal in Trailer for His New Documentary Behind the Curtain
Todrick Hall is giving fans an intimate look into his life — and his rise to fame.

The 32-year-old singer and actor documented the making of his visual album Straight Outta Oz in Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall. The documentary, directed by Katherine Fairfax Wright (Call Me Kuchu) offers a look into his hectic schedule and most important relationships, like his mom.

“I am so excited to be sharing this beautiful, vulnerable, heartwarming film with my family, friends and most of all my fans,” Hall tells People. “I have spent my YouTube career encouraging others and trying to be a trailblazer
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When Meryl Met Anna... and Other Stories

Salon Sandra Bullock to play Texas senator Wendy Davis, who famously filibustered an anti-abortion bill for 12 hours. Oscar #2?

Variety interviews actor/playwright Tracy Letts who is really having a good year you must admit. Lady Bird is a hit in theaters and his new play just opened in Chicago

Hollywood Reporter has a good interview with Steven Soderbergh

Instagram Lupita Nyong'o loves her natural hair and is upset with a magazine for airbrushing it away

Variety Replacing Kevin Spacey in All the Money in the World is going to cost at least 2.5 million

Mnpp Do Dump or Marry: Thor Ragnarok edition

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Deadline this is a surprise the Tony Awards have declared the recent production of "1984" ineligible for prizes. They have not stated why exactly.

Playbill reviews are in for Broadway's new musical The Band's Visit, based on the Ronit Elkabetz film of the same name if you remember that
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5 Intimate Details Taylor Swift Reveals About Joe Alwyn in "Call It What You Want"

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Taylor Swift is head over heels in love, and she doesn't care who knows. Just a week before the release of her highly anticipated sixth album, Reputation, the singer dropped "Call It What You Want" on Thursday. Not only is the love song a complete 180 from her past upbeat singles, but it also gives us a closer look at her low-key relationship with boyfriend Joe Alwyn. While the couple has been notoriously private about their romance in the past, it seems like Swift is getting more comfortable talking about their love, or at least writing about him in her songs. See how their love story (probably) unfolded in the revealing lyrics below. RelatedWho Taylor Swift's Songs Are Really About "My castle crumbled overnight / I brought a knife to a gunfight / They took the crown, but it's alright." - Swift seems to be referencing her feud with Kim Kardashian and
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Cyndi Lauper Reimagines Kinky Boots Song to Spread Message of Hope: 'Love Wins Over Hate'

Cyndi Lauper Reimagines Kinky Boots Song to Spread Message of Hope: 'Love Wins Over Hate'
Cyndi Lauper reunited with the original stars of Kinky Boots to spread a message of hope.

On Friday, the music icon released a stripped-down video of the show’s popular song “Not My Father’s Son”: Kinky Boots veterans Billy Porter and Stark Sands returned to sing the heart-wrenching lyrics, while Lauper plays guitar on the acoustic track. (Porter, 48, and Sands, 39, have also reunited to reprise their roles in Kinky Boots on Broadway, through Jan. 7.)

“I thought it was a good celebration, a new version, and something that — in this climate, in this day and age — could tell a
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Cyndi Lauper Releases New Song In Honor Of World Psoriasis Day

Novartis announced this week that Grammy, Tony and Emmy award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and activist Cyndi Lauper has released a new song, Hope, in honor of World Psoriasis Day.

Inspired by psoriasis patients and Lauper’s own experience living with the disease, Hope is part of the See Me campaign, an initiative that celebrates patients’ success stories and encourages others living with plaque psoriasis to seek ways to get back to doing the things they want to do.

“I have met many people living with psoriasis and drew inspiration for the song from their stories of struggle, courage, perseverance and hope,” said Lauper. “I know first-hand the impact psoriasis can have and my goal is to give a voice to the millions of Americans who may struggle with their psoriasis. We don’t need to hide, and we don’t need to feel embarrassed.”

An estimated 7.5 million Americans are affected by psoriasis,
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Ryan Murphy’s New Show Casts Five Trans Actors as Series Regulars, Makes History

Angelica Ross will star in “Pose”: Ross’ Instagram account

“Pose,” a pilot from Ryan Murphy and FX, has already made history — and it hasn’t even begun filming yet. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the 1980s New York City-set series will feature five transgender actors as series regulars: Mj Rodriguez (“Luke Cage”), Indya Moore (“Saturday Church”), Hailie Sahar (“Transparent”), Angelica Ross (“Claws”), and model Dominique Jackson. Each of the five performers will portray trans characters.

Created by Murphy, his frequent collaborator Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals, “Pose” “looks at the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in 1980s New York: the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe, the downtown social and literary scene, and the ball culture world.”

Ryan Jamaal Swain (“God’s Rock”), Billy Porter (Broadway’s “Kinky Boots”), and Dyllon Burnside (Broadway’s “Holler If Ya Hear Me”) will also star in the drama.

“We are thrilled that ‘Pose’ pushes the narrative forward by centering on the unique and under-told experiences of trans women and gay people of color,” said Canals. “Ryan has assembled a strong team of storytellers and innovators to collaborate on telling this important narrative. As a Bronx-bred queer writer of color, I’m honored to aid in ushering this groundbreaking show into homes.”

Up and coming trans directors will be mentored behind-the-scenes on “Pose” as part of Murphy’s Half Initiative. The hugely successful program marks Murphy’s commitment to hiring at least 50 percent women, Lgbtq individuals, and people of color as directors on his shows. In addition to “Pose,” Murphy’s current series include “American Horror Story, “American Crime Story,” and “Feud.”

“Pose” will begin production next month in New York. Our Lady J (“Transparent”) and activist Janet Mock will join Canals as writers on the project. Nina Jacobson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Sherry Marsh, Silas Howard, and Brad Simpson are executive producing.

Ryan Murphy’s New Show Casts Five Trans Actors as Series Regulars, Makes History was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Ryan Murphy’s New Show Will Star 5 Transgender Women of Color as Series Regulars

Ryan Murphy’s New Show Will Star 5 Transgender Women of Color as Series Regulars
Ryan Murphy’s newest show will delve into New York City’s drag ball culture, with a stellar cast of five up and coming transgender actresses in series regular roles. “Pose” makes history for featuring the largest cast of transgender actors as series regulars on any scripted series. FX Networks, which produced other Murphy hits “Feud: Bette and Joan,” “American Crime Story,” and “American Horror Story.”

Set in the 1980s, “Pose” looks at the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball culture world. Murphy co-created the show with Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals.

Read More:8 Exciting Trans Filmmakers Shaking Up Hollywood

After a six-month nationwide search, “Pose” cast Mj Rodriguez (“Luke Cage”), Indya Moore (“Saturday Church”), fashion model and ball scene fixture Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar (“Mr. Robot”), and Angelica Ross
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Ryan Murphy’s New Show Will Star 5 Transgender Women of Color as Series Regulars

Ryan Murphy’s New Show Will Star 5 Transgender Women of Color as Series Regulars
Ryan Murphy’s newest show will delve into New York City’s drag ball culture, with a stellar cast of five up and coming transgender actresses in series regular roles. “Pose” makes history for featuring the largest cast of transgender actors as series regulars on any scripted series. FX Networks, which produced other Murphy hits “Feud: Bette and Joan,” “American Crime Story,” and “American Horror Story.”

Set in the 1980s, “Pose” looks at the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball culture world. Murphy co-created the show with Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals.

Read More:8 Exciting Trans Filmmakers Shaking Up Hollywood

After a six-month nationwide search, “Pose” cast Mj Rodriguez (“Luke Cage”), Indya Moore (“Saturday Church”), fashion model and ball scene fixture Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar (“Mr. Robot”), and Angelica Ross
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‘Pretty Woman’ Musical Heading To Broadway In 2018

Pretty Woman: The Musical is heading to New York’s Broadway in the latter half of 2018. The new musical, which will be based on the popular 1990 film that starred Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, will feature music and lyrics by rock legend Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, with a book by Garry Marshall and J.F. Lawton.

Here’s the official blurb, which was released yesterday.

One of the most beloved romantic comedies of all time is coming to Broadway!

Pretty Woman: The Musical is the World Premiere stage production featuring direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Hairspray), an original score by Grammy® winner Bryan Adams (“Summer of ’69,” “Everything I Do”) and his longtime songwriting partner Jim Vallance, and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J.F. Lawton.

Vivian and Edward are unlikely soulmates who overcome
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A Pretty Woman Musical Is Happening - Meet the Actors Playing Vivian and Edward!

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Over two decades since its release, Pretty Woman is finally getting a musical adaptation! Although news about the musical hit earlier this year, additional details are just starting to roll out. The musical is set to premiere in Chicago on March 13, 2018, and it will head to Broadway later that Fall. Now, the two leads have also been announced. Starring as Vivian Ward is Samantha Barks, and Edward Lewis will be portrayed by Steve Kazee. The musical will be directed by Jerry Mitchell, who previously worked on the Legally Blonde stage adaptation and Kinky Boots. Grammy winner Bryan Adams will provide the music and lyrics. In a press statement, Mitchell said he worked closely with Garry Marshall, the film's director, before his passing in 2016. "I got to work with Garry for over a year on this musical adaptation and experienced firsthand his sense of humor, his joy, his uplifting attitude in life,
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Pretty Woman: The Musical to Open on Broadway in Fall 2018 with Music from Bryan Adams

Pretty Woman: The Musical to Open on Broadway in Fall 2018 with Music from Bryan Adams
He helped bring both Legally Blonde and Kinky Boots to the stage. And now director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell is setting his sites on one of the most beloved romantic comedies of all time: Pretty Woman.

The 1990 Garry Marshall rom-com, which starred Julia Roberts and Richard Gere as a prostitute and the man who hires and falls in love with her (respectively), will jump from the big screen to Broadway — opening as a musical in the fall of 2018 in a Nederlander Theater to be announced.

When it does it’ll come with an original score from “(Everything I Do) I
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Now Casting: Seize Roles in a Production of Disney’s ‘Newsies’ + 3 More Gigs

Don’t be afraid, don’t delay, and chase the opportunities in today’s casting roundup! A Fireside Theatre production of Alan Menken, Jack Feldman, and Harvey Fierstein’s “Newsies” is currently seeking younger actors for principal roles. There are also roles available on Broadway as dancers and ensemble members in “Kinky Boots,” background roles on Netflix’s upcoming dark comedy series “Ronald,” and a product lifestyle photo/video shoot. Disney’S “Newsies” The Fireside Theatre in Wisconsin is currently casting principal roles for its upcoming production of Disney’s “Newsies.” Male and female talent, aged 17–22, are sought to play several lead and supporting roles, including the lead role of Jack. There are also two roles available for male and female talent, aged 40–69, as Joseph Pulitzer and Medda, “a vaudeville star of the Bowery variety.” There is an open casting call on Sept. 25 in NYC. Rehearsals begin Feb. 5, 2018, and the show runs Feb.
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Todrick Hall To Appear In Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ Music Video

It looks like Taylor Swift has tapped YouTube triple threat Todrick Hall to appear in the music video for her comeback single Look What You Made Me Do.

The music video will premiere during MTV's Video Music Awards on Sunday, though a teaser released this morning showed Hall in a lineup of dancers behind Swift bedecked in skimpy black outfits. And it turns out that Hall has been a member of Swift’s infamous friend squad since 2015, after he posted a mashup video of her hit songs that has clocked nearly 5.8 million views. Swift supported Hall during his run on Broadway in Kinky Boots, and the two even reportedly spent Thanksgiving together last year.

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Exclusive: A Day in the Life of Todrick Hall, Professional Actor, Singer, Director and Aspiring Drag Queen

Exclusive: A Day in the Life of Todrick Hall, Professional Actor, Singer, Director and Aspiring Drag Queen
"I sometimes think, Do people find this interesting?" Todrick Hall shrugs. "Because this is my life every day and, you know, people could do this if they wanted to."

We are standing just backstage at the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel immediately following the Outfest screening of Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall, a documentary that followed Todrick as he wrote and recorded a full-length visual album, Straight Outta Oz, then turned that album into a stage show and toured nationwide to perform it. From our vantage point behind the velvet curtain, we can watch the attendees -- hundreds of fans, friends and other industry folk -- filing out under the glimmering mirrored ceiling into the Broadway Theater District of Downtown L.A. I've asked Todrick if this all feels as glamorous to him as it seems.

"I thought at one point I would get to a certain place and I would be like, Ok, now I'm
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Now Casting: Play Shrek or Fiona in ‘Shrek the Musical’ + 3 More Gigs

It’s a big, bright, beautiful world, thanks to today’s casting roundup! A California production of “Shrek the Musical” is currently casting all principal roles, including Shrek and Fiona. There are also roles available in the national nonunion tour of “Kinky Boots,” a horror film set in the Everglades, and a clothing commercial! “Shrek The Musical”Join an upcoming production of “Shrek the Musical” in Fontana, CA. Male and female talent aged 18–70 are needed to fill all lead roles, as well as supporting and ensemble. Actors should be excellent singers with great comedic timing. There is an open casting call on Aug. 22 in Fontana. Rehearsals will begin Sept. 11 and the show runs Oct. 20–Nov. 12 at the Center Stage Theater Fontana. Pay is a $500 minimum stipend, with additional fees added for certain roles. Apply here! “Kinky Boots” Nat’L Nonunion TOURThe national non-equity tour of Cyndi Lauper/Harvey Fierstein’s
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