Hedwig and the Angry Inch on GMA tomorrow and Thursday

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, currently in previews at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street), will be featured tomorrow and Thursday, April 17 on “Good Morning America.”

Tomorrow, April 16 (in the 8 AM hour), “Good Morning America” will air a segment featuring a panel interview with Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Hall, John Cameron Mitchell, and Stephen Trask. The segment, led by Lara Spencer, will also feature never before seen photos of HEDWIG on Broadway and a backstage tour of the Belasco Theatre including Harris’ and Hall’s costumes, wigs, and dressing rooms.

Then on Thursday, April 17 (in the 8 AM hour), Neil Patrick Harris will be live from GMA’s Times Square studio to talk about returning to Broadway in the iconic role of Hedwig.

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Radio DJs Buzzing about Baz Luhrmann’s STRICTLY BALLROOM in Sydney

“You are going to love this show”

2UE Angela Catterns

“Prepare to be dazzled!”

GOLD FM Clint Drieber

Produced by Global Creatures and Bazmark, STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL opened to a 2000 strong standing ovation audience this past weekend at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre.  After a sold-out preview period, the demand for tickets following the opening has become even more intense.

Everyone is talking about STRICTLY BALLROOM.  This is what some of the influential radio DJs in Sydney are saying:

MMM Gus Worland

‘The best musical I have seen in ages’

‘A superb night’

i98FM Bianca Dye

‘Baz Lurhmann you’ve done it again’

‘It’s better than the movie’


GOLD FM Clint Drieber

‘Prepare to be dazzled and dance the night away’

‘If you liked the film, you will love the movie’


‘A most wonderful production’

‘Just fantastic’

2UE Angela Catterns

‘A full-on extravaganza’


‘A great night’s entertainment’

‘You are going to love Strictly Ballroom’

2UE Andrew Hornery

‘We loved the show’

‘It’s great to go and see’

“A great production’

‘It’s absolutely hysterical’


‘Classic Baz Luhrmann’

2GB Alan Jones


‘It’s authentically Australian’

‘So much to be proud of’

2UE Wendy Kay

‘You walk out of the theatre with a huge smile on your face tapping your feet.’

STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL is staged by the original creative team behind the classic 1992 film, including director and co-writer Baz Luhrmann, set and costume designer Catherine Martin, choreographer John “Cha Cha” O’Connell and co-writer Craig Pearce.

STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL is the inspiring story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules to follow his heart.  This uplifting and courageous tale originated as a stage play that Baz Luhrmann devised with a group of students at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) back in 1984.

STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL is produced in Australia by Global Creatures and Bazmark together with the support of Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency and the City of Sydney.

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ONCE wins two 2014 Oliviers, now boasts 24 major awards across the world

April 14, 2014 – The London production of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning hit musical ONCE has received two Olivier Awards, it was announced last night in London.  The hit musical has now amassed 50 award nominations and 24 awards from around the world. 

A complete list of the 24 awards ONCE has won:

2 Olivier Awards:

Outstanding Achievement in Music – Martin Lowe for composition & arrangements, Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová for music & lyrics

Best Actress In A Musical – Zrinka Cvitešić

8 Tony Awards (2012):

Best Musical

Best Book of Musical (Enda Walsh)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Steve Kazee)

Best Director of a Musical (John Tiffany)

Best Orchestrations (Martin Lowe)

Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Bob Crowley)

Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Natasha Katz)

Best Sound Design of a Musical (Clive Goodwin)

4  Drama Desk Awards (2012):

Outstanding Musical

Outstanding Director of a Musical (John Tiffany)

Outstanding Lyrics (Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová)

Outstanding Orchestrations (Martin Lowe)

3 outer Critics Circle Awards (2012):

Outstanding New Broadway Musical

Outstanding Director of a Musical (John Tiffany)

Outstanding Book of a Musical (Enda Walsh)

3 Lucille Lortel Awards (2012):

Outstanding Musical

Outstanding Choreographer (Steven Hoggett)

Outstanding Lighting Design (Natasha Katz)

ONCE was named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle

ONCE won an Obie Award (Special citation for Steven Hoggett, Martin Lowe and John Tiffany)

ONCE won the Drama League Award for Distinguished Production of a Musical Award.

ONCE is the winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

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The Afternoon Report, Friday, April 11, 2014

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Today’s Tweets from BBB
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@INISHMAANBway announces rush policy and begins previews tomorrow • • • @BCEFA BROADWAY BARES to Deliver ‘Rock Hard’ Night at Hammerstein Ballroom • • • Broadway’s ONCE to play its 862nd performance, passing the Broadway run of Ragtime, tomorrow afternoon @OnceBway • • •

The Design Thinking Behind Twitter’s Revamped Profiles
Wired.com – by KYLE VANHEMERT

There were a few different responses to yesterday’s news of Twitter redesigning its user profile pages. Some people liked it. Some people hated it. Many rightly pointed out that it looked a lot like Facebook. But many others shared the sentiment of my colleague Mat Honan, who Tweeted, “Sure, I like my new profile page, but when do you ever look at someone’s Twitter profile?”

It’s true that for people like me and you, Twitter is defined by the firehose-like barrage of Tweets known as the timeline. That, for better or worse, is the Twitter we’ve come to expect. But there are a huge number of people who know nothing of the timeline. They’ve heard of Twitter, maybe, but they’ve never bothered to sign up. These people wind up on Twitter when they search Google for Lady Gaga and follow the third or fourth search result to twitter.com/ladygaga. They don’t care about the firehose. They just want to see Gaga’s trickle of updates. Twitter’s freshly redesigned profile pages are for these people.

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How to craft a social media policy
TechRepublic – by ERIN CARSON

For a long time, PGAV Destinations just didn’t need to get into social media. The firm, which designs attractions for zoos, museums, aquariums, and cultural sites, has been in business since 1967, and to this point, never felt the push to jump online.

“It’s not really a super large industry, so it’s easy to identify your clients and your market, and find them and talk to them about your services,” said PGAV’s Director of Business Development and Research Ben Cober.

But now, thanks to the growing market and opportunities only the internet can offer, the firm is ready to make its foray into social media. In the ramp up, Cober helped PGAV put together a social media policy to guide the company and its employees in social spaces on the web.

To assist other companies like PGAV, we’ve put together several points to remember when building a social media policy that, as Gartner analyst Jennifer Polk put it, creates “expectations with a healthy dose of what can be monitored, managed, and enforced realistically.”

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THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN announces rush policy and begins previews tomorrow

The Michael Grandage Company production of THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN, by Martin McDonagh, starring Daniel Radcliffe and the critically acclaimed West End cast, directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Grandage, will begin previews on Broadway tomorrow, Saturday, April 12. The production will open Sunday, April 20 at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street).

Tickets are on sale through www.Telecharge.com.  The production will play a strictly limited run through Sunday, July 20, with over 10,000 tickets available priced at $27, to provide access for all audiences.

A limited number of $37 general rush tickets will be sold for each performance on the day of the show when the box office opens. Each guest in line is limited to two rush tickets per person. Payment by cash or credit card.  Locations will be at the theatre’s discretion and may be partial view.  Tickets are subject to availability and may not be offered for all performances.

For more information, please visit www.crippleofinishmaan.com

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Broadway’s ONCE to play its 862nd performance, passing the Broadway run of Ragtime, this Saturday, April 12

Photo by Joan Marcus

The Tony and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical ONCE, will play its 862nd performance, passing the Broadway run of Ragtime, at the matinee on Saturday, April 12.

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BC/EFA’s BROADWAY BARES to Deliver ‘Rock Hard’ Night at Hammerstein Ballroom

Pictured: Sean Ewing. Photo by Andrew Eccles

The 24th annual edition of Broadway Bares will blow the roof off its new home at Hammerstein Ballroom with Broadway Bares: Rock Hard!, an amped up celebration honoring the best of rock ‘n’ roll.

Produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway Bares: Rock Hard! will crank up the volume and strip away all inhibitions as it pays tribute to rock ‘n’ roll’s iconic music and moments of the past 60 years. More than 150 of New York’s sexiest and most talented dancers will shake, rattle, and disrobe in an unforgettable burlesque spectacular.

Broadway Bares: Rock Hard! arrives Sunday, June 22 with two performances only at 9:30 PM and midnight at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, located in the Manhattan Center (311 West 34th Street).  Special guests for the evening will be announced at a later date.

Broadway Bares combines the naughtiness of burlesque with the razzle-dazzle of Broadway and has been a smashing success since its inception in 1992. The event, featuring the hottest male and female dancers on Broadway, has become one of BC/EFA’s signature events. The first Broadway Bares featured just seven dancers performing choreographed stripteases on a bar and raised more than $8,000. Through 23 editions, Broadway Bares has raised more than $11.3 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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The Afternoon Report, Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Noted Broadway Photographer Joan Marcus Is Among the Recipients of the 2014 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
Theatermania.com – by DAVID GORDON

Noted Broadway photographer Joan Marcus, Actors Fund President and CEO Joe Benincasa, and theatrical general manager Charlotte Wilcox have been named this year’s recipients of the Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre. The awards will be presented at the Tony Honors Cocktail Party on Monday, June 2, at the Paramount Hotel’s Diamond Horseshoe.

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Today’s Tweets from BBB
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RT BULLETSOVERBWAY: Just three more hours! Follow along with all of today’s #openingnight festivities! #BulletsOverBway #broadway • • • RT TheatreForANewA: We’re dying over this photo of Michael Pennington as Mercutio & @IanMcKellen as Romeo at @TheRSC circa 1976. #tbt • • • Video of the Week: Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy & @RealHughJackman impersonate @IanMcKellen & @SirPatStew • • • Celebrate @MOTOWNMusical’s 1st anniversary on Broadway this Sunday with a free ticket lottery! • • • @MONOLOGOSNYC annouces cast members for its first month of performances. • • • @PerezHilton raves for @AtlanticTheater’s “dark, sexy definite must see” production of THE THREEPENNY OPERA • • • Here’s the @nytimestheater story on @MTC_NYC #CASAVALENTINA by @HarveyFierstein • • • Broadway’s ONCE surpasses Spring Awakening’s record playing 860 performances on Broadway tonight @OnceBway • • •

Facebook’s Unloved Right-Rail Desktop Ads Finally Get a Facelift
AdAge.com/Digital – by COTTON DELO

Facebook is making an update to its ads on the right-hand rail of desktop screens: they will be bigger, but there will be fewer of them.

It’s a facelift with the potential to make right rail ads – known for lower click-through rates and a boxy, text-heavy format — more lucrative for Facebook. The new ads will be a little more than twice the size of the current rendition and sized in the same proportion as news feed ads so that marketers can use the same images in both, which they weren’t previously able to do.

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Millennials Trust User-Generated Content 50% More Than Other Media
Mashable.com – by MAX KNOBLAUCH

It seems as if millennials have avoided traditional media ever since they learned how to read.

The results of new research by marketing startup Crowdtap and the global research company Ipsos shed new light on how the connected generation gets its news. When it comes to trust, it turns out, millennials almost always choose their peers over professionals.

User-generated content (UGC) is media created by your peers. It includes status updates, blog posts and restaurant reviews — any content from non-professionals without any real motivation besides adding an opinion to the sea of already existing opinions. In a more logical world, it isn’t the type of content we’d trust over a professional’s review.

Ipsos’ study, however, reveals that millennials trust UGC just as much as professional reviews. UGC is also 20% more influential when it comes to purchasing and 35% more memorable than other types of media. You can chalk that up to the fact that millennials spend five hours per day with UGC.

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LA SOIRÉE’s English Gents on NBC’s TODAY Show this morning

LA SOIRÉE, the sexy and outrageous downtown hit at New York’s Union Square Theatre, visited NBC’s TODAY Show.  The show’s jaw dropping “English Gents,” Denis Lock and Hamish McCann, wowed Kathie Lee & Hoda with a live performance.  Watch it here: La Soirée’s English Gents on The Today Show.

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Video of the Week: Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy Do Their Best McKellen and Stewart

Please enjoy this video of X-Men: Days of Future Past stars Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy (who play the young Magneto and Professor X, respectively) do their best impressions of their co-stars (and recent Broadway stars), Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart. As a bonus, Tony Winner Hugh Jackman also does an impression of McKellen.

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