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Bette Midler's New Gig

Posted 12.10.2013 | TV

Bette Midler is taking on a Hollywood legend as she prepares to to play Mae West in an upcoming HBO biopic. The film will be based on West's autobi...

Change the World: A Short Interview With Kinky Boots's Annaleigh Ashford

Danny Groner | Posted 01.25.2014 | New York
Danny Groner

Kinky Boots remains one of the most popular and talked about musical on Broadway. One of the standout performers is Annaleigh Ashford, who brings both humor and optimism to the show. Here, Ashford explains what sets this show apart.

Michelangelo Signorile

Harvey Fierstein: It's Time For Russia To 'Stop F**king With' The Gay Community

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.01.2013 | Gay Voices

Playwright and actor Harvey Fierstein says it’s time to let the world know that the LGBT community is “too dangerous to mess with” and that “R...

Adding Music to Movies by Way of the Stage: Sleepless in Seattle to Kinky Boots

James Sims | Posted 08.07.2013 | Arts
James Sims

Glancing at the shows nominated for Best Musical for this year's Tony Awards, it is easy to mistake the list as being a Hollywood box office report.

FIERCE Quote Of The Day: Harvey Fierstein Slams Anti-Gay Religious Advocates

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.06.2013 | Gay Voices

We generally refrain from using the word fierce, but sometimes it's totally warranted. Case in point: The following sound byte from Harvey Fierste...

Michelangelo Signorile

Harvey Fierstein On The 'Kinky Boots' Surprise That Critics Have Ignored

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 05.18.2013 | Gay Voices

“Would I be scared to say ‘gay?'" asks the very openly gay Harvey Fierstein, discussing the hit Broadway musical "Kinky Boots," which has garnered...

First Nighter: Tom Hanks, Other Talkative Tony 2013 Nominees Spark Their Press Brunch

David Finkle | Posted 07.01.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Harvey Fierstein was wearing kinky running shoes by New Balance because, according to him, "I have fat feet." Yes, but where was it that he especia...

Cultural-Catch-Up II: Bibi Ferreira, Kinky Boots

Jill Lynne | Posted 06.22.2013 | Arts
Jill Lynne

Being a cinema-buff, it is rare for me to think that a theatrical event surpasses the film -- especially a good one.

Put on Your Kinky Boots and Dance to the Music of Broadway's Newest Hit! Tony Awards --Watch Out

Liz Smith | Posted 06.08.2013 | Entertainment
Liz Smith

"Be yourself! Everyone else is taken!"says the magnificent drag queen star (Billy Porter) in the opening of Broadway's newest hit musical Kinky Boots. Put on Your Kinky Boots and Dance to the Music of Broadway's Newest Hit! Tony Awards --Watch Out

Kinky Boots and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly

Ken Fallin | Posted 06.08.2013 | Entertainment
Ken Fallin

Billy Porter plays the bigger-than-life drag performer, Lola, so I had to include his character. So, when I drew Billy, I needed to draw some of his essence, peaking out from behind Lola's lavish, over-the-top costumes, and very theatrical make up.

Kinky Boots: High Kicks for Everyone

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.07.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Here is a musical on Broadway with a philosophy a girl can love: Kinky Boots starts with a rousing tribute "The Most Beautiful Thing," to shoes.

Theater: Kinky Boots Too Vanilla

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.04.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

For a musical about drag queens clashing with burly blue collar males and a factory crushed by outsourcing, this is a tension-free show with almost no sex and only some very minor bumps in the plot.

First Nighter: Kinky Boots the Musical Is Truly Kinky -- Despite the Kinks

David Finkle | Posted 06.04.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

If Kinky Boots were judged solely on the merits of its several uproarious numbers and sunspot-bright performances, it would be accounted a runaway hit -- and many happy patrons will do just that.

'Kinky Boots' Begins Its Pre-Broadway Chicago Run

Posted 10.02.2012 | Chicago

The pre-Broadway premiere of the high-profile new "Kinky Boots" musical begins its run Tuesday at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre. The production...

On the Culture Front: Tribeca Film Fest Afterthought, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Newsies and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 07.02.2012 | New York
Chris Kompanek

t's been a busy month on the culture front; a lot has gone down in the music, theater and film worlds. Magnetic Fields, Silence! The Musical, Newsies, A Midsummer Night's Dream and the Tribeca Film Festival.

Reimagining the Story of Newsies

Harvey Fierstein | Posted 05.29.2012 | Entertainment
Harvey Fierstein

I wanted to make at least one cogent argument defending print media to a culture that doesn't seem to care if the daily paper disappears altogether. What could that argument be?

Cyndi Lauper's 'Kinky Boots' Heads To Chicago

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 04.23.2012 | Arts

NEW YORK — A new musical bringing together Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein and rock icon Cyndi Lauper will put its best foot forward in Chica...

Michelangelo Signorile

Rosie O'Donnell, Harvey Fierstein And Other LGBT Media Figures Sound Off On Prop 8 Ruling

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.08.2012 | Gay Voices

The news that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal had ruled Proposition 8 unconstitutional had gay and lesbian political activists, media figures and cele...

'Newsies' Will Finally Get A Love Story In Broadway Musical

AP | By MARK KENNEDY | Posted 11.15.2011 | Home

NEW YORK -- When Harvey Fierstein was asked to make the film "Newsies" work on stage, he realized that something was missing from the original. "In a...

Nick Jonas Becoming A Heart Throb, John Stamos Joins Him

Posted 07.24.2011 | Entertainment

Just as he once supplanted him in the Disney film and music universe, Nick Jonas is now set to take the heart throb baton from Zac Efron on stage, too...

'Newsies' Musical Hitting The Stage

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Jack "Cowboy" Kelly wanted to escape New York for Santa Fe. He'll have to settle for New Jersey. "Newsies," the 1992 Disney musical movie about tur...

The Good And Bad Effects Faith Can Have On Obesity

David Briggs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Briggs

Substantial research shows churches, synagogues and mosques can promote exercise, healthier diets and improved self-images. But cultural stigma appears to be keeping some overweight people from entering the doors of houses of worship.

Improbable Casting Ideas

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

In 1964, long before theater producers started to experiment with nontraditional casting, one of America's greatest caricaturists did a series of bril...

Lesbian and Gay Musical Ambassadors Play Carnegie Hall

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jim Luce

The Big Apple Corps started out as a social organization, and continues today to offer a place where people can make friends -- and even fall in love.

How to Keep the Hearts of Bigots Warm Through the Winter

Harvey Fierstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Fierstein

Obama can call the placing of a hate monger like Rick Warren on the world dais political healing or inclusiveness or any other nicety he'd like, but I call it pandering to the lowest instinct of the worst kind of politics.