Cow-town has managed to snag the first professional production of Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.
Hardly surprising when you consider Doctor Horrible is trying to join a gang of supervillains lead by Bad Horse, the Thoroughbred of Sin.
There are even singing cowboys!
Neil Patrick Harris was even willing to take part in the production, but unfortunately scheduling conflicts mean that Jon Lachlan Stewart will be taking over the role of Billy/Doctor Horrible. No word yet if Edmonton native Nathan Fillion will reprise his role as the pompous Captain Hammer or who will play the role of our plucky heroine, Penny.
Presented by Broadway West Productions, Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog will run from May 27th to June 5th at the Vertigo Studio Stage. There are still some tickets available although more than half are already gone. You can get them at the Broadway West Presents website or by calling 403-221-3708.
Get them soon. We don’t want to cause a stampede!
Via: The Calgary Sun
Newsweek published an article by Ramin Setoodeh this week basically stating the gay actors can’t play straight roles – not shouldn’t, couldn’t. Never mind the long standing tradition in Hollywood that keeps gay actors closeted *cough* Kevin Spacey *cough* Cary Grant *cough* Jodie Foster *cough*, I cannot believe that someone could post something so ignorant.
The simple fact of the matter is that it isn’t the actors sexuality that’s the problem, it’s audiences perceptions and prejudices that are the problem. An actor who is good at his or her job is able to to take people out of reality and tell them a story. It’s only when a viewer refuses to let go of their preconceived notions about a person that this isn’t able to happen for them as they sit in the audience. A fact Kristin Chenoweth ably makes in her rebuttle to Setoodeh’s article:
As a longtime fan of Newsweek and as the actress currently starring opposite the incredibly talented (and sexy!) Sean Hayes in the Broadway revival of “Promises, Promises,” I was shocked on many levels to see Newsweek publishing Ramin Setoodeh’s horrendously homophobic “Straight Jacket,” which argues that gay actors are simply unfit to play straight. From where I stand, on stage, with Hayes, every night — I’ve observed nothing “wooden” or “weird” in his performance, nor have I noticed the seemingly unwieldy presence of a “pink elephant” in the Broadway Theater. (The Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Tony members must have also missed that large animal when nominating Hayes’ performance for its highest honors this year.) I’d normally keep silent on such matters and write such small-minded viewpoints off as perhaps a blip in common sense. But the offense I take to this article, and your decision to publish it, is not really even related to my profession or my work with Hayes or Jonathan Groff (also singled out in the article as too “queeny” to play “straight.”) This article offends me because I am a human being, a woman and a Christian. For example, there was a time when Jewish actors had to change their names because anti-Semites thought no Jew could convincingly play Gentile. Setoodeh even goes so far as to justify his knee-jerk homophobic reaction to gay actors by accepting and endorsing that “as viewers, we are molded by a society obsessed with dissecting sexuality, starting with the locker room torture in junior high school.” Really? We want to maintain and proliferate the same kind of bullying that makes children cry and in some recent cases have even taken their own lives?
Joss Whedon does something else to prove how totally badass he is. The song is called Heart, Broken.
From Showcase’s This American Life with Ira Glass.