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Review: 'The Normal Heart'

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The Normal Heart (which airs May 25 on HBO) is the story of a great love. Not just the one between Ned (Mark Ruffalo) and his boyfriend Felix (Matt Bomer), who’s dying of AIDS, or the one that finds both men fighting to keep their friends alive during the early 1980s, before anyone really knew what this so-called “gay cancer” was. It’s the one that starts with the HBO project’s creator, Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story), and his infatuation with something he read back in college. READ FULL STORY

Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu to announce 2014 Tony Award nominations -- EXCLUSIVE

Looking star Jonathan Groff and Elementary actress Lucy Liu will announce the nominees for the 68th annual Tony Awards on Tuesday, April 29.

Both stars have a certified theater pedigree: Groff is well-known to theater fans for roles in Spring Awakening (which earned him a Tony nomination) and Hair, as well as on screen in Glee and Frozen (that little Disney indie you might have heard about). Meanwhile, Liu made her Broadway debut in 2010 replacing Hope Davis in the Tony-winning comedy God of Carnage.

The duo will appear live from the Paramount Hotel’s Diamond Horseshoe — current home of the stylish immersive theater show Queen of the Night — to announce the nominees on the morning of April 29.

The 68th Tony Awards, hosted by Hugh Jackman, will air June 8 on CBS, and if this season’s spectacular lineup is any indication, there will be plenty of packed categories to make for a genuinely heated awards race.

'Looking' react: Welcome to San Francisco!

Three more guys are looking to join your Sunday night crew.

HBO’s new series Looking premiered tonight. The show follows three late twenty-something guys grappling with love and life in a big city: New York City San Francisco. Being that this is HBO, of course there’s more to the story: All three lead characters are gay. While the first episode’s plot deals with some issues that are outside what is typically seen on television (cruising in a park, for example), fans will note that the most revolutionary thing about the show is that the characters don’t have drawn-out conversations about what being gay means — it’s simply a part of their lives.

The show begins with Patrick (Broadway and Glee star Jonathan Groff) cruising in a San Francisco park – but this isn’t an average occurrence. Instead, we learn over the course of the premiere that Patrick is actually rather shy, never having had a serious relationship and currently debating whether it’s socially appropriate or not to go to his former boyfriend’s co-bachelor party. He’s a video game designer with an OKCupid account, and the best moments of the premiere come with the kind of seemingly-off-the-cuff riffs on 2014-y situations that young people – regardless of sexual orientation – are all too familiar with. “Instagram filters have ruined everything and I can’t tell if this guy is hot or not,” Patrick sighs while flipping through online profiles. READ FULL STORY

'Spring Awakening': Lea Michele, Jonathan Groff, and original cast reunite -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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It’s been seven whole years since the off-Broadway premiere of Spring Awakening, the youth-oriented musical that became a Tony-winning Broadway musical hit and introduced the world to such breakout stars as Lea Michele (Glee), Jonathan Groff (Frozen), and John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom).

Now, the Atlantic Theatre Company has reassembled the entire original cast to launch a new social-media campaign, ATC Uncovered, which aims to connect fans to the inner-workings of the off-Broadway company. In addition to the the exclusive video below, in which Michele and Groff recall the first performances of Spring Awakening in ATC’s tiny 199-seat theater, the program will include a live-stream Facebook Q&A event with the cast on Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. ET, hosted by original castmate Brian Charles Johnson.

“This is where our love blossomed,” Michele and Groff say of the reunion, captured in this exclusive video clip. It’s really an amazing thing to watch these twentysomethings rekindle their friendship. Watch below, and prepare to have your “Totally F—ed” memories come flooding back!
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Jeremy Jordan and Jonathan Groff sing gender-bending cover of 'Let Me Be Your Star' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

It’s Smash as you’ve never seen it before.

What if Broadway vets Jeremy Jordan (Newsies) and Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening) had been vying to play Marilyn Monroe on the first season of the Broadway-set NBC drama instead of Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty? Well, alternate-universe shippers can rejoice! On Monday, Jordan and Groff belted out a gender-bent version of the show’s signature ballad, “Let Me Be Your Star,” at a benefit for the Off Broadway’s MCC Theater (whose current production, Really Really, stars Girls‘ Zosia Mamet and Parenthood‘s Matt Lauria).

This year’s “Miscast” fund-raiser featured a bunch of theater-friendly celebs performing tunes originally written for performers of decidedly different ages, genders, or ethnicities. Tony-winner Jane Krakowski tackled the title song from the Latino-centric musical In the Heights, while her former 30 Rock castmate Cheyenne Jackson paired with Jordan to play Side Show‘s conjoined twins Daisy and Violet on “Who Will Love Me As I Am.” But nothing can top Jordan and Groff’s wiggy take on “Let Me Be Your Star.”

Check out the clip below. READ FULL STORY

That is so fetch: Tina Fey wants Mariah Carey for 'Mean Girls' musical -- We cast other characters

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While talking to E! Online on the red carpet at the SAG Awards, Tina Fey mentioned that she thought Mariah Carey could star in her Mean Girls musical. (She told EW of her plans to turn her hit film into a musical back in our September cover story.)

“Maybe she can play Amy Poehler’s part,” Fey joked, after discussing Mariah’s knowledge of the film.

Mariah Carey as Mrs. George? She certainly has the singing voice for the role. But who else would we cast in our perfect production of Mean Girls? READ FULL STORY

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