Actor John Cameron Mitchell was forced to scrap a performance of Hedwig And The Angry Inch on Broadway on Saturday (07Feb15) after injuring his knee during the previous show. The co-creator and original star of the production is currently in the middle of his run as the titular transgender rocker, but during a performance at the weekend he sustained a knee injury.
He was able to finish the rest of the early show, but the 10pm performance that same night was cancelled.
According to a post from the official Hedwig Broadway Twitter.com account, Mitchell is in "good spirits" and has been consulting a doctor.
They are hoping Mitchell will return for the next scheduled performance on Tuesday (10Feb15).
Mitchell, who wrote the show with composer Stephen Trask and also directed and starred in the 2001 movie version, follows in the footsteps of Dexter star Michael C. Hall, Girls actor Andrew Rannells, and Neil Patrick Harris, who won a Tony Award for his performance as Hedwig last year (14).
Mitchell's run as Hedwig is slated to run until 26 April (15).
A musical version of Lindsay Lohan's hit 2008 film Freaky Friday is in the works.
Bosses at Disney Theatrical Productions have teamed up with composer Tom Kitt and lyricist Brian Yorkey, the Tony-winning team behind shows Next to Normal and If/Then, to work on a stage adaptation of the comedy.
Tony-nominated director Christopher Ashley will helm the production, which has been described as a a "musical comedy about a mother and daughter who swap bodies and gain a unique insight into the other's perspective."
The 2008 movie, which also starred Jamie Lee Curtis, was based on the novel of the same name by Mary Rodgers. Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster starred in the first film adaptation of Freaky Friday in 1976.
As 2014 comes to an end, we are looking back at the year in pop culture. Some celebrities had a breakout year or continued their success, while others saw their professional or personal lives go downhill. Here are the celebs who had a great 2014...and those who didn't.
1. Jimmy Fallon
The late-night host took over The Tonight Show in February, bringing his contagious enthusiasm to a larger audience. He and his wife also welcomed their second daughter, Frances. Oh, and he was just named Entertainment Weekly's Entertainer of the Year!
2. Chris Pratt
Parks and Recreation fans already knew Chris was adorable and hilarious, but Guardians of the Galaxy put him on the map as an action hero (and total stud). 2015 is looking good for Pratt too, if Jurrasic World is any hint.
3. Taylor Swift
Her album may be called 1989, but Taylor absolutely dominated 2014. From selling millions of records to hanging out with her posse of celebrity BFFs, the singer was everywhere.
4. Matthew McConaughey
He started out the year winning an Oscar, starred in True Detective, and then blew our minds in Interstellar. The Mcconaissance is still in full swing, and we’re alright, alright, alright with that.
5. Lupita Nyong’o
Another Oscar winner this year, Lupita wowed audiences with her film debut in 12 Years a Slave, and was cast in one of next year’s most anticipated films, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
6. Shailene Woodley
The actress was the queen of book adaptations this year, starring in the first Divergent movie and then making us all cry as a teen with cancer in The Fault in Our Stars.
7. Iggy Azalea
Iggy was on the radio constantly this summer, both with her single “Fancy” and her collaboration with Ariana Grande on “Problem.” The Australian became the first artist since The Beatles to have the number 1 and 2 Billboard Hot 100 songs at the same time with their first two hits.
8. Neil Patrick Harris
NPH had a banner year, finishing his nine-year role as Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother, winning a Tony for the lead in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and getting married to longtime partner David Burtka. And oh yeah, he also got named the host of next year’s Oscars.
9. Shia LaBeouf
The actor displayed some peculiar behavior this year, wearing a paper bag over his head to a film premiere, staging a strange performance art piece, and getting arrested for causing a disturbance at a performance of Cabaret.
10. Amanda Bynes
The former child star’s troubles continued in 2014, as she was arrested for a DUI in September and admitted to a psychiatric facility shortly after. Let's not even dive into those Twitter rants, as it's too sad and messy to write about.
11. Bill Cosby
A series of rape allegations changed our view of the former sitcom star.
12. Robin Thicke
The singer has fallen far from the 2013 success of his hit “Blurred Lines.” 2014 brought lawsuits and accusations about his writing. His album Paula, a desperate (and creepy) attempt to win back his estranged wife Paula Patton, was a flop.
13. Justin Bieber
Justin didn’t release a new album this year, instead encountering a number of legal problems. He was arrested twice, as well as charged with vandalism. And worst of all, he totally screwed things up with Selena Gomez.
14. Gwyneth Paltrow
In March, the actress announced her separation from Coldplay singer Chris Martin, her husband of ten years. Unfortunately, the public responded by making fun of her and the phrase she used to describe their separation, “conscious uncoupling.”
15. Teresa Giudice
The Real Housewives of New Jersey star and her husband pled guilty to fraud charges, and she was sentenced to 15 months in prison.
16. James Franco
After lashing out at a New York Times critic for a mild criticism of his performance in Broadway’s Of Mice and Men, the actor made headlines again by sending suggestive Instagram messages to a 17-year-old girl.
To everyone who had a good year, congratulations! To those who didn't, 2015 is almost here.
Actor Sam Rockwell is heading back to the Broadway stage in a revival of Sam Shepard's Fool For Love. The Moon star will play one half of a troubled former couple working through its issues in a desert motel opposite Venus in Fur Tony Award winner Nina Arianda next autumn (15).
The pair will tackle the parts originally made famous by Ed Harris and Kathy Baker off-Broadway in 1983.
Robert Altman directed a film adaptation of the project in 1985, featuring writer/actor Shepard and Kim Basinger in the leading roles.
Rockwell last appeared on the Broadway stage in 2010's A Behanding in Spokane.
Fool For Love will begin previews at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in New York next September (15), ahead of a planned launch on 8 October (15).
John Cameron Mitchell, the actor who created German cross-dressing rocker Hedwig for outrageous musical Hedwig & The Angry Inch, is set to reprise the role on Broadway. He'll replace Dexter star Michael C. Hall, who is currently playing the transgender Hedwig, for a limited eight-week engagement, beginning on 21 January (15), at the Belasco Theatre.
The hit show picked up four Tony Awards earlier this year (14), including Best Musical Revival and a Lead Actor trophy for Neil Patrick Harris.
Harris was replaced by Andrew Rannells, and Hall took over from him.
Mitchell says, "I am in equal parts thrilled and terrified to be returning to Hedwig. Fifteen years ago she kicked my butt so hard that I quit acting. But, like an expertly facelifted ex-wife, she's lured me back. The killer new work by Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannels and Michael C. Hall has left much larger pumps to fill. Here's hoping I don't need a walker by the end of the run."
Mitchell wrote the show with composer Stephen Trask and starred in an off-Broadway production in the mid 1990s. He also directed and starred in the 2001 movie version.
Rapper Iggy Azalea is joining the New Year's Eve party in Las Vegas after signing up to ring in 2015 onstage at Drai's Nightclub.
The Fancy hitmaker will perform on 31 December (14) just before midnight, when Sin City's famous Strip Fireworks Extravaganza will light up the Vegas skies.
In a statement released to Billboard.com, Azalea says, "I am so excited to celebrate New Year's Eve at Drai's and welcome in 2015 in Las Vegas."
The hip-hop star won't be the only musician celebrating the New Year in Sin City - Maroon 5, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Calvin Harris, Snoop Dogg and Drake have also lined up end-of-year shows and appearances in the gambling and party Mecca.
Actor David Hyde Pierce will make his directorial debut on Broadway by taking the reins of a new musical comedy starring Tyne Daly and Harriet Harris. It Shoulda Been You, written by Pierce's husband Brian Hargrove and featuring music by Barbara Anselmi, focuses on the family drama at a mixed-religion wedding as a Jewish bride and her Roman Catholic groom attempt to tie the knot.
Tony Award winners Daly and Harris will appear as the feuding future mothers-in-law.
Pierce and Hargrove premiered the stage show in New Jersey in 2011 and initially planned to take it to Broadway in 2012.
The production will serve as a mini-Frasier reunion for series star Pierce - Harris once featured on the hit TV show as a kooky agent, while co-star Edward Hibbert previously portrayed a food critic.
Other castmembers include Sierra Boggess, Lisa Howard and Neil Patrick Harris' husband, David Burtka.
It Shoulda Been You will begin previews at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in March (15).
Pierce is no stranger to New York's famous theatre district - his most recent appearance came last year (13), when he starred in comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2015 Academy Awards!
The former How I Met Your Mother star is no stranger to hosting big ceremonies - he previously hosted the Tony Awards four times, and the Emmy Awards twice. Harris even scored three consecutive Outstanding Special Class Programme Emmy trophies for his contribution to the Tonys. Announcing the news on Wednesday (15Oct14), Oscars producer Neil Zadan said:
"We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars. We have known him his entire adult life, and we have watched him explode as a great performer in feature films, television and stage. To work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm, all of his resources and talent coming together on a global stage." The Gone Girl star added, "It is truly an honour and a thrill to be asked to host this year’s Academy Awards. I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show. To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true."
The 87th Academy Awards will air live on 22 February, 2015. This year's (14) ceremony was hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.
Dexter star Michael C. Hall is set for a Broadway return as a transgender German rock star. The actor will take over the lead in Hedwig & the Angry Itch when Andrew Rannells completes his run in the show.
Rannells replaced Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris in the show earlier this year (14), and will play Hedwig at the Belasco Theatre next month (Oct14).
Hall will take over the lead from 16 October (14) and stay with the quirky musical until 4 January (15).
The actor made his Broadway debut as the emcee in Cabaret in 1999 and played Billy Flynn in Chicago in 2002, while he wrapped up his latest New York stage stint in The Realistic Joneses in July (14).
Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston, Rob Lowe and Reese Witherspoon joined forces on Friday night (05Sep14) to raise money and awareness for the Stand Up To Cancer charity at a star-studded telethon. The fourth biennial event, broadcast live in the U.S. and Canada from Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre, featured a slew of famous faces, including Kerry Washington, Jon Hamm and Mike Myers, calling on viewers to give generously to the organisation in order to continue supporting research into groundbreaking new cancer treatments.
Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson boosted awareness online by engaging with fans on Twitter.com as Fast & Furious' Jordana Brewster participated in a Facebook question and answer session, during which two male fans proposed to the married actress.
Angie Harmon, comedian Dane Cook, Magic Mike hunk Joe Manganiello and Scandal star Tony Goldwyn were among the celebrities who helped man the phones and accept live donations, while Robert Downey, Jr. sent in a video message and Matthew McConaughey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper and funnyman Danny McBride all took part in a humorous, pre-recorded cancer awareness public service announcement (PSA).
However, one of the most touching celebrity appearances of the night came from former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan, who recalled losing his first wife, Australian actress Cassandra Harris, to the disease in 1991, followed by his stepdaughter Charlotte last year (13).
Addressing the audience, he said, "To watch someone you love have his or her life eaten away, bit by bit, by this insidious disease, that kind of sorrow becomes an indelible part of your psyche.
"I held the generous, strong, beautiful hand of my first wife, Cassie, as ovarian cancer took her life much too soon. And just last year, I held the hand of my funny, wonderful daughter Charlotte before she too died from this wretched, inherent disease."
Thyroid cancer survivor Sofia Vergara also gave a moving speech towards the end of the hour-long show, urging audience members to shine a light for loved ones battling the disease as she and Kevin Bacon introduced the event's closing performance from rappers Lupe Fiasco and Common and singer Jennifer Hudson, belting out their new cancer survivors' anthem, Remission.
Dave Matthews, Ariana Grande and The Who, via satellite from London, also performed during the telethon.
But the night didn't go quite as smoothly as planned - a live link-up with Ben Stiller from Toronto, Canada had to be axed at the last minute due to a technical problem, prompting presenter Mike Myers to quip, "Evidently, lightening has struck something in Toronto, because I am doomed never to have a live telecast without controversy. I think it's Hurricane Kanye has hit Toronto... (sic)".
The Austin Powers star was famously left dumbstruck back in 2005, when he stood by as rapper Kanye West notoriously lashed out at then-U.S. President George W. Bush in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, declaring, "George Bush doesn't care about black people" during a live TV fundraiser to help the victims of the New Orleans, Louisiana natural disaster.