“” is guaranteed to lift your spirits with songs and powerful messages of acceptance. Here are our top six moments from the show that give us all the feels. 1. Always follow your heart, but never forget your roots. Even though Charlie chooses not to follow the exact same career as his father, his dad eventually toasts to his journey and accepts that he should let Charlie discover his own path. “Shoes can protect a man’s journey, but only his heart can choose the path. And so a toast to our own Charlie. May you never fail to point your shoes back home.” Always chase your dreams, but never forget where you came from.2. One moment can change your entire life. As Charlie was struggling to follow in his father’s footsteps at his failing shoemaking factory, he began thinking he had no option but to close the business. Then came the phone call that would change Charlie’s fortune. After his first encounter with the spectacular drag queen, Lola, he realises there may be a major gap in the shoe market. Filling that gap could help him save his factory and jobs!“We may be facing the impossible. We may be chasing after miracles. And there may be the steepest mountain to overcome. But this is step one.”We all are rooting for you Charlie!3. Something can be made out of absolutely nothing. Just when things are looking bleak for the factory, with a little bit of luck and a little bit of leather, Charlie has made something special and unique. All that’s missing from the shoe is a heel. 4. We all have something in common.It’s not always all glitz and glam. In a lovely moment among glitter and drag, Charlie and Lola discover that they have more in common with each other than they originally thought. Even if it meant going against what their fathers wanted for them, they both decided to take their own paths in life. At the show, listen out for the beautiful song, “I’m Not My Father’s Son.” We’re crying, and you will be too. 5. You can change the world if you put your mind up to it. When Dom challenges Lola to a boxing match to prove he is a real man, Lola’s challenge in return is simple: Accept someone for who they are. This is a point that is brought up many times in “Kinky Boots”. Changing the world is as simple as changing your mindset. 6. Just be yourself. “Kinky Boots” is a show with a warm heart and an even warmer motto. “Pursue the truth, learn something new, accept yourself and you’ll accept others too. Let love shine, let pride by your guide...you can change the world if you change your mind!”There are many heartwarming moments throughout the entirety of “Kinky Boots”. Take a trip to the factory this season to see this sensational, award-winning show! Find as a gift this holiday season, or as a special treat for yourself to see this uplifting show.This article has been published in partnership with .
November 23, 2018
Katharine McPhee will make her West End debut starring as Jenna in the UK premiere of Waitress, having played the role on Broadway earlier this year. The Tony Award-nominated musical will begin preview performances on 8 February ahead of its official opening night on 7 March at London’s Adelphi Theatre. Currently playing its third year on Broadway, Waitresswill bring with it an all-female lead creative team – a West End musical first. Since finding international fame as a captivating singer on American Idol - Season 5, Katharine has become a successful recording artist, landing numerous songs and albums on Billboard’s pop, jazz, holiday and adult-contemporary charts in her native US. Her latest album of timeless American standards “I Fall In Love Too Easily” was released by BMG in 2017. As an acclaimed actress, she was the breakout star of the 2013 NBC-TV musical series Smash, Executive Produced by Steven Spielberg with music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray). She recently starred in the hit CBS dramatic series Scorpion.Waitress opened on 24 April 2016 at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theater. Based on the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, Waitress was the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by six-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus. The production is currently touring the US and has also recently announced it will have its Australian premiere in 2020 at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.Waitress tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker in a small town, who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a new life, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes to happiness. But Jenna must find the courage and strength within herself to rebuild her life. This American musical celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.On its Broadway opening, Waitress was nominated for four Outer Critics’ Circle Awards, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical; two Drama League Award Nominations, including Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical; six Drama Desk Nominations, including Outstanding Musical; and four Tony Award Nominations, including Best Musical.Waitress is produced by Barry and Fran Weissler and Norton and Elayne Herrick.
November 22, 2018
On Tuesday (Nov. 20), authorities responded to the scene of a house fire in Colts Neck, New Jersey. Upon arrival, they discovered 50-year-old Keith Caneiro with a gunshot wound in the back of his head. Inside, his 45-year-old wife Jennifer and two young children, 11-year-old Jesse and 8-year-old Sophia, lay dead among the flames with stab wounds.The came just hours after Caneiro’s brother, Paul, 51, was dealing with his own house burning down 12 miles away. A neighbor of Paul’s told NJ.com that he was visibly upset hours after the fire at his home was extinguished.“He said, ‘it must’ve been a gas leak.’ He has tears in his eyes. [His wife] Susan was devastated,” the neighbor said. “He said, ‘I’m in complete shock. I can’t believe this is happening to me.”Paul’s reaction would be understandable save for the fact that on Wednesday, Paul was .According to a criminal complaint, Paul set fire to his own house “by using gasoline and igniting the gasoline causing the residence to catch fire while his wife and two daughters were inside.” Paul Caneiro pictured with his family on the left: (L-R) Daughter Katelyn, 26, wife Susan, daughter Marissa. Paul’s mugshot is on the right.Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said at a : “The case has transcended into a multiple homicide investigation in addition to the arson matter. And to date, our investigation has revealed that unfortunately, sadly, each of these individuals were the victims of homicidal violence at some point prior to when the fire was set.”Police are treating the case as an arson and believe the two fires are connected, but it is unclear if Paul is responsible for also burning down his brother’s $1.5 million New Jersey mansion.“it’s important to emphasize that we have no reason to believe that anyone in the community is in any danger at this time,” Gramiccioni said.He continued to mention that, “both of those homes are owned by family members…I’m sure you have questions as to if they are related, and that remains to be seen. But it is an angle that we’re continuing to pursue.”“Just let us do our investigation,” he concluded.The two brothers were business partners at their consulting firm, Square One, as well as a pest control company they ran together. is a post from:
November 22, 2018
Christina can currently be seen in the lead role of Raven in Bat Out of Hell at the Dominion Theatre, a role she originated and has also played at the Manchester Opera House, the London Coliseum and in Toronto. She will be playing two solo concerts at the Crazy Coqs on the 7th January just two days after closing in Bat out of Hell. Her other credits include Pearl in Starlight Express (The Other Palace), Johanna Barker in Sweeney Todd (Derby/Mercury Theatre Colchester), Kim/cover Magnolia in Show Boat (New London Theatre), Marlene Hardcastle in The Smallest Show on Earth (UK Tour), cover Laurey in Oklahoma! (UK Tour), Sharon in Finian’s Rainbow (Charing Cross Theatre) and Marilyn/Sovereign in A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Repertory Theatre). Can you tell us a little about your experiences at Bat Out of Hell in the last few weeks? Halloween must have been quite the occasion! And how much did you enjoy the Sing-Along evenings? Hearing 1000+ people belting the songs back must have been pretty special?There’s never a dull day at Bat! Our Singalongs have been a wonderful discovery. I was nervous about them but hearing 1000+ people singing along is very moving. It’s a vulnerable and exposing thing to sing in front of others and we’re so grateful for people putting themselves out there. Halloween had a particularly electric atmosphere. The sheer wall of sound from the audience was wild! It was also rather surreal looking out at a whole audience dressed in full costume - felt like they should’ve been on stage with us!You’ve now played opposite 6 different Strats during your time as Raven. Do you have any subtle changes you make dependant on the actor that the audience might not even notice?Playing opposite 6 Strats has been an amazing learning curve. I act with 3 Strats a week regularly, which means I have to be very flexible as that means 3 very different shows. For my Raven to be a match made in heaven for their Strat, my character naturally changes. There are other challenges too - as I always do all 8 shows a week, I have to pace myself and be prepared for Strat to be more rested and have more in the tank vocally. I have to remember that I don’t have those downtimes to recover, and use technique to stay solid and match their energy. Right now I’d say my show with Jordan requires an earnest rebel Raven, Simon a cheeky, feisty one and Barney a playful but dangerous one.What can you normally be found doing 60 minutes before curtain up? What’s your pre-show regime?I’m always early as I hate rushing. I take my time pin curling and doing my makeup slowly I even head to warmup. Post company warm up, I spend time listening to podcasts up until the half as I finish my makeup, then switch to music to get me pumped and ready to rock out while I finish vocally and physically preparing. Tell us what it was like meeting Meatloaf himself. What are his favourite moments of the show?It was a dream come true performing the show for Meat Loaf. I’d spent time with him during a press tour, hearing his incredible stories and being very inspired by him. He had told Andrew and I that ‘For Crying Out Loud’ was his favourite song so we were very aware of his presence in the box during that number! Seeing him giving us a standing ovation at the end was a ‘pinch me’ moment. I’m incredibly grateful to have sung the songs that he made so famous with him in the audience. That he was proud of us was even more surreal. There are some fantastic costumes in the show. Which is your favourite?I think Jon Bausor has done an incredible job with both set and costume designs. I adore the pink and lace playsuit I wear in the bedroom scene. It feels special as it was created to flatter my body - Jon told me how long he spent searching for the perfect shade of a ‘cool pink’ for my skin tone. I adore his attention to detail and I feel amazing in it every night! I think it’s safe to say, you have some pretty amazing fans out there. Can you tell us a time when your fans have made a special impact on you? Our fans are so lovely. They’ve taken this show and this music and created a whole community for themselves. It’s so touching to see how many friendships have been born out of a love for Bat. I’ve had many touching and incredible moments at Stage Door. A recent standout was a lovely woman called Abby who has been through a very difficult time. Her connection with me and the show has really helped her and inspired me. There’s something special about Bat Out of Hell that brings people back again and again. Where were you when you heard the news of Bat’s closing? How did it feel to find out it was closing?We found out in warmup that the show was closing. It’s always sad when a job comes to an end but I’m sure there will be life for it in the future. We’ve had a brilliant run and it’s certainly been a life changing adventure for me. When one chapter ends, you simply become available for others to begin. What’s the first thing you’ll do when you wake up the morning after Bat has closed? Do you have any special plans to look forward to?The first thing I’ll do when Bat closes is jump into final preparations for my debut solo concerts at Crazy Coqs. Just 2 days after we close, I’ll be performing intimate gigs where I sing some of my favourite songs. It’s exciting and terrifying - which is exactly why I said yes. My favourite thing is being pushed out of my comfort zone and challenged. Eventually, I’ll hopefully find time to process what my body has been through for the last year and a half. I’ve only had one sick day so I’m sure I’ll need a little holiday. What songs are at the top of your ‘most played’ recently? I love discovering new music. Recently my most played songs have been ‘plateau’ by mouse on the keys, ‘Losing Touch’ by Atlas Run, ‘Get Terrified’ by itoldyouiwouldeatyou and ‘7’ by Catfish and the Battlement. Accompanied by a lot of Christmassy choral music to satisfy my classical background. My playlists change every day. What do you hope the future holds for your career? Any dream roles you’d like to share with us?I’m interested in screen work. I’ve been meeting for quite a few TV and film projects recently, which is exciting as it’s always something I’ve wanted to explore. I’m also loving workshopping new shows as Bat has shown me how much I love to create roles and be in a room where something fresh is happening! There are a couple of bucket list roles which would be amazing to tick off one day. Mary Poppins has always been up there, along with Christine in Phantom and I’d love to do another Sondheim. With regards to newer shows, I’m loving the Mean Girls Broadway soundtrack and that would be cool to audition for if it ever came to London. I’m open to all opportunities and excited that I’m not sure what’s next!Christina Bennington will be performing two solo concerts at Crazy Coqs, Zédel Brasserie on the 7th January 2019. Bat Out of Hell is currently at the Dominion Theatre – closing on 5th January 2019
November 21, 2018
Pusha T performed in Toronto Tuesday night (Nov. 13) at the Danforth Music hall for his “Daytona” tour. While there, he was attacked by concertgoers he later accused of being hired by Drake to sabotage his concert.During Pusha’s set, a group of troublemakers started throwing beer at him while he performed, covering the stage in frothy fluids. In footage captured by audience members and shared on social media, Pusha’s team can be seen fighting off stage rushers, forcing them to retreat.From the looks of it, it seems like the stage rushers were trying to get to Pusha, who was quickly taken backstage amid the commotion.The guys who threw beer at Pusha T got messed up REAL QUICK (via )— Complex (@Complex) GOONS TRY TO ATTACK ??. Everyone tag !!!!!! — True North Views (@TrueNorthViews) Wellllll a brawl broke out at the Pusha T concert, show ended after 40 minutes — Richie Assaly (@rdassaly) , some fans say that after security removed the wannabe assaulters from the stage, Pusha T came back to the stage and fired shots at Drake by performing “I Don’t Like” and “The Story of Adidon.” Pusha then accused the Toronto native of hiring people to cause a scene at his show.Pusha T has a message for Drake in Toronto after Drake’s goons try to jump Pusha T on stage ? — True North Views (@TrueNorthViews) Some eyewitnesses claim that police were eventually called and the event was reportedly shut down just 40 minutes after it started.Back in September, leading us all to believe that their longtime beef was squashed. Now, it looks like they’re back at odds.And just last week, the words “” appeared in a large, bold font on the screen behind him during his set at Tyler the Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival, which Pusha later blamed on a “corny a** tech dude.”Either this is all just some random coincidence, or Pusha T just doesn’t have the best luck right now. It’ll be interesting to see what Drake does or says next, if anything. is a post from:
November 21, 2018
Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Hope Mill Theatre are delighted to announce the full cast for the London transfer of their production of Aspects of Love at Southwark Playhouse.Madalena Alberto will play Giulietta Trapani, and Eleanor Jackson will join the ensemble. This completes the previously announced cast of Kelly Price (That Day We Sang, A Little Night Music – Olivier Award Nominee, 2010) in the role of Rose, Felix Mosse (The Rocky Horror Show) as Alex, Jerome Pradon (Jesus Christ Superstar, Pacific Overtures – Olivier Award Nominee, 2003) as George, Jack Churms, as Jerome/ensemble, Jason Kajdi (Our House, Assassins) as Hugo, Julia J Nagle (An American in Paris) as Elizabeth/ensemble, Minal Patel (The Secret Garden, Bend it Like Beckham) as Marcel and Eleanor Walsh as Jenny/ensemble.Madalena Alberto has played some of the most coveted roles in musical theatre, including Fantine in Les Misérables (Barbican and UK tour), Grizabella in Cats (London Palladium) and the title role in Evita (Dominion Theatre, UK and International tours). Madalena is also an established solo artist and songwriter, performing regularly in concerts in London, Lisbon and Barcelona, and is a proud associate artist to Chaskis Theatre Company in London.Eleanor Jackson trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Her theatre credits include Freight (RADA Festival), Medea (Bristol Old Vic), and Great Again (Vaults Festival).Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle (Rain Man, Hair and Pippin) this new, intimately reimagined production will play for a limited season from 7 January to 9 February 2019, with a national press night on Thursday 10 January. This will be the fourth London transfer from Hope Mill Theatre, following Yank!, Hair and Pippin, and the award-winning 50th anniversary production of Hair has recently announced a major UK tour in 2019. 2019 marks 30 years since the original production of Aspects of Love first opened, premiering at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1989. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart and based on the novel by David Garnett, the musical is set in France in 1947 and features the iconic songs Love Changes Everything, Seeing Is Believing and First Man You Remember. While English student Alex Dillingham is travelling through France before his call up, he falls in love with the alluring actress Rose Vibert. Rose joins Alex at his uncle’s villa. As the pair embark on a passionate affair, the unexpected arrival of Uncle George changes their lives forever. From the cobbled streets of Paris to the mountains of the Pyrenees, Aspects of Love is a heart-breaking love story spanning twenty years.Aspects of Love will have musical direction by Richard Bates, choreography by Sam Spencer-Lane, design by Jason Denvir, lighting design by Aaron J Dootson, sound design by James Nicholson and casting by Jane Deitch.Aspects of Love at Southwark Playhouse is produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Hope Mill Theatre with Jim Kierstead.
November 21, 2018
Sean “Diddy” Combs has a HUGE family—a total of six children, including Kim Porter’s oldest son Quincy, who isn’t biologically his, but he helped raise him as if he were his own.Diddy has a strong bond with all three of the women who are his children’s mothers—the late Kim Porter, Misa Hylton-Brim and Sarah Chapman—and not only that, but the women also have strong bonds with each other.RELATED: Fans have admired and respected the co-parenting relationship Diddy has with the women of his life, and after the sudden passing of Kim Porter, all of the social media tributes from everyone further proves just how close they all are as a blended family.On Sunday (Nov. 18), Misa Hylton-Brim, the mother of Diddy’s first-born son Justin Combs, took to Instagram to pen a touching message to the woman who she raised her children with for the past two decades. In her IG gallery, she included three photos of Kim, including one with her and all of their children.Misa not only thanked Kim for being a second mother to her Justin, but for also accepting her younger children (who are not Diddy’s) as well. She also shared her reaction to Porter’s death, describing it as one of the “most shocking and painful experiences” she’s ever been through and a “devastating loss” to the family.Alongside a beautiful black and white photo of Porter, Hylton-Brim wrote: “For the last 20 years we have raised our children together, my mind cannot begin to wrap around the fact that you are not going to be here. Thank you for being a 2nd mother to Justin and for loving Niko and Madison just the same. This is one of the most shocking and painful experiences that I have ever been through. A devastating loss to our family.”Misa went on to describe a recent conversation the two shared about the kids and “how proud we were of them all.”She said: “We spoke about their futures and how we could come together to support them in business. That was a very special conversation. But you were cool like that, and that is what I will miss the most. Our inside jokes and the fact that we shared an unspoken understanding around what it was like to raise our children in this life.”Misa also vowed to be a pillar of support for all four of Kim’s children, saying that she’ll continue to love them as though they were her own. “I promise to love and protect Quincy, Chris, D’lila and Jessie. I will always be here for them,” she wrote. “Rest in Power Beautiful Queen #familyForever.”Justin also wrote a beautiful message to the woman he considered his “second mom.” The 24-year-old recalled how they had recently spent time together as a family, noting how quickly life can change.Justin also thanked Kim for accepting him as his own, adding that he would “forever cherish all the special moments and talks” they had together. Read his message in full below:“This can’t be real I keep waking up hoping this is all a bad dream.. I just don’t understand. The other day we were all together dancing & celebrating! My second mother, thank you for loving & accepting me as one of your own I will forever cherish all the special moments and talks we had together please stay close with us and let us hear your voice to guide us. @quincy @kingcombs Jessie & D’lilah I got yall forever!”Justin’s sister (and Misa’s daughter) Madison also took to Instagram to share a heartfelt to her “Aunt Kim,” thanking her for opening her home to hear and treating her and her brothers like “one of [her] own.” She also thanked her for giving her her “best friends” (Christian, Quincy, D’Lila and Jessie) and for “embodying love, beautify and grace.” You can read Madison’s message in its entirety below:“I think shock and saddened are the only words that come to mind in this moment when looking to describe how we all feel. Wow.. Aunt Kim, thank you for opening not only your home but your heart to Justin, Niko and I.. Thank you for treating us like one of your own, thank you for always reminding me that I looked, acted and sounded ‘JUST like Misa’.. and most importantly thank you for giving me my best friends.. my siblings & for making me a big sister of not one but two beautiful, smart and loving girls. We all miss you and love you and still really cannot believe that you are gone. Thank you for embodying love, light, beauty and grace.. wow.. Rest In Peace Aunt Kim… my heart is so heavy.”Diddy honored the mother of his children with a private memorial service at his mansion in Bel-Air. The service was attended by close family and friends, including French Montana, Pharrell and Mary J. Blige., the house was filled with photos of Porter and the family, and a candlelit walkway lined the entrance as guests arrived. is a post from:
November 21, 2018