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Opening night party for 'Hamilton'

Jonathan Groff - Opening night party for 'Hamilton' held at Pier 60 - Arrivals at Pier 60, - New York, United States - Friday 7th August 2015

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Opening Night Broadway musical Hamilton - Curtain Call

Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Groff, Okieriete Onaodowan , Jon Rua - Opening night of the Broadway musical Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre - Curtain Call at Richard Rodgers Theatre, - New York City, New York, United States - Friday 7th August 2015

Jonathan Groff, Okieriete Onaodowan, Jon Rua, Leslie Odom Jr and Phillipa Soo
Jonathan Groff, Okieriete Onaodowan, Jon Rua, Leslie Odom Jr, Phillipa Soo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Christopher Jackson and Anthony Ramos
Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Groff, Okieriete Onaodowan, Jon Rua, Leslie Odom Jr, Phillipa Soo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Christopher Jackson, Anthony Ramos and Ariana DeBose
Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Groff, Okieriete Onaodowan, Jon Rua, Leslie Odom Jr, Phillipa Soo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Christopher Jackson and Anthony Ramos
Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Groff, Okieriete Onaodowan, Jon Rua, Leslie Odom Jr, Phillipa Soo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Christopher Jackson, Anthony Ramos and Ariana DeBose

Celebrities visit the cast of the Broadway musical 'Hamilton'

Jonathan Groff , Sutton Foster - Celebrities visit the cast of the Broadway musical 'Hamilton' backstage at the Richard Rodgers Theatre - New York, United States - Wednesday 5th August 2015

Jonathan Groff and Sutton Foster
Jonathan Groff and Sutton Foster
Michelle Collins and Jonathan Groff

Hennessy Hamilton Party Arrivals

Jonathan Groff - Hennessy V.S.O.P celebrates Hamilton's first week of previews on Broadway at URBO restaurant - Arrivals. at URBO restaurant, - New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 19th July 2015

Jonathan Groff and Renée Elise Goldsberry
Jonathan Groff and Renée Elise Goldsberry
Jonathan Groff and Renée Elise Goldsberry
Jonathan Groff and Renée Elise Goldsberry
Jonathan Groff and Renée Elise Goldsberry

A New Brain Opening Party

Frankie J. Alvarez and Jonathan Groff - Opening night party for Encores! Off-Center's "A New Brain" held at New York City Center. at New York City Center, - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 25th June 2015

'Frozen' Attractions To Be Built In Disney World Florida


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Frozen Fever: Disney's Most Successful Animation Returns With A Short Film Sequel


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Considered to be one of the best, if not the best, Disney animated feature film and musical since the era of such greats as The Little Mermaid and The Lion King, 2013’s Frozen stole people’s hearts all around the world. It was a huge success, both commercially and critically, ranking as the highest-grossing animated film of all time and recieved two Academy Awards and a BAFTA.

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Disney's Frozen captured hearts everywhere

But after the whirlwind of princesses, ice castles, unlikely heroes and catchy songs - how would millions of children (and adults) worldwide ever find anything that could live up to the high bar Frozen had set?

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Super Exciting Musical News: More A-Listers Added To The Tonys 2014 Line-Up


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Tony’s, Tony’s, Tonyyyy’s! Cue life affirming musical montage.It’s almost TIme for the 2014 Tony Awards! Has it been that long since last year’s? Well, yes. This year’s lineup looks mega promising, so here’s a little rundown of what to expect tonght.

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A decade after his first time hosting, Hugh Jackman returns to fill some big shoes.

This year’s host is Hugh Jackman and while we’ll miss NPH, that beacon of Tony excellence, as a host (don’t worry, he’s still dropping by to perform with the cast of Hedwig and the Angry Itch), Mr. Jackson’s past appearances at the awards are no less a thing to behold. Example:

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Lea Michele Wet Herself Before Performing For Obama, And Nicked Some Presidential Loo Roll


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The latest in a month of celebrity bodily fluid-related news: following on from Jennifer Lawrence's Oscars chunder shame, and Paul McCartney's diarrhoea illness, Lea Michele has revealed that she peed herself prior to performing for President Barack Obama and his family at The White House.

The Glee actress has revealed that she was so nervous before her performance that she had to ask her friend Jonathan Groff to help calm her nerves but in doing so he made the actress laugh so much that she accidentally wet herself. She also revealed that she stole toilet paper from The White House because it had the official seal on it.

More: Lea Michele drank wine as a toddler.

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The Normal Heart Review


Excellent

It's taken nearly 30 years to bring Larry Kramer's passionate, award-winning play to the screen, but this high-calibre production is a genuine stunner. Even if it was made for television, it carries the gut-punch of a great drama, adding a deeply personal perspective to recent Aids epidemic documentaries like How to Survive a Plague and We Were Here.

At the centre is the outspoken writer Ned (Mark Ruffalo), who has already ruffled feathers in the 1981 New York gay community with his rants against promiscuity. So when a close friend (Jonathan Groff) comes down with what has been labelled "gay cancer", he has a new cause to get angry about. He gathers his buddies including Bruce, Tommy and Mickey (Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Joe Mantello) to form an action group, working with Emma (Julia Roberts), a doctor who suspects that the disease is sexually transmitted. But the community isn't willing to give up its hard-fought sexual freedoms. And as Ned falls for Times journalist Felix (Matt Bomer), he becomes increasingly outraged that the government is doing nothing while thousands of people die.

Kramer's script is so intimate and raw that it brings the characters to vivid life, giving each of the actors a show-stopping scene of his or her own. Ruffalo's complex and remarkably transparent performance holds everything together beautifully. Ned's relationships and confrontations all pack a powerful punch, from the romantic scenes with Bomer's lively Felix to darker strain with his brother (Alfred Molina) or an all-out battle with a politician (Corey Stoll). And Roberts gets some pungent scenes of her own, most notably a fiery rant against a room full of callous congressmen.

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Video - Lea Michele Takes Bestie Jonathan Groff To 'Brunette Ambition' Book Event At Barnes & Noble


'Glee' stars Lea Michele and her best friend Jonathan Groff arrive hand in hand at a promotional event for her new book titled 'Brunette Ambition', held at Barnes & Noble on Union Square, New York. Lea looked her usual glamorous self in a black striped pencil skirt, cropped top and white heels.

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HBO Have Yet Another Winning Formula With 'Looking' - Review Round-Up


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HBO premiered their latest series last night (19 Jan.), the San Francisco-set Looking, a show about finding the right right partner and who you are in the world. The difference between the new show and countless other series that fit this formula is that it's three central characters, played by Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett & Frankie J. Alvarez, are all gay.

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Jonathan Groff [L], Murray Bartlett [M] & Frankie J. Alvare [R] star in the show

The newly premiered comedy drama managed to draw in promising audience numbers and even more promising critical praise, with a number of early reviews for the show already declaring to fans of the premium cable network that HBO have produced yet another show to become obsessed with. Gaining comparisons to much-praised series Girls, the show promises so much more than being 'Girls with guys' as this modern-day sitcom looks to lift the lid on the still-relatively taboo nature of same-sex relationships in a way that has hardy been done before.

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Is New HBO Comedy 'Looking' Really Just "Girls' For Gays"? [Trailer]


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New HBO comedy Looking will premiere this weekend after months of excitement. The hotly anticipated new show will feature a group of gay friends living in San Francisco and will star Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett. With upcoming premieres in the US and US, great things are expected of Michael Lannan's dramedy, with some early critics drawing comparisons with HBO's other hit, Girls.

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Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett & Frankie J. Alvarez Star In New HBO Comedy 'Looking.'

Predominantly directed by Andrew Haigh, the first season will set the modern day scene in which video game-developer Patrick (Groff), artist assistant and Patrick's best friend Agustín (Alvarez) and Dom's (Bartlett) characters are brought into focus. The series clearly stands-out for its three central gay characters but Haigh explains there's much more to it than the tiresome gay clichés and stereotypes.

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'Catching Fire' Slips At The Box Office, While 'Frozen' Moves In For The Holiday Season


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After Frozen’s landslide (or should that be avalanche) success before the weekend, it should come as no surprise that the film has easily topped The Hunger Games: Catching Fire at the box office. After two weeks on top, Catching Fire was knocked over by the Disney animated feature, which raked in $31.6 million in weekend sales alone. Since its release on November 22, Frozen has earned $190.2 million, according to Rentrak.

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Besides being very seasonally appropriate, Frozen also boasts beautiful animation.

Frozen is a re-imagining of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Snow Queen. The film, which tells the story of two estranged princesses in an icy kingdom, topped the box office in its second week of release, while Catching Fire fell behind with just $27 million earned in the Friday – Sunday period, according to Businessweek.

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Frozen Review


Excellent

Disney learns a lesson from Pixar's Brave, giving these orphaned princesses some feisty purpose that doesn't depend on a man. Everything else about this movie is fairly formulaic, including the requisite goofy sidekick character. But the frosty animation adds a stately, dramatic tone that's picked up by Broadway-style songs and just a hint of moral complexity in the story, which is based on Hans Christian Andersen's story The Snow Queen.

With her ability to freeze anything at a touch, young Queen Elsa (voiced by Menzel) has spent her life hidden away in the castle. No one can know her secret, including her restless little sister Anna (Bell), who meets her dream man in Hans (Fontana) on the day of Elsa's coronation. But Elsa's startled reaction to this news triggers an ice age in the kingdom, which sends Elsa fleeing to hide in the mountains. So Anna decides to track her down. She enlists help from local delivery boy Kristoff (Groff) and his pet reindeer, and as they head into the hills they encounter one of Elsa's newest creations: a singing, dancing, scatterbrained snowman named Olaf (Gad).

The winter wonderland setting gives the animators a lot to work with, and the imagery is spectacular. We actually shiver at the gleaming ice and snowy landscapes, which are so detailed that they make us want to see the film again. The characters are also sharply rendered, although they're designed without much subtlety, including the usual Disney physicality in the girls' big-eyed Barbie-like figures. But the plot keeps us off balance by, for example, giving Anna two eligible men to choose between. And also by making Elsa so internally conflicted about her unwanted powers.

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