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Sierra Boggess, Lea Salonga, Clay Aiken and More Share Theater Stories in New Anthology Starry-Eyed

Sierra Boggess, Lea Salonga, Clay Aiken and More Share Theater Stories in New Anthology Starry-Eyed

NEWS By Marc Snetiker October 8, 2013 - 3:03PM


Enjoy stage-centric short stories and anecdotes from your favorite theater headliners in the new book 'Starry-Eyed.'

Ever wanted to know what Lea Salonga sang at her first audition? Or what show inspired Alice Ripley to venture out of Ohio? Or how Sierra Boggess became a stage manager? A slew of your favorite Broadway stars share stories from their younger years in the new book Starry-Eyed: 16 Stories that Steal the Spotlight,available today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and wherever else books are sold.

The performing arts anthology (edited by author Ted Michael and talent agent Josh Pultz) features anecdotes from Broadway favorites like Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Lea Salonga, Alice Ripley, Andrea McArdle, Montego Glover, Telly Leung, Sierra Boggess, Gavin Lee, Lisa Howard and Lynn Cohen. Clay Aiken penned the book’s introduction.

"What I love about this book is that it highlights the beginnings of talented artists who love what they do," off-Broadway vet Anthony Federov told Broadway.com "Hopefully these stories will inspire readers to make their dreams come true no matter where their inspiration comes from."

The book also includes an impressive collection of short stories—all chronicling the struggles, hopes and dreams of young aspiring singers, dancers and performers—from popular YA authors including Kiersten White, Alex Flinn, Jacqueline West, Aimee Friedman and Claudia Gray.

If you wanted to hear about Montego Glover’s three rules for success, or Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s first trip to New York, or how Telly Leung found a new religion in Into the Woods, or Andrea McArdle’s life-changing performance in Atlantic City…pick up Starry-Eyed today!

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'Law & Order: SVU': 'American Idol's' Clay Aiken and Taylor Hicks get to play judge

'Law & Order: SVU': 'American Idol's' Clay Aiken and Taylor Hicks get to play judge

By Jacqueline Cutler

October 28, 2013 1:15 PM ET

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"American Idol" alumni Clay Aiken and Taylor Hicks and singer Ashanti play themselves as judges on a singing contest on the Nov. 6 episode "Law & Order: SVU."

The trio filmed their scenes at Manhattan's Hudson Theater, where the singers were playing judges in an Idol-like show. They are wowed when "X Factor" Season 2 runner-up Carly Rose Sonenclar sings.

In the below clip, which you can see exclusively on Zap2it, the singers talk about how they would be as judges.

"Some of us are really judgmental," Hicks jokes.

Ashanti talks about being a big fan of "SVU" and plugs her upcoming album.

Were she a judge on a talent contest, Ashanti says, "I would be the nice one, and love and constructive criticism."

Aiken, however, wonders if he could be too critical, if "I could do that to a fellow singer."

The episode, "Dissonant Voices," features Tony Award winner Billy Porter ("Kinky Boots") as a singing teacher at a New York City high school. At the height of his career on TV's biggest reality show, "American Diva," he's accused of sexually molesting students.

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Photo Coverage: Inside AFTER MIDNIGHT's Opening Night Theatre Arrivals

Photo Coverage: Inside AFTER MIDNIGHT's Opening Night Theatre Arrivals

by Walter McBrideNovember 4 http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Photo-Coverage-Inside-AFTER-MIDNIGHTs-Opening-Night-Theatre-Arrivals-20131104#

Producers Scott Sanders and Wynton Marsalis present After Midnight, directed and choreographed byWarren Carlyleand featuring the big-band sounds of nine-time Grammy Award-winner Wynton Marsalis' Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars,After Midnight began previews on Friday, October 18, 2013 at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 W 47th St) and celebrated opening night yesterday, November 3. BroadwayWorld was there for the special night and you can check out photos from the red carpet arrivals below!

Grammy Award winner Fantasia (The Color Purple) makes her highly anticipated return to the stage alongside Emmy Award nominee Dulé Hill ("The West Wing") in After Midnight, the Broadway production of Encores' critically acclaimed Cotton Club Parade. With 25 sensational singers and dancers and an exciting roster of Special Guest Star headliners, this heart-pounding new musical brings the sexy, smoky glamour of Harlem's Golden Age to a whole new generation

The evocative After Midnight takes the sexy, smoky glamour of the original Jazz Age and catapult it into a whole new era of heart-pounding, mind-blowing entertainment for modern Broadway audiences. Refracted through a contemporary lens, After Midnight will celebrate Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club using his original arrangements and performed by a world-class big band of 17 musicians hand-picked by living jazz legend, Wynton Marsalis. The timeless tunes set against a narrative ofLangston Hughes poetry will provide an authentic backdrop for an array of cutting-edge performances by 25 sensational vocalists and dancers, including special guest stars, whose interpretations will shatter everything you think you know about music, nightlife and Broadway.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride




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Late Night Highlight: Clay Aiken Talks "Duck Dynasty" Homophobia Controversy

Late Night Highlight: Clay Aiken talks 'Duck Dynasty' homophobia controversy -- VIDEO

By Hillary Busis on Dec 20, 2013 at 9:33AM

Everybody’s got an opinion on Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, who was suspended from his hit A&E show after making ardently anti-gay comments in a recent GQ interview — including singer Clay Aiken, who famously came out in 2008. And thanks to an appearance on Thursday’s Arsenio, Aiken had a chance to air his Robertson thoughts on national TV.

“Homophobia, all of it’s built out of fear,” the American Idol runner-up told his old Celebrity Apprentice pal Arsenio Hall. “If the person had said something about interracial marriage, or said ‘we need to put all children with disabilities in institutions,’ would we still be saying, ‘well, that’s free speech, we’re okay with that opinion’? And I think the answer is ‘no.’”

(For the record, Robertson did make racist comments in his interview as well, saying that while growing up in pre-Civil-Rights-era Louisiana, “I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once… They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’ — not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”)


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