Darren Criss, the former Glee star, had so much fun playing an East German transsexual on Broadway that he’s taking her on the road.
Criss will kick off a national tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch in October at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco and the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles a month later. He then will take it on a national tour.
Criss made his Broadway debut in 2012 as J. Pierrepont Finch in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.
What’s in a name?
Talk about having your priorities straight. Rob Kardashian’s fiancée Blac Chyna, who announced last week that she’s pregnant, has filed legal documents to protect her right to make money from her child’s name.
According to TMZ, Chyna — real name is Angela Renee White — has secured claim to the name “Angela Renee Kardashian” and has specified in the papers that she will be using the name for advertising, promotional, entertainment and celebrity purposes. Now that’s the sort of parenting Kris Jenner can applaud.
Rita busts out
Rita Moreno says the hip-hop musical Hamilton inspired her to bust a rhyme while delivering the commencement address at the Berklee College of Music.
The actress and singer showed off her rapping skills at the Boston school on Saturday, breaking into rap mid-speech, telling graduates they “must have the audacity, the pluck, the grit, the perspicacity.”
She said it was “Mr. Hamilton that brought the rhyme to mind,” also rapping, “Damn, I’ve seen that play three times.”
“Lin caused this crime of mine,” she rhymed. “So I read him his…Miranda rights.” Lin-Manuel Miranda is the creator and star of Hamilton, which has been nominated for 16 Tony awards.
Moreno was presented with an honorary doctor of music degree. Other recipients were the Isley Brothers, Lucian Grainge and Milton Nascimento.