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Darren Criss Joins 'Speech & Debate' Cast at NYC Premiere!

Darren Criss hits the red carpet at the premiere of the new indie film Speech and Debate on Sunday night (April 2) at the American Airlines Theatre in New York City.

The 30-year-old former Glee actor appears as himself in the movie and he joined stars Sarah Steele, Austin McKenzie, and Liam James at the event.

The film follows the unlikely teen trio, frustrated by parents, teachers and their school, set out to make their voices heard as they revive a defunct speech and debate club and take on the world.

Make sure to watch an exclusive clip that we premiered last week!

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Dustin Lance Black Hopes His New Gay Movement Show 'When We Rise' Will Be 'Life-Saving'

Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black has written every episode of the upcoming event series When We Rise in hopes of saving some lives!

“I think this is one of the first times a major, public network is pushing out stories the way it ought to get pushed out there,” the 42-year-old director and producer expressed while attending a special screening for When We Rise at the Castro Theatre on Monday (February 20) in San Francisco, Calif.

“It is brave and bold and life-saving because there are a lot of young people who feel alone tonight and two weeks from now, they won’t,” Dustin added (via ABC News).

Also in attendance at the screening was Dustin‘s fiance Tom Daley, stars of the series Rachel Griffiths and Austin McKenzie, as well as Charlie Carver and Kevin McHale.

When We Rise chronicles the personal and political struggles, set-backs and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today. The period piece tells the history of the gay rights movement, starting with the Stonewall Riots in 1969 – Watch the trailer below!


‘When We Rise’ Official Trailer
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Lin-Manuel Miranda & Darren Criss Make Cameos in 'Speech & Debate' Trailer - Watch Now!

Speech and Debate is set to feature some famous cameos!

The upcoming flick is based on the play of the same name by Stephen Karam and stars Sarah Steele, Austin McKenzie, and Liam James.

The film follows the unlikely teen trio, frustrated by parents, teachers and their school, set out to make their voices heard as they revive a defunct speech and debate club and take on the world.

The trailer for Speech and Debate even features hilarious appearances from Lin-Manuel Miranda and Darren Criss!

Check out the full trailer below…


Speech and Debate Trailer

Dustin Lance Black's 'When We Rise' Gets First Trailer from ABC

Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black has written every episode of the upcoming event series When We Rise for ABC and the first trailer has been released!

The seven-episode mini-series stars Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Rachel Griffiths, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, and more. It is set to premiere in February.

When We Rise chronicles the personal and political struggles, set-backs and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today. The period piece tells the history of the gay rights movement, starting with the Stonewall Riots in 1969.

Also in the cast are Carrie Preston, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jonathan Majors, and young Broadway talent Emily Skeggs and Austin McKenzie.

“After 3.5 years of hard work by so many dedicated souls, I’m thrilled to share the first trailer for #WhenWeRise,” Dustin wrote on Facebook.

'Spring Awakening' Cast Reunites for Tony Awards 2016 Performance (Video)

Austin McKenzie, Sandra Mae Frank, and Katie Boeck lead the cast of Spring Awakening in their performance at the 2016 Tony Awards held at the Beacon Theatre on Sunday (June 12) in New York City.

The Deaf West production of the show was nominated for Best Revival of a Musical, but it lost to The Color Purple.

Marlee Matlin, who starred in the show, introduced the performance, which also included cast members Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus, Kathryn Gallagher, and others.

Michael Arden, who is married to Andy, was nominated for Best Director of a Musical.

FYI: Marlee is wearing a Jovani gown.

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