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CRAIG POMRANZ was recently asked to write an OP-ED piece on Cabaret, for Metro Focus / Channel 13. …
The word “cabaret” conjures up images ranging from smoke-filled rooms
(remember smoke?) to lap dances. We may have lost the smoke, but
cabaret is back in a big way in New York.
In a world where music is everywhere, on your iPod, cell phone and in
TV shows like “American Idol” and “Glee,” the unsung venues are the
cabaret rooms. These rooms include long-standing uptown music rooms
like Café Carlyle and the Algonquin Hotel’s Oak Room and less highfalutin venues like the Metropolitan Room on West 22nd Street, which offers a roster of both famous names and newcomers, as well as Don’t Tell Mama on West 46th Street and the Laurie Beechman Theater on West 42nd Street.
The artists who play at Joe’s Pub and the City Winery
meet the growing demand for live music in a more intimate space.
Burlesque seems to have been adopted by the 20-something set with rooms
like The Triad and Duane Park Café
(great food by one of my favorite chefs, Richard Overholt). A number of
other venues in the East Village/Lower East Side and Brooklyn,
including The Box and Galapagos (respectively) offer a diverse calendar of acts.
In these rooms performers strive for the chance to communicate with
an audience. Nothing’s needed except the singer, the song, a musician or
two, and the give and take of the audience. It’s the rare opportunity
to express yourself with lyrics that mean something and music that
shapes those lyrics indelibly. You can explore a vast treasury of great
songs and can take a familiar pop song and give it new life and meaning.
It is the job of a singer to convey the story behind the music. I can’t
tell you how many times someone has come up after a show to say they
had never really heard the lyrics to a pop song until I had sung it.
Part of the fun of cabaret is how audiences differ so much depending on the location and venue.
I was the first white male to sing at Sweetwater’s, an R&B club
in New York. It was fun because I got to work with the house band who
had toured with Aretha Franklin. As I took to the stage there was a
dubious silence, but once I began singing, I started hearing, “you tell
‘em, baby,” and “sing it child!” It took me a minute to get used to this
participatory crowd, where you would sing and they would answer you
right back — but I loved it!
In London, the audiences seem like very serious students, silent
throughout the song and until the pianist has played his very last note
and then politely applauding; afterwards they tell you how moved they
were. In Los Angeles, they sigh audibly and want to stay after the show
to discuss in detail every song you chose and where you found it. In New
York, they heckle (good-naturedly!) and, if they like it, applaud
enthusiastically even before the song is over. It’s all wonderful. And
you never know who you’re going to meet…
Early on, I had gotten a lot of attention from some record labels,
and I was working at a club called Mickey’s with famed singers Karen Akers and Cissy Houston.
Bob Feiden of Arista Records asked me to stay for Cissy’s show to get
my take on her daughter, whom Cissy was introducing in the act. Into the
spotlight stepped this pretty teenager with minimal makeup wearing a
sheath dress. Barely moving, she sang a very pure version of Barry
Manilow’s “All the Time.” Her beauty and simplicity were amazing. It
was, of course, Whitney Houston.
So many people think they can sing, and do, that it’s important that
the world of cabaret offers them a venue, especially in New York.
don’t have to have a beautiful voice. Some of the greats had little
range but were all soul. Frank Sinatra says he learned it all from Mabel Mercer, who often talked her way through a song. Insiders hail Fred Astaire
as a great singer, and some of the finest songs were written for him
(“The Way You Look Tonight” for example). He had a small voice but
exquisite rhythm, timing and a reserved emotional quality that could be
What prepares you to be a singer? Life!
What art form is more
immediate, able to change from night to night according to musical
fashion or even the headlines? In a world full of noise and clatter,
people yearn for the kind of intimacy a small music room provides. Like
all live performance, you never know what you’re going to get…But it’s
oh so worth the visit. So go out and support live music, be it a
cabaret, a piano bar or any other venue. Let yourself be transported,
and have a cocktail while you’re at it. Cabaret is a key part of New
is an actor, singer, dancer, recording artist and song stylist who
sings internationally. His new show in New York is “Love and the Clock”
at The Metropolitan Room.
Designer, athlete and
HIV/AIDS activist and educator Jack Mackenroth has had the priveledge of
shooting with some of the best photographers in the business. He has taken the best of the best images and crated a 15-month calendar , and 100% of the proceeds will go to charity!
taking part in the project include Adam Bouska, Rick Day, Carsten
Fleck, Frank Louis, James Franklin, Karl Giant, Tommy Synnamon, Mattheus
Lian, Richard Gerst, Ray John Pila, Sonny Tong, Thomas Evans, Krys Fox
and Preston Cros.
have amassed such an amazing collection of images that I wanted to put
out a calendar that will help to combat the silence and stigma
associated with being HIV-positive,” says Mackenroth. He adds, “If I can
raise money for HIV/AIDS research, it’s even better.”
month of the 15 month calendar will
feature a different photographer with a very different style. It’s gorgeous! Jack will be signing calendars Nov. 16 at Boxers NYC. 7-10pm.
Mario Godiva Green is a Fitness Expert who started in the fitness industry at 18 and has over 11 years of experience. Originally from Chicago, he now teaches group fitness classes in New York City, privately trains, travels and teaches master classes and holds trainings, as well as makes media and event appearances all over the country. – I used to see him jumping around Chicago with his Kangoo’s and people thought he was crazy! He has elevated Kangoo to a whole new level now! Kangoos are running and rebound sport shoes that have quickly become the latest fitness trend in the US. He was the first person to ever launch Kangoo classes in the US and in NYC.
He and his Kangoo Demonstration made the Today Show’s “Wildest Moments of 2010” segment with Kathie Lee and Hoda. Green has also been featured in many news articles and segments around the country as well as all over the world.
Mario Godiva Green and his Kangoo Nation
Mario Godiva Green is a Fitness Expert who started in the fitness industry at 18 and has over 11 years of experience. Originally from Chicago, he now teaches group fitness classes in New York City, privately trains, travels and teaches master classes and holds trainings, as well as makes media and event appearances all over the country. – I used to see him jumping around Chicago with his Kangoo’s and people thought he was crazy! He has elevated Kangoo to a whole new level now!
Kangoos are running and rebound sport shoes that have quickly become the latest fitness trend in the US. He was the first person to ever launch Kangoo classes in the US and in NYC.
chats with the super handsome and talented star of Rent at New World Stages.
Sean Michael Murray!
He talks about his Broadway debut in American Idiot, his quirks, stupid human tricks and some great messages about living your life to the fulllest.
Please check it out.
Gaylifenyc.org is a website for (HERO) HIV Experience Resources Organization – a non-for-profit company operating in New York State. It features Entertainment News and On The Town updates. It’s also dedicated to helping people getting around, get through and get over the system that hinders timely assistance for the newly diagnosed & people living with HIV/AIDS. And it’s dedicated to entertaining you, and keeping your spirits up where they should be. HERO is 100 % Volunteer based.
Broadway dreams can come true as you find showbiz treasures, meet the stars and bid on once-in-a-lifetime items and experiences at the 25th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction. Make your plans now to spend Sunday, September 25 with Broadway Cares and thousands of other theatre fans in Times Square and along West 44th Street for those one-of-a-kind keepsakes. This not-to-be-missed event for any serious Broadway theatergoer is free and open to the public and has been called one of the “Best Once-a-Year Markets” in New York City. From photos with your favorite Broadway star to buying that lost cast recording, signed show posters and Playbills, rare costume sketches or special gift for a theatre-lover you can’t find anywhere – this year’s Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction promises to offer something for everyone. Autograph Table & Photo Booth | Grand Auction Pre-Bids New for 2011 are special “flash auctions” which feature instant experiences with Broadway stars live on the Grand Auction stage, including: Among the shows signed up for tables are The Addams Family, Anything Goes, The Book of Mormon, Follies, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Mary Poppins, The Phantom of the Opera, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Rock of Ages, Sister Act, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Wicked and Cirque Du Soleil’s Zarkana, as well as Actors’ Equity Association, The Actors Fund, Broadway Impact, The Broadway League, Givenik, Paper Mill Playhouse, Seth’s Broadway Chatterbox and United Scenic Artists. You also can place early bids now on dozens of unique theater items and experiences that will be offered throughout the day in the silent auction and in the day’s exciting finale, the live auction. Online pre-bidding ends at 12 pm ET on Saturday, September 24. For the first time ever, the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction will encompass all of 44th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, and will stretch across Broadway into Times Square, filling the wide pedestrian plaza between 43rd and 44th Streets.. “We look forward to turning this year’s construction challenge into a golden, sun-drenched opportunity to expand into Times Square’s wonderful pedestrian plazas,” BC/EFA executive director Tom Viola said. “Filling Broadway between 43rd and 44th Streets, there will be booths overflowing with theatrical memorabilia and at the end of the afternoon the Grand Auction. I hope you will take the few steps across Seventh Avenue with us, as you enjoy the high energy and activity that every year stretches down 44th Street to Eighth Avenue. Whatever the terrain, the best of Broadway shows up for the Broadway Flea Market. I hope you will too!” Dozens of tables from Broadway’s most popular shows will set up shop for what Time Out New York calls one of the “Best Once-a-Year Markets” in New York City. Fans can buy that lost cast recording, signed show posters and Playbills, rare costume sketches, props and special gifts theatre-lovers can’t find anywhere else. Silent auction lots offered every half-hour will give way to the live Grand Auction at the end of the day featuring a collection of unique items and experiences that will offer something for everyone. One of the most popular sites at Broadway’s “one-day sale” is the Celebrity Autograph Table at which your favorite stars from Broadway and Off-Broadway sign autographs and pose for photos in exchange for donations to BC/EFA. Last year, some of the big prizes at the grand auction included a chance to appear in “Wicked” that sold for a whopping $16,500 and a tank top worn by Daniel Craig in “A Steady Rain” and signed by Craig and co-star Hugh Jackman that fetched $6,500. The auction and market, which cost about $60,000 to produce, plus three other Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS events – the Easter Bonnet Competition, Gypsy of the Year and Broadway Bares – helped the group last year award some $10 million in grants to The Actors Fund and to more than 400 AIDS and family service organizations.
Times Square & West 44th Street, NYC
• Spamalot karaoke with Tony Award-nominated Spamalot star Christopher Sieber
• An on-the-spot appearance in the hit Web series “Side by Side by Susan Blackwell“
• A coaching session with Chicago star Kara DioGuardi, former American Idol judge and head judge on Bravo’s Platinum Hit
• Your favorites tunes sung especially for you by Rent star Anthony Rapp and Wicked star Julia Murney
• Your outgoing voice mail message recorded in the voice of the diva of your choice by singer and comedian Christine Pedi, known for her spot-on impersonations.
It’s a flea market like no other!
Some of the celebrities this year willing to sign autographs for a $25 donation – or pose for a photo for $10 – are Adam Godley, Nick Adams, Patina Miller, Sutton Foster, Tony Sheldon, Rory O’Malley, Alice Ripley, Annaleigh Ashford, Josh Gad, Joyce DeWitt, Nikki M. James, Patrick Page, Victoria Clark, Roger Rees, Adam Pascal, Montego Glover, Beth Leavel and Charles Busch. (All appearances subject to change.)
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all kinds of cool things – like
DRINK UP WITH THE “GIRLS” OF PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT
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Sunday morning and throughout the day if clouds are gray.
See you there!
Broadway dreams can come true as you find showbiz treasures, meet the stars and bid on once-in-a-lifetime items and experiences at the 25th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction.
Make your plans now to spend Sunday, September 25 with Broadway Cares and thousands of other theatre fans in Times Square and along West 44th Street for those one-of-a-kind keepsakes. This not-to-be-missed event for any serious Broadway theatergoer is free and open to the public and has been called one of the “Best Once-a-Year Markets” in New York City.
From photos with your favorite Broadway star to buying that lost cast recording, signed show posters and Playbills, rare costume sketches or special gift for a theatre-lover you can’t find anywhere – this year’s Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction promises to offer something for everyone.
Autograph Table & Photo Booth | Grand Auction Pre-Bids
New for 2011 are special “flash auctions” which feature instant experiences with Broadway stars live on the Grand Auction stage, including:
Among the shows signed up for tables are The Addams Family, Anything Goes, The Book of Mormon, Follies, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Mary Poppins, The Phantom of the Opera, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Rock of Ages, Sister Act, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Wicked and Cirque Du Soleil’s Zarkana, as well as Actors’ Equity Association, The Actors Fund, Broadway Impact, The Broadway League, Givenik, Paper Mill Playhouse, Seth’s Broadway Chatterbox and United Scenic Artists.
You also can place early bids now on dozens of unique theater items and experiences that will be offered throughout the day in the silent auction and in the day’s exciting finale, the live auction. Online pre-bidding ends at 12 pm ET on Saturday, September 24.
For the first time ever, the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction will encompass all of 44th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, and will stretch across Broadway into Times Square, filling the wide pedestrian plaza between 43rd and 44th Streets..
“We look forward to turning this year’s construction challenge into a golden, sun-drenched opportunity to expand into Times Square’s wonderful pedestrian plazas,” BC/EFA executive director Tom Viola said. “Filling Broadway between 43rd and 44th Streets, there will be booths overflowing with theatrical memorabilia and at the end of the afternoon the Grand Auction. I hope you will take the few steps across Seventh Avenue with us, as you enjoy the high energy and activity that every year stretches down 44th Street to Eighth Avenue. Whatever the terrain, the best of Broadway shows up for the Broadway Flea Market. I hope you will too!”
Dozens of tables from Broadway’s most popular shows will set up shop for what Time Out New York calls one of the “Best Once-a-Year Markets” in New York City. Fans can buy that lost cast recording, signed show posters and Playbills, rare costume sketches, props and special gifts theatre-lovers can’t find anywhere else.
Silent auction lots offered every half-hour will give way to the live Grand Auction at the end of the day featuring a collection of unique items and experiences that will offer something for everyone.
One of the most popular sites at Broadway’s “one-day sale” is the Celebrity Autograph Table at which your favorite stars from Broadway and Off-Broadway sign autographs and pose for photos in exchange for donations to BC/EFA.
Last year, some of the big prizes at the grand auction included a chance to appear in “Wicked” that sold for a whopping $16,500 and a tank top worn by Daniel Craig in “A Steady Rain” and signed by Craig and co-star Hugh Jackman that fetched $6,500.
The auction and market, which cost about $60,000 to produce, plus three other Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS events – the Easter Bonnet Competition, Gypsy of the Year and Broadway Bares – helped the group last year award some $10 million in grants to The Actors Fund and to more than 400 AIDS and family service organizations.
In summer of 2009,
BIG GAY ICE CREAM truck
made a splash onto the streets of NYC.
TODAY, BIG GAY ICE CREAM SHOP opens at 125 East 7th street!
The store’s opening festivities, will take place from noon till 5 p.m., and will be “full of weirdness.” – says one of its owners!
Although he doesn’t want to publicize the details yet, we can say that if all goes according to plan, Saturday will indeed be delightfully weird.
VILLAGE VOICE got the scoop on the opening menu! The opening menu will feature cucumber-lime rainbow paletas (paletas are new rage in desserts) from La Newyorkina, treats from the Treats Truck, Danny Macaroons’ peanut butter cup, salted caramel, and plain macaroons, and three ice cream sandwiches from Melt Bakery: the Classic (vanilla ice cream and chocolate chip-walnut cookies), the Lovelet (cream cheese ice cream and red velvet whoopie pie), and the Rue McClanahan (bourbon ice cream with praline-pecan cookies).
Normal Hours of operation will be noon until 10 p.m. daily, and noon until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
Fasten Your seat belts….The A LIST Season 2 premiers July 25th….
Logo’s gay housewives are back, and their decadent dramas are more outrageous and over the top than when we left them last season. Will Reichen and Rodiney make it this time? Will Austin make more enemies than friends? Will Ryan and his husband make a baby? The entire high-rolling, label-whoring, beach-house-hopping cast returns, with some new frenemies and besties, including fierce gal-pal Nyasha, added to the mix. Whether you love them, or love to hate them, the boys are bringin’ it, and NYC is getting guilty with pleasure all summer long!
And our media partner Michael Cavnaugh at GayLifeNYC.org got up close and personal with some of the cast at the cast party this past week in New York.
Mike Ruiz Interiew
famed celebrity photographer and video director and a passionate board member of several gay based charities, Mike is going global. In the midst of launching a t-shirt line (profits support Ali Forney Center) and shooting a coffee table book.
Reichen moved to NYC last summer to take on Broadway. With the closing of his show, he only has about ten other careers to fall back on: actor, model, author, activist, Air Force pilot, jewelry designer and now, as the face of his own skincare line.
Derek and Rodiney Interview
Gay socialite / male model Derek and male model Rodiney.
A favorite of the gossip pages during his storied modeling career and relationship with designer Marc Jacobs, Austin has now been joined in New York by his husband, Jake Lees. Austin’s latest modeling venture is to grace the pages of Playgirl.
Get more A list on LOGO
QUEEN OF THE DESERT is the HOTTEST ticket on Broadway! And of course, you know we adore Nick Adams, one of its stars!
They recently launched a new fun viral tool on their Facebook page where fans can see Felicia’s (played by Nick Adams) quote of the week and easily Retweet it to their friends.
Felicia always has something sassy to say, and the quotes are fun and entertaining.
Nick on Felicia….”it’s interesting cause anytime anybody ever said like, “Do you have a dream role?” That’s what I would say is that “I wanted to originate a role and in a new Broadway show.” I think it’s been the most like exciting and freeing experience because I’ve had the liberty to sort of just play in and bring a lot of like what I thought I wanted to bring the role of Felicia… and our creative team, our director really allowed me to kind of have my own spin on it and bring a different energy to this part and then in the West End Production and what they had in Australia.
As actors, what we wanna do is to really feel like we’re creating character and not mimicking somebody else’s performance or fitting like a specific mold of a different actor, so to get to like build this person from the ground up has been awesome to know that, for always and like theatrical history that would have been my role. It’s Pretty great!”
AND CHECK THIS OUT –
Priscilla is launching ‘Safe Ride’ bar nights:
Join us for a bar-hopping trip to New York’s most popular LGBT hotspots by seeing Priscilla and showing a valid ticket stub to the ruggedly handsome cowboy Wily Jack, who will be found in the lobby following select shows.
Saddle up for a fantastic ride full of prizes, giveaways, enjoying fine wine and all out fabulousness! Each rider will receive a boa or cowboy hat and will toast with a glass of Wily Jack wine at each of the 2-3 stops which include some of the most popular New York gay and LGBT friendly bars and restaurants.
The Wily Jack® party bus will first departed from the Palace Theatre this past Saturday and now will be offered following Wednesday night and Saturday matinees through August 31.
Guests must be 21 years of age or older to participate. Offer is limited to the first 35 people per show, so hustle up…don’t mosey…and meet the man in black, Wily Jack.
Safe Ride Bar Nights on Facebook
Buy Tickets to Priscilla
SEE ALSO Nick Adams VLOG at Broadway.com,
where he takes you behind the scenes of Priscilla.
SO YOU WANT TO GET MARRIED?!
Weddings are supposed to be a once in a lifetime experience.
You should be focusing on the love you have found and are going to be sharing forever.
You should be thinking about the bond you will be forming and the commitment you will be making. It should be joyous and exciting. And the planning of your wedding should be done with the same enthusiasm.
You don’t need to feel overwhelmed by the endless details and decisions that will need to be made. Who will do your invitations? Where will you find your tuxedos? What about the Cake?
Will there be food served?
AND THE BIG QUESTION….Where to have it? How big? How Small? What venue really expresses who you are as a couple?
And ALL OF THE PHONE CALLS to vendors gathering information and prices!!
This is just a small sampling of the many details that you have to think about. Small soiree? or a big fancy affair?
Now take a deep breath! I have 2 words for you…Successful Affairs. Let them do the work for you – and the service is free. Yes, FREE!
“We educate clients from start to finish, and walk them through the process,” says owner Lisa Rice.”You will feel at ease and confident that your big day will be your best day!”
“No matter what your budget is, our experience and resources will make your wedding a Successful Affair.
Successful Affairs specializes in locating the perfect venue for you.
Whether your needs require a hotel, club, restaurant, penthouse or a huge open loft space, or intimate elegant spaces, I guide clients through this ever changing city to the exciting options that New York has to offer!” says Lisa.
“When I started in the event planning industry in 1988 it was just blossoming, and to say the least…it has come a long way baby! And there is most certainly something to be said about experience. What really is necessary for pulling off the perfect affair comes down to 5 things: motivation, common sense, organization, negotiation and a great out going personality.
All attributes that I excel in! I have done the homework, so you don’t have to. My relationships with the many vendors will save you time and money – and best of all, my service is free to clients.”
What better city than Manhattan to explore for your event? “Each and every day I am out and about researching the newest and most exciting of venues,” explained Lisa. “My portfolio includes the old traditional standards as well as the unusual and unique. 1.Time: Our photo portfolios of Manhattan hotels, clubs, restaurants, landmarks, and little-known private event locations are comprehensive. In less than an hour they will take a virtual tour of all locations which could work for your event. In one meeting they will view hundreds of venues without ever leaving their office — or mine.
We will save clients – Time, money and their sanity!
2.Money: Successful Affairs brings clients to these venues on a continual basis, which gives us an advantage in our negotiations to meet their budget restrictions. Allowing Successful Affairs to represent clients in vendor negotiations gives them a valuable edge.
3.Sanity: Clients may be feeling overwhelmed with the amount of details involved in planning their upcoming event.
Successful Affairs has organized thousands of events since 1988. We know all the secrets to making an event run smoothly.
1.Time: Our photo portfolios of Manhattan hotels, clubs, restaurants, landmarks, and little-known private event locations are comprehensive. In less than an hour they will take a virtual tour of all locations which could work for your event. In one meeting they will view hundreds of venues without ever leaving their office — or mine.
After planning thousands of events, I am well connected and my reputation stands tall. From our first meeting, new clients realize the knowledge and confidence I exude. They know immediately that they made the right choice in contacting me, and any stress they might have felt prior to our meeting, just fades away!
When you’re in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, all you want to do is take in the view. There are spaces that can offer breathtaking skylines, unique perspectives and much more.
Sometimes you just need to be different, and New York certainly has it’s share of unique spaces. Make your event stand out and have people remember it. Our portfolio of properties I work with, can offer something for everyone – and every budget.Let us help you have a Successful Affair!”
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are hard to find.
But when it happens…you know.
Whether it is a love relationship or a platonic friendship some connections feel deeper than others, like they have been there forever. Sometimes it is just as if you “click” and other times it is like you’ve known one another your entire lives.
As Pride month comes to an end, and with New York City on a high with gay marriage passing, we caught up with supermodel, actor, singer Ronnie Kroell recently and talked about the LOVE of his LIFE, Taylor Proffitt.
“We first met at a bar in New York City. A drag queen had brought him up on stage to tease him and kind of play with him – and I thought, gosh, this guy is gonna need a cocktail – so I ordered him a drink and we chatted a bit afterwards, but I was sort of dating this guy at the time, so it was just a friendly drink and conversation.
MONTHS PASS, and our paths crossed on a dating site. But it didn’t click at first. It wasn’t until we went out to dinner, it all come together we remembered, we had already met. So the Universe, for a 2nd time, was bringing us together, and now I was ready and open for a relationship. And actually, in looking back, we realized we had connected on MySpace, even BEFORE the chance bar meeting! So three times, we were brought together by destiny. And the rest is history!
We are both “soulful”. Sex is sex. Relationships are not easy and you need so much more than sex, to make it work. True love goes beyond sex. There’s a spiritual connection; an intellectual connection; a heart connection.
There always will be give and take. There will always be compromise and I think many couples just give up when the smallest of problems arise. They just want to walk away. Communication and honesty is paramount. “
When did you realize you were gay?
“I was in sixth grade and I had a girlfriend and we used to hold hands a lot, and that was about it. Then in my sophomore year I had another girlfriend, and I just knew it wasn’t right, it didn’t feel right. Once when we kissed, she actually said to me – “Ronnie, I think you might be gay!” – I was scared. It was very hard for me accept. And the pressure of society “norms”…so it took a while for me to come to grips with all of that. It took a while for me to get comfortable in my own new skin.
I embrace it now! And I am so excited about everything going on and our visibility with It Gets Better, the Trevor Project, HRC…Google Chrome is going to feature It Gets Better! This is an amazing and exciting time! New York just passed Gay Marriage!!
When I was 16 my mom caught me kissing a boy, out behind the house! My mom started crying and we started to argue…then my Grandmother came out and said, “Charlene, you’ve got to just love him for who he is. Otherwise I am going to clock you with my cane!”
It all boils down to fear. Fear of the unknown. And in that moment, my mom felt fear. And here is my grandmother, who was like – SO WHAT? LET’S JUST LOVE HIM!
And it took time…there was lots of dialogue and communication and eventually you reach acceptance. Now my mom and I share everything. We’re best friends! And we are SO CLOSE. I am so lucky.
Taylors parents are amazing also. It’s really been a blessing.
And Taylor chimes in…”I am so thankful as well, for my family and how accepting they are. They’ve really welcomed Ronnie with open arms, and I’m very lucky to have that.
I think of Ronnie Kroell as a very wise soul. In talking with him, he is wise beyond his years. At 28, he knows more and understands the world, more than some 40 or 50 year olds that I know.
I have friends of all ages, sizes, shapes, colors…I love to connect with people and I love learning from people. I have learned many great life lessons from all of these people I have met.
I have learned you need to be open and aware as you go through life. And when you ask the Universe for something we’re not always ready to get that gift…AND the Universe does not always present us, exactly what we asked for.
I have learned you can’t always be in control. Sometimes you have to let go and give into the Universe, and just let things happen. WALK…and don’t rush through life.
Back to Taylor!
I asked Taylor, what are some of their favorite things to do in New York…..
One of our favorite things to do in NYC is karaoke! We’ll go and rent a room with some friends or just by ourselves and sit drinking sake whilst singing to each other. Best places for that are Japas 55 (on 55th in between 8th and Bway) or if you’re on the East side Top Tunes (on 53rd in between 2nd and 1st).
Karaoke is good for night time fun, but during the day time- picnic in Central Park in Sheep’s Meadow or a more recent gem I’ve found is watching the sunset behind the city along the water in BK at the East River Park.
Our go-to restaurant is hands down Merchants NY in Chelsea. We’ve eaten there countless times just to chill with friends downstairs next to the fireplace or sit on their patio in the front and have a few cocktails. The best thing on the menu is the Rigatoni Bolognese. We’re a little obsessed! It’s located on 17th and 7th ave (easy to remember!) and is open until all hours of the night.
Another great restaurant with a bit of a different vibe, is actually right across the street! Cafeteria is an awesome place that is a great place for brunch, but its also open 24 hours so its a pretty happening spot when the clubs and bars let out. They’ve got some amazing food (and green bloody marys?!) so I’d suggest to go and check it out.
Other than that, pretty simple things. The Highline park in Chelsea, the cloisters up in the heights, or getting to trek out to the Hamptons or Fire Island during the summer. 😉
One thing is for sure, you can never get bored here in New York!
Taylor first hit the performing arts scene when he was 4 years old, spending years traveling with the Anaheim Ballet Company performing The Nutcracker. With this inspiration and experience under his belt, he traveled to Englewood, Florida where he starred in productions such as CATS, Oklahoma!, Seussical, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. After graduating, he traveled back to the Golden Coast to attend the American Music and Dramatic Academy’s Los Angeles campus. There he performed in several Dance Workshops and a showcase directed by Tony Award Winner Jane Lanier.
After two years of hard work, he graduated and set his sights on the Big Apple- New York City. Since, he has worked with Alec Baldwin and Tony Wal
ton in EQUUS at the John Drew Theatre in East Hampton and has been actively involved in playwright workshops at the Manhattan Theatre Source and The Player’s Club .
And Ronnie has been busy filming a new movie, an incredible new thriller called, “Into the Lion’s Den”, in production now. Produced by Dan Lantz and distributed by Breaking Glass Pictures, Into the Lion’s Den is a sure to keep you on the edge of your seat thriller!
Join Michael (Ronnie Kroell), Johnny (Jesse Archer), and Ted (TBD) as they embark upon a road trip from LA to NYC that will change their lives – forever. What starts out as a fun-loving and much needed adventure quickly takes a turn for the worse when the boys find themselves in an unfamiliar town and stumble – “Into the Lion’s Den”. Imagine “Deliverance” meets “Hostel” meets “Broken Hearts Club” as this moving story of friendship and self-discovery unfolds, boundaries are crossed, and the will to survive is the only ally that you have in the face of certain death.
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Most Photos by Getty Images photographer Bryan Bedder.
The tuxedo picture is by Jeffrey Eason.
American Flag and Pride Parade – personal archive on Ronnie and Taylor
Nick Adams is back this week with a new episode of his Muscles and Mascara video blog, for Broadway.com.
In episode 13, he takes you to a gay pride rally in NYC, plus backstage for the all the Tony Award excitement! ( Did you see that performance with Martha Wash and the Priscilla cast, of “it’s Raining Men”?? WOW! If you missed it, here it is on YouTube.)
Also in this newest episode, Nick talks about his 28th birthday and his Fellowship/Award from the American Theater Hall of Fame as a “breakthrough performance” for his role in Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
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we wanted to take a moment to
pay tribute to the late Doric Wilson.
Doric Wilson (February 24, 1939 – May 7, 2011) was an American playwright, director, producer, critic and gay rights activist.
Wilson was an early figure in New York’s Off-Off-Broadway scene and was as big a champion of gay theatre as he was of gay rights. He was a participant in the Stonewall Riots (1969) and became active in the early days of the New York Gay Liberation movement as a member of GAA (Gay Activist Alliance). He supported his theatrical endeavors by becoming a “star” bartender and manager of the post-Stonewall gay bar scene, opening such landmark institutions as The Spike, TY’s and Brothers & Sisters Cabaret.
In 2004, Wilson was named a Grand Marshal of the 35th Anniversary Pride Day Parade in New York City.
He was featured in the documentary American Experience: Stonewall Uprising (2010) by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner.
Music Video/Single Release Party at Industry Bar on June 7th in NYC.
“Chasing The Dream” Music Video/Single Release Party
with LIVE Performance by Adam Joseph!
Industry Bar- Hell’s Kitchen, NYC 355 W 52nd St, New York, NY 11pm No Cover 21+
The AIDS WALK NYC took place this past Sunday and all the stars came out to support it!
Check out the super hot Matt Bomer from White Collar, The Cast of Modern Family, From The Event, Laura Innes, Michael Ruiz, Jack Mackenroth, Broadway Hunk, Nick Adams, and much more!
NICK ADAMS was Over $25,000 thanks to Nicks fans and readers of this site! Funds were still trickling in at press time! YAY!!
“I am so overwhelmed by peoples generosity, ” said Nick.
Michael Cavnaugh from GayLifeNYC.org did some great interviews!
Interview with MATT BOMER and NICK ADAMS
and there is a great piece of the Priscilla Cast performing!
He’s a performer, director, writer, and producer. Born and raised in Sweden, Casper moved to NYC at the age of 20 with dreams of being on stage and big city glamour.
After sometime Casper decided to head West to Hollywood where he wrote several screenplays, studied directing, and took seminars in filmmaking at IFP/West, but eventually came back to New York where he continued to write, direct, and produce short films as well as his first feature, the multi-award winning film “Slutty Summer” (in which Casper also starred in along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Jesse Archer).
“I’ve always loved storytelling. As a kid I used to make up stories all the time, and for a long time I thought I was going to be a writer. Then I discovered acting. I moved to New York to attend acting school, and for many years I was pursuing acting in New York and Los Angeles. I found, however, that the career of an actor isn’t terribly rewarding in a creative way.” – Casper tells Adaumbelles Quest.
Other films include “A Four Letter Word” (which he co-wrote with Jesse Archer). “Between Love and Goodbye”, “Violet Tendencies ” (written by Jesse Archer and starred Jesse and Casper along with Mindy Cohn from “The Facts of Life”) is arriving on DVD May 24.
“Going Down in LA LA Land” is currently making it’s rounds at various film festivals around the world, and greating rave reviews! – And stars the very sexy Matthew Ludwinski!
Our buddy and New York blogger Adam Rothenberg of Adaumbelles Quest recently interviewed Casper about the business and his new project, LA LA LAND.
Casper Andreas talks with Adaumbelles Quest.
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Broadway Darling NICK ADAMS is getting more press than Betty White these days!
Broadway fans have had their say, picking their favorites of the 2010-2011 season at the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards. The winners were announced live at the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center in a swanky, funny ceremony hosted by Vanessa Williams.
The revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying picked up four trophies including Favorite Musical Revival. Stars Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette each won two, including the shared Favorite Onstage Pair award.
Sister Act was named Favorite Musical, with War Horse being named the fans’ Favorite Play. Acting awards were also awarded to Sutton Foster (Anything Goes), Robin Williams (Bengal Tiger at the Baghad Zoo), Judith Light (Lombardi), Billie Joe Armstrong (American Idiot) and Nick Adams, who triumphed in two categories for his role as Felicia in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Favorite Diva Performance & Favorite Breakthrough Performance.
“It was an incredible evening & star studded event with celebrity host Vanessa Williams and presenters such as Audra McDonald, Sutton Foster and Gavin Creel. I had a blast, was so honored to be awarded for my performance in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and was very grateful to share the evening with my family.” said Nick “Thanks to all who voted! !
See ALL of the winners at BROADWAY.com More on Nick Adams
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Recently I have learned that more and more of my friends, family, and fans have been diagnosed with Cancer. I cannot even begin to tell you how upset I have been over this. How have we not been able to stop this heartless and non-discriminating predator?
Although Cancer can be one of the most
challenging of adversities to overcome – those who are personally living with it, are some of the strongest people I know! I truly admire the attitude that my own friends have taken on and the determined mind-set they have chosen to battle this beast.
I personally have participated in the Relay for Life, donated funds and time to this cause, and supported close friends that are winning their personal battles, BUT now more that ever I feel the need to do something BIGGER. SO, I am looking to all of you for support…
Below, you will have the opportunity to bid on a “Date Night” with yours truly that comes with an autographed copy of PLAYGIRL Magazine and a one of a kind photo-soap. Please share it with your networks of family, friends, and colleagues. If you feel so compelled, bid on it yourself too.
Thanks for your time and support of this important cause; together we will beat Cancer.
The bidding started at $250.00 and is up to $900 as of this morning!!
Bids must increase by a minimum of $50 increments. All bids must be made in the comment section of Ronnies blog site. This auction will end on June 1, 2011 at 5PM EST. Proceeds will benefit The American Cancer Society. –
Pride week – all the parties, bodies & beats – in to town came an unassuming and gentle blond boy.
He could easily blend into the crowd of
surfers, hot & tanned bodies clubgoers that make up the daily South Beach
magic – that is until he starts to spin and takes you for a whirlwind ride on
the dance floor.
Now you are in DJ Scott Thomson’s World, so let your self go, bounce about and take your shirts off if you dare!
Coming from a well bread upbringing in New York, Scott has spent
much of his time as a competitive sailboat racer & an uptown corporate
job – Gucci suits and all – to now burning up the turntables in New York City
and now the world, reflects a bit for AMBIENTE.
Read the full article at AMBIENTE!
And this big straightie, loves gays and will be in NYC MAY 21 for the Q TALK SHOW.
Hudson Taylor, All-American Wrestler and Columbia University Wrestling Coach
Hudson Taylor is a three-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler and Columbia University coach. He is the first three-time All-American in the University of Maryland’s wrestling history and holds several hall-of-fame records. Hudson’s career places him among the top-five pinners in NCAA history. He is currently training to compete internationally with an eye toward the Olympic Games.
Hudson, a heterosexual athlete and a committed LGBT advocate, is determined to eliminate homophobia in sports.
After wearing a gay rights sticker on his wrestling headgear during competitions, The Advocate named Hudson one of the “Top 150 Reasons to Have Gay Pride in 2010.” He has also been featured on ESPN as a leading LGBT ally and called “the most exciting wrestler in the world” by Sports Illustrated. In March 2011, PFLAG also awarded Hudson with the “Straight for Equality in Sports” Award at their 3rd Annual Gala in New York City.
In December 2010 Hudson founded Athlete Ally, a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging athletes, coaches, parents, fans and other members of the sports community to respect all individuals involved in sports, regardless of perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
Through social networking campaigns, on-campus trainings and additional practical tools, Athlete Ally encourages athletes, coaches and others to eliminate all forms of homophobia in sports. As a guest lecturer and keynote speaker at schools and colleges across the country, Hudson emphasizes the athlete’s responsibility to lead in the fight for respect and inclusion in sports. Hudson has been featured live on MSNBC with Thomas Roberts to discuss Athlete Ally and the organization’s mission to challenge homophobia in sports.
In addition to his work with Athlete Ally, Hudson serves on the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Sport’s Project Advisory Board, led by Dr. Pat Griffin, Professor Emeritus in the Social Justice Education Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. This initiative works with K-12 schools to create an athletic environment that encourages respect, safety and inclusion for all students and coaches.
Hudson is also authoring a book entitled, The Athlete Ally: Empowering a New Era of Leadership and Inclusion in Sports. A work in progress, The Athlete Ally will inspire and guide coaches, athletes, administrators, fans and parents to redefine sportsmanship and what it means to be an athlete and a leader.
Hudson draws inspiration for his advocacy from his great-great-great grandfather James Hudson Taylor, a 19th century British Protestant missionary to China who converted more than 18,000 people to Christianity. As a result of this lineage, LGBT-affirming Christian groups have turned to Hudson to discuss the intersection of respect and inclusion for LGBT individuals with Christian moral principles.
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ALSO IN THE HOUSE, ON THE SAME NIGHT –
The Amazing LEA DELARIA and Bobby Belfry
Qtalk takes place monthly at
New York City’s Metropolitan Room in Chelsea, located at 34 W. 22nd St., between 5th and 6th Avenues.
Time 9:30pm. You need to arrive by 9:00pm to guarantee your seat.
Cost $5 per person admission, plus two drink minimum.
Reservations are required. Please call 212-206-0440 or go to MetropolitanRoom.com for a reservation.
Qtalk, often described as “the Gay View” is much more fun, sassy and over-the-top. At the same time, Qtalk deals with very real issues, but manages to be entertaining and engaging. Qtalk’s live talk/variety show format is led by two hosts, Broadway and TV veterans Frantz Hall and Angie McKnight. The hosts tackle current events, fitness and lifestyle, punctuated by guest performances from Broadway, Cabaret, and the Pop world. During the show, the hosts invite the audience to ask questions or offer their opinions on specific topics on the table, often leading to some lively discussions and perhaps opening some minds.
For more information, go to Q TALK or Facebook.com/qtalk.
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Here is your chance to see it!
FLORENT! QUEEN OF THE MEATMARKET!
Let Julianne Moore, Isaac Mizrahi, Michael Musto and other famous (and infamous) faces take you on a fantastic voyage to New York City’s legendary Florent diner.
For 23 years, the all-night eatery in the city’s Meat Packing District was prime stomping ground for a surprising mix of A-list celebrities, tourists, families and club kids, and it played an important role in LGBT activism and culture. This wildly entertaining documentary chronicles the history and final days of this outrageous icon!
David Sigal’s docu is a paean to French expat and gay activist Florent Morellet and the restaurant he established in Gotham’s decidedly unglamorous Meatpacking District. A unique haven defined not by exclusivity but by its wholehearted embrace of diversity, Florent’s became a fabled hangout for locals, hookers, families, celebrities, performance artists, club boys and blue-haired old ladies. Exuberant pic will wow gay markets but could expand further, Morellet’s appeal being as broad-based as his clientele.
When Sigal started shooting in January 2008, little did he imagine he would be chronicling the last days of a 25-year-old Greenwich Village institution. Florent’s forced closure (caused by an astronomical rent increase) lends a nostalgic conclusiveness to the anecdotes offered by those who frequented the venue, drawn to the warm informality of Morellet and his enlightened wait staff throughout its quarter-century history. (Morellet’s ingenious five-week countdown to eviction, each week dedicated to one of the Kubler-Ross stages of grief, also supplies Sigal with a perfect story arc.)Like the Stonewall Inn, Florent is such an important piece of our history.
Get a taste on YouTube
Starts on 5/20/2011 @ Cinema Village 22 East 12th Street (212) 924-3363
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