Category Archives: Theatre and Entertainment

Seth Sikes Sings Judy Garland

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He has only performed his show Seth Sikes Sings Judy Garland four times but sold-out on each time at New York’s premiere nightclub!
And he is garnering draw-dropping reviews:

Chip Deffaa of Theater Scene said,He has a very engaging presence on-stage. He looks like he belongs there on that stage, singing these songs with unbridled zest. He holds back nothing. And I hope he will do more singing. I enjoyed every minute of his act. It’s the best tribute to Garland I’ve ever seen. When he sings “You Made Me Love You”–and he sings it as well as anyone you are ever likely to hear sing it today–you can sense his love for Garland. Seth Sikes has made his return to performing in a very big way.”

Liz Smith said, “I went off to see him last week and couldn’t have been more charmed. He’s young and handsome and enthusiastic. He doesn’t look Judy-ish (he’s blonde, for one thing) and he doesn’t try to duplicate her sound. He tells his tales of being attracted by early MGM musicals, Judy, and later overwhelmed by the lady alone onstage, at Carnegie Hall. Sikes has boundless energy and a true, strong voice, with just the right amount of throb and drive and melancholy, depending on the number. But not too much. He never, ever veers into caricature. He wrote a good deal of the beautifully melded patter and links between the songs. The place was packed….”

Rex Reed of the NY Observer said,Seth Sikes, a new kid on the block from Paris (Paris, Texas, that is) with a voice loud as a cymbal and brassy as Merman singing a duet with a trumpet belted out small gems and big treasures alike to a sold-out house screaming for more.”

Besides his incredible talent Seth has a unique story. After attending acting school he decided he didn’t have the talent to break through so he worked behind-the-scenes instead. In recent years he directed BUNKED! (Outstanding Musical at the NY Fringe Festival) and The 7th Annual Broadway Beauty Pageant. On Broadway he was the Assistant Director of The Nance and Off-Broadway’s Tribes, Pageant and Lincoln Center’s Sondheim: The Birthday Concert.

But the call to perform was too great and he put together a show which has enabled him to get back on-stage. Seth‘s next performance is on September 18th at 54 Below.  GET TICKETS NOW!

Sneak Peak  video  HERE

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Joey Contreras Love Wildly

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The FEEL GOOD  song  of  summer is HERE!

NYC-based, pop/broadway artist, Joey Contreras, announces his brand new music video for “Love Wildly,” featuring the vocals of Eric Krop.

Watch HERE.

The video was featured on The Advocate who called it “A day-in-the-life montage from a sexier Fame.” Additionally, Contreras just announced his appearance at the New York Musical Theatre Festival on Thursday, 7/16.

“Love Wildly”  is featured on Contreras’ LP, Young Kind of Love, which showcases sounds of both pop and contemporary musical theatre. The album features notable artists such as Loren Allred (The Voice) and numerous Broadway talents. Contreras was hailed one of Playbill’s “Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know.”

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Loisaida Festival and LES History Month

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Continuing its commitment to showcase the Lower East Side’s independent and diverse spirit, Loisaida Inc. announced its lineup for the 2015 Loisaida Festival.

The programming includes: Chicano Batman, Calma Carmona, Herencia de Plena, and Papote Jimenez y su Orquesta.

Latin Soul, plena, salsa, psychedelic beats, from east L.A. to Puerto Rico, will all converge in one spot. Beloved actor, and Loisaida’s own, Luis Guzman will host the Festival, which takes place on Sunday May 24th, 2015 from 11:00AM to 5:00PM.

 

Speaking of the long-standing power of the Festival, Libertad Guerra of Loisaida, Inc. said, “The success of Loisaida Inc. and the Loisaida Festival year after year is a testament of what we can accomplish in our communities. We are moving with full force to reactivate awareness of Latino cultural vitality, heritage and contributions to the Lower East Side while maintaining our footprint in the Downtown area. This year’s programming really captures that irreverent, resilient, ethos that made Loisaida a creative hub for NYC’s Latino community.”

 

Leading up to the festival Loisaida, Inc. will host two days of activities at its new Center on 710 east 9th Street that will highlight the contributions of the LGBTQ Latin@ community on the Lower East Side. The Friday and Saturday expanded programming, a new element introduced last year, integrates the Festival with LES History Month during the month of May. The programs, Performing Queer Latin@ Loisaida: A Cabaret and Reconstructing Queer Latin@ Loisaida in Cinema, Literature, and Art, will celebrate the often-overlooked cultural contributions of LGTB Queer Latino Loisaida.

 

On Sunday May 24th, these elements merge into the Festival, where a host of culinary, cultural, artistic and musical experiences will come together under the theme of one neighborhood…an entire community. A Carnival Procession, rare these days in the downtown area, will open the event. Parallel to the main stage programming, the festival also includes a Theater Lab initiative, where diverse Latino, Spanish or bilingual theater companies will present original site-specific pieces.

The revamped Loisaida Festival will capture the meaning the event held in its early days back in the 80s. What may have started as an impromptu community gathering for neighborhood children unable to leave the city during Memorial Day weekend soon became an event to share and celebrate community, Puerto Rican and Latino culture, as well as the social and cultural differences that make Loisaida such a vibrant neighborhood.

Today, with the over 15,000 attendants from all walks of life and ages that congregate at the festival each year, #LoisaidaFest2015 is the landmark event for Latino historical and contemporary contributions to the downtown area, bridging cultural and generational divides.

 

Schedule of Events and Details:

Friday, May 22, 2015 (8:00PM-10:00PM) – In Performing Queer Latin@ Loisaida: A Cabaret some of New York City’s most legendary Queen Latin@ performance artists pay tribute to Loisaida’s long-standing tradition of LGBTQ Latin@ artistic expression, experimentation, and activism with a one night performance.

 

Saturday, May 23, 2015 (1:00PM – 5:30PM)  – Reconstructing Queer Latin@ Loisaida in Cinema, Literature, and Art: An event to celebrate the often overlooked contribution of Queer Latin@ artists and activists to the Lower East Side’s rich cultural fabric.

 

Sunday, May 24, 2015 (11:00AM – 5:00PM – Loisaida Inc. will celebrate the 28th Annual Loisaida Festival, which includes an opening Carnival Procession, Main Stage performances, and a Theater Lab at La Plaza Cultural. Hosted by actor Luis Guzman.

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Boylesque Returns May 8th – 9th

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Equal parts striptease, circus act, and comedy routine, the nascent sibling of burlesque is finally turning heads.”  Details Magazine

“Start saving up those singles, boys–you’re gonna wanna make it rain!” Queerty

“You’re about to be schooled.”  Time Out NY

40 Performers from around the world!   2 big nights!

Get tickets   HERE!

The festival kicks off Friday May 8th with a Teaser Party, hosted by nightlife icon World Famous *BOB* at Williamsburg hotspot, The Knitting Factory, and features over a dozen national and international performers and is sure to get your motor started for a weekend of non-stop “testicle festival” realness.  Performers include Mr. Gorgeous (NYC),The Brotherhood of Boylesque (CO), Lou Henry Hoover (NYC), Bobby Barnaby (San Francisco), Dirty Develin (Chicago), Bohemian Bretheren (San Francisco), Gee Gee Louise (CT), Hard Cory (NYC), Jack N Tha Cox (Savannah), Johnny Panic (NYC),  Beau Creep (Canada), Lucky Charming (NYC),  Matt Knife (NYC), Mike Monaco (MASS),  Brief Sweat (NYC), Mustang Monroe (CO), Rify Royalty (NYC) and James and The Giant Pastie (Canada)!

Saturday May 9th, the festival moves to Times Square for The Main Event at BB Kings on 42nd Street, hosted by NYC’s drag legend Sweetie, this stellar event features over 20 of the top boylesque performers from across the globe! Performers include Bazuka Joe & Ray Gunn (The Stage Door Johnnies/Chicago), Luminous Pariah (Seattle), Brewster (NYC), Charles D Barkley (Australia), Waxie Moon (Seattle), Boylesque TO (Canada), Jason Mejas (NYC), , Dew Lily (Canada), Rhythm Knights Dance Troupe (NYC), El Toro (Canada), Ben Franklin (NYC),Gilbert de Moccos (Toyko), Jonny Porkpie (NYC), 2 to Fly (NYC), Kirby Lebrea (LA),  Manchego (NYC), Mat Fraser (London), Mr. Valdez (CO), Serge Violland (France), Sirelesque (MASS)!

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Gavin Scribner An American in Paris

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Every year TIME OUT NEW YORK votes for the top 10 chorus guys  and girls on Broadway!  This is Gavin Scribner who is in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS @ Palace Theatre.

From Time Out:  Broadway musicals kick into high gear every spring, powered by the gifted dancers and singers of their ensemble casts. And each year, we give you a sneak peek at some of the chorus performers who may grab your eye onstage. We’ll be there to give you the latest previews and reviews of the spring season. In the meantime, here is our fifth annual roundup of 20 sexy men and women who will brighten up Broadway in 2015.

 

 

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PRIDE Web Series in New York

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A brand new controversial web series hits the digital scene!

PRIDE: The Series reflects real life experiences not only in the LGBTQ community, but also with an honest approach to the average person’s search for identity in New York City.

 

In an effort to expose good vs. evil in a society focused on discrimination, PRIDE: The series explores the reality of living with difficult circumstances. Painted with sex, drugs, heartache, and multicultural characters, this web series aims to prove that even the most diverse people can face similar battles, creating quite a bond.

For a glimpse into the life of PRIDE, check out the trailer:http://www.pridetheseries.com/trailer/.

(6 chapters out now!)

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THE GAYS movie by T.S. Slaughter

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Campy, Vulgar and FUN!  The GAYS   have arrived!

Wouldn’t it be great if your parents taught you how to hold your own in a fag-eat-fag world? Rod Gay and Bob Gay-Paris are the streetwise gay mentors you never had.

Come revel in the raunchy wisdom they pass along to their two gay sons — Alex and Tommy — advice that will empower the boys to bend the world over, lube it up, and snap one off!

 

 

The film is New York City-based T.S. Slaughter’s new gay-themed dark comedy“The Gays” (USA, 2014, 73 minutes). “The Gays” is T.S.’s second feature film, following his campy horror comedy, Skull & Bones (Ariztical Entertainment, 2009).

The tagline of “The Gays — “The family that gays together, stays together” — sums up Slaughter’s satirical take on television sitcoms and cartoons of past decades based on American nuclear families ranging from the normal to the bizarre. Some other key features of the film:

 

  • “The Gays” is twisted, irreverent, and raunchy, appealing at once to gay men ages 18-80, young urban hipsters, and fans of edgy indie cinema generally.
  • The film’s outlandish Christmas scene positions “The Gays” to become cult classic viewing – and an unusual gift – for the winter holidays.
  • All the music in the film is performed by the filmmakers and their associates——and some of it is brand new.  In fact, the theme song was composed specifically for “The Gays.”
  • Lead actors Chris Tanner (Bob Gay-Paris) and Frank Holliday (Rod Gay) have both been well-known visual artists in New York City since the 70s; moreover, back then they were actually boyfriends – 30 years before reuniting to portray a married couple in “The Gays.”
  • Both Chris Tanner and Eugene the Poogene (He-Suk) are regularly featured performers at New York City’s LaMama Experimental Theater Company.

 

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THE GAYS taps into all our anxieties about what it means to live as though we are like everyone else. Even though the retro gay “married” couple in the film, Rod and Bob, pre-date actual married gays of today, their relationship embodies all the complexities we might now start to anticipate for our present-day selves in earnest. – says Slaughter.

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Issues they confront include those that have plagued gays since the 60s and probably earlier: what to do about balancing the security of a monogamous relationship with the inevitable boredom that comes with unending sameness? How do you define sex and other roles without replicating stereotypes like the homemaker versus the breadwinner? How, if you have kids, do you deal with their own emerging gayness or straightness without replicating all the dysfunctionality of the compulsory-straight nuclear family of times past? How do you discuss sex with them? Should you be as prudish as folks were in times past? Or is that destructively repressive? Should you be super open? Or is that too much information? And perhaps most of all, if the kids ARE gay, how do you arm them for the rough and tumble of a “fag eat fag world”? THE GAYS tackles all these questions and more with raunchy good humor designed to make you think after the side-splitting laughter stops.

— T. S. Slaughter

TheGaysMovie.com

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Christmas with the Crawfords in New York

 

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HOW FABULOUS IS THIS?!

                            Christmas with the Crawfords

STARRING JOEY ARIAS & CHRIS MARCH

ABRONS THEATER

466 GRAND AVE. NEW YORK, NY

GET TICKETS NOW!

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David Mixner OH HELL NO

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Legendary civil rights activist and author David Mixner  premiered Oh Hell No!, an evening autobiographical storytelling, in a special one-night-only event last night.   Oh Hell No! will benefit Point Foundation. Amy and Jeff Towers will present the evening, which will be produced by Tim Ranney.

If we’re lucky, the show, which was directed by Stephen Brackett and musically directed by Mat Eisenstein and deserves to be seen by a wide audience, will make it to video and/or broadcast.

Among those taking in the sold-out 90-minute show were Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank Fred Hochberg, DNC treasurer Andy Tobias, Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Sims, NYC Councilman Corey Johnson, Jane and Joe Clementi – the parents of the late Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, presenters Amy and Jeff Towers, MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, political consultant Bob Shrum and Marylouise Oates, photographer Nigel Barker, actor Alan Cumming, Athlete Ally’s Hudson Taylor, political consultant and pundit Hilary Rosen, producer Bruce Cohen, actor Rory O’Malley, Broadway producer Hal Luftig, ESPN contributor LZ Granderson, author and blogger Kenneth Walsh, and actress Judith Light, a board member of the Point Foundation, who offered a gracious, poignant, and humorous introduction.

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HERO Awards Broadway and Ballet

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The best of both worlds performing together.

Featuring performances from the brightest stars from Broadway and Ballet.

A benefit for HERO – HIV Experience Resources Organization.

Honoring The Actors Fund.

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

42 West, 516 West 42nd Street, NYC

8–10 p.m.  Doors open at 7 p.m.

Purchase Tickets $20 General Admission – Premium seating $100  – Tables of Ten

 

The awards are given to those organizations and individuals who have gone above and beyond to help the HIV/AIDS community.  The event will screen short tribute videos highlighting the accomplishments of the honorees and organizations.

Talent participating in Broadway and Ballet will include: Michael Leon Wooley (Broadway – The Plant – Little Shop of Horrors, American Buffalo, The Music Man, Five Guys Named Moe, the voice of Louis – Walt Disney’s The Princess and the Frog), Stephen Hanna (Broadway – On The Town, Billy Elliot, Principle Dancer at New York City Ballet), Michael Cusumano (Broadway  – All Shook Up, Chicago,” “American in Paris”) ABT, World Ballet Gold Medalist), Patrick Boyd (Me and My Girl, “Grease” and starring in the upcoming movie, “Touch: A Love Story”), Kelly King (“Silver Seagull” Award for best international singer at the Viña Del Mar International Song Festival, top 20 recording artist), Sean Stewart (ABT Ballet), Alina Fay (ABT Ballet alumni), Marty Thomas and The Divas, (Broadway – Wicked, The Secret GardenXanadu),  Russell  Brown, (Irish historian , harpist and Irish dance sensation), and many surprise celebrity guests.

The first HERO Awards Broadway and Ballet will be hosted in order to honor the individuals and collectives that have helped HERO become a valuable resource where those afflicted by HIV/AIDS can find the information and help they need. Our event aims to showcase the brightest in the ballet and Broadway worlds while also screening short tribute videos for the recipients of our HERO awards The awards are given to those individuals who have gone above and beyond to help the HIV/AIDS community. Top talent from the Broadway and ballet worlds, will be in attendance to entertain YOU! There will be five awards presented. The Broadway HERO Award, presented to Jerry Mitchell (on availability), in honor of a Broadway artist who has helped the HIV/AIDS community by promoting awareness.

The Ballet Hero, presented to Ballet Star, Stephen Hanna, who has also gone above and beyond for the community. The HERO Partner Award, presented to The Actor’s Fund, is to acknowledge our partner, who has distinguished itself by assisting those afflicted with HIV/AIDS. The Super HERO award, will be given to a corporation that has shown outstanding advocacy for both the HIV/AIDS and LGBT communities. And a special award given to Stephen Lessard from Orrick who helped us to gain our 501 (3) (c) status.
YOUR HELP:
To produce this event, we need your help. There are many costs associated with putting on an event of this magnitude. Although we have many volunteers, and no one is paid at HERO, we are hoping for your support to help us pay for venue costs and promotion materials including: posters, postcards and donation envelops, press kit production, promotion and PR assistance.  Go to  INDIE GOGO
WHY WE ARE DOING THIS:
Although we have been fighting the spread and helping people with HIV/AIDS for more than five years, we have not ever done a national media event to let people know about the resources we offer. In addition to valuable local, national and international resources and tools, we provide a large amount of video content, celebrity support and coverage for many other HIV/AIDS related charities. We also put the latest news regarding HIV/AIDS from the World AIDS Map which is updated weekly under NEWS.

 


 

ABOUT HERO:
HIV Experience Resources Organization (HERO) is a non-profit 501(3)(c) organization founded in 2009 by Michael Cavnaugh, former vice president of Event Presentation at Madison Square Garden. HERO helps people find the most pressing, up-to-date information available critical to their heath. HERO’s Websites, HIVhero.org and HEROnews.org, provide local, national and international resources and interactive tools which provide assistance in:
· finding doctors
· getting medication
· mental health counseling
· housing
· financial assistance
· insurance
and much more. We also serve as a portal site providing free content and promoting the services, activities and fundraising efforts of our partner organizations including: Broadway Cares, Equity Fights AIDS, The Actors Fund, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, The LBGT Center and Housing works.
HERO produces celebrity interviews and event coverage that support the services, activities and events of our partners. These videos are filmed and edited in-house and provided to partner organizations and the media open free of charge. Celebrity interviews discussing safe sex, and healthy living with HIV/AIDS, have been conducted with Cyndi Lauper, Matthew Bomer, Angela Lansbury, Neil Patrick Harris, Bebe Neuwirth, Alley Sheedy, Kelly Ripa, Mary Louise Parker, Alan Cumming ,Chita Rivera and many other.

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LYPSINKA Returns! for 8 weeks!

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1 STAR!   3 SHOWS!   8 WEEKS!

 John Epperson’s

Iconic Creation Returns to the New York Stage

For the First Time in Nine Years

To Celebrate Three Decades of the ‘Goddess of Showbiz’

 

With Three Glamorous Productions Running in Rotating Repertory

 Lypsinka! The Boxed Set, The Passion of the Crawford

And     John Epperson: Show Trash

 

Previews Begin November 5th, 2014

At The Connelly Theater (220 East Fourth Street, NYC)

 

Strictly-Limited Engagement – Through January 3, 2015 Only

After a 9-year absence, a triple dose of the legendary Lypsinka, John Epperson’s iconic creation, will be doled out this Fall when the ‘Goddess of Showbiz’ deigns to grace New York City with her sweeping presence in LYPSINKA! THE TRILOGY.  To celebrate a staggering three decades of glamorous theatrics, three different shows — revivals of the acclaimed LYPSINKA! THE BOXED SET and THE PASSION OF THE CRAWFORD, as well as the New York premiere of JOHN EPPERSON: SHOW TRASH – will run in rotating repertory for a strictly-limited 8-week engagement from November 5th, 2014 – January 3rd, 2015.  The trilogy will take place at the ravishing jewel-box Connelly Theater, located at 220 East 4th Street in Manhattan’s way-too-swept-up East Village . . . a stone’s throw from the Pyramid Club and Tompkins Square Park, where Lypsinka was born.    Tickets will go on sale on Friday, September 19th at 10am and will be available at www.tweedtheater.org/lypsinkatrilogy.


 

LYPSINKA! THE BOXED SET – Directed by Kevin Malony

Not seen in New York since 2001, this full-length ‘traditional Lypsinka’ concert show is the award-winning revue of Lyp’s greatest bits that has toured the world, flabbergasting audiences from Los Angeles to Sydney to Glasgow. Using a soundtrack created from films, musicals, and concert recordings, the supreme archivist of irony showcases the modern woman’s challenge of being over-blessed with femininity and celebrity.

 

“An artful illusion-spinner!

Lypsinka anatomizes feminine artifice — and its dangers — like no one else.

Finesse is evident in every aspect of the production . . . A fascinating, funny spectacle.”

The New York Times

 


 

THE PASSION OF THE CRAWFORD – Directed by Kevin Malony

The Lyp’s tour de force embodiment of towering screen queen Joan Crawford – featuring a re-enactment of Crawford’s onstage interview from 1973 – is a fantasia of fame and insecurity, grandness and identity. Last presented in New York in 2005, this tribute to Hollywood and ego crisis has since been mounted from San Francisco to Sarasota.

 

“Raises the act of mouthing words and lyrics to an art form.”

Oakland Tribune

 


 

JOHN EPPERSON: SHOW TRASH – Directed by Barry Kleinbort

An autobiographical multi-media pastiche, starring Epperson – unmasked and in street clothes – tinkling the ivories and spinning yarns of Mississippi, Manhattan, and Hollywood. Now making its New York City theatrical premiere, the anecdotal SHOW TRASH reveals the man behind the madness.

 

“In discovering Epperson’s roots, you more fully grasp Lypsinka.  The fusion is complete.

Lypsinka may have the looks and Epperson the soul, but they’ve both got each other: Epsinka.”

Washington Post

 

 

 

 

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David Mixner OH HELL NO! October 27th

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TOWELROAD REPORTS:

LGBT and civil rights activist, author, storyteller, and Towleroad contributor David Mixner will debut a new one-night only one-man show on October 27 at 7 pm at New World Stages in New York City to benefit The Point Foundation, an organization which assists LGBTQ students in achieving their academic and leadership potential.

Mixner’s new show, Oh Hell No!, will take as its starting point “personal and public details of his headline-grabbing and history-shaping life” and be accompanied musically by Chris Bolan, Megan Osterhaus, and Tim Jerome.

Event chairs for the evening include Alan Cumming, Robert Desiderio, Herb Hamsher, Judith Light, Ken Mehlman, Rob Smith, Jonathan Stoller, Jorge Valencia, and Edie Windsor. For information on tickets, including Premium Seating with special access to the post-performance VIP reception at Glass House Tavern, please contact Drew Rhodes at (212) 512-5785 or drew@pointfoundation.org.

Photo by Nigel Barker.

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Updated production of acclaimed musical GERTRUDE STEIN SAINTS!

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It has been called “heavenly” (Time Out), “an explosion of creativity” (Curtain Up), a “must-see” (nytheatre.com), and “like nothing you’ve ever seen” (Gay City News).

After winning two FringeNYC Overall Excellence Awards last summer, Theater Plastique returns to New York with an updated production of its acclaimed musical GERTRUDE STEIN SAINTS!

Performances of this limited engagement run June 12 – 28 at Abrons Arts Center(466 Grand Street at Pitt Street on the Lower East Side).

Running time: 75 minutes.

 

One of Gertrude Stein’s artistic projects was to write the sound of American language. Theater Plastique advances this idea, setting Stein’s ‘Saints’ librettos to distinctly American genres of music. Featuring rap, country, rock n’ roll, hollerin’, gospel, Shaker, bounce, jazz, and bluegrass, GERTRUDE STEIN SAINTS! is an award-winning pop-opera that celebrates what it is to be American.

Directed by Michelle Sutherland, GERTRUDE STEIN SAINTS! features original music composed and performed by the cast: Chante’ Adams, Daniel Bellomy, Denée Benton, Erron Crawford, Rayquila Durhamn, Molly Griggs, Amanda Leigh Jerry, Johari Mackey, Mitch Marois, Jimmy Nicholas, Jordan Phillips, C. Woodsen, Cara Ronzetti, Kelsey Tarantino, Joe Ventricelli and Jacob Vine. The production also features projection design by Jordan Harrison and Kevan Loney, lighting by Justin Keenan Miller, sound design by Almeda Beynon, and dramaturgy by Emma McFarland. Completing the production team are Mitch Marois and Lauren Adleman (Assistant Directors), Jess Bergson (Production Manager) and Nzinga Williams (Stage Manager).

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Mothers and Sons on Broadway Using Technology

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MOTHERS AND SONS ( the critically acclaimed new play by Terrance McNally) is using Twitter and YouTube in a new and exciting way.

MOTHERS AND SONS is a timely and provocative new play that explores our evolving understanding of family in today’s world.

At turns funny and powerful, MOTHERS AND SONS portrays a woman who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son’s partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as she revisits the past and begins to see the life her son might have led.

This past week – reverse psychology was used on Twitter! On Thursday night, the @MothersSonsBway Twitter handle began to spout off homophobic and angry messages about the LGBT community and modern-day strides toward equality in politics. All of the messages were taken directly from other Twitter handles, and thus echoed the sentiments of real people around the world. The charade went on for an hour before it was explained in this tweet.

The tweets, and fan’s online responses, have been compiled here.

A new video advertisement has also been released starring the show’s lead actress, Tyne Daly. This is “A Show About Now,” it touts.

 

MOTHERS  AND SONS

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Gay New York – Lady Bunny Makes Top Drag Queen List

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Neil Patrick Harris – Naked in New York

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well…sort of.

Neil Patrick Harris is wearing nothing but a bowtie and a discretely placed top hat on the cover of the next issue of Rolling Stone, which hits newsstands Friday. The biggest openly gay male star in Hollywood history is starring as the titular transsexual German glam rocker in Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a role for which he lost enough weight to give him an eight-pack and a few light-headed afternoons.

 

“He’s so skinny, and I think that really gives him power,” his fiancé David Burtka tells Rolling Stone. “His body is crazy right now.” (um, yeah, crazy hot and sexy!)

 

After years emphasizing his masculinity, Harris has had to work to play the effeminate Hedwig.


“I didn’t think he could pull off the femininity of [the role],” Burtka says. “This is such a stretch for him. In his day-to-day, he’s not a very feminine guy.” Harris, too, said that he had always been aware of how he presented himself, especially in his Doogie years. “I have always been highly aware of how I was presenting myself,” Harris admits. “Which, now that I’m playing overtly feminine and loving it, is kind of a stupid concern.”

more at RS

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Sneak Peak – Harvey Fierstein’s New Play ‘Casa Valentina’

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                      Harvey Fierstein is back!      Casa Valentina!

Nestled in the land of dirty dancing and borscht belt comedy sat an inconspicuous bungalow colony that catered to a very special clientele: heterosexual men whose favorite pastime was dressing and acting as women. It was paradise for these men — white-collar professionals with families — to spend their weekends discreetly and safely inhabiting their chosen female alter egos. But when they got the opportunity to share their secret lives with the world, these ‘self-made women’ had to decide whether the freedom they would gain by emerging from hiding was worth the risk of personal ruin.

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HEDWIG donates to LGBT Youth

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The Producers of Hedwig and the Angry Inch have just announced they will form a charitable partnership with the NYC LGBT youth organization Hetrick-Martin Institute as part of the Broadway show’s run.

The Advocate reports:

The musical will donate a portion from each ticket sale to Hetrick-Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk High School, a New York City public transfer school where at-risk youth can learn without fear of physical or emotional attacks. According to a press release, the partnership ”will also utilize the resources of the production, including representatives from the show meeting with young people in an educational and mentoring capacity, and additional fundraising support.”

“Hetrick-Martin Institute has always been a part of Hedwig‘s DNA and I’m thrilled HMI is able to join Hedwig on her journey to Broadway,” writes producer David Binder in a statement. “Our cast, creative team, and my fellow producers have been overwhelming in their support of this initiative benefiting this inspiring and incredibly important organization.”

 

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Neil Patrick Harris, begins preview performances this Saturday and opens April 22 at the Belasco Theatre. To find out more information about the show’s partnership with HMI and to purchase tickets HERE.

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Terrance McNally presents Mothers and Sons with Tyne Daly

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The play everyone is talking about this month!   MOTHERS  AND  SONS!

4-time Tony Award winner  TERRENCE McNALLY
has a rich history of writing profound and entertaining works that feel uniquely connected to our times.

MOTHERS AND SONS is a timely and provocative new play that explores our evolving understanding of family in today’s world.

At turns funny and powerful, MOTHERS AND SONS portrays a woman who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son’s partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as she revisits the past and begins to see the life her son might have led. – I smell another TONY!

MOTHERS AND SONS stars Tony® and six-time Emmy® winner Tyne Daly

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Shery Lee Ralph in Mighty Real This Fall!

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This INCREDIBLE Show comes back to New York after SOLD OUT runs in NYC, Miami and Washington, D.C..

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL®is a Musical, written by Anthony Wayne and Directed by Wayne and Kendrell Bowman. It tells the life story of Sylvester through his music and his point of view.

Beyond all the trials, tribulations, glitz and glamour of his lifestyle, he was a symbol for being FABULOUS, but, also, a symbol for unapologetically being who he was.The words and music of this show will enter your ear, soar through your heart and inspire your soul.

It’s GUARANTEED to have EVERYONE dancing in the aisles. Broadway Star Anthony Wayne (Broadway’s “PIPPIN”, “PRISCILLA”, “Anything Goes” [2011]) sings, lives and breathes life as the 1970’s Disco Singer SYLVESTER. The show, also, features Broadway’s Anastacia McCleskey (“PRISCILLA”; “HAIR”, “Book Of Mormon”) and Jacqueline B. Arnold (“We Will Rock You”, “PRISCILLA”) as The Two Tons of Fun/Weather Girls.

Taking the reigns as Costume Designer is Celebrity Stylist Kendrell Bowman (Recording Artists K. Michelle, Kanye West, David Banner, Lauriana Mae). Both Wayne & Bowman have stunned the masses with their collaborative Directorial Debut. Together, Wayne and Bowman create a memorable experience that takes the audience through the Essence that is SYLVESTER. They are, also, Lead Producers of the show and make up the team AnthonyKen, LLC.

The entire Creative Team and Additional Cast information will be announced at a later date.

Joining forces with AnthonyKen, LLC. as producing partner is Original Dreamgirl, Sheryl Lee Ralph and The D.I.V.A. Foundation.. With continued success on stage, screen, television and music along with her philanthropic endeavors, Sheryl Lee Ralph has never been one to rest on her laurels. Her award-winning work includes creating the role of Deena Jones in the legendary Broadway musical “Dreamgirls”, and earning Best Actress noms for Tony and Drama Desk Awards.  Miss Ralph can currently be seen in Showtimes” Ray Donovaning heats up the screen with Jon Voight and also Nickelodeons new hit “Instant Mom” with Tia Mowry.

The D.I.V.A. Foundation (Divinely Inspired Victoriously AIDS Aware) is a national not-for-profit 501C (3) charitable organization founded by Sheryl Lee Ralph in 1990 as a memorial to the many friends she lost to AIDS as an original company member of Dreamgirls. The organization focuses on generating resources and coordinating artistic activities to create awareness of and combat HIV/AIDS. The D.I.V.A. Foundation utilizes music and entertainment as a vehicle to inform, educate and erase the stigma attached to this deadly disease.

As we acknowledge National AIDS Awareness Day, I know Sylvester is singing and dancing under that great disco ball in heaven and we prepare to light up Broadway with his music and memory.” Said Ralph

MIGHTY REAL is set to start Previews September 5th, 2014 at the Theatre at St. Clements.

Group Tickets (10+) go on Sale  NOW.

Individual Tickets go on Sale June 2nd, 2014.

Call OVATIONTIX at 866.811.4111 or go to www.FABULOUSSYLVESTER.com

Also, follow the show on Instagram and Twitter: @FABSYLVESTER

VIDEO LINKS:

LIVE Exclusive video from Prior Le Poisson Rouge NYC Concert

The “MAKING OF” Video

 

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