Category Archives: Music

KAZAKY at XL March 30th, 2013 Secret Mission Tour

These guys are so sexy and so hot! I want to have sex with each of them!!

KAZAKY is Artur, Oleg, Kirill and Stas!
Kazaky is a Ukrainian all-male house-electro-synthpop dance group, originally made up of Kyryll Fedorenko, Artur Gaspar, Stas Pavlov and Oleg Zhezhel. 
In  July 2011, they made their American debut at Club 57 in New York City, and performed their third single “I’m Just a Dancer” for the first time. They worked it out at the Dsquared2 SS 2012 Fashion show!
 March 30th, 2013 Kazaky will be back in NYC, at XL, for the world premiere of their SECRET MISSION TOUR!! Advance tickets on sale now!
Assembled in Kiev in 2010 by Oleg Zhezhel, a skilled choreographer, the group has released several singles, three EPs and one album. The group confronts gender norms by fusing masculine and feminine attributes together, most notably by regularly wearing stiletto heels in videos and live performances. 
In August 2011, Pavlov left the group and was replaced by Francesco Borgato. On February 26, 2013, Borgato announced his departure from the group to pursue a solo career. Former member Stas Pavlov rejoined the group immediately after Borgato’s departure, and he is featured in the group’s new track and video, “Crazy Law”, released  2 weeks ago. 
I am so excited Kazaky is coming back to the US and appearing at XL. 
It will be a show not to miss!

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Broadway stars Nick Adams, Ashley Brown, Jessica Rush and Michael James Scott at XL March 11

Broadway stars Nick Adams, Ashley Brown, Jessica Rush and Michael James Scott will appear in a special one night only benefit production of Jason Robert Brown’s SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD on Monday, March 11 at 7PM at XL Cabaret (512 West 42nd St).  Directed by two-time Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun, a portion of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to The Performing Arts Project. Nick Adams says, “To be able to give back to the next generation of artists is something I’m grateful to be a part of.”

Jason Robert Brown’s SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD is a
series of songs, connected by the theme “the moment of decision.” The
show employs four performers who do not play the same characters
throughout the show, but have consistently developing character arcs.
Composer Jason Robert Brown has said of his show, “It’s
about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a
choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back.”

Space is limited as its an intimate venue!  GET  TICKETS  NOW!
 

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Sherry Vine and Joey Arias Reunion at New Yorks XL Nightlclub


Joey Arias & Sherry Vine: 

Looking Back at the Future 
November 20th-24th
 Joey and Sherry’s first full length event together in NYC in over 10 years!
 Doors at 7PM, 8PM Showtime
XL CABARET/NIGHTCLUB
512 West 42nd Street
International drag darlings, Joey Arias (star of Zumanity and Arias With
A Twist) and Sherry Vine (star of Here TV’s She’s Living For This),
will be performing their all live cabaret extravaganza at XL on November
20-21 & 23-24 at 8pm. Although they have toured the world with
their sold out, scandalous shows, Joey and Sherry have not presented a
full length event together in NYC in over 10 years!! 
The creators of
StarLust, SINsation, and Cherchez La Femme will now be turning it out in
Looking Back At The Future – a sexy, over-the-top spectacle featuring
new original material as well as Broadway, Rock, Joey’s infamous Billie
Holiday, Sherry’s trashy parodies, dancers, videos by Francis Legge and
many surprises! These sisters in crime have dazzled crowds in
Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Finland, Austria, Switzerland, Canada,
all over the USA and even Estonia! 
You will not see this anywhere else
in NYC!    
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Ernest Kohl releases NEW YORK REMIX from Cosmopolitan Show

 International Recording Star ERNEST KOHL’s WORLDWIDE RELEASE of  “ANYONE WHO’S EVER BEEN IN LOVE” direct from the studio and from the HOT NEW MUSICAL and UPCOMING MOVIE “THE COSMOPOLITAN” written by Golden Globe, Grammy and Emmy Winners Lance Horne and Josh Rhodes!

This musical masterpiece contains no less than 31 sexy sizzling remixes to choose from for your listening pleasure! When you look into someone’s eyes, the words to “ANYONE WHO’S EVER BEEN IN LOVE” should echo in your mind and resonate in your heart.



This is THE NEW YORK REMIX – from the Maxi-Single CD Remixes!

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Cyndi Lauper Kinky Boots Music for Broadway

Iconic performer Cyndi Lauper has released “Sex is in the Heel” and a selection of remixes from the upcoming musical Kinky Boots. The remixes are now available on iTunes http://bit.ly/SexIsInTheHeel-iTunes

Kinky Boots, the new musical that brings together four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy® Award-winning Cyndi Lauper (Music & Lyrics), will have its pre-Broadway world premiere in Chicago this fall.  Directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots will play the Bank of America Theatre (18 West Monroe Street, Chicago, IL) beginning October 2 through November 4, 2012, in anticipation of a 2013 Broadway opening. 

 

In Kinky Boots, Charlie Price is forced to step in and save his family’s shoe factory in Northern England, following the sudden death of his father. Help comes from the unlikeliest angel, a fabulous drag performer named Lola. Together, this improbable duo revitalizes the failing business, while helping one another grow into the men their fathers always dreamed they would become and transforming an entire community through the power of acceptance.

 

Inspired by a true story and based on the film, Kinky Boots features a warm and witty book by Mr. Fierstein (La Cage, Torch Song Trilogy, Newsies) and a richly diverse musical score from Ms. Lauper, in her stunning theatrical debut. Mr. Mitchell (Hairspray, La Cage, Broadway Bares) has crafted a production bound to move, inspire and set audience’s feet dancing.

CAN’T WAIT!!!!

www.kinkybootsthemusical.com

                                                                    www.cyndilauper.com

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Ernest Kohl’s “Anyone Who’s Ever Been in Love”

HE’S  BACK!  International Recording Star ERNEST KOHL’s WORLDWIDE RELEASE of  “ANYONE
WHO’S EVER BEEN IN LOVE” direct from the studio and from the HOT NEW
MUSICAL and UPCOMING MOVIE “THE COSMOPOLITAN” written by Golden Globe,
Grammy and Emmy Winners Lance Horne and Josh Rhodes!

This musical
masterpiece contains no less than 30 sexy sizzling remixes to choose
from for your listening pleasure! When you look into someone’s eyes, the
words to “ANYONE WHO’S EVER BEEN IN LOVE” should echo in your mind and
resonate in your heart.

WATCH / LISTEN  NOW

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Occupy The Disco New York OXD

(OXD), a New York City based movement, was  created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tadeu Magalhães.

MISSION  OXD:

It was through music and nightlife that gay people in New York City,
for decades, changed concepts, gained supporters, and helped others be
happy with who they are all over the world. Our music re-shaped the mainstream, pushed boundaries, united our community, and made room for the future.

Mainstream music has now adopted much of our sound. Nightclub
promoters and DJs are pushed to only give us that which is familiar,
that which is safe. As such, many members of our community have lost the
ability to question, to experience the unknown. We must uphold our
legacy as cultural leaders in society and continue to evolve.

Our goal is simple: to re-unite the gay community in NYC through
music. To create rich and fun experiences. To dance. To feel free. To
move beyond what’s familiar. To reclaim our role as tastemakers. We want
to go further than what we already know and be surprised with new,
exciting music. And we will work to bring this back.

This is our call: Occupy The Disco.

There are now parties happening in NY which you can find on their blog –
see also OCCUPY THE DISCO on FACEBOOK


PLUS , WATCH THE VIDEO by Grammy award-winning producer and DJ David Morales  with former Moloko chanteuse and Irish disco diva, Róisín Murphy. Morales is
famous for his days DJing at Paradise Garage, Stereo and Ministry of
Sound, as well as his remixes of pop songs.

 Creating a veritable “dream team” of sorts, Murphy’s vocals smoothly complement Morales’ robust production. The song’s lyrics (and video)
elicit images of times past; mourning the end of many different “golden
eras”, while leaving it open to the listener to interpret which era is
in question. While we think the original is great, we prefer this remix
as Morales finishes it off with his signature disco beat. 

released on iTunes – and soon a  new CD!

WATCH THE VIDEO

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Fabulous, One More Time: A Sylvester Concert

Kendrell Bowman is a celebrity stylist based out of NYC.
 
He is currently working on a project with his partner called FABULOUS, ONE MORE TIME: A SYLVESTER CONCERT.

 Kendrall is  the Creative Director/
Costume Designer for the show. His partner  Anthony Wayne (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Anything Goes)will be playing the 1970’s disco singer/gay icon. The concert will tell the life of Sylvester through his music.

The cast includes Anastacia McCleskey and Jaqueline Arnold as Two Tons of Fun/ The Weather Girls. (Both ladies are also in Priscilla Queen of the Desert as The Divas).

 The show will take place at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on July 29, 2012. Anthony wrote the show and funding the entire project out of his pocket. He’s very passionate about bringing awareness to HIV/Aids in the community, but reaching our generation with music, joy and laughter.

THEY HAVE JUST LAUNCHED A KICKSTARTER FUND AND NEED YOUR HELP!

I  had a vision to create something that I, being part of the Broadway
community, could give back to the world and need your help to make it
happen. Out of my own pocket, I’ve started my own production company (awayne Productions, Inc.
), paid for Rehearsals, 5 Cast Members, 8 Band Members, Costumes and
ALL Marketing Outlets for this show.
”  says  Anthony.

It hasn’t been easy, but knowing
how many people will be inspired keeps me driven beyond belief.To be
able to put on this show and let world see Sylvester I need your
help. Your funding will cover the costumes, band, technical crew and I
promise you that We will put on the best show NYC has seen!  Please help
me reach my goal, DONATE, bring your best dancing shoes and I’LL SEE
YOU AT THE SHOW!!!!

If you donate $51, you can even get a free ticket to a private workshop rehearsal!
Go to Kickstarter now.

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Diana Ross – Her Famous Central Park Concert on DVD

Now, almost 30 years later, I can still say Central Park was one of the peak experiences of my career, an historical event — RAIN AND SHINE.”
 – Diana Ross

On
July 21, 1983, Diana Ross—already a legendary superstar for more than
two decades—arrived in all her radiant glory on the makeshift Central
Park stage and began singing her heart out, for 800,000+  fans.

From her first number, Diana
had the audience’s love. She wanted to give them her all and she was
well on her way, but nature had something else in mind. What started as a
hair-whipping wind and bothersome drizzle soon became a threatening
torrential downpour.

 Diana—soaked through and through but never leaving
the open-air stage—braved the rain as long as she could, but ultimately
put an end to the show at the halfway mark. Not one to disappoint, Diana
promised to return the next day. And she did! Over the two day event it was estimated that over a million fans attended the two concerts.

 Now, with the release of Diana Ross—Live In Central Park by
Shout! Factory, the entire spectacular concert, and the rain-shortened
concert that preceded it, will be made available for the first time on
DVD.

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Best of New York Deals and Discounts on Shows and Attractions

Let BestOfNewYork.com be your online guide to seeing the top New York City attractions on your next visit. Whether it’s museums, parks and zoos you want to see, or maybe its theaters, walking tours, architecture and shopping boutiques you have on your New York attractions to-do list, BestOfNewYork.com is the perfect place to find discount tickets to some of New York City’s most popular attractions.

Their comprehensive list of New York City attractions features all the information you’ll need to decide on what sightseeing experiences are best for you. With detailed descriptions of each attraction, plus tour highlights, photos, schedules and special deals, they have the best attractions in New York covered for you to see.

Are you embarking on a  vacation to New York City? Maybe with Family or friends? They have a great directory of family-friendly tours – from guided bike rides through Central Park and cruises across New York Harbor to tours of the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building.

 There is something for everyone, with enough attractions to keep you coming back again and again! Take a look around BestOfNewYork.com to read about fun attractions and find great ticket specials for sightseeing in New York City.


“Amazing life-like wax figures of more than 200 celebrities and historical figures famed around the world!”

A trip to New York isn’t complete without a brush with celebrity.  The wax figures at Madame Tussauds NY are world-renowned for their incredible likeness to celebrities and historical figures.

 20% off tickets!


       

BestOfNewYork.com has a detailed guide that highlights all the best Broadway shows. From the latest hits to the classic showstoppers, find the show for you with our show descriptions, videos, photos,
schedules and excellent discount offers.
They make sure you find the best deal for Broadway show tickets.


BestofNewYork.com can get you numerous hotel deals, popular tour discounts and fantastic pricing on the top attractions. Their site is full of all kinds of useful information, whether your planning a trip here for the first time and you live here and just looking for some great discounts.
Boat tours, bike tours, walking tours, it’s ALL HERE.
BestofNewYork.com is all you need!

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AVANTGARDE the Musical Video with Restored Images

A blast from the past!   1982  was the year. The legendary  play  Avantgarde was holding court on Broadway.  It’s debut in 1982 at Union Square was a complete success with sell out
crowds! In fact, the show was such an attraction that it was moved to
the F Sharp Theater on 51st and Broadway.

Starring Ernest Kohl.  Now  30 years  later  the CD had been restored and is available – and hundreds of images have been restored and made into an 11 minute  slideshow video with music.

The ‘AVANTGARDE’ original cast soundtrack recording has recently been
pulled out of the vault and is now fully digitally restored and
re-mastered! And available online for about $10! 

@  AMAZON! Avantgarde – The Musical

(ALL Profits will benefit  GMHC!)

This promotional video gives you a glimpse into a few of
the wildly entertaining ‘AVANTGARDE’ musical vignettes!

WATCH  NOW.

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Mister Chase – Heats Up The Holidays – Baby It’s Cold Outside!

Mister Chase, who we adore, is back with a holiday piece you are gonna love!

 (you may remember his ASL version of Katy Perry’s ‘Last Friday Night’ as well as the original ADDICTED.)
Now with Chris Salvatore, they heat up the studio with their duet of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”.

Proceeds from the song download on iTunes will go to crisis management programs to help youth in need.      
WATCH  VIDEO

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AVANTGARDE the Musical on CD this Month!

The Classic Broadway HIT Musical “AVANTGARDE”
Soundtrack… will finally be released via Famous
Records/EMG/UMG INC.

New York singer/songwriter Ernest Kohl explains, “When I was 16  I starred in a Broadway musical that had a huge wonderful
successful opening  and  was eventually moved uptown to B-way & was selling
out every night to great reviews. It was  AVANTGARDE.

Well, Actors Equity unfortunately went
in to new rules  and  4 big musicals closed.  Ours was one of them- the Original Cast Recording was
never released and because of that, it put a lot of actors out of work.

It is very sad, that over the years  ALL of the guys in the original cast,  outside of me,  have passed away from
AIDS.

All the woman are still living and  many have great
careers & TONY’s now!

 I promised my best
friends on their deathbeds,  I would get this Cast Album out- Somehow, some day. And over the years, this has been my goal.


Finally on December  31st – The Original Cast Album of “AVANTGARDE” will be released!  I am so excited. It has  
been fully restored & remastered & with a special bonus  track
added (it did not fit on vinyl back then).

 Now it will
finally be out on CD & on Digial Download for the world to experience it’s
magic.
I succeeded in  my mission.

 There is even talk of a revival if the
album does well…it would have to be re-done & up-dated. But that’s why
this legendary Cast album (that’s now has huge cult appeal ) must come
out & we had so many requests for it.

 It is exciting that the original Cast Musical
“AVANTGARDE” will be released & the beautiful voices of our lost men
to Aids will finally be heard by the world and I was able to keep my promise to
them! We are dedicating it in memorial trubite to the guys lost.” 

Pre-order NOW –  Under $10   @  AMAZON! Avantgarde – The Musical

THIS ALBUM IS RELEASED IN MEMORY OF: CHRIS SEPPE,
CHARLES CARTER, DARYL CARPENTER, STEVEN LEWIS & JEFFREY
L. ROBBINS.

* AVANTGARDE WILL FEATURE “SPECIAL” HOT NEW REMIXES
BY “THE NEW YORK REMIXERS” Which currently have the
#1 Comp. on the World Chart  “THE LEGENDS OF DANCE”


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Lady Bunny in New York for Hanukkah and Christmas

HO HO  HO!
 She’s Back!

“I like offensive humor and I’m sure this will offend some. I may even be
called anti-semitic. But organized religion bashes gay people every
damn day, so I’m really not too concerned with their feelings. From the
horrific widespread child abuse by priests in the Catholic church to the
bizarre practice of forcing your women to wear wigs and screwing them
through a hole in a sheet, organized religions often deserve to be
mocked.

I have relatives who are Jehovah’s Witnesses who would rather
let their own kid die rather than share their blood with them via a
“sinful” transfusion. It’s all insane to me. Believe whatever you
choose, but don’t deny my right to make fun of it. Besides, I feel a
real kinship with women of the orthodox jewish faith: my men prefer me
in wigs, too! And while they don’t use a sheet, from time to time they
have put paper bags over my head.


WATCH LADY BUNNY NOW!

CATCH HER  LIVE IN NEW YORK on TUESDAYS!

Her  one
woman show THAT AIN’T NO LADY! is such a hit!  it has been extended!

 “Every Tuesday at 8PM at La Nueva
Escuelita in the heart of Times Square. The show is extended
indefinitely
and this video is for one of the Christmas songs which I’ve
added to the show through the holidays. For more info/tickets click
here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/198296

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Craig Pomranz Talks the New York Cabaret Scene with Channel13

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. 

As I took to the stage there was a dubious silence, but once I began singing, I started hearing, ‘you tell ‘em, baby.’

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.

Craig Pomranz in the recording studio.

Photo courtesy of Craig Pomranz.


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.

You
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
heartbreaking.

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
York’s culture.


Craig Pomranz
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.

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Justin Utley LIVE Stream Tonight 7pm (E)

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Justin Utley
 began his career as a Mormon-Contemporary singer/songwriter.

After publicly breaking ties with the Mormon Church and sending his own “self-excommunition letter”, Justin became a noted activist and advocate for civil rights and LGBT equality in the United States, and an outspoken personality against the Mormon church’s use of conversion therapy, a method Utley endured for two years after serving a two-year full-time mission for the church.

In June 2010, Utley released Stand for Something  a single written to inspire and motivate to take action towards securing LGBT equality in America, ending youth homelessness, and increasing community awareness. The single was nominated by the LGBT Academy Of Recording Arts for 4 OutMusic Awards, including Best Songwriter and Artist of the Year, winning Best Country/Folk Song of the Year.

Tonight, 11-11-11, watch a  live stream  performance of Justin singing songs from his new album. ! It
starts at 7:00 PM Eastern and is located at
http://www.stickam.com/justinutley.      #nothingthisreal

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Cyndi Lauper and Friends Benefit Concert for Homeless LGBT Youth Dec. 4th



A CONCERT TO BENEFIT HOMELESS LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL & TRANSGENDER YOUTH

DECEMBER 4th, 2011 at NEW YORK CITY’S BEACON THEATRE

Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund, the organization behind the Give a Damn Campaign, today announced a star-studded benefit concert on December 4th at New York City’s historic Beacon Theatre to help raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness.
 
“Home For the Holidays,” presented by Deutsche Bank, will feature a night of music from Cyndi as well as special appearances by Norah Jones, Amy Lee, Lou Reed, Cassandra Wilson, Rosie O’Donnell, Wanda Sykes, Carson Kressley, Jon Secada, Chely Wright, Skylar Grey, Vanessa Carlton, Angelique Kidjo, Harvey Fierstein, Deluka, Debbie Harry, Alan Cumming and Clay Aiken.


Cyndi Lauper and the True Colors Fund are excited to extend a special pre-sale to Give a Damn Campaign members before tickets go on sale to the general public.

The pre-sale runs from 10 am EST tomorrow, Thursday, October 27th until tomorrow night at 10 pm EST.
The password you will need to make your purchase is DAMN.

“When I first learned that up to 40 percent of all homeless youth in this country identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender I was shocked and saddened,” says Cyndi Lauper, co-founder of the True Colors Fund and Give a Damn Campaign. “For far too long homeless youth have not received the attention, resources and funding necessary to bring an end to this epidemic. My hope is that through this inspiring evening of music and comedy we can raise awareness and much needed funds to help these young people.”

Cyndi was inspired to help after meeting an extraordinary group of young homeless gay and transgender people several years ago. Already a longtime advocate for the LGBT community and equality, she co-founded the True Colors Fund in 2008 as a major step in this effort. Then, created the Give a Damn Campaign to raise awareness, especially among straight people, about the many issues, particularly youth homelessness, impacting the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

100% of the net proceeds from “Home for the Holidays” will benefit the True Colors Fund so that Cyndi, the True Colors Fund and the Give a Damn Campaign can continue to further its work to help homeless LGBT youth.

GET TICKETS!!

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Little House on the Ferry – Musical About Fire Island





Announcing The New Off Broadway Show ‘Little House on the Ferry’: A modern gay love story set in the weekend holiday resort of Fire Island, New York. Eleven original songs, a cast of New York’s twelve most exciting new musical theatre actors, spectacular costumes, ground-breaking multi-media effects and cameos by some of New City’s notorious LGBT community members.


 


This show is about a group of friends in a Fire Island share house over a summer weekend. The story centers around Randall who is reluctantly in an “open” relationship with his older boyfriend Timothy. Randall goes to ‘Tea’, (or happy hour), where he meets Jake; a younger, good-looking romantic who falls in love at first sight with Randall. Randall must ultimately decide between staying with Timothy or taking a chance and going with Jake. Also in the Share House, adding diversity and trouble, are Donnie, the “House Mom”, Bobby, a large muscle boy lusted after by weekend guest Antonio, who is willingly tempted by all the island has to offer.



Off Broadway   3 Week Run: November 3rd until November 20th….  American Theatre of Actors Chernuchin Theatre. 314 W. 54th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenue). The eighty minute show runs at Wednesdays & Thursday 7pm , Fridays & Saturdays at 7pm & 9pm and Sundays at 3pm – November 20th the Sunday show is at 7pm.    TICKETS    ON SALE  NOW.

Free Song!
  Go to Littlehouseontheferry.com/song and download the new theme song: “We’re On (Clap Clap) Fire Island”.


Auditions:    The Company is also looking for male Non-Equity actors, singers and dancers with strong physique and character. All ages welcomed. Those interested can submit a resume and headshot to info@littlehouseontheferry.com

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Adam Joseph Video Release Party June 7 at Industry





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+



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Achordial Brio – Innovative Classical Music from 7 Virtuosi



This is NOT your dad’s Classical Music!  Founded with the goal of performing live with innovative compositions, styles, and techniques unique from classical music while retaining a foothold in the niche of New York City’s classical music realm, Achordial Brio combines the aforementioned ideas with the talents of seven virtuosi. These classically-trained musicians orchestrate their sounds, blending instrumental voices with influences from various genres, divergences in styling techniques, and energetic chord progressions. Voiding the prim feeling classical music can emote, genres of pop, jazz, indie, and even rock influence the composition process. This is done to help redefine the classical instruments’ capability in performance of sound, energy, and passion. Achordial Brio formulates an ebullient ensemble capable of representing the full scope of today’s musical diversity.

They can be seen around New York City and frequently perform at LGBT events. Pätrick Kiernan is a gay composer and musician based in NYC, with Achordial Brio.  

Our Guest Author this week, C. GIBSON,  recently had the pleasure to sit down with this talented (and cute!) young gay man to talk about his interesting work.  Thier conversation follows below.


I thank you for talking with me.  I’ve seen Achordial Brio play at a few benefits this year.  I was curious to your affiliation to the LGBT events I have seen you at.
 
[laughs] First, I want to thank you for having me.  Our affiliation to the events is through interest of the organization or request from someone within the organization.  We’ve played for an HIV benefit at Splash, a variety show for Project Achieve, signed up for The Community Research Initiative gala in New Jersey.  So someone at one function sees us and sometimes leads to an invite to play at another.  We don’t play exclusively gay events only.  Though, I’m most excited for playing at the Human Rights Campaign’s gala this year at the Waldorf.  It’s going to be a highlight for me with Achordial Brio.
 
Do you write all the music for the group?
 As of right now, yes.  I am pushing Pete, our violinist, to create some works for us.  He actually has a background in composition, unlike me.  He’s incredibly talented and comes from a focus in genres I have elementary knowledge of.  I’m really excited and curious to what he could write for us.
 
Do you have a process to your composition?
 Honestly, I don’t most of the time.  Music is very much a numbers game to me, and I have an affinity to prime numbers.  I write a lot of things based around 1, 3, 5, and 7, either in chord or beat or cued by a measure number.  I tend to create a general formula and then fill in accordingly based on how I want a piece to develop.  With that said, I don’t go into writing a piece knowing what I specifically want.  There tends to be a draft, revision, and completed score which then goes to rehearsal to be tweaked further.
 
Where do you see yourself branching out in music?  Do you have ambitions to be a conductor?
 Conduct? Heavens, no.  [laughs] Conducting is best in someone else’s hands other than my own.  Outside of playing or writing I suppose I would like to move into installing new artistic direction.  I’d love to do something with a field marching band.  I do have composition goals for a full scale symphony piece and perhaps a seven movement work made of seven concertos highlighting each of the instruments of Achordial Brio.
 

What do you see for the future of music?
 I think the traditional classical standards played by musicians in their tuxes in a formal semicircle will always exist.  With that being said, I also do believe there is a growing and widening interest for new contemporary music and music which is interactive to other senses, primarily with sight.
 
Where do you see Achordial Brio?
 Just with the direction I think instrumental music will evolve into their future mainstream, I want Achordial Brio to have a space to workout what I’ve always wanted it to become. Think, Barbara Walsh’s version of Company where the pit musicians are more involved with the stage part of the show.
 
What is music to you?
Passion.
 
Could you please elaborate more?
 You’re encouraging my sesquipedalian nature.  [laughs] Music, to me, brings out a raw and grandeur feeling.  It’s the soundtrack to all of my inner monologues and streams of consciousness.  Scored melodies can provoke primal expressions including a range of joy, sadness, fear, and compounded combinations.  Music can clear a polluted emotional state as quickly as a verse turns to chorus.  Lyrics can validate.  Chord progressions embody empowerment.  Music has the power to orchestrate reflection to my darkest thought and simplistic view simultaneously.  Music is enchanting.  It’s premium.  Music is a multifaceted entity on its own; a web of which I am often intertwined in.  [pasuse] Music equates passion to me.
 
 
 
 
What has been your most interesting performance to date?
 A single most interesting? [pauses] It’s hard to pick just one.  I’ve been in a marching band that literally got into a brawl with disgruntled and belligerent Notre Dame football fans after a game on their field, or the time a fiberglass sphinx head swung down from the ceiling of stage we had dress rehearsal on and broke a rib of a tuba player, or tripping backstage only to look up from the ground at a smirking Vanessa Williams… [pauses] Actually, the most interesting performance I’ve been a part of was one that went off without an unforeseen event.  I played in the Requiem for Fred Rogers.  It was a moment where I got caught up on reflecting on my childhood and this man who was connected to it through television.  I mean, come on, I grew up watching ‘Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood’, and there I was playing a piece commissioned because of his death and in honor of his life. It was a surreal performance, and thus my most interesting.
 
Let’s get in a few light questions.  What do you listen to during a workout?
 [laughs]  For cardio I tend to repeat the soundtrack to The Hours and for any weights I listen to Justin’s, ‘Cry Me a River’ and Incubus’, ‘Dig’ on repeat.  Though the library goes on shuffle eventually.
 
What is your biggest pet peeve?
 Hands down, my biggest pet peeve is being late.  Whether I am unexpectedly held up or others are atrociously late beyond 10 minutes or do worse by cancelling at the scheduled time, I find it incredibly rude and disrespectful of an affected person’s time due to irresponsible  scheduling.
 
What is your favorite word?
 Spramp.
 
Are you single, taken, or dating?
 [laughs] How boldly intrusive of you.  I’m single.


You can see Achordial Brio 














May 23rd 9:00pm Red RoomRed Room East Village, NY $10.00  
June 27th 9:00pm Red RoomRed Room East Village, NY $10.00

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Thanks  to C.Gibson for the interview.


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