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'Quantico' Star's Musical Tribute To 'Hocus Pocus' Is Everything

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.31.2016 | Queer Voices

Jay Armstrong Johnson fulfilled a lifelong dream Sunday with an epic musical tribute to “Hocus Pocus.” To celebrate the release of his debut albu...

On The Culture Front: Life And Times, The Encounter, Christine And More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 10.07.2016 | New York
Chris Kompanek

What would it be like if we could actually experience what our partners are feeling? That is the question that drives the inventively conceived if thi...

'Quantico' Star's Ode To Fried Chicken Will Brighten Your Day

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.12.2016 | Queer Voices

“Quantico” and Broadway star Jay Armstrong Johnson joined forces with YouTube sensation Todrick Hall for a sizzling cut on his debut album, and Th...

'Bloodline' Star Norbert Leo Butz Is Ready To Go 'Girl' Crazy

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.05.2016 | New York

Thanks to his latest act, Norbert Leo Butz can add a new title to his ever-expanding resume: “song anthropologist.” The two-time Tony-winning acto...

Developing a Show: Actors v. Producers

Cara Joy David | Posted 07.28.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

If you're friends with actors, you have probably heard complaints about these two things: 1) off-Broadway often not paying a living wage; 2) payment f...

Thoughts on 54 Below, 'Blood Brothers' and Cabaret

Cara Joy David | Posted 07.05.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

My friend tells this story about her debut at 54 Below (now Feinstein's/54 Below). I was in the audience. I had purchased tickets like a normal person...

The Laura Benanti Broadway 'Stage Door' Potion

Courtney M. Soliday | Posted 06.16.2016 | Arts
Courtney M. Soliday

Before moving on to the next interview topic, Benanti reiterated appreciation for her fans. "I wish I could do more because I genuinely enjoy the interaction ... but I have to prioritize being in the show."

Reflections On The Irish Rep And 'Finian's Rainbow'

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.14.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

For years the night after the Tony Awards has always been a night for special events--benefits, unique for-profit shows. It used to be because it was ...

Maye Her Force Be With You: Marilyn Maye at 54 Below

Glen Roven | Posted 05.31.2016 | Arts
Glen Roven

These days, you can't mention Marilyn Maye's name without bringing up her age: 88! But just like the number of keys on a piano, each of her 88 years only adds to the musicality of this great artist and makes for an essential part of the whole.

For Laura Benanti, Being A 'Feminist With A Capital F' Has Paid Off

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.16.2016 | Women

If Laura Benanti had her way, everyone would proudly call themselves a feminist. In 2015, Benanti directed her "Nashville" co-star, Connie Britton, an...

New York Songwriters Reveal What It Takes To Be A Gay 'Wingman'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.11.2016 | Queer Voices

New York theater composers Drew Brody and Lance Horne have teamed up for a five-song EP, "A Little Single," and The Huffington Post got a first listen...

Broadway Actor Promises Sex, Love And 'Tight Pants' In His New Act

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.05.2016 | Queer Voices

For his latest act, Broadway and television actor Benjamin Eakeley put a modern spin on the Cole Porter classic, "Love for Sale," and The Huffington P...

This Singer's Loving Tribute To A Bygone New York Has A Great Cause

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.22.2016 | Queer Voices

Travis Moser used to envision New York as a wonderland of tuxedos, supper clubs and cocktails. As is the case for most transplants, however, he said t...

This 'Quantico' Actor Says 'Sister Act 2' Changed His Life

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.14.2016 | Queer Voices

If it hadn't been for "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit," Jay Armstrong Johnson might never have stepped foot on a Broadway stage. "It changed my life,...

It's A 'Full-Circle Life Moment' For This NYC Actor-Singer

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.23.2016 | New York

New York-based actor-singer Michael Zahler promises a night of “good, old-fashioned song-crooning” when he takes the stage of Manhattan nightspot,...

For His New Act, Beloved Drag Queen John 'Lypsinka' Epperson Is A Man Unmasked

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

When he takes to the stage of New York's Feinstein's/54 Below this week, John Epperson will be getting back to his roots -- in more ways than one. "I ...

In Her Latest Show, 'Hedwig' Star Just Wants To Live Her Truth

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

After her Tony-winning, gender-bending stint as Yitzhak in Broadway’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” singer-actress Lena Hall just wants to be her...

Singer-Songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway Pens Holiday Song To Wife

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Tony-nominated, singer-actress Ann Hampton Callaway promises "a fresh take" on the holiday season with her new album, "The Hope of Christmas." The 12-...

Ann Hampton Callaway Talks New CD, Concerts and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 11.06.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlotte Robinson

"I feel living your life out loud and not being afraid to share what matters to you is a great quiet revolution for this time when we're really trying to make a world more inclusive for everyone and a world that accepts that love belongs to everyone."

Take A Look At The Haunted History Of Broadway

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Two of the gay community's most beloved diversions -- Halloween and Broadway -- will come together on Oct. 30 for a special, one-night-only musical ev...

Why You Should Start Over With Linda Lavin at 54 Below

Cara Joy David | Posted 09.11.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

This isn't Lavin's first visit to 54 Below, though it's the first time I've had the opportunity to enjoy it. Lavin's Starting Over is so named because she says "that's what I've been doing my whole life."

'Kinky Boots' Star Billy Porter Brings On The Heartbreak With A New Song

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

As the star of Broadway’s “Kinky Boots,” Billy Porter is all about the sequins, stilettos and sass, but on his new song, he’s a lover forlorn....

Joshua Warr Promises A 'Fun, Bold, Emotional Roller Coaster Ride' Of A Show

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

New York actor-singer Joshua Warr is offering a sneak peek at his upcoming cabaret show with a spirited cover of Jason Mraz's hit, "I Won't Give Up." ...

Meet Evan Ruggiero, 'The One-Legged Song and Dance Man' Who Proves Anything Is Possible

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.13.2015 | Arts

In his new cabaret show, Evan Ruggiero plays guitar, croons pop standards and showcases the type of fancy footwork that recalls Gene Kelly and Savion ...

'Hey Monkee Man': Micky Dolenz at 54 Below

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.09.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Micky Dolenz sprinkles so many stories through his superb show at 54 Below, you are repeatedly astounded at the decades of history that go with the popular soundtrack of Carole King and Jerry Goffen tunes, as well as mint Monkees, he performs. That is, if you are of a certain age.