As bad as things can seem these days for musicals on Broadway -- as vacuous, as child-centric or adult-nostalgic as most Broadway musicals distressingly are at the moment -- the good news is that there are Broadway ticket buyers also paying to see Hedwig. Which is extraordinary.
Tepper's story however, is just as interesting as those brought to life on film, and itself makes for an inspiring coming of age tale about a girl who sets her mind on a dream and grabs every opportunity to accomplish it.
It may sound an unusual topic for cabaret, but the actress, who devised the concept, melodies and vocal compositions, scores another musical triumph. Her jazzy rendition of Neruda's love poems is hypnotic, delivered in Spanish, French and English.
After a brief career as a pop singer in his early 20s, Dale commits to serious acting after seeing a Noel Coward play. He soon finds success playing many of Shakespeare's clowns, before moving onto leading Broadways roles.
Broadway is having a banner year, and for the first time in a while, new American plays are a significant part of the lineup. If you let it wash through you, this surreal and satisfying one act has more to say about modern existence than could ever be conveyed simply with plot.
When Forbidden Broadway comes out swinging, not everything receives a knockout punch, which is more or less Alessandrini's usual result. Enough does, however, and after the kind of season we've just endured, musical lovers should bow down before him.
I have spent most of my adult life distancing myself from my Jewish identity. On many levels this isn't that surprising: My father's family had a history of 'passing' as gentile in order to secure employment denied Jews in early 20th Century America.
What are the Tonys here for if not to honor theatrical creativity? What creativity is there in remounting a production at its last home? Why is a revival that exactly duplicates a revival capable of being nominated?
Chris Mason Johnson's sultry and perfectly human Test enjoyed its European premiere recently at this year's Berlinale. The film is a survivor's tale, told through the POV of a gay character, but so multidimensional that be it man, woman, straight or gay, everyone can relate to its themes.
The scathingly funny actress brings her latest cabaret act to Joe's Pub in Hebe For The Holiday. Hanukkah came early this year, but her stand-up, which relies on dark, child-hating humor, hits in time to end the year with a zetz.
The hills are alive... with the shrieks of homosexuals who either loved or hated NBC's live version of The Sound of Music. Personally, I thought it could've been a smidgen gayer. In fact, we have so many great gay musicals that I decided to rank them all.
"People ask me all of the time if I have a hobby. I thought I didn't, but I was wrong. I do have one and it's bathing. That's my hobby. ... And since I'm a professional daydreamer, this is practically like being on the job."