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Broadway Is Cool Again

Sarah Bidnick | Posted 10.05.2015 | Arts
Sarah Bidnick

More and more A-list Hollywood celebrities are crossing the country to star in limited-run productions, and film studios are putting more focus on their live entertainment divisions. The thrill of seeing an actor in a live moment is something that only gets more unique as screens get smaller.

How Millennials Achieve Their Dream of Making Theater Off Broadway In New York City

Tim Ranney | Posted 09.28.2015 | Arts
Tim Ranney

Most children have an idea of what they want to be when they grow up, but as they face reality sometimes that dream isn't always attainable. Young adults often find that dreams become out of reach and day jobs must be attended to. That is unless you're Phil Blechman and his team of producers.

Aisle View: The Voice of God (?)

Steven Suskin | Posted 09.17.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Plays about religious philosophy can be mighty dry and uninvolving, not only to outsiders but to people of the faith in question as well. Playwrights Horizons' newest offering -- The Christians, which is about, well, Christians -- is anything but uninvolving.

'Drop Dead Perfect' Is the Perfect Twisted Homage To Classic Film and Television

Tim Ranney | Posted 09.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Tim Ranney

"You have to have a point of truth -- an emotional center. Without it won't work and it's just over the top nonsense. It has to be broad, over the top and real. It's high style comedy. A lot of people try to do it but they don't quite get there."

"The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey:" A 21st-Century Play for a 21st-Century Audience

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 08.06.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

His sensitivity and thoughtfulness contrasted my first impression of him from a few days before, when he primarily portrayed a gruff detective from the Jersey Shore in his one-man show at the Westside Theatre.

Trans-Genre Artist Justin Vivian Bond on Performance and Vulnerability

BOMB Magazine | Posted 07.10.2015 | Gay Voices
BOMB Magazine

Sometimes drunk straight people come up to me and want to lecture me about sexuality and gender. Do they really think they're going to deliver any profound illuminations? So I just act a little drunker than them and say something ridiculous and scare them off. It's the kindest way.

Brooke Adams & Tony Shalhoub in Happy Days, at the Flea Theater

Isa Freeling | Posted 07.06.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

I always like going to the Flea Theater, since they bring to fruition off beat, experimental and genius pieces such as Samuel Beckett's Happy Days, directed by Andrei Belgrader and playing now to packed audiences with Brooke Adams and Tony Shalhoub.

Ira World Premiere Benefits Shrunken Shakespeare and the Actors' Fund

Tim Ranney | Posted 06.02.2015 | Arts
Tim Ranney

The plucky Shrunken Shakespeare Company has had some pretty big scores for their productions and parties considering they've only been around since 2012.

Debutaunt Examines Traditional Rites of Passage While Encouraging Young Women to Find Their Voice

Tim Ranney | Posted 05.28.2015 | Arts
Tim Ranney

I'm sitting in an airy warehouse in Red Hook Brooklyn filled with plush white beach-house furniture, rustic chandeliers, and freshly cut dogwood branches.

A Musical Look Back At Life In The U.S. Military During The HIV/AIDS Crisis

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.13.2015 | Gay Voices

U.S. Navy veteran and vocalist Kim Sutton will mark New York's Fleet Week by bringing her military experiences to the Manhattan stage. Sutton's ne...

Finding New Fathers

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.08.2015 | Entertainment
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Hamilton, written and composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda and directed by Thomas Kail, is the most breathtaking show of its kind that the world has seen in a long time. It ended its world premiere run at the Public on May 3, and is scheduled to open on Broadway on July 13.

I of the Storm - Controlled Chaos

Ronda Lee | Posted 06.22.2015 | Entertainment
Ronda Lee

I of the Storm is a one man play that is chaotic, but in a way that embodies the commotion of living in the concrete jungle.

Alvin Ailey at the Auditorium Theater - The Celebration Continues

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 06.14.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

The 125 Anniversary celebration of Chicago's illustrious Auditorium Theater continued last month with a two-week residency of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. And boy was I ready.

Peter Sarsgaard Is a Unique Modern 'Hamlet' at CSC

Isa Freeling | Posted 06.12.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

There is a new Hamlet in town, and Peter Sarsgaard has his back, giving this poetic youth of the ages a crisp, nuanced, and strikingly modern voice. This Hamlet is fresh faced and wears a hipster's suit at a wedding that could be set at trendy downtown digs.

Curtis M. Wong

After Years Backstage, This Man's Love Of Judy Garland Is Putting Him In The Spotlight | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.02.2015 | Gay Voices

If Seth Sikes is truly “a piano bar addict,” his new cabaret act could very well be the equivalent of a 90-minute bender. With that in mind, ...

Laura Benanti Tries Her Hand At Being A Rockette In This Hilarious Clip

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.19.2015 | Arts

Laura Benanti is a Tony Award-winning actress, singer and social media maven, but things don't go entirely according to plan when she tries out the sl...

Curtis M. Wong

Paul Iacono Promises Tears, Laughs And Plenty Of (Emotional) Nudity In His NYC Cabaret Debut | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.09.2015 | Gay Voices

A pre-pubescent brush with mortality turned out to be a positive, and ultimately triumphant, experience for Paul Iacono. The star of “The Hard T...

Curtis M. Wong

Ahead Of Her Carnegie Solo Debut, Sutton Foster Sounds Off On Her 'New, Reflective' Life Chapter | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.09.2015 | Arts

Kicking off what she calls a “new, reflective” life chapter, Sutton Foster will make her headlining debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall just five ...

A Cavalcade of Stars Line Up for 10th Annual Gender Bending "Broadway Backwards" on March 9th

Bob Richter | Posted 04.22.2015 | New York
Bob Richter

Now in its 10th year, Broadway Backwards is a gender-bending spectacle with a decidedly vaudevillian vibe. I'm told that this year's the event will celebrate some of the most memorable numbers from previous years. It will also feature the return of many of the show's most popular performers.

A Living Room of One's Own: Gob Squad's Western Society

Bess Rowen | Posted 04.23.2015 | Arts
Bess Rowen

Western Society, like its namesake, actually requires your participation in the system to make meaning. Western Society has four performers -- like the four original viewers of the video -- who have now brought this slice of life reality to a broader audience.

A Salute to the African American Playwright August Wilson

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 04.21.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

This film is a beautiful legacy. It sheds light on a very gifted man who, like many creative people, was raised under difficult circumstances in an underserved area of Pittsburgh. All of his plays were "doors" into the black experience, and from many eras of the American story.

Nice Jewish Music

Glen Roven | Posted 04.20.2015 | Arts
Glen Roven

When Jerome Kern announced he was going to compose a score for a show based on Marco Polo, an enthusiastic reporter asked, "What type of music will you compose?" Kern answered without missing a beat, "Nice Jewish music." (Oh, how I hope that's true.)

A Day In The Life Of This Couple Becomes A Musical Battle Cry Against Homophobia

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.19.2015 | Gay Voices

The creators of the New York-bound musical "Witness Uganda" are the stars of a poignant music video that aims to support Ugandan students who may be a...

WATCH: The Journey Of Broadway's Hot New Musical Based An A Gay Graphic Novel

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.09.2015 | Gay Voices

Out writer and cartoonist Alison Bechdel recounts the Broadway journey of "Fun Home," the musical based on her 2006 graphic memoir of the same name, i...

Curtis M. Wong

Here's Why You Need To Know Broadway And TV Star Andy Mientus | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.07.2015 | Gay Voices

In many respects, Andy Mientus became a Broadway star in spite of himself. Although he can be seen as Marius in the current revival of "Les Misérable...