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Curtis M. Wong

A Fresh Look At An Out, Proud Disco Legend For A New Generation

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.16.2014 | Gay Voices

Depicting the glitzy yet all-too-brief life of disco’s most legendary out performer, “Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical” is giving Manha...

A Musical The Winter's Tale Brings the Community In

Cara Joy David | Posted 11.15.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Longtime readers of mine know, I strongly believe in the importance of bringing new people into the theater, whether that means onstage or in the audience. I'm not a theater purist -- I still think Christina Applegate should have won the Tony!

Curtis M. Wong

Why Ben Rimalower Thinks Gay Men Have 'The Worst Of Both Worlds' When It Comes To Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.11.2014 | Gay Voices

In the acclaimed one-man show “Patti Issues,” Ben Rimalower used his passion for Broadway diva Patti LuPone as the foil to a deeper narrative abou...

Stage Door: Bauer, Fabulous!

Fern Siegel | Posted 11.10.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Painter Rudolf Bauer, one of the stellar prewar abstract painters, was lucky. He earned acclaim and money. His rags-to-riches story is fascinating, yet at the height of his creative power, he cried foul -- and refused to paint again. His alleged betrayal is the essence of Bauer, an intimate, well-staged drama.

The Boys Behind the Bedbugs!!! Off-B'way Infestation

Jamie Leo | Posted 11.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Jamie Leo

Q: What's gay, gay, gay, and bites? I met with the young creators of Bedbugs!!! - in a virtual space - to avoid personal contact, what with the...

Coming Out, Again: A Singer Battles Depression and Stage Fright

Doug Kreeger | Posted 11.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Doug Kreeger

Words have meaning and intent, and denial of this fact is ignorant. I believe that in the great cage match of life, enlightenment destroys ignorance, and enlightenment is my truth, my whole truth, and nothing but my truth, in whatever way I choose to illuminate the darkness of my own tightly-locked closet.

On the Town: Summer Fridays at 'Here Lies Love'

Suzy Evans | Posted 10.22.2014 | Arts
Suzy Evans

Summer might be winding down, but don't whip out your scarves and riding boots just yet -- unless they accentuate your disco dancing moves.

Stage Door: My Stubborn Tongue

Fern Siegel | Posted 10.09.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Give it up for Anna Fishbeyn, who manages to turn painful memoir into an insightful, entertaining show.

Top Off-Broadway Shows to Watch in NYC: Part Two

Jane Seo | Posted 10.07.2014 | Arts
Jane Seo

From an over-the-top dinner and theater experience to a risqué revue about naked men singing and dancing, read about the intimate, and often interactive, shows you can only experience off-Broadway in this Part Two of my Off-Broadway crawl.

Stage Door: Strictly Dishonorable

Fern Siegel | Posted 10.05.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

A speakeasy, class confrontation, mismatched lovers and a romantic opera singer set the stage for an early Preston Sturges comedy. The king of movie screwballs, Sturges' 1929 Strictly Dishonorable, now off-Broadway at The Flea, is a sweet production that still speaks to contemporary audiences.

NYMF: Presenting Tomorrow's Musicals, Today

Cara Joy David | Posted 10.02.2014 | New York
Cara Joy David

I've always been happy that musicals can have a chance to be heard by paying audiences at various festivals. Therefore I was thrilled in 2004 when the first New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF) got off the ground.

Hot Summer Shows

Christy Ferer | Posted 09.28.2014 | Entertainment
Christy Ferer

Chill from the summer heat and take refuge inside a theatre at two of my all time faves. Blue Man Group, an off-Broadway show, is super entertaining a...

Top Off-Broadway Shows to Watch in NYC This Season: Part One

Jane Seo | Posted 09.24.2014 | Arts
Jane Seo

While Broadway shows and musicals often top the list of must-do activities for visitors and New Yorkers alike, smaller scale and sometimes underrated Off-Broadway shows are making a heat wave this summer.

Stage Door: The Pianist of Willesden Lane

Fern Siegel | Posted 09.23.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Mona Golabek's tribute to her mother's experience in the Kindertransport, a rescue mission that sent Jewish children to Britain prior to WWII, is me...

Stage Door: 'Drop Dead Perfect'

Fern Siegel | Posted 09.19.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

With a nod to the films Rebecca and Mildred Pierce, not to mention a sly reference to The Glass Menagerie, entertaining camp has scored again. Now at the Theater at St. Clement's, Drop Dead Perfect is fast-paced and funny.

Piece of My Heart: Quick Questions With Leslie Kritzer and Teal Wicks

Cara Joy David | Posted 09.16.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I got both leading ladies to participate in my recurring feature where I ask actors random, often silly, questions taken directly from the subject matter or text of the show.

Curtis M. Wong

A Musical Celebration Of Women, As Told By Gay Men

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices

Having left his mark on Broadway and New York’s cabaret scene, Marty Thomas sees his latest role as a full-circle moment. The 34-year-old actor ...

Stage Door: Barceló Con Hielo

Fern Siegel | Posted 08.21.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Barceló Con Hielo, written by Marco Antonio Rodriquez, who also plays Nino, poignantly delves into the tricky torment of memory with both humor and pathos. Rodriquez posits a family drama in which two sons, the responsible Sergio, a young painter, and irresponsible Dennis, cope with their ailing father.

Thinking About Theater and Ode to Joy

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.20.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

For a change of pace, today I'm offering you a series of random theater-related thoughts. None of which could take up a post on its own, but together they seem worthy.

Parenthood: An Artist's Way

Jennifer Paz | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Paz

Being a parent is hard enough. Becoming a parent while navigating your way through the entertainment business is super hard. Having both parents as artists, well that can be damn near impossible... OR it can be the most rewarding and fulfilling journey for the entire family.

Stage Door: Much Ado About Nothing

Fern Siegel | Posted 08.17.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Many have attempted to bring Shakespeare forward to the present-day by banishing all sense of antiquity. Few are able to retain all sense of the original, while illustrating how timeless the story can be. The cast and crew of Much Ado have achieved it.

Kenneth Branagh and Macbeth in Manhattan

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 08.10.2014 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

Now, for a measured review of the new production of William Shakespeare's brief, brutal, beautiful tragedy of Macbeth, on through June 22 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City.

Theater Review: Just Jim Dale, a Slim and Stale Musical Memoir

Zach Udko | Posted 08.03.2014 | Arts
Zach Udko

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.

Fly By Night: Believe in Stars, Believe in Love?

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.03.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Fly By Night is about fate, love and loss. Out of those, the second topic provides for more entertaining discussions, so I emailed Allison Case, Adam Chandler-Berat and Patti Murin and asked them some questions about just that.

The Drama Desks, All The Way, M&M's and More

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.01.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

My fair readers -- it is a week before the Tony Awards. What does that mean? It's time for The Drama Desk Awards. There are a good amount of awards th...