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Fun Home and the Gift of Being Out

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

The Tony Award-winning musical, Fun Home, begins and ends with a child, Alison, demanding that her father play "airplane" with her. In between those bookending moments we see Alison grow up, come out as a lesbian, and take flight as a lover, while her father sinks into the closet as a gay man.

Bassist Michael Visceglia Reveals a View From the Side

Tom Semioli | Posted 06.22.2015 | Books
Tom Semioli

"You ask the average person what a bass is, or what a bass sounds like, and most of the time, they don't know. But remove the bass from any piece of music and suddenly it becomes the largest missing piece in the world!

Saying Goodbye to Gigi and Realizing the Limits of Social Media

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.18.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

What makes a show fail? Many in the industry have pondered that question. If we knew the answer, shows wouldn't fail. Even veteran producers with a string of hits sometimes stumble. For there is really no magic key.

There is no Theatre Without Writers -- Part Two

Freddie Gershon | Posted 06.16.2015 | Arts
Freddie Gershon

On Friday, June 12th, I posted a piece in the Huffington Post titled, "There Is No Theatre Without Writers". I received a lot of positive letters, comments, phone calls and emails and I found it all gratifying.

Kelli O'Hara Receives "Our Leading Lady" Award for 15 Years On Broadway (VIDEO)

Steve Schonberg | Posted 06.16.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

On Sunday, June 7, famed Broadway actress and fan favorite, Kelli O'Hara (who I profiled here, last year) was finally recognized by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing for her remarkable contributions to the stage, taking home her very first TONY Award following a total of six nominations over several years.

Thoughts on the Tony Awards Broadcast, Ruthie Ann Miles, Curious Incident & More

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.09.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

It's approximately 24 hours since the Tony Awards ended -- and, while most of the community is at a Bombshell party, I feel like it's about time to reflect on the night that was.

The Theater Community Parties Post-Tonys: The Carlyle

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.09.2015 | New York
Cara Joy David

After the telecast (discussed in my post here), Broadway is all about the after-parties. There is the official Tony Gala at the Plaza. Then each show or each lead producer usually hosts their own party.

How to Make Broadway Musical Theater More Diverse... and Empower Kids Along the Way

Stacy Wolf | Posted 06.08.2015 | Arts
Stacy Wolf

If musical theater will ever be racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse, this is how it's going to happen, enabled by the organizational machinery, the adaptable repertoire, and the money of the rich corporations that own Broadway.

Welcome the 69th Annual TONY Awards Winners (PHOTOS)

Steve Schonberg | Posted 06.08.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

It was a evening of stars at the 69th Annual TONY Awards last night, with some surprise wins -- rather, vindication for dedicated fans who were excited to see favorites win across categories. The little musical that could, which began at the Public Theater in SoHo and has now swept the TONY Awards just a year later.

A Complete List Of The 2015 Tony Award Winners

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 06.08.2015 | Arts

Prepare your champagne flutes and tuxedos, thespians. The 2015 Tony Awards have officially arrived, bringing all your favorite stage actors under the ...

The Tonys, 'Fun Home' and Kids

Barry Singer | Posted 06.06.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

This year, however, two things intrigue me: My kids' first-time stake in the proceedings, and Fun Home. Lea and Sara have seen a lot of Broadway theater this season. As a result, they feel personally invested in their Tony connection to You Can't Take It With You, On the Town, An American in Paris, Something Rotten!, The King and I. Each show is real to them.

An Exclusive Peek Inside This Year's Tony Awards Gala

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 06.06.2015 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

For the fifth year, the nominees, presenters and other VIPs hightail it to the famous and historic Plaza Hotel for a Tony gala for the ages. This year's theme is Marie Antoinette with shades of pink, flowers and crystal galore.

Anticipating the Tony Awards, With Alan Cumming at the Café Carlyle, the Astaire Awards, and Stars in the Alley

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.05.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Facing a crowd that included his mother and brother as well as Tony Danza, next up for a run at the Café Carlyle, Alan Cumming reminded everyone that he would be hosting the Tony Awards with Kristen Chenoweth on Sunday night, admitting that he was "freaking out."

What are the Best Tony Moments of All Time?

Culturalist | Posted 06.05.2015 | Entertainment
Culturalist

Make your list now! Culturalist.com is the place to shape, share and debate your opinions on anything and everything through Top 10 lists. Want to jo...

Why 'Fun Home' Speaks To Me

Joel Grey | Posted 06.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Joel Grey

Like Alison's father, I grew up in a time when being openly gay was totally unacceptable and truly dangerous. Both of us got married and raised children. But unlike the father in the play, after the end of my marriage, I revealed my true self to my friends and family, finding only love.

5 Reasons Why You Have to See 'Fun Home'

Liz Feldman | Posted 06.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Liz Feldman

Fun Home tells the story of Alison, a young girl growing up in a funeral home with a closeted father. The musical is based on Alison Bechdel's graphic novel and it weaves her coming out and coming of age story with her father's own tragic struggle towards self-realization.

A Musical! -- "Something Rotten's" Tony-Nominated Brad Oscar Brings Down the House at the St. James Theatre

Josh Getlin | Posted 06.01.2015 | Arts
Josh Getlin

This year, Brad Oscar--up for a Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for "Something Rotten"--is not only center-stage in a showstopper; he drives it from start to finish.

The Fabulous Broadway Season That Was

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.29.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

If you ask me, On The Town, which is currently slightly trailing both other contenders in my Tony polling, deserves the win. I, like most, was worried when the show was announced for that barn of a theater, but director John Rando proved the doubters wrong.

Something Wonderful: The King and I's Ruthie Ann Miles Talks Tonys

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.01.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

If I had to choose the one featured performer in a play or musical, on or off-Broadway, who I thought was giving the best performance this season, it would be Ruthie Ann Miles in Lincoln Center Theater's revival of The King and I.

Quick Questions With American in Paris Tony Noms Brandon Uranowitz & Max von Essen

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.27.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

An American in Paris is about many things: Paris after the war, the joy of new experiences, romance, love, dance and the relationship between three friends.

The Tony Nominations: Reflections A Week Later

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.07.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

As a fever ate away at my remaining brain cells last week, I was bombarded with questions about the Tony nominations. I answer two main questions below.

Your Tony Picks: Who Will Win It All on Broadway's Biggest Night?

Culturalist | Posted 05.02.2015 | Entertainment
Culturalist

Make your list now! Culturalist.com is the place to shape, share and debate your opinions on anything and everything through Top 10 lists. Want to jo...

Broadway Legend Richard Jay-Alexander On What Stars Intrigue Him Most

Richard Pérez-Feria | Posted 06.29.2015 | Fifty
Richard Pérez-Feria

Richard Jay-Alexander has seen it all and worked with everyone when it comes to Broadway and musical theater. Here, finally, he's in the mood to chat.

The 2015 Tony Award Nominations Are In

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.28.2015 | Arts

The 2015 Tony Nominations are here, thanks to announcers Bruce Willis and Mary-Louise Parker, who woke up before 8:30 a.m. on a Tuesday morning to rea...

The Tony Awards: Who Nominates? and When Do They Step Back?

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.21.2015 | Entertainment
Cara Joy David

Other than the people who, I don't know, get a show up every day, the Tony nominators are pretty much the most important people in theater. But who are they? And when do they recuse themselves?