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Ute Lemper Breathes New Life Into Poems of Pablo Neruda Through Song

Steve Schonberg | Posted 09.02.2014 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

I had a chance to catch up with Lemper, who took a break from another recording session to talk about her passion for this latest project and excitement for the upcoming performances at 54 Below.

The Year's Hottest Gay Short Film Comes To The Stage For One Night Only

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.16.2014 | Gay Voices

The pleasures and pitfalls of gay hookup apps are explored in "Grind: The Movie," Zachary Halley's short musical film which has been sweeping the fest...

The Vulnerable Side Of A 'Stalwart New York Song-And-Dance Man'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.24.2014 | Arts

Thanks to stints in Broadway musicals like "A Chorus Line" and "Gypsy," Tony Yazbeck has established himself as a "stalwart New York song-and-dance ma...

Curtis M. Wong

A Peek At The Vulnerable Side Of A Stage And Screen 'Funny Lady'

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.23.2014 | Arts

Katie Finneran may be best known for her comedic chops, but the two-time Tony Award winner really hopes her new cabaret show, “It Might Be You: A Fu...

Beloved Gay Playwright To Be Remembered With Musical Tribute

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.21.2014 | Gay Voices

Brilliant. Gentle. Intuitive. A kind soul and a true man of words. That's how close friends and loved ones say they'll remember playwright Daniel ...

Curtis M. Wong

A Forward-Thinking Act From A Stage Icon

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.01.2014 | Arts

Lillias White stops short of calling her new cabaret act an open audition for her next big Broadway role. Still, the singer-actress is viewing the sho...

Crossing An Ocean For Love...And Tying The Knot On Broadway

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.27.2014 | Gay Voices

Newlyweds David Usdan and Howard ("Howie") Brenner say New York's 54 Below was a natural choice as a wedding venue given that musical theater featured...

Curtis M. Wong

Broadway Diva On The Rebound

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.21.2014 | Arts

After a challenging 2013, Melissa Errico is a star on the rebound. The stage and screen veteran has a lot to bounce back from, as her run in last year...

Barbra's Half-Sister Wows In First NYC Club Show In 20 Years

Posted 04.10.2014 | Gay Voices

As she gears up for her two-night stint at New York's 54 Below, Roslyn Kind would like to set the record straight. Although her 1969 debut album, “G...

Curtis M. Wong

The Self-Professed 'Broad From Brooklyn' Who Became A Broadway Diva

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.04.2014 | Arts

Randy Graff brought standing-room-only audiences to tears as Broadway’s original Fantine in “Les Misérables” and nabbed a Tony Award for her ro...

From 'Dukes Of Hazzard' To...The Great American Songbook

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.23.2014 | TV

Audiences hoping for a hint of Luke Duke when Tom Wopat takes the stage of New York's 54 Below on Jan. 7 are in for a big surprise. Over the pas...

Curtis M. Wong

After Personal Struggles, 'Dreamgirls' Diva Is Back With A New Album And Show

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

Jennifer Holliday has a few, very simple resolutions in mind as she prepares for the new year. “I want to laugh more; I want to live more,” t...

Curtis M. Wong

'Smash' Musical Gets New Life In NYC

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.09.2013 | TV

NBC's Broadway-centric musical drama "Smash," which premiered amid dynamite buzz last year but struggled to find an audience, is getting a second life...

Curtis M. Wong

Broadway And 'Camp' Star Reveals His U.S. Olympic Crush

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.18.2013 | Gay Voices

Robin De Jesús has Olympic dreams, at least when it comes to harboring crushes. “I’ve always had a thing for [U.S. speed skater] Apolo Anton ...

Curtis M. Wong

Star Of Anticipated New Broadway Musical Gets Personal

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.02.2013 | New York

Jarrod Spector doesn’t mind being typecast and, more specifically, he isn't fazed if audiences still think of him as Frankie Valli. The actor, who p...

Celebrating The Gay Appeal Of 'Carrie'

Posted 10.24.2013 | Gay Voices

Stephen King's "Carrie" has been scaring audiences in its literary, cinematic and stage incarnations since 1974. It's no surprise, then, that lesbian,...

Curtis M. Wong

Can A Rock Star Also Write Broadway Musicals?

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.11.2013 | Arts

Duncan Sheik could very well be the consummate musical multitasker. The singer-songwriter, who shot to fame in 1996 with the sterling single "Barely B...

Curtis M. Wong

'Avenue Q' Star On His New Show, Husband And Young Fans

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.06.2013 | Gay Voices

You can’t blame John Tartaglia for having a minor case of the jitters about his new show. Having made a showbiz career out of playing puppets, inani...

Curtis M. Wong

'Smash' Star Goes Rock 'N' Roll For Cabaret Return

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.03.2013 | Arts

New York nightspot 54 Below is set to welcome back one of its inaugural stars when Brian d'Arcy James takes the stage Sept. 5. Though he's predomin...

Gender Parity in Musical Theater Starts at the Concert Level

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 10.06.2013 | Arts
Shoshana Greenberg

It sounds like a typical night on the New York City musical theater scene but for one notable difference: The writers are all women, the performers are all women, the music director is a woman and the producers are both women.

Broadway Diva On Feeling Like A 'Piece Of Meat'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.18.2013 | Arts

Broadway veteran Sherie Rene Scott had a very simple inspiration for her new cabaret show: meat. "I have been a piece of meat, I have identified w...

Curtis M. Wong

'Mad Men' Veteran On His New Musical Show And Living 'Happy' And 'Open'

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.14.2013 | Gay Voices

Bryan Batt has nine Broadway shows and countless regional musicals on his theatrical resume, so he still laughs when fans say they're surprised he can...

Curtis M. Wong

Gay 'Star Search' Veteran On His Most Personal Show Yet

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.14.2013 | Gay Voices

With stage and screen credits, nine studio albums and a “Star Search” title to his name, Sam Harris can wax poetic about more than three decades...

Curtis M. Wong

Tony-Winning Star Of Broadway's 'Once' Keeps It Real With Alt-Country Gig

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.12.2013 | Arts

Tony-winning actor Steve Kazee found musical solace through the unlikeliest of experiences: a forced early departure from a hit Broadway show. Desp...

Curtis M. Wong

Patricia Racette On Being An Openly Gay Opera Diva

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.26.2013 | Gay Voices

Patricia Racette may be known as one of the American opera world’s finest sopranos, but she insists she’s felt like a crossover artist for the bul...