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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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'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...

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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 ...

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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...

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'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...

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'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...

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'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...

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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...

From Northwestern to Broadway; The Waa-Mu Show at 54 Below

Richard Z. Chesnoff | Posted 06.04.2013 | Entertainment
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The extravagantly wild "Studio 54" is long gone. Its gigantic ground floor space has become the soberly enjoyable Roundabout Theatre. But it's sprawling East 54th Street basement now boasts a new New York landmark: one of the theater district's only surviving cabarets, the ever lively "54 Below."

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Charles Busch's Big Stage Fright Confession

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.04.2013 | Gay Voices

News flash: Charles Busch has developed a "terrible" case of stage fright. While it may seem like an astonishing confession, the actor, drag icon ...

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Why Broadway's Original 'Annie' Misses The NYC Of Yesteryear

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.14.2013 | Arts

In 1977, Andrea McArdle cemented her role in Broadway history when she opened her mouth to croon "Tomorrow" to a standing room-only crowd of enrapture...

From '80s Teen Icon To Jazz Chanteuse: Molly Ringwald Hits New York's 54 Below

Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.18.2013 | Arts
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As it turns out, Ringwald's latest role was actually more of a return to her roots than a reinvention: as the 44-year-old star told the crowd, she got her start singing alongside her father, blind jazz pianist Bob Ringwald.

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Broadway's Cinderella On Becoming A Princess

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.27.2012 | Arts

It’s easy to see why Laura Osnes was plucked to star in Broadway’s forthcoming “Cinderella,” given that her own story seems to parallel that o...

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From Gay Porn To...Broadway?

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.11.2012 | Gay Voices

Since its grand opening in June, New York City's 54 Below has welcomed some truly impeccable talent, from legendary Broadway diva Patti LuPone to "Sma...

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NYC Cabaret Star Tackles Being Gay And Jewish In Latest Show

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.05.2012 | Gay Voices

Mark Nadler is about to get really naked onstage -– metaphorically at least. In the midst of rehearsals for his forthcoming debut at New York Ci...