Stars and NYC Nightlife Denizens Gather May 22 to Skewer Journalist Michael Musto for Callen-Lorde Health Center in Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back
By: Ellis Nassour
Beware, Michael Musto: It’s payback time! Remember the gossip you wrote about so-and-so and so-and-so? That roster of all-in-good-fun [actually – not always!] items is much too long to recount. Now, the tables will be turned, and the spit will be spinning over hot coals as media and stage stars and denizens of NYC nightlife gather to roast nightlife king, TV personality, and author Musto.
Revenge is sweet and it will take place May 22 at 8 P.M. at the Actors Temple [339 West 47th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues] when Lug Nut Entertainment, in association with dating app SCRUFF, present Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back: Broadway Roasts Michael Musto, a charity event with all proceeds going to Callen-Lorde Health Center.
Emmy-winning personality Bruce Vilanch will host, so expect Hollywood Squares-type zingers shot with comic flare.
Making special appearances will be Mindy Cohn (The Facts of Life), Tony nominee Orfeh, Lucy the Slut, the sultry siren of Tony-winning Best Musical, Avenue Q now Off Broadway [handled by Elizabeth Ann Berg (also Mary Poppins]; and Michael Urie, actor (Buyer & Cellar, The Temperamentals, Angels in America; upcoming Torch Song Trilogy revival; in June, The Government Inspector), director, producer, and host with the most (returning this month to again host the Drama Desk Awards.
The star-packed panel shooting darts dipped in poison will include Bianca Del Rio (winner, Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Season Six); J. Harrison Ghee (Lola, Kinky Boots; drag artist Crystal Demure); the infamous Countess Luann de Lesseps (Real Housewives of New York City); notoriously hilarious Judy Gold; Randy Jones (Village People); Rosie O’Donnell; internet sensation Randy Rainbow (fake phone calls with celebs); columnist, co-host TV’s Theater Talk, and author Michael Riedel; gay dating app creator (Scruff) Johnny Skandros; and Jinkx Monsoon (winner, Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Season Five).
There’ll be video appearances by Mickey Boardman (editorial director, Paper magazine); Tony, and DD winner Alan Cumming (Cabaret revival); Drew Elliot (chief creative officer, Paper; creative director, TV’s America’s Next Top Model); actor, dancer, singer, YouTube contributor Frankie Grande; Jesse Green (theater critic, New York Times); Susan Haskins (co-host, TV’s Theater Talk); and Perez Hilton.
Also contributing by video will be comedienne Jackie Hoffman (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; The Addams Family); DD-nominee Cheyenne Jackson (Xandau, Finian’s Rainbow); arts columnist Patrick Pacheco; actor, model, singer, songwriter Kenyon Phillips; two-time Tony and DD nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent: Anna in the Tropics); John Waters; Tony-winner and two-time DD-nominee Doug Wright (playwright :War Paint, Little Mermaid, Grey Gardens); and Lynn Yaeger (contributing fashion editor/writer, Vogue).
Seven-time Glam Award winner for Best Nightlife Writer Michael Musto is the long-running pop culture commentator and correspondent for the Village Voice, where he wrote the “La Dolce Musto” column for 29 years; the weekly “Musto! The Musical!” column for Out.com; numerous TV appearances (recurring panelist on Logo’s Cocktails & Classics and THIRTEEN’S Theater Talk ; and contributor, Paper and New York Times Style Section.
He was named to the Out (magazine) 100 of influential LGBTs. He has authored four books (Downtown, the roman-a-clef Manhattan on the Rocks, a collection of La Dolce Musto columns; and Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back.
Event director is Rachel Klein (Around the World in 80 Days, The Anthem). Composer, librettist, and performer Erik Ransom (GRINDR, The Opera, The Anthem; web-series, Tainted Dreams) is lead writer. Contributing writers are Jarrod Allan and Matthew Mac Lachlan.
Producing are publicist Daniel Demello and Nathaniel Nowak (co-producer Timothy Haskell’s Nightmare: Horror Show) presenters of the extreme egg hunt and Easter extravaganza, Full Bunny Contact.
Callen-Lorde is the global leader in LGBTQ healthcare, dating back over 40 years to the St. Mark’s Community Clinic and the Gay Men’s Health Project, with a mission of advocacy, education, and medical research and providing free comprehensive medical care.
Warning: Some comments in Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back: Broadway Roasts Michael Musto will be vicious, some tasteless, so get your tickets now. They are priced $60 to $175 and can be purchased online at www.telecharge.com/Off-Broadway/Broadway-Roasts-Michael-Musto/Overview.