ERVIN DRAKE CELEBRATATION By Linda Amiel Burns On April 9, legendary composer Ervin Drake (“It Was a Very Good Year”) celebrated his 91st Birthday at the Edison Ballroom (formerly The Supper Club) at The Edison Hotel in New York’s latest hot spot for dining and dancing.
Yank! A WWII Love Story to Soldier On By Ellis Nassour It’s your last chance to catch one of the standout gay-themed productions in this season of numerous gay-themed shows, Joseph and David Zellnik’s Yank! A WWII Love Story, Lortel nom’d for Outstanding Musical – at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s [Lexington and East 54th Street]. It’s been one of the company’s biggest box office bonanzas, but finally must close on Sunday. The good news is that the dedicated work of a number of producers has resulted in the news that this show with great heart – and it’s right-on 40’s era score and 12-member cast – will have a second life on Broadway.
By Linda Amiel Burns An all-star cast was recruited for the second concert of this season in the Lyrics & Lyricists Series at the 92nd Street Y entitled “Fred & Ginger in so Many Words: The Astaire-Rogers Songbook.”
The stellar line-up of stars slated to perform for the 26th Annual Drama League Gala, a musical celebration, honoring Angela Lansbury at The Pierre will assuredly make for a memorable evening. The one night only black-tie gala hosted by Victor Garber and the international film star Catherine Zeta-Jones, both who are currently treading the Broadway boards in Present Laughter and A Little N
Andrew Goffman’s outrageously silly one man show opened Off-Broadway at the Players Theater, 115 MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village. The funny Goffman under Charles Messina’s guidance delivers a slick physical performance in his semi-autobiographical account of a childhood dominated by pornography, after finding his father’s collection of XXX-rated videos. The evening unfortunately is one comment delivered in three or four variations by the skilled Goffman.
Jamie deRoy & friends will bring The OSCAR SHOW to Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, on Sunday February 28 at 6pm. Jamie’s revue of Academy Award winning songs and movies has become a popular annual happening. For Reservations call 1 212 581-3080. Click on Ad on right for more information
DADDY, a new romantic gay drama by Dan Via, opened at TBG Theater on 36th Street. The well acted love triangle is an intriguing tale about hidden truths, which comes together nicely making for an engaging evening with a jolting climax. Randy Jones, the Cowboy from The Village People, was having a really good time at the opening night party. Photography: Barry Gordin
The stellar line-up of stars slated to perform for the 26th Annual Drama League Gala, a musical celebration, honoring Angela Lansbury at The Pierre will assuredly make for a memorable evening. The one night only black-tie gala hosted by Victor Garber and the international film star Catherine Zeta-Jones, both who are currently treading the Broadway boards in Present Laughter and A Little Night Music, respectively, will feature highlights from Ms. Lansbury’s illustrious career, including songs from Mame, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Beauty and the Beast, and Anyone Can Whistle.
Ardelle Striker, Artistic Director of the Blue Heron Theatre/Arts Center (who would have been 81 in February) died on Thursday evening, December 3rd, 2009, after a valiant two year long battle against MDS (myelodisplastic syndrome). She and her husband John had just celebrated their 60th Anniversary in November and he was at her bedside during her final struggle.
SPALDING GRAY: STORIES LEFT TO TELL a performance of words by one of Sag Harbor’s most renowned storytellers Spalding Gray featured an ensemble cast including Kathleen Chalfant, Michael Cunningham, Hazelle Goodman, Ain Gordon and Mercedes Ruehl. The actors spoke directly to the audience, as Spalding himself would have done, focusing on different aspects of the writer’s life, including private journal entries, as well as excerpts from Gray’s unpublished works.
her fabulous new video ‘Workin;Girl’ at New Yorks hottest nightclub Therapy (348 West 52nd Street) in NYC. The evening hosted by Ben Cameron (Aida, Footloose, Wicked) kept the audience cheering with delight as the packed house enjoyed performances by Danny Calvert (Altar Boyz) and Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid) and the in-comparable talented Kelly King.
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre became the talk of shoe business with its East Coast Premiere of “Imelda, A New Musical”. The production originated by the East West Players in LA opened at New York’s Julia Miles Theatre on September 30th. Running through October 18th, the show hosts 80 pairs of shoes (3,000 are lyricized), along with glam costumes, a rock score and a dazzling performance from Jaygee Macpugay as Imelda. By: Isa Goldberg Photography: Nanette Shaw
On October 5th, the Ali Forney Center honored NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Council Member Lewis A. Fidler for their work in bringing much needed resources to homeless LGBT youth. The celebratory event, “A Place At The Table” featured food tastings from NYC chefs, a presentation from Mayor Bloomberg, a spectacular live auction and a live performance by Rufus Wainwright with MC Justin Bond.