One of the integral people from the original A Chorus Line, Baayork Lee is doing Hello, Dolly! with an all-Asian cast, for the National Asian Artists Project
Says the release: "With a cast of 20 of some of NY's most talented Asian-American actors, this is an important step in opportunities for Asia ... More >>
Marie's Crisis is the long-running piano bar at 59-Grove Street, where the most popular tunes usually include numbers from Gypsy and A Chorus Line.
But the other night, I dropped by and the song that drove the crowd especially crazy with deligt was Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody!"
Not a show tune at a ... More >>
Yesterday, famously antagonistic Bronx-born rap artist Timothy "Tim Dog" Blair died of a diabetic seizure at the age of 46.
One of the most boisterously brash voices ever heard on a rap record, Tim Dog was the epitome of the hulking hip-hop bully archetype. Debuting in 1987 as the featured guest op ... More >>
I regularly leave the house so you don't have to, and in doing so on Tuesday I encountered two bright lights sparkling up the NYC night.
At Codependent Tuesdays at the gay bar Therapy, Natalie Joy Johnson does a weekly show that is zingy and throaty and campy and fun.
Natalie--who did the tour of ... More >>
I'm the Simon Cowell of Sao Paolo, the Randy Jackson of Rio.
They have a show called Broadway Dreams (Dancando na Broadway) whereby talented folk sing the songs and do the dances from the classic musical that's the theme of that week as a panel of judges observes and picks the best one.
And the ep ... More >>
Sometime in the blurry '80s, I saw Aretha Franklin in concert at Lincoln Center!
Think that's incongruous?
Well, Aretha's opening act was Marvin Hamlisch!
Actually, this booking wasn't all that bizarre, since Hamlisch had cowritten a number one R&B tune for Aretha ("Break It To Me Gently") and al ... More >>
Ovation generally shows a lot of documentaries about creative artist types, which is a huge notch above reality shows and absolutely fine with me.
But lately, every time I click on it, they're airing one of my all-time favorite camp movies.
A Choru ... More >>
You want a reality show based on talent, success, and nice people wanting each other to do well?
You have to go all the way to Brazil, where a show called Broadway Dreams has young hopefuls competing by performing excerpts from classic musicals, a different tuner showcased each week.
The movie versionThe Gershwin landmark opera Porgy and Bess is coming to Broadway in a revised version with the characters supposedly more fully rounded and relevant for modern audiences, and the crippled beggar Porgy walking with just a cane, not trapped in a moving cart.
Plus with a happie ... More >>
It's the Queer Issue! This week in the Voice, Steven Thrasher takes a look at the complicated relationship between members of Bronx Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz Sr.'s family when it comes to gay rights. Senior is staunchly anti-gay marriage; his son, Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr., ... More >>
Think back with me for a moment.
When it came time to do the film version of the frothy stage hit Annie way back in 1982, some Hollywood genius actually had the brain-cell deficiency to say out loud:
"I know! We'll get John Huston to direct it!
I mean the first one you saw, not starred in!
Mine was Man of La Mancha, the hit musical about Cervantes sitting around prison and telling the inspiring story of crazy, old Don Quixote, who jousts with windmills and sings "The Impossible Dream" through false teeth.