The Village Voice presented its 59th annual Obie Awards, celebrating achievement in the Off-Broadway and off-off Broadway theater, at a ceremony earlier tonight at Webster Hall in Greenwich Village. The festivities were co-hosted by Tamara Tunie and Hamish Linklater. Among the presenters: Betsy Aide ... More >>
Two stars of the stage, small and big screens will co-host the 2014 Village Voice OBIE Awards on May 19 at Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street) in the East Village. Tamara Tunie, perhaps best known as the lead in the Public Theater's Troilus and Cressida (among more credits listed below) and Hamish L ... More >>
A musical about footwear? No, Kinky Boots is actually about acceptance--of others and self. Prefer a show about footwear? I probably would too, though this one is put together by pros and strings some great numbers onto its plot (based on the so-so 2005 movie about the drag queen and the unwitting s ... More >>
In Kinky Boots, Lola's straight! No, gay! But sexless!
This week's column is a perky peek inside two of the shows that are helping make it a tres-gay season on Broadway: There's Kinky Boots, based on the movie about an enterprising drag queen who saves a shoe factory, with a Harvey Fierstein script and a Cyndi Lauper score.
Tony winning gay legend Harvey Fierstein is a fan of Newsies the show, which he wrote the script for, but he's not a gigantic cheerleader for the movie it's based on. In discussing his newest show--a stage musical version of the feelgood drag footwear movie Kinky Boots--he says:
Based on a movie, of course! It's the musical of Kinky Boots, the 2005 feelgood film about Lola, the drag queen who helps reinvent footwear for men of all genders. The musical version--opening first in Chicago--sounds a little bit like Priscilla meets La Cage with a little bit of Sister Act thrown ... More >>
A Broadway tuner shows love for a labor strike—Disney style
Let's table the palaver and get down to business, to quote one of the characters. Newsies the Musical--based on the so-so 1992 movie about striking newsboys--is a slick, entertaining show that's sort of like Annie meets Billy Elliot. As in the movie, the boys are selling their "papes" (i.e., newsp ... More >>
A great dancer and all-around nice person, Dwayne Milan captured hearts and minds on the Logo show RuPaul's Drag Race. Dwayne was bumped from the show this week, but he says, "It's OK if you fail to win. In regards to the competition, I realized it, embraced it, and can move on with peace of mind." ... More >>
Newsies the Musical -- coming to Broadway in a matter of moments -- is the well-received show based on the so-so 1992 film about "urchin peddlers" striking (and being striking). At a press event yesterday, we were told that book writer Harvey Fierstein was brought in to turn the movie into a stage ... More >>
Pretty sure they messed with that cross. WU LYF Tuesday, November 8 Music Hall of Williamsburg Better than: Staying home wondering if Jay-Z and Kanye had conceded to my list of Watch The Throne demands. (They didn't.) Sometimes you go to shows for clarificationwas song X really about ... More >>
Behind the scenes at how South Park mounted a musical missionary-position
Vodka Stinger--the tempestuous siren from Wednesday nights at Pieces--actually caught Broadway's La Cage aux Folles revival costarring Jeffrey Tambor, before Tambor quit beause he basically froze in front of the audience like Elaine Stritch's margarita glass. Here is Vodka's hilarious firs ... More >>
Annie Leibovitz, struggling artist, has been shooting ads for Disney depicting celebrities as everyone's favorite Disney stars. The Disney Dream Portraits, their official name, kind of look like what would happen if the Vanity Fair Oscar party took place on Halloween. The Disney Parks Blog, t ... More >>
The Great White Way has become the the Great White Gay, with heels on! Next month, the great Harvey Fierstein will take over the role of Albin in La Cage aux Folles (the show he wrote the book for), and Wilson Jermaine Heredia, who once donned drag for Rent, will play the cross-dressing maid ... More >>
Ha, ha, ha. The sweet release of death is a week closer. In the afterlife we can forget all about Kanye and all these ridiculous (but highly amusing) tributes. New York had a big Primary Day -- or, judging by turnout, a dinky one. Our hero Tony Avella went down to defeat. The heavily fund ... More >>
Only real dancers allowed
Just a day after returning from the Olympics, mega-gold-medalist Michael Phelps came to the McBurney YMCA on 14th Street, reports amNY. Phelps presented a $20,000 check from Visa to the Greater New York Y to support its youth swimming programs, and gave swimming lessons to visibly excited kids in Mc ... More >>
A review of the Broadway season's best leg-breaking, plus some arm-twisting
photo by Tommy McCall I was just looking through some of the blurbs from the villagevoice.com homepage describing my recent columns. (Yes, I actually write a column, folks. This blog is sort of a side venture—like trapping moths.) It occurred to me in a stroke of brilliant observation that so ver ... More >>
I ran into the legendary Harvey Fierstein on the street in the theater district and told him I was looking for a place to eat. "Go to Ciro," he recommended. "Ask for Massimo," he added, smirking. "Give him a blow job and you'll get dessert.". . . Instead, I ended up at a Drama Desk event where I me ... More >>
Fierstein and Bucchino seek intimacy on Broadway; two Off-Broadway plays seek laughs in sorrows
ERS follows up Fitzgerald with Faulkner
I caught up with theater legend Harvey Fierstein to talk about A Catered Affair, the imminent Broadway musical he wrote the book for, including a juicy part for himself as a sympathetic gay uncle. We met at a party to celebrate the online wedding album to promote the show, which prompted Harvey to c ... More >>
What happens when a mainstream musical meets one of America's most beloved outsiders?
A musical that's not a groundbreaker can still have some fun left when it's old and gay
He Stoops to Conquer
Commercial Evolution on Perry Street
Dressing for the Revolution in 'Hairspray'