Tuesday, April 27, 2010

GT-NYC Shorts 4/27/10

Vogue review of La Cage Aux Folles.

Out magazine interviews Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Tickets are now on sale for The Ruby Slippers, Thom Green and David Blanchard's gender-bending drag fantasia based on a familiar classic tale. Performances will be in June at Stage Left Studio.

If you're near Columbia College Chicago, check out Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South.

Or you can head to The Ruckus Theater's "funny and filthy" The Gay American, retelling of the decline and fall of former NJ Governor James McGreevey. And why not attend the May 13th The Gay American benefit, Biscuits & Mangravy, featuring Pandora Boxx of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Llwyth (Tribe, in English), Sherman Cymru's production of Dafydd James' play featuring gay men, rugby and performed in Welsh. Would almost be worth a trip over.

Theatre company Giddy Ox to do a UK tour of Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing starring Brooke Kinsella.

The Wits School of Arts in South Africa hosts NYU drama students. Together they workshop a new play, Prejudice and Pride.

Monday, April 26, 2010

GT-NYC Shorts 4/26/10

Leonard Jacobs enters the Kelsey Grammer fray. Even better, he interviews Chris Sieber about The Kid, a new musical based on Dan Savage's memoir, "The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant," and Anton Dudley of Letters to the End of the World.

Speaking of Kelsey, The New Yorker review of La Cage Aux Folles and Sondheim on Sondheim.

Dan Butler visits Broadway Bullet and talks about his new show, The Irish Curse, and his work as a gay activist.

Profile of Ben Richards of the West End production, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Christina Darling, Topher Payne's play based on Christina Crawford, daughter of Joan Crawford and author of the infamous memoir "Mommie Dearest," opens in Atlanta. Directed by DeWayne Morgan at The Process Theatre. Also in this season, Joe Orton's Loot.

An interview with Sir Ian.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

David Drake is looking for a few good men

On Saturday, May 15th, open auditions are being held in Provincetown, MA for the summer run of David Parr’s Slap&Tickle at the Provincetown Theater. To be directed by Obie Award winner David Drake, this pre-New York engagement of Slap&Tickle will run Tuesdays through Saturdays, July 6th through August 14th at the Provincetown Theater. Rehearsals will begin the week of June 14th. This is a paid opportunity for non-union actors. A set stipend will be offered for the rehearsal period as well as a per-performance stipend. Slap&Tickle is being produced by the New York-based producer Robert Driemeyer.

Like a combination of Terrence McNally’s The Ritz and Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, David Parr’s Slap&Tickle is set in a contemporary gay bathhouse and uses a gallery of nearly 20 characters to explore – often in direct-address fashion to the audience -- how drugs, politics, HIV and the internet have changed the sexual and emotional landscape for gay men over the past 25 years in America.

They are seeking six versatile, non-union male actors, early 20s–mid 50s, to play six roles. All ethnicities will be considered. The roles are Rob #1: 20s, vulnerable, na├»ve; Rob #2: 30s-early 40s, funny, guarded; Rob #3: 30s-early 40s, intelligent, observant; Rob #4: 30s-early 40s, plays both sexy aggressor and lovable doormat; Rob #5: 40s-50s, gentlemanly, funny; Rob #6: 30s-early 50s, masculine, suppresses underlying anger.

Rob #1, #2, #3 & #4 play multiple characters, and brief nonsexual nudity will be required for these roles. (No nudity is required at auditions.)

They are also seeking those interested in the position of stage manager/director’s assistant. This too is a paid opportunity. Those interested are invited to attend the audition for an interview or contact Robert Driemeyer at robert.driemeyer@gmail.com to schedule an interview with the director for another day.

Auditions will be at Provincetown Theater, 238 Bradford Street - Saturday, May 15th from 10 AM to 3 PM.

GT-NYC Theatre Shorts - 4/25/10

Just Shows to Go You has an interview with Austin Peck, currently playing a gay cop with a particular shortcoming in The Irish Curse at SoHo Rep.

It appears there has been a falling out at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival leading to the creation of the Absolut Gay Theatre Festival Dublin. The festivals are going head to head May 3-16th in Dublin.

GT-NYC Shorts 4/24/10

Next Magazine profiles the artists, the business and the curators of the new gay stage.

The Village Voice's Michael Musto asks "How Gay is Sondheim on Sondheim?"

Parade Magazine profiles Sean Hayes.

A profile of Michael Gooding of the Richmond Triangle Players.

A review of Opening Lines at Sacramento's Lambda Players.

Great article from an unrepentant musical theatre queen.

A couple of looks at Girlfriend, a new musical at Berkeley Rep.

Gay playwright Tarell Alvin McRaney joins Steppenwolf.

Gay theatre gets the conservatives riled up in Texas.

Pride Films and Plays to present Five Decades of Great Gay Theater, May 9 - June 13, a series of staged reading of great gay plays. The series includes from the '60s Mart Crowley's The Boys In the Band, directed by Michael Lasswell and hosted by Dean Richards of WGN TV and radio; from the '70s Lanford Wilson's Fifth of July, directed by Patrick Walsh and hosted by Misha Davenport of the Chicago Sun-Times; from the '80s William M. Hoffman's As Is, directed by Steve Scott and hosted by Alexandra Silets of WTTW Television; from the '90s Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing, directed by John Nasca and hosted by Tom Chiola, retired judge and from the first decade of the 21st century, Take Me Out by Richard Greenberg, directed by David Zak.

An interesting article about a Canadian high school's upcoming production of Moises Kaufman's The Laramie Project.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

Tonight - The Broadway Beauty Pageant benefitting the Ali Forney Center

The Broadway Beauty Pageant features male cast members representing their respective Broadway shows, competing for the title crown through talent, interview and swimsuit competitions. The contestants will go head to head in front of a panel of celebrity judges, but ultimately, the final vote is in the audience's hands.

Set for Monday evening, April 19th, 8PM, at Peter Norton Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th St.), the popular event is the annual spring benefit for New York's Ali Forney Center.

The 2010 contestants are Wes Hart (Mr. West Side Story), Eddie Pendergraft (Mr. Wicked), Daniel Soto (Mr. Fela), Rickey Tripp (Mr. In The Heights) and Charlie Williams (Mr. Memphis).

Hosted by four-time Tony nominated and Drama Desk Award-winning actress Tovah Feldshuh. This year's celebrity judges are Christine Ebersole, Charles Busch and Jackie Hoffman.

Conceived by Jeffery Self and directed by Ryan J. Davis, The Broadway Beauty Pageant is musically directed by Christopher Denny with new music by Rick Crom (Newsical), choreography by Connor Gallagher, and casting by Daryl Eisenberg. The evening is produced by Ryan J. Davis, Jeffrey Self and Wil Fisher in association with Tim Hur and Matthew Oberstein.

After party hosted by Gusty Winds following the show at the Sunburnt Calf (226 West 79th St.) where you can mix and mingle with the cast! VIP guests will have access to an hour long open bar, plus gift bags.

Tickets for The Broadway Beauty Pageant are available here and are $25, $50 and $150. For more information please visit the Ali Forney Center's website.

UPDATE: Charlie Williams (Mr. Memphis) was the winner.