Archive for July, 2009

Photo credit: Rosemary Alexander

Photo credit: Rosemary Alexander

“Sordid Lives” creator & “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Del Shores will be performing this Saturday & Sunday (Aug. 1 & 2) in California.

August 1 (“The Storyteller”)

A benefit for the San Francisco LGBT Community Center (1800 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102)

7pm Show, tickets $25-$100


Photo credit: Rosemary Alexander

Photo credit: Rosemary Alexander

Jason Dottley DiscoAugust 2 “My Sordid Life” (with special guest Jason Dottley):

Lambda Players (1028 R Street, Sacramento, CA 95811)

7pm Show, $30 General Admission, $50 VIP


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Reach The Sky A host of talent will be taking part in “Reach The Sky” concert this Monday, August 3 at 7pm & 9:30pm at the Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street) celebrating the songs of Bobby Cronin including:

Caissie Levy (“Hair”), Jared Gertner (“25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” & upcoming “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant), Kate Pazakis (“Jerry Springer Opera”, “Divas I’ve Done”, “A Broadway Diva Christmas”, solo CD “Unzipped: Live at the Zipper”, & upcoming “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant), Katie Thompson (“Giant”), Natalie Weiss (“Wicked”), & Ben Cameron (“Wicked”).

Tickets are $15 at the door. For reservations call: 212-695-6909.

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Ben StrothmannCatch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Ben Strothmann in the Midtown International Theatre Festival production of “Holy Thy Peace, Thou Knave”, an evening of shorts.

Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird, 347 West 36 Street, 13th Floor

Howling Moon Cab Company Presents “The Play Plays”, a darkly comic look at the experience of doing theatre. “Holy Thy Peace, Thou Knave” is a 10 minute play set backstage at a production of “Twelfth Night”-a last minute understudy for Sir Toby Belch goes a little haywire onstage, causing a consternation among the rest of the cast. Ben plays the understudy they find to replace Sir Toby Belch.


Friday, July 31 at 5:30pm

Saturday, August 1 at 7:15pm

Sunday, August 2 at 2:30pm

Tickets: $15 (General Admission), $12 (Students & Seniors) https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/664855/1246483800000

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Two AMAZING independent singers/songwriters, 3 albums you need to buy:

Jay Brannan: http://www.jaybrannan.com

Drew Brody: http://www.drewbrody.com

“GODDAMNED”                         “In Living Cover”                  “Drew Brody”

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Photo credit: Anne Rumberger

Photo credit: Anne Rumberger

Photo Credit: Anne Rumberger

Photo Credit: Anne Rumberger

On Saturday, July 25 I went to see the Midtown International Theatre Festival production of “NeverCracked”; produced by The Intentional Theatre Group & Carissa Baker (www.intentionaltheatregroup.net). With “NeverCracked”, you’re getting to see two shows in one night. One show is “CRACKED” & the second is “NEVER SWIM ALONE”.

“CRACKED”, by Gwydion Suilebhan tells the story of a woman, an audience, and an egg.  It stars Grace Kiley as a cooking-show host who will demonstrate the many ways to use an egg as an ingredient. That demonstration is just the surface of what lies beneath, which is performed skillfully by Ms. Kiley. An egg is like the heart–fragile and precious with a protective shell that can easily be shattered if not taken care of properly. We all do what we can to never crack the egg, but sometimes it happens…the egg falls, gets thrown, or even squashed. When it does, the egg just like our hearts morph into something much more…more durable and stronger, eventually becoming whole again.

On the opposite end of the spectrum “Never Swim Alone” by Daniel Macivor is a comedy starring Candice Holdorf, Nick Lewis, and Daniel Dugan. It tells the tale of old friends competing in fast-paced silly battles of wit, one-ups, and manliness. The skills of these three performers blend together wonderfully. Nick & Daniel couldn’t be more perfect buds with many a times talking in unison. It reminded me of the “Crimson Twins (Tomax & Xamot)” from “G.I. Joe” the way one would talk, then the other, then both at the same time. Watching this show, one would believe they have been “friends” for a long time. Candace stands her own as the girl they both hope to get, whether it’s a look she gives the audience (very Bea Arthur) or posing like pin-up girl (a la Farrah Fawcett).  Funny, yet thought-provoking, “Never Swim Alone” made me wonder…what lengths does one go through to beat out the competition? What reward does one get from winning, aside from the prize at hand, while hurting others along the way? Is the competition at hand the best way to use our energy and time when both are so limited?

The only way to figure out the answeres to these questions and the analogy above is to go see “NeverCracked” at the WorkShop Theatre Co’s Main Stage (312 West 36th Street). Remaining showtimes are: Friday, July 31 at 9pm, Sunday, August 2nd at 8pm.  For tickets visit http://www.midtownfestival.org/

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Ian KnauerIan Knauer sparkles on stage, just like his beautiful blue eyes. On Broadway he has starred in “By Jeeves” (which he also recreated for the film) & “State Fair”, while Off-Broadway he has starred in “The Most Happy Fella (NY City Opera), “South Pacific In Concert” (Carnegie Hall), Encores! At City Center productions of “The Apple Tree”, “Wonderful Town”, “Pardon My English”, &  “And Of Thee I Sing”; “How Now, Dow Jones” (York Theatre); “Clue: The Musical” & “Suspect” (NYMF), and a workshop of Barry Manilow’s “Harmony”. Nationally, Ian has ben seen in “42nd Street”, “The Will Rogers Follies”, “Doctor Dolittle”, “Sunset Blvd”, “The Wizard Of Oz”, & “Seven Brides….”  Currently, Ian can be seen lighting up the stage on the smash hit North American Tour  of  “Mamma Mia”. To find out when the tour will be in your area visit: http://www.mamma-mia.com/

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I don’t think there was one person who inspired me – at least not that I remember. I am inspired often though when I see performers now who seem to resonate with me. Meryl Streep in Doubt was absolutely transforming to me. Dudley Moore in Arthur. Eva Cassidy in almost every song. . . If I could have the impact on one person that they have had on me – I would be a happy man!

2. What is your best and worst experience in a show? My best experience is any time I make an audience roar with laughter – I know that that laughter is the product of a collaboration – but it sure feels good! My worst, I think, is during one show of Clue – The Musical off-Broadway. A group of drunk bachelorettes were sitting in the front row and one of them decided to wake up the bride-to-be. She proceeded to scream profanities at the top of her lungs about how horrible it was that our show was still going on. Good times.

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Nope!

4. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks – Large Earl Grey Tea with one tea bag – skim milk and lots of sugar. 🙂

5. Favorite way to stay in shape? I do a lot of walking and I do sit-ups and push-ups every other day and lots and lots of stretching. Of course the shows that I do help to keep me in shape too.

6. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.

7. Favorite TV show? I don’t watch TV but I think I would like Ugly Betty.

8. Favorite actor? I don’t have a favorite.

9. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman – I like a strong man who looks good in tights!

10. Summer Resort or Winter Retreat? Summer resort – I love the sun and all of the activities around the beach or a pool.

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Ben StrothmannCatch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Ben Strothmann in the International CringeFest ‘09, a super fun theatre festival of bad plays, bad musicals, & bad films.

Grand Theatre @ The Producers Club, 358 West 44th Street

His evening is entitled “Children & (Other) Sharp Objects”. Ben stars in the following shorts:

“Playthings” by Rob Talyor (Ben plays “Clarence” in this piece, a bratty child in silhoutte

“The Closet” by Aoise Stratford (Ben plays “Bart Sponge Round Trousers”, a character loosely based on “SpongeBob SquarePants”

“Bitterella: The Musical” by Mark LaPierre (Ben plays “Jonus”, a Mormon Prince Charming)


Tuesday, July 21 at 8pm

Sunday, July 26 at 7pm

Friday, July 31 at 8pm

Wednesday, August 5 at 8pm

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at http://www.theatermania.com/new-york/shows/international-cringefest-09-bad-plays-bad-musicals–bad-films_154398/

For more information on “CringeFest ‘09″ visit: http://www.nyartists.org/festivals.html

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