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Annie Lennox Casts a Spell on Us with New Album

September 18th, 2014 No comments
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Annie Lennox has officially got us in the mood for Halloween this year with the release of the first single off her latest album, Nostalgia. Staying true to the album’s name, Lennox will release the collection of covers first on vinyl on September 30. Her first single is a cover of “I Put a Spell on You,” which was first performed by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and later made famous by jazz-legend Nina Simone.

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Watch: Barbra Streisand and Jimmy Fallon Become ‘Partners’ for Duet Medley

September 16th, 2014 Comments off
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Screen Shot via NBC YouTube

It has been 50 long years since Barbra Streisand last made an appearance on the The Tonight Show. It took Jimmy Fallon’s quirky humor and hands-on approach to comedy to get the legendary singer back on the show—and we suspect that the late-night show’s offer of devoting the whole hour to the Yentl-star may have also played an important part. During one particularly fun moment, Streisand and Jimmy Fallon sang a medley of duets off of the singer’s upcoming album “Partners.” Fallon sings the parts of Elvis Presley, Blake Shelton, and Michael Buble, and the result is surprising good.

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Review: Original Cast Recording of “Forbidden Broadway: Comes Out Swinging”

September 2nd, 2014 Comments off

It’s back to Broadway as we gear up for a new season of hits, flops and everything in between. To kick things off, contributor Scott Redman gives a listen to the new cast recording of Forbidden Broadway: Comes Out Swinging.

fbThe camp flavored perennial favorite, Forbidden Broadway, spins through nearly every theater on the Great White Way but fails to make a lasting impression on every stop it makes.

The satirical revue has been running sporadically Off Broadway since the 1980s. All of the versions of the shows have been conceived by Gerard Alessandrini whose signature talent of twisting show tunes into humorous jilts while poking fun of writers, actors, directors, composers, and producers on the rialto has become a tradition of its own.

Highlights from the latest incarnation include scenes from the Jason Robert Brown Fan Club (guess who’s the President?) and laugh out loud zips from Kelli O’Hara’s character in The Bridges of Madison County, “I live here with my kids and Sutton Foster’s brother…” Idina Menzel gets a hilarious nod in “Let it Blow” making ample use of the Frozen anthem and showcasing her prowess as one of Broadway’s belters. Liza Minnelli gets a moment in the spotlight commenting on the revival of Cabaret and battling it out with the new Sally Bowles, Michele Williams.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

Happy Birthday Madonna!

August 16th, 2014 Comments off

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This weekend marked the Material Girl’s 56th birthday, and without a doubt she will be celebrating with a bang! Madonna still knows how to make headlines—from the release of her album MDNA to her controversial world tour that made headlines, especially her concert in St. Petersburg. After a few decades, Madonna continues to be one the world’s biggest entertainers and one of the most well-known LGBT icons—and she has the track record to prove it. She opened the doors for many present-day pop sensations such as Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and more.

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‘Anything Goes’ with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Single Drops on iTunes and Album Release Date Revealed

July 30th, 2014 Comments off
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The long-awaited collaborative jazz album from Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Cheek To Cheek, will be released on Streamline/Columbia/Interscope Records on Tuesday, September 23.  The first taste of this new music is the classic Cole Porter song, “Anything Goes”, available on iTunes (iTunes.com/CheekToCheek) and other digital retailers.  An accompanying studio video featuring “Anything Goes” and footage from the recording sessions and moments during the making of Cheek to Cheek is currently available on YouTube and VEVO.

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Dolly Parton to Release Dance Album for the ‘Gay Community’

July 16th, 2014 Comments off
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Country music legend Dolly Parton has revealed that she hopes to one day soon release  “several songs that are very positive towards the gay community.” The Tennessee native says: “I would like to do a dance record…I have a song called ‘Just a Wee Bit Gay.’ It’s a great little dance tune—it’s funny and it’s got a lot of comic in it. I do write a lot of songs along those lines with people that are different and are just themselves.”

Do you think the 68-year-old has what it takes to pull it off?

Cocktail Music: Vacationer

July 3rd, 2014 Comments off

 

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Could there be a more appropriate name for a band before this three-day weekend? This Brooklyn- and Philly-based band comprising Kenny Vasoli (lead singer/bass), Matthew Young (vibraphone/backing vocals), Ryan Zimmaro (drums), Michael Mullin (keyboards/backing vocals), and Greg Altman (guitar/backing vocals) has a melodic sound that’s one-part beaches of Hawaii and one part urban beat. Their infectious sound isn’t going unnoticed. Their latest single off their first LP has topped the Indie charts in the US.

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Exclusive Interview With Lea DeLaria

June 27th, 2014 Comments off
Lea DeLaria (photo courtesy of Feinstein’s at the Nikko via The Broadway Blog.)

Lea DeLaria (photo courtesy of Feinstein’s at the Nikko via The Broadway Blog.)

“One of the best things Orange is the New Black has given me is straight boys,” says Lea DeLaria, who plays butch Big Boo on the hit Netflix series. “I spent many years having teenage boys spit in my face and call me a fat dyke, so its pretty amazing to have young guys coming up and wanting to have their picture taken with me, saying saying ‘I love you, my girlfriend loves you.’”

“It doesn’t matter to them that I’m a fat old dyke. Big Boo is funny. And funny is sexy.”

“When I started doing stand-up at San Francisco comedy clubs in 1982,”says DeLaria, who swings back through town for a Pride Eve cabaret performance at Feinstein’s at the Nikko tomorrow night. “Back then, I would spend a third of my time on stage dealing with straight guys heckling me.”

“The world has changed, and honestly, without wanting to sound like I’m patting myself on the back, I consider myself a person who helped effect that change.”

Read the rest of this great interview over at The Broadway Blog.

Boy George Gets Up Close and Personal in Passport’s VIP Lounge

June 27th, 2014 Comments off
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It’s cliché, but we can honestly say that Boy George is a person who needs no introduction. Given, the pop music icon behind hits like “Karma Chameleon,” the autobiography Take it Like a Man and the Broadway musical Taboo is looking quite different these days—bearded, lean, and fit from a largely vegetarian diet and running, he’s a man more than Culture Club’s boy. While it’s his first solo album in 18 years, This is What I Do, entails a sophisticated, contemporary effort which George’s matured, mellifluous voice is front and center.

Back on the road touring his album and, during breaks, recording with a reunited Culture Club as of January 2014, George balances a parallel career as club DJ, he maintains a Twitter account (@BoyGeorge), a monthly free podcast (Culture Club Radio), a dance music project titled RetroPhobia, and travels all over the world, including a stop in the VIP Lounge.

How do you look at social networking on Twitter and other websites and apps? You have a pretty active Twitter account.
These days I don’t argue with people anymore. If someone writes something nasty or homophobic, I block them. Actually, I am surprised how nice people are. They want to say happy birthday and wish me luck. And I follow everyone. I think it’s really odd when someone says they follow no one. That’s missing the point of social networking. I follow everyone! To me it’s the whole point! Why protect your tweets? Don’t be on there then.

Keep reading our interview with Boy George over at Passport Magazine.

Cocktail Music: Rita Ora

June 20th, 2014 Comments off

 

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Rita Ora’s successful debut album Ora, helped her gain major fame in the UK thanks to hits like “R.I.P.” and “How We Do (Party),” but Rita’s finding success across to the pond is due in part to the Calvin Harris–produced “I Will Never Let You Down” track that’s setting a dance-all-night tone for her sophomore album, I Ain’t Perfect. Ora, who is a supporter of gay rights (she performed at Capitol Pride), also gained a wider audience thanks to her compilation with Iggy Azalea whose history-making album continues to remain on the top of the charts.

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