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Fire Island Pines Events in July

July 3rd, 2014 Comments off

Are you ready to party in The Pines? LGBT travelers around the world have long celebrated the Fire Island Pines experience: its stunning natural beauty, progressive spirit, famed entertainment, and social and nightlife options.

Here are some fun events taking place in The Pines during July:

The Summer Recess pool party benefitting GLSEN will take place on Saturday, July 12th from 1-4 P.M. Help raise money for a great organization while attending a wonderful party filled with great people, delicious food, music, and dancing.

One of our favorite events each year is the spectacular Fire Island Dance Festival which will take place July 18-20. Watch some of New York’s best dancers perform and help raise money for Dancers Responding to AIDS and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

When it comes to celebrating on the beach, the Pines Party is one of the world’s penultimate events. The theme this year is “South Pacific” and it all takes place on July 26!

When planning your trip to Fire Island Pines, remember that there are very few accommodations for visitors. One of its finest new additions is THE MADISON Fire Island Pines , a luxury guesthouse just a minute’s walk from the Pines Harbor, and a minute from the beach. Owned by New York television personality and author Andrew Kirtzman, The Madison is the Pines’ premier upscale inn.

A Night on The Town in New York City

July 1st, 2014 Comments off
Jersey Boys at Inside Broadway’s Broadway Beacon Awards (photo: Elena Olivo) via The Broadway Blog.

Jersey Boys at Inside Broadway’s Broadway Beacon Awards (photo: Elena Olivo) via The Broadway Blog.

Writer Lindsay B. Davis hit the streets of NYC to catch the best of Broadway at Inside Broadway’s Beacon Awards and the final concert of Broadway by the Year at Town Hall.

Sometimes I take for granted that on any given night in New York City, I can see some of the best theatrical talent in the world. Other nights, I pause to imagine all the curtains going up in unison and know I could never live anywhere else. My night on the town courtesy of The Broadway Blog provided another perspective, with Inside Broadway’s Beacon Awards at Essex House followed by an impressive Broadway by the Year: The Broadway Musicals of 1990-2014 concert at Town Hall. Nostalgia was definitely the main course on a delicious menu.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog

Gay New York Congressman Marries Longtime Partner in a Hudson Valley, New York Ceremony

June 24th, 2014 Comments off
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The beautiful weekend weather has been just the icing on the cake for long-time partners Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and Randy Florke who married in an intimate ceremony in Cold Spring, NY. Maloney, New York’s first openly gay congressman, tied the knot with his real estate and design executive fiancé after a six-month engagement. The ceremony included their three children, who famously wrote a letter to Santa asking for their dads to get married. Also in attendance, according to Philipstown.info, were: “Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader or Democratic Party chief in the House; Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the Democratic Party Whip or assistant House leader; and Rep. Joe Kennedy, another Democrat, from Massachusetts.”

“Even after 22 years together, we’re overwhelmed by how blessed we feel to celebrate this special day with our friends and family. With our three kids by our side, this couldn’t have been a more perfect day. Thank you to all our friends near and far for their love and support as we continue to fight to ensure all families can experience the joys of a lifetime commitment,” they said in a joint statement.

The wedding is also historic as Maloney is only the second sitting congressperson to get legally same-sex married while in office.

Check out some fabulous places to get married and honeymoon in New York State from our coverage here.

Also be sure to check out New York State’s dedicated LGBT tourism website and Big Gay Hudson Valley for more resources.

Get Your Tickets for Ali Forney Center’s ‘Night of a Thousand Judys’

June 9th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Ali Forney Center

Judy Garland holds a special place in the hearts of many in the community and Garland fans come out in droves to remember her legendary works and to benefit homeless LGBT youths. The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre will present the fourth-annual “Night Of A Thousand Judys” on Monday, June 16. The Pride concert to benefit The Ali Forney Center will take place at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center (129 West 67th Street in Manhattan). Called “a rambunctious, uproarious, unpredictable all-star concert” by The Wall Street Journal, “Night Of A Thousand Judys” will honor the iconic Judy Garland with special skits, tributes and songs from her legendary career as movie star, recording artist and stage performer. There will be a pre-show VIP reception at 6:30 PM and the performance at 8:00 P.M. The evening is written and hosted by Justin Sayre, and directed and choreographed by Jason Wise, with special guests to be announced. The first three sold-out annual concerts featured the talents of Martha Wash, Carolee Carmello, Justin Vivian Bond, Madeleine Peyroux, Tonya Pinkins, Nellie McKay, Telly Leung, Karen Mason, Michael Musto, Jackie Hoffman, Howard McGillin, Jessica Molaskey & John Pizzarelli, Ashley Brown, Daniel Reichard, Karen Akers, Paul Iacono, Daisy Eagan, Frank DeCaro among many others.

Click here to get tickets.

Winners Announced: The 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

June 3rd, 2014 Comments off
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Last night (June 2) at NYC’s Cooper Union, for the 26th year, the Lambda Literary Awards honored the best of this past year’s LGBT literature. Big winners for the year include Luis Negron’s story collection, Mundo Cruel for Gay General Fiction; Chinelo Okparanta’s Happiness, Like Water for Lesbian General Fiction; My Education by Susan Choi for Bisexual Fiction; and Trish Salah’s Wanting in Arabic for Transgender Fiction. Other special honorees included two LGBT literary mainstays: graphic novelist Alison Bechdel (widely known for the Bechdel Test)and writer Kate Bornstein (both above). Bechdel received the Board of Trustees Award for excellence in literature; Bornstein received the Pioneer Award.

Check out a full list of honored titles, after the jump. [via Towleroad]

Read more…

Storme DeLarverie, Gay Rights Pioneer, Has Died

June 1st, 2014 Comments off
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Screen cap via afterellen.com

As gay people in the USA prepare to celebrate Pride this summer, they are also taking time to remember Storme DeLarverie, an LGBT rights pioneer whose life is an inspiration to us all.

According to the New York Times:

Storme DeLarverie, a singer, cross-dresser and bouncer who may or may not have thrown the first punch at the 1969 uprising at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, but who was indisputably one of the first and most assertive members of the modern gay rights movement, died on Saturday in Brooklyn. She was 93.

For an indepth look at the life of this remarkable woman, visit towleroad.com, and afterellen.com

RIP Storme.

Review: ‘Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding’ Renews its Vows

May 27th, 2014 Comments off
Marilia Angeline and Joe Ferraro in "Tony n' Tina's Wedding" (photo: Michel Delsol) via The Broadway Blog.

Marilia Angeline and Joe Ferraro in “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” (photo: Michel Delsol) via The Broadway Blog.

Summer is nearly here and it’s that time of the year when more couples take their vows and enter into marital bliss. So what better time to revisit the icon of interactive theater, the revival of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding?

Inspired by the creative musings of Mark Nassar and Nancy Cassaro while they were undergraduates at Hofstra University in the late 1970s, the show eventually evolved into a commercial production that opened in February 1988 and ran for 11 years.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

‘A Gentleman’s’ Guide to East German Transgender Rock Stars at this Years Tony Award Nominations

April 29th, 2014 Comments off

tonyNominations in 26 competitive categories for the American Theatre Wing’s 68th Annual Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards® were announced today by an actress of stage and screen Lucy Liu and Tony-nominee Jonathan Groff, at the Tony Award–nominations ceremony sponsored by IBM.  The nominees were selected by an independent committee of 33 theatre professionals appointed by the Tony Awards Administration Committee.  The 2014 Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.  (The list of nominations follows.)

Marking 68 years of excellence on Broadway, The Tony Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS, on Sunday, June 8th, 8:00 – 11:00 P.M. (ET/PT time delay).

As previously announced, the 2014 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre will be presented to costume designer Jane Greenwood and the Isabelle Stevenson Award will be presented to Rosie O’Donnell.  The 2014 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre will be presented to President and CEO of The Actor’s Fund Joseph P. Benincasa, photographer Joan Marcus and General Manager Charlotte Wilcox.

Each year, the Tony Awards Administration Committee presents a Tony Award to a regional theatre on the recommendation of the American Theatre Critics Association. The 2014 Regional Theatre Award will be presented to the Signature Theatre of New York.

Interview: Buyer and Cellar’s Christopher J. Hanke Dishes on the Barbra Streisand and More

April 28th, 2014 Comments off
Christopher J. Hanke in "Buyer & Cellar" (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog).

Christopher J. Hanke in “Buyer & Cellar” (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog).

In an episode of Will & Grace, Will gives some helpful advice to Karen’s recently outed cousin Barry: “Liza, Judy, Barbara, Bette, these are names I shan’t forget.” There’s a reason and Barbra, with her volcanic vibrato, always stood out. Just ask anyone who saw her star turns in I Can Get It for You Wholesale and Funny Girl. Five decades later, she returns to the New York stage (well, sort of) in Jonathan Tolins’ crowd-pleaser Buyer & Cellar at the Barrow Street Theatre. Taking over for “Ugly Betty” actor Michael Urie, Christopher J. Hanke jumps into the role of Alex, the out of work L.A. actor who lands a gig working in Barbra Streisand’s basement mall, with total abandon. Hanke dished between shows about his career, the challenge of a one-man show, typecasting and his journey with Babs.

Christopher J. Hanke: Sorry, I’m in the lobby of a hotel in Manhattan trying to find a charger and a outlet, like you do when you’re running around Manhattan. I look like a homeless person… So, did you see the show?

Marcus Scott: Yes, I did. You were terrific.

CJH: Thank you. Jonathan Tolins is a comedic genius and I am just so honored to say his words.

MS: Were you familiar with Jonathan’s work before taking on the role?

CJH: I knew he was a TV writer from his work on the sitcom “Partners” that Michael Urie was on because I tested for it. I was down to the very last wire for the part that Brandon Routh ended up playing.

MS: You and Michael Urie have mingled various times professionally. Not long ago, he took over a role you originated—Bud Frump in the recent Broadway revival of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying—and now you’re taking over for a role he originated Off-Broadway.

 

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

Review: ‘Casa Valentina,’ Harvey Fierstein’s Heartbreaking House of Cards

April 24th, 2014 Comments off

Broadway Blog editor Matthew Wexler reviews the latest work by Harvey Fierstein.

Patrick Page in Casa Valentina (photo: Matthew Murphy) via The Broadway Blog.

Patrick Page in Casa Valentina (photo: Matthew Murphy) via The Broadway Blog.

“When you make the two one… and when you make the MALE AND THE
FEMALE INTO A SINGLE ONE—then shall you enter the Kingdom.”
- The gospel of Thomas, Transvestia Magazine

Casa Valentina, a new play by Tony-winner Harvey Fierstein that opened tonight on Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, is not perfect. But as the audience learns by going down the rabbit hole with a little-known group of men ensconced in a bungalow colony in the Catskills circa 1962, life is not perfect. It does not always look the way we want it to. And those who have the fortitude (some may call it courage while others may view it as cowardly) can discover an alternate life… a cryptic duality that exists in fantasy but is realized through a crinoline skirt or a padded bra. This is the world of The Chevalier d’Eon—a secluded enclave operated by husband and wife proprietors George, otherwise known as Valentina (Patrick Page), and Rita (Mare Winningham).

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…