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Andrew Cuomo Cancels Massive Free Health Care Clinic ‘Expo’ in New York City

November 19th, 2014 Comments off
Stan Brock - Founder of Remote Area Medical. Image via RAM.

Stan Brock – Founder of Remote Area Medical. Image via RAM.

On Black Friday thousands were expected to arrive as early as 5 A.M. at New York’s Jacob Javits Center to take part in a day of free health care. Thanks to the organization, RAM, which once only catered to help those in the developing world, individuals and families would be able to receive medical care even without insurance. Accustomed to creating pop-up clinics across the United States, the organization’s biggest pop-up would have taken place at the convention center after Thanksgiving (with 500 dentists, 2,500 volunteers). The event, though, was canceled just two weeks before it was scheduled. The Office of Governor Cuomo decided not to issue a waiver that would have allowed these dedicated doctors to practice medicine in New York State (a piece of paperwork that governors throughout the United States have issued).

According to HuffPo:

Waiving this provision was entirely at the Governor’s discretion. The offices of Senators Harry Reid, Tim Kaine (both of whom who have seen RAM clinics firsthand), and Chuck Schumer called Cuomo and the NY Public Health Department directly to petition for the clinic to go forward. The reason provided to RAM for the clinic being scuttled: New Yorkers have all the health care they need.

You can click here to message Governor Cuomo.

Learn more about RAM and an upcoming documentary by clicking here. 

Join Cheyenne Jackson as He Honors Fergie and Andrew Tobias at Hetrick-Martin Institute’s Emery Awards for LGBT Youths

November 5th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Facebook.

The Hetrick-Martin Institute, an organization that provides lifesaving services to at-risk LGBTQ youth, next Wednesday will host The 2014 Emery Awards gala at Cipriani Wall Street, New York for a star-studded evening hosted by openly gay actor Cheyenne Jackson. The event will pay tribute to the legends of the HMI’s 35 year history and will honor eight-time Grammy Award–winner Fergie, NY Times best-selling author Andrew Tobias, and Wells Fargo (introduced by soap star Crystal Chappell), with special tributes to the LGBT Caucus of the NYC Council, founding HMI member Dr. Joyce Hunter, former HMI Executive Director David Mensah, and inaugural teacher to the Harvey Milk High School Orville Bell.

Tickets, which are still available by clicking here, include a cocktail reception, dinner and awards, and an after party. 

 

Three New York Plays to See this November

November 5th, 2014 Comments off

We have a lot to be thankful for this November as Broadway and beyond welcomes revivals galore, hoping to capitalize on familiar titles and cult favorites. We’ll see who has staying power, but our eyes are on the following three:

John Epperson as Lypsinka (photo: Peter Palladino via The Broadway Blog.)

John Epperson as Lypsinka (photo: Peter Palladino via The Broadway Blog.)

Lypsinka! The Trilogy
She’s back. After a 9-year absence, a triple dose of the legendary Lypsinka, John Epperson’s iconic creation, will be doled out this fall when the ‘Goddess of Showbiz’ deigns to grace New York City with her sweeping presence in Lypsinka! The Trilogy. To celebrate a staggering three decades of glamorous theatrics, three different shows—revivals of the acclaimed Lypsinka! The Boxed Set and The Passion of the Crawford, as well as the New York premiere of John Epperson: Show Trash—will run in rotating repertory for a strictly limited 8-week engagement from November 5, 2014 through January 3, 2015.

Lypsinka! The Trilogy
Connelly Theater
220 East 4th Street
Opening night: November 13

Find out what the other two shows our Broadway Blog Editor Matthew Wexler recommends for this November by clicking here.

50 Cent, Laverne Cox, Sufjan Stevens to Appear at Cyndi Lauper’s Annual True Colors Benefit

October 24th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Facebook.

Cyndi Lauper’s fourth annual Home for the Holidays benefit concert is shaping up to be even more eclectic than this week’s Turn It Up series, as it was announced that rapper 50 Cent will also perform to benefit homeless LGBT youths. Other headliners include indie-icon Sufjan Stevens, R&B legends Salt-N-Pepa, and controversial country gal Natalie Mains. Taking place at the Beacon Theatre on December 6, Rosie O’Donnell and Laverne Cox with co-host the event.

The addition of 50 Cent, however, comes as a surprise. The singer famously bashed gay people on social media by tweeting “If you a man and your over 25 and you don’t eat pu**y just kill your self damn it. The world will be a better place. Lol.” and has also threatened violence over a comment by openly gay blogger Perez Hilton. 50 Cent has been an apology tour for his comments, and it appears he has come full circle with this latest announcement.

Tickets are on sale today. 

 

A New York Nightmare: City’s Haunted Attraction Hosts Gay Night

October 20th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Nightmare: New York

In an unassuming arts center in New York’s Lower East Side, you’ll encounter rooms filled with New York’s most terrifying secrets. The annual Nightmare haunted attraction has taken the scare-factor to the next level this year by creating a walk through haunted house that exposes some of Gotham’s more “underground” secrets. Get the red “X” on your head to signal to the actors that you’re ready for the big-boy thrills (yes, they can touch you) and walk through movie-worthy sets. Try to escape the grip of Typhoid Mary, don’t trip over the rats, escape from an on-subway crazy, play dumb at a drug-deal gone wrong, don’t piss off the Son of Sam, and remain calm when you’re lead execution style through an outdoor maze. Upon leaving, pull yourself together over a Sam Adam’s and enjoy the spooky ambiance as characters that continue to prey on your now-off-guard self.

Experience terror with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and ally community on the 22nd with DJ s*dOt jOhn, giveaways from SCRUFF, discounted liquid courage, and $10 off your admission ticket by entering code “LUGNUT.”

Can’t make the 22nd, the longest running haunted house in New York is open until November 1st.

Click here to get your tickets. 

Broadway’s Hottest Leading Men!

October 16th, 2014 Comments off
Alan Cumming photo by Ezequiel De La Rosa

Alan Cumming photo by Ezequiel De La Rosa

For our Fall Fashion Issue, we are featuring eight of the hottest men on Broadway who light up the stage every week—from Motown to Matilda—with their amazing talent. When it comes to style these men would look good wearing only a smile, but they give us that and a whole lot more!

Over at Passport magazine online we got to sit down with Alan Cumming, Andy Karl, Kyle Dean Massey, Christopher Sieber, Rob McClure, Josh Tower, Ramin Karimloo, and Matt Bogart.

Check it out! 

Review: ‘This is Our Youth’

October 14th, 2014 Comments off
Kieran Culkin (l) and Michael Cera in 'This Is Our Youth.' (photo: Brigitte Lacombe via The Broadway Blog.)

Kieran Culkin (l) and Michael Cera in ‘This Is Our Youth.’ (photo: Brigitte Lacombe via The Broadway Blog.)

Playing at the Cort Theater, it has become apparent that Broadway finally has its first mumblecore chef-d’oeuvre with Kenneth Lonergan’s cult slacker play This Is Our Youth having crashed on the casting couch of the Great White Way. First produced off-Broadway by the New Group in 1996, the show featured a cast of then unknowns (Josh Hamilton, Mark Ruffalo and Missy Yager)—introducing the world to one of the seminal works about the dazed and confused.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

Blondie Exhibit in New York! Only Until October 6

October 4th, 2014 Comments off

Blondie Exhibit

We went to the Blondie Exhibit in Chelsea last night—amazing! If you’re in New York City, make sure to stop by the pop up gallery and check out the fascinating collection of photos, video performances, fan art, and memorabilia about the one and only Blondie!

The ‪#‎BlondieExhibit‬ is at 222 W23rd St in New York (from 1-8pm until Oct. 6) at the Chelsea Hotel Storefront Gallery and all the prints on view are also for sale.

Check out our slideshow of the Blondie Exhibit after the jump…

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Get Your Tickets: Andrew Lippa and Kristin Chenoweth Star in ‘I Am Harvey Milk’

October 1st, 2014 Comments off
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Image via I Am Harvey Milk

Producers Bruce Cohen, Robb Nanus, Jessica Leventhal, Bruce Robert Harris, and Jack W. Batman will be bringing  Tony- and Grammy Award–nominee Andrew Lippa’s oratorio, I Am Harvey Milk, to the New York Stage for a one-night-only performance on October 6th at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Starring Mr. Lippa as Harvey Milk and Tony- and Emmy Award–winner Kristin Chenoweth as the Soprano soloist, I Am Harvey Milk will feature the Orchestra of St Luke’s and introduce the 120 member All Star Broadway Men’s Chorus. Part choral work, part theater piece this theater experience is an emotional celebration of an American hero. It weaves the story of Harvey Milk’s life—from boyhood to his rise as the first openly gay man to hold public office in California to his assassination.

Tickets for the New York premiere of I Am Harvey Milk are now available here. Tickets start at $40 with premium seats, including access to a VIP reception, starting at $500.

 

New York Innovative Theatre Awards Celebrates Off-Off Broadway

September 25th, 2014 Comments off
New York Innovative Theatre Awards (photo: Innovative Theatre Foundation via The Broadway Blog.)

New York Innovative Theatre Awards (photo: Innovative Theatre Foundation via The Broadway Blog.)

It is rare that the underdog is awarded for excellence by exhibiting a caliber of artistry or ambition that may often rival that of the more popular and by-the-numbers candidate. For a decade, the New York Innovative Theatre Awards has made it their mission to shine a light on the work of art created Off-Off-Broadway, by lesser known theaters that are shaping the collective consciousness of theater-making today.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…