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7th Annual GaySocialites.com Awards announcement postponed

GaySocialites.com Awards Postponed

Please forgive us, but we don’t have the GaySocialites.com Awards Spectacular ready for release today as originally planned.  Why you ask?

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CD Review: Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking (The Un-Original Cast Recording)

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Forbidden Broadway has relentlessly and lovingly assaulted the Great White Way since 1982, when Gerard Alessandrini, then a struggling singer-actor, created the first edition for himself and his friends to perform. After a break between 2009 and now, Forbidden Broadway is back with a vengeance in this new edition sub-titled Alive and Kicking. The show, as always, is wickedly clever from the “Prologue”: A quartet wanders around the theatre district, stumbling down the aisle, saying “isn’t this the theatre where Forbidden Broadway used to play?” and then break into music from Brigadoon – a distant chorus chanting “Broadway’s on the brink-of-doom, brink-of-doom.” Alessandrini always has an obvious soft spot for certain shows, and this season it’s Newsies, which he mostly dishes for its almost-too-frenetic energy. Some of the harshest barbs go to Once in “Once is Enough”. The “Finale”, as often is the case for Forbidden Broadway, is a love note to the future of musical theater. Alessandrini seems to see plenty of hope (which he didn’t in 1982), and that’s a very good sign.

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For more reviews and interviews by Jonathan Warman, see his blog Drama Queen.

CD Review: Nice Work if You Can Get It (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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This feather-light confection of a Broadway musical takes George & Ira Gershwin’s tunes and puts them together with a thin plot loosely based on the 1926 Gershwin show Oh, Kay! In “Someone to Watch Over Me”, Kelli O’Hara sings sentimentally while cocking a rifle, which sums up the show’s sensibility pretty well. O’Hara is the best thing that happens to the Gershwins’ songs in the show; her “Treat Me Rough” is a hoot and a half, and her “But Not for Me” is truly affecting. And as for Matthew Broderick, as you might expect he just “does” Matthew Broderick, all smirky deadpan – which happens to work pretty well for the role of Jimmy. If you are looking for frothy, traditional musical comedy fun, this CD’s got plenty of the fizzy stuff.

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For more reviews and interviews by Jonathan Warman, see his blog Drama Queen.

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Theatre Review: Golden Boy

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In Golden Boy, I can see more clearly than ever the influence of playwright Clifford Odets on my favorite 20th Century American playwright, Tennessee Williams. In this tragic drama Odets hits on a theme that would be central to Williams work: the struggle of the fragile, precious artistic spirit to survive in brutal circumstances.

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