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Cabaret Review: Latrice Royale

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I knew from her last cabaret act that Latrice Royale can sing, y’all! And she’s actually pretty damn good at it! There’s no attempt at giving you “girl singer,” but she clearly models her approach to song interpretation on the likes of Aretha Franklin. She may not have Aretha’s pristine vocal instrument, but she certainly understands her lessons in musicality and expression. And her take on jazz composer Diane Schuur’s bluesy meditation “Life Goes On” (also the name of the show) makes a very good case for this solid but obscure song.

Like her previous act (titled Here’s to Life) Life Goes On is solidly in the mold of traditional autobiographical cabarets. However, since the earlier act told the story of most of Latrice’s life, and this is more of an update, the balance is slightly off. Both acts are more talk than song, but with less life material, some of the patter gets repetitive. Latrice has such presence that it never becomes unwatchable, but this particular show could use more songs for sure. Because when she sings something like “Nobody Does It Like Me” or the suggestive “Hot Nuts” it is pure drag gold.

Latrice Royale is backed by a very able jazz trio led by her fiance Christopher Hamblin on the piano. Life Goes On feels more polished than the cabaret acts I’ve seen from other Drag Race alumni, full of humor, soulfulness and candor. Latrice is the real thing, and I want to hear much more from her as a singer. Highly recommended.

For tickets, click here.

To learn about Jonathan Warman’s directing work, see jonathanwarman.com.

CD Review: “The Gay Agenda” – Justin Sayre

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Gayest comedy album ever! Justin Sayre’s The Gay Agenda is made up of stand up excerpts from The Meeting*, a live variety show Sayre hosts. In his role as Chairman of the Board of the International Order of Sodomites, Sayre addresses a variety of subjects related to the gay community with take-no-prisoners verve and venom. In a persona that is femme yet tough, brassy and bellowing, this gay’s got issues with gays that got issues, be it lusting after straight men, worshiping idols that aren’t worthy of us, thinking the struggle is over because of gay marriage, or being awful to younger gays. In the album’s lightest moment, he alternates with Michael Musto in describing delightfully absurd pitches for Sex and the City 3. Gay, gay, gay, gay, gaygaygay.

To purchase, click here.

To learn about Jonathan Warman’s directing work, see jonathanwarman.com.

Obama’s #LoveWins tweet top political tweet of the year

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President Obama’s June 26 tweet in support of the Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage nationwide was the No. 1 politics and government tweet of the year.

The full text of the tweet was:”Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins”

Full story at Politico.

Marriage Equality doesn’t pass in Northern Ireland…

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…but it did have majority support. An Assembly vote in favor of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland had that majority for the first time on Monday – but it still did not go through, due to a quirk of Northern Irish politics in which a “community” can file a “petition of concern” that requires a higher standard of support than a simple majority (like most things in Northern Ireland, it’s complicated). Patrick Corrigan, Amnesty International’s Northern Ireland Programme Director, said “the abuse of the petition of concern, to hold back rather than uphold the rights of a minority group, means that Stormont has once again failed to keep pace with equality legislation elsewhere in the UK and Ireland. The battle for equality in Northern Ireland will now move to the courts, where same-sex couples have been forced to go to secure their rights as equal citizens in this country.”

Full story at The Belfast Telegraph.

Gay couples in Northern Ireland invite pro-marriage equality politicians to their weddings

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Northern Irish couples Jayne Robinson and Laura McKee and Michael McCartan and Malachai O’Hara plan to invite Assembly members to their weddings, if they vote to legalize them.

O’Hara says “Michael and I are ready and waiting to be a married couple. We shouldn’t really have to ask the permission of 108 politicians at Stormont to do so. But we will be at the Assembly for the vote, because we want politicians to understand that their decisions affect real people’s lives – ours. When the law changes – and it will sooner or later – Michael and I will get married and all the politicians who vote to make it happen will be welcome at the ceremony. Or at least for the disco after the meal.”

Full story at The Belfast Telegraph.

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