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West Hollywood: Peter Mac Brings Garland Back For the Holidays!

Good news West Hollywood! Judy is back, just for the holidays.

Female impersonator Peter Mac is bringing his spot-on impersonation of everyone’s favorite diva to the stage for four nights this week in “The Judy Garland Christmas Special Live.” This show opens tomorrow night, Wednesday, December 14 and is an homage to one of the greatest performers of our time.

In her brief 47 years, Judy Garland accomplished a lot. She was a celebrated singer, both on record and live, and was renowned for her contralto voice. She was an international celebrity for her roles in musical and dramatic performances on film and on stage, most notably as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. She received multiple Grammy Awards, a Special Tony Award, was nominated for the Academy award for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress and was the youngest recipient, at 39, to recieve the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in the motion picture industry. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 13, 2011 in Arts, Drag, Seasonal

 

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“Life is a Cabaret, Old Chum!”

Cabaret” the musical had its Broadway debut at the Broadhurst Theatre on November 20, 1966. The show opened to rave reviews and became such a hit that it inspired a 1972 film and countless productions across the globe. It won the 1966 Tony Award for Best Musical and Best Original Score and continues to win awards to this day. In 1998, the Broadway revival won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical and in 2007 the London revival of the show won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production. Certainly one can’t think of Liza Minelli without thinking of her Academy Award winning role as Sally Bowles and the 1968 London production helped launch the career of dame Judi Dench, in her role as Sally.

The story is set in Berlin in 1931, the late period of Weimar Germany, a period of flourishing artistic creativity, following Germany’s defeat in World War I in 1918 and preceding Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. During this time, Germany became a center of intellectual thought and artistic innovation as documented in the paintings of Otto Dix, the films of Fritz Lang, the music of Kurt Weil and the sexually-progressive cabaret culture that spawned Christopher Isherwood’s novel “Goodbye to Berlin” which would later be adapted into the musical “Cabaret.” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2011 in Arts

 

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This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Holiday Party!

Ho! Ho! Ho! The holiday season is officially upon us. Assuming you weren’t trampled to death by a Black Friday mob, you’re probably ready to go out and enjoy some holiday festivities. Well there’s plenty to choose from, but if you’re like me, you’d rather not bother with the traditional fare. You’d rather set your sights on events that challenge the traditional view of the most sacred of American family traditions and provide a little comedic stress relief. Here are a few of my favorites happening around the country. If you’re lucky, one of these events might just be in your neck of the woods. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2010 in Arts, Burlesque, Dance, Drag, Literature, Seasonal, Theater

 

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