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Andréa Burns Embraces the Cuban Mother Within

Andréa Burns Embraces the Cuban Mother Within

  BY DAVID NOH | The always cozy and enjoyable New Dramatists Annual Spring Luncheon at the Marriott on May 12 rightly honored a radiant Audra McDonald who is currently giving a triple threat performance in “Shuffle Along” that — even pregnant, while tapping away — is by any standard great. The fact that she has […]

Bordonada Assoluta

Bordonada Assoluta

BY DAVID NOH | A protean, largely unknown talent just hit town. I am talking about Carla Bordonada, who, before a packed, cheering May 8 house, won the Rising Star vocal competition at Hell’s Kitchen’s Rise Bar. Following eight weeks of preliminaries and facing two other finalists, she triumphed, after bringing down the house with three […]

That’s No Lady

That’s No Lady

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | Are you one of those queens troubled with the creeping (creepy?) heteronormativity of our community? Do you lay awake at night debating whether you are bisexual or simply bi-curious? Are you angered at how mainstream drag culture has become (I mean, #pursefirst from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is trending on social media right […]

A Pope to Believe In

A Pope to Believe In

BY DAVID NOH | There will probably never be another Golden Age of Cabaret as there was in the 1970s, when nearly every block in Manhattan seemed to have at least one boîte where supernovas, almost-stars with cult followings, and unknowns alike could get up on stage and attempt to bring an audience to its knees […]

Kathy LUVS Her LBGTAQ12345Caitlyns

Kathy LUVS Her LBGTAQ12345Caitlyns

BY DAVID NOH | Though the ostensible reason for our being in touch was to discuss her “Boroughing Through Brooklyn and Queens” mini-tour in April, Kathy Griffin started our chat with two satisfying tidbits. First, that she was wearing Nordstrom pajamas. And, then, that she had done her homework on this newspaper in advance. “I […]

Using Her Celebrity Powers For Good  

Using Her Celebrity Powers For Good  

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | You may have heard of Bob the Drag Queen. You may have seen her strutting around at one of her many gigs around town. And you may have seen her on the eighth season of .” But don’t worry — if you somehow have no idea who Bob the Drag Queen is, […]

Veterans Kicking Strong

Veterans Kicking Strong

BY DAVID NOH | If she doesn’t already, Bette Midler, soon to be the new Dolly on Broadway, should know what a deep influence she has had on her fellow entertainers. In three interviews this past week — including with Kathy Griffin  — very talented and very different ladies each, coincidentally, found serious reason to mention […]

A Positively Defining Mensch

A Positively Defining Mensch

BY DAVID NOH | Ed Asner recently drew a sell-out crowd to the Metropolitan Room for his new one-man show, “A Man and His Prostate.” You heard right. I went in, expecting it to be a joke title that would maybe address his recent medical travails lightly, while taking us on a tour of his […]

“Society’s Child” Returns to Manhattan

“Society’s Child” Returns to Manhattan

BY DAVID NOH | If for no other reason than the poignantly empathic song “At 17,” prolific singer-songwriter Janis Ian is assured a place in music immortality. The troubled youthful reminiscence, released in 1975, has touched a chord with generations of listeners and became a cultural reference point in TV and movies from “The Simpson” to […]

Orson’s Prince Hal Opens Up

Orson’s Prince Hal Opens Up

BY DAVID NOH | A beautiful new print of Orson Welles’ seldom seen “Chimes at Midnight” — his stitching together of Shakespeare’s various Henry IV plays, which just might be the greatest filmed Bard ever — in a recent revival at the essential Film Forum was an unquestioned cultural highlight of the new year. Key to […]