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Music and Art

Music and Art

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Stripping down Sondheim is a trend this season, and theater is much better for it. On the heels of the artfully shaved “Sweeney Todd,” still packing the diminutive house at the Barrow Street Theatre, comes CSC’s comparably pared down mounting of “Pacific Overtures.” In both cases, the reductions serve the pieces […]

Orville Mendoza Is Magnificent

Orville Mendoza Is Magnificent

BY DAVID NOH |  Forget all the hype about that certain former bathhouse diva turned megastar now returning in a warhorse vehicle to tumultuous ovations and lotsa ka-ching, the best show opening this spring is another revival — of Stephen Sondheim’s “Pacific Overtures,” presented by CSC and brilliantly directed by John Doyle. The slightly insane […]

Terms of Internment

Terms of Internment

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | “Allegiance,” a bold, heart-stirring musical starring George Takei, shines a light on a dark chapter in American history, tracing the conflict of identity that confronted people of Japanese heritage living in America during World War II. While the book is credited to Marc Acito, Jay Kuo, and Lorenzo Thione, the story is […]

City Council Honors Pride

City Council Honors Pride

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In a June 2 ceremony at City Hall, the City Council celebrated LGBT Pride Month by honoring six New Yorkers for their contributions to the community and to New York overall. The honorees were: Anti-Violence Project executive director Sharon Stapel; Joselyn Mendoza, an undocumented transgender woman from Queens who led […]

Disclosing Diversity, Claiming Common Ground

Disclosing Diversity, Claiming Common Ground

BY SETH J. BOOKEY | Many LGBT Americans have seen things and met people the average American never encounters, but even within the community we have a lot to learn from each other. A great documentary will help viewers dig below the deep-held truths that comfort them, and at this year’s Human Rights Watch Film […]

Newlywed Gay Glamour, Supporting LGBT Youth Share Stage on “Bare” Opening Night

Newlywed Gay Glamour, Supporting LGBT Youth Share Stage on “Bare” Opening Night

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | A new production of “Bare,” a rock musical that attracted a cult following in earlier incarnations, opened at the New World Stages on December 9, with a splashy afterparty at the Out Hotel on West 42nd Street. The show tells the story of a group of Catholic high school students confronting a […]