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Here's what I've enjoyed seeing or reading so far...hope you enjoy them as well!

Tuesday
May212013

Adam's Call: David Drake's The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me: Holds The Test Of Time

Cast, creatives and Larry Kramer, Photo Credit: Jenny AndersonTwenty years ago, David Drake won an OBIE Award for his one-man show The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, and twenty years later his show still holds the test of time. I was fortunate enough to attend the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS 20th Anniversary Benefit performance on Monday, May 20 at the Gerard W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College.

I was first introduced to The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me when I met David Drake in 1998 at the American Repertory Theatre. I had never seen the play live, but did read the script after meeting David. Then in 2000, David released a DVD of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me and that was my first time seeing him perform the show. But it was something else to be at this benefit and get to see David perform his work on stage alongside these other extremely gifted actors.

Originally performed as a one-man show, David brilliantly re-imagined The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me as an ensemble cast for this special 20th Anniversary Benefit. Bringing David's timeless and moving words to life were the talents of Brandon Cordeiro, two-time Tony Award nominee Robin De Jesús, two-time Tony nominee André De Shields, Claybourne Elder, Tony nominee Rory O'Malley, Anthony Rapp, Chad Ryan, Donald C. Shorter, Jr., Wesley Taylor, Aaron Tone, Tony winner BD Wong, and of course, David himself.

The talents of these actors all blended together perfectly. The simplistic, yet powerful staging worked excellently with the ensemble cast. From coming out to the AIDS epidemic to fighting back through ACT UP, The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me is a touching story of one-man's journey through this time in our history. David's writing is so strong which is why it continues to ring true today. One exciting part of the evening was that David added an adendum to the show, which focused on how our past got us to today and beyond. 

I do hope after last night's benefit performance that The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me gets a bigger revival. While we have come a long way in our history, we do need to revisit the past to help us have a prosperous future.

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Friday
May172013

Adam's Call: Spandex the Musical: Heartfelt Campy Fun

There is a new show in town that is going to get you moving...Spandex the Musical. Written by Daniel Levin and and Annie Grunow with direction by Andrea Andresakis, Spandex the Musical is heartfelt campy fun that will inspire you to do better. With it's catchy title song "Spandex," the score of this show is enjoyable.

Mixed with in the exercise routines, camp, and spandex-laced costumes is actually a poignant heartfelt story of two woman who find the strength to better themselves. One finds her self-worth and one pushes through her fears, while both come out on top of their game!

Bringing this story alive is a very talented cast of performers whose voices wowed me everytime they sang. I was particularly moved by the vocals of Jerielle Morwitz, Brian Drummy, Sims Lamason, Zachary Karon, Paige Sommerer, and Brandon Stansell! Additionally, Paige and Brandon's comedic talents got me laughing everytime! They were born to make people laugh!

As much as I enjoyed the show, I do think, if the show has a larger life beyond this initial run, it would be a stronger production with a running time of 90 minutes instead of 2 hours. Still worth your time, I do suggest taking a jog over to 777 Theatre (777 8th Avenue, between 47th & 48th Street), to see Spandex the Musical, which plays through May 26 only, so get your tickets now!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Monday
May132013

Adam's Call: The Weight of Water: Dive Into This Show

Geany MasaiRUN, RUN, RUN to Myra Slotnick's The Weight of Water, a brand new, original, poignant, rich, and beautiful play about survival, choices, pride, and finding home set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Superbly directed by Obie Award winner David Drake, The Weight of Water will wisk you into the depths of this drama.

I have seen a lot of great original shows, but for me, The Weight of Water is one example of why I wanted to cover this aspect of entertainment. It's truly an original piece of work, not based upon a book, movie, or a catalog of songs. It's based upon a real event that affected a nation. It's spoken from the heart. 

Andrew Clemons and Jamie HeinleinLinda DanielsAs I walked into The Producers' Club, the wonderfully constructed set sucked me in from the start. With the dimming of the lights and the music quieted, the action quickly seduced me while the actors enamored me with their talent. Myra's honest and realistic writing was reinforced by this talented cast! Geany Masai, Linda Daniels, Andrew Clemons, Jamie Heinlein, Jimi Little, and Keith Amato, all of whom originated these roles in Provincetown, where the show premiered, really helped bring Myra's words and David's direction to life!

Jimi HeinleinCast of The Weight of Water (from left to right): Linda Daniels, Playwright Myra Slotnick, Andrew Clemons, Jamie Heinlein, Geany Masai, Jimi Little, and Director David DrakeWith many messages at its core, The Weight of Water will make you think, laugh, and maybe even cry. This is a show with many layers and secrets that will keep you enticed until the very end. So buy your tickets now and dive into The Weight of Water! Click here for tickets!

The Weight of Water will play at The Producers' Club - Crown Theatre (358 West 44th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue) through May 16 only!

Click here for Call Me Adam's interview with Myra Slotnick and David Drake!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Sunday
May052013

Macbeth on Broadway starring Alan Cumming: Inventive and Fresh

Adam's Call: Call Me Adam's ON THE GO Review...Macbeth on Broadway

 

Wednesday
May012013

Call Me Adam's Press Coverage of New York Pops 30th Anniversary Gala

Adam Rothenberg at The PlazaSteven Reineke and Laura BenantiI had the most wonderful time at The New York Pops 30th Anniversary Gala on Monday, April 29 which celebrated the icons of popular song, composers Jule Styne and Frank Loesser and entertainer Danny Kaye. The calliber of talent performing on stage was unreal! Those included in the evening were Pops Musical Director/Conductor Steven Reineke, host Paula Zahn, and Broadway stars Nick Adams, Laura Benanti, Stephanie J. Block, Liz Callaway, Will Chase, Megan Hilty, Marilyn Maye, Rob McClure, Donna Murphy, Kelli O'Hara, Laura Osnes, Leslie Uggams, Max von Essen, Anthony Warlow, and Besty Wolfe. Everyone was a hit! I don't think there was one number I did not enjoy. 

Will Chase and Debra MessingSteven Reineke and Marilyn MayeStephanie J. Block belted it out on "Don't Rain on My Parade," Betsy Wolfe killed it with "The Music That Makes Me Dance," Laura Osnes gorgeously sang "People," Laura Benanti exquisitely performed "Neverland," Leslie Uggams triumphed on "My Own Morning," Megan Hilty scored big with "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," Kelli O'Hara beautifully sang "Inchworm" along with the Ronald McDonald House Rockin' The House Band and Chorus and she shined with "Somebody, Somewhere." The kids from Camp Broadway did a fantastic job with their Gypsy medley, Donna Murphy sang a great rendition of "The Ugly Duckling," Nick Adams, Will Chase, and Max von Essen delighted us with "Fugue for  Tinhorns," Rob McClure hilariously entertained us with "Once in Love with Amy," Liz Callaway sparkled with "How to Succeed/I Believe in You," Anthony Warlow sang "Rosabella" with much heart, and finally, Marilyn Maye knocked it out of the park with "Joey, Joey, Joey/Luck Be A Lady." Everyone of these performers were in tip-top shape. I soaked them all in! 

A real special treat for me was after the concert. Not only did I get to go to The Plaza Hotel for the very first time ever, but I also got to take photos of the stars before they headed into the Gala dinner. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy more of my take on this most memorable evening!

Dena KayeSteven Reineke and Leslie UggamsStephanie J. Block and Sebastian ArcelusRob McClure

Max von Essen 
Nick Adams and Steven Reineke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura OsnesLaura OsnesAnthony Warlow