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

Friday
Aug162013

Adam's Call: Review of Varla Jean Merman's Twice Upon a Mattress: Will My Prince Ever Come at Provincetown's Art House Theatre: Comedic Insight into Finding Your Place in the World

Varla Jean Merman in "Twice Upon A Mattress...Will My Prince Ever Come" at the Art House in Provincetown, MA 2013The Art House is another great spot in Provincetown for shows. From Broadway performers to drag shows, The Art House is lighting up the town with delight!

On this trip, I took in Varla Jean Merman's newest show Twice Upon A Mattress...Will My Prince Ever Come? In this hilarious look at princesses of a certain famous children's brand, Varla Jean Merman scored big with songs and comedic moments. She looked deep behind these woman with humor and insight into how each princess waits for her prince to come. Throughout this show, Varla uses the various princesses to help her find her place in the world, something we are all looking for, of which, some of us have found. It's quite interesting to watch Varla's journey to figure out where she belongs.

Varla's take on popular songs of this famous children's brand is quite enjoyable. She hit all the right notes with her parodies. Her comedic timing is hilarious! Varla plays with and off of the audience very well, making everyone feel as though they are part of the show.

Adam Rothenberg, Varla Jean Merman, Paul C. Focazio after "Twice Upon A Mattress...Will My Prince Ever Come" at the Art House in Provincetown, MAIf you are looking for your place in this world, come feel the love of Varla Jean Merman's Twice Upon A Mattress...Will My Prince Ever Come? at the Art House in Provincetown, MA (214 Commercial Street) through August 31. Click here for tickets!

For more on Varla be sure to visit http://www.varlajeanmerman.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter!

Thursday
Aug152013

Adam's Call: Review Linda Eder at The Crown & Anchor's Paramount in Provincetown, MA: More Than Heaven

The Crown & Anchor in Provincetown, MA is ON FIRE this year with its line-up of entertainment! I have seen three shows there during my week here and all of them have lived up, if not, surpassed my expectations.

Linda Eder at The Crown & Anchor's Paramount was my final show. It was by far one of my best moments here thus far. To see Linda in such an intimate environment is unreal and it really demonstrates her diversity as a performer. The sold-out crowd reveled in her performance. Linda gave her all singing a wealth of songs throughout her career. It was trip down memory lane and a fond memory she created. It was "More Than Heaven!"

Linda Eder in concert 2013, Photo Credit: Maryann LopintoLinda belted her heart out, singing all her big hits such as "A New Life," "Bring On The Men," "Vienna," "Man of La Mancha," and "Someone Like You." She also delighted the audience with several gems...some of which I had never heard her sing before. A few stand-out moments for me were her cover of Adele's "Rolling In The Deep," which Linda rocked, "Son of a Preacherman," and Jessi Colter's "I'm Not Lisa." My favorite moments in the show were hearing the stories behind the songs Linda chooses to sing or record.

For instance, a song that is very dear to Linda's heart is from Evita because this was the first musical she ever saw. As she said, she saw this production, Off-Broadway, off-off-off Broadway, so far off-Broadway that it was in her homestate of Minnesota. And she saw the understudy of the understudy play "Eva Peron." But that show remains special to Linda because it was her first introduction to musical theatre. Following this story, Linda dove into "Don't Cry For Me Argentina," and took to heights I had never experienced before! She really triumphed on this song!

Linda Eder in concert 2013, Photo Credit: Maryann LopintoLinda also told a story behind another favorite musical of hers, Les Miserables. This was the second show she saw in London and it's the melodies and lyrics she loves most about this show. I couldn't agree more with her. The music to Les Miserables has always been some of my favorite musical theatre songs of all time. So, I was thrilled when Linda eased into "I Dreamed A Dream," seducing the audience with that radiant voice of hers. I hope Linda records this song on an album soon, along with "Don't Cry For Me Argentina."

A great story Linda entertained us with was her first performing theatrical experience in her school's choir. She so badly wanted to sing the part of "Maria," but being one of the tallest girls in her grade, her choir teacher had another role in mind for her and cast her as "Mother Superior," where she got sing "Climb Ev'ry Mountain." It wasn't the role she wanted, but this lended to a gorgeous rendition of this classic song. Linda certainly knows how to engulf an audience with her vocals. Not a single pin dropped during this number and the audience reaction afterward was wild!

A very heartwarming story Linda told was about her song "More Than Heaven," off her latest album "Now." She was on the road around the time of the Tsunami and she wanted to express her feelings for all of those affected by this terrible disaster. Linda had just recorded this song and the lyrics seemed perfect for the rough times this world was going through, so she dedicated this song to all those affected. I had loved this song for a while, but now love it even more.

Linda told all these stories with ease and humor, which really added to the enjoyment of the show. I feel so grateful I got see one of music's most talented and powerful singers in such a great venue as The Crown & Anchor's Paramount.

Linda Eder's tour continues on. Click here to find out when Linda will be in your town! This is one show, you won't want to miss!

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

Monday
Aug122013

Adam's Call: Review of Miss Richfield 1981 Sweet & Sour Made In China: Energetic and Lively

Adam Rothenberg, Miss Richfield 1981, Paul C. Focazio after "Miss Richfield 1981: Sweet & Sour: Made in China" at The Crown & Anchor's Paramount in Provincetown, MAThe Crown & Anchor is on fire with shows in Provincetown, MA! For a second night in a row, I took in another one of their sold-out shows, Miss Richfield 1981 Sweet & Sour Made in China. This energetic and lively show is fueled by the talents of the extremely talented Miss Richfield 1981. With strong comedic timing and powerful vocals, Miss Richfield engulfed the crowd from the moment she entered the room.

Detailing her possible exit of the United States, Miss Richfield takes the audience around the world with songs, games, and lots of comedy. Miss Richfield 1981 Sweet & Sour Made in China is another show for those who can handle off-beat and darker comedy. Miss Richfield has found a humorous way to make fun of everyone.

My favorite part of Miss Richfield 1981 Sweet & Sour Made in China was her interaction with the audience, which happened throughout the whole show. Miss Richfield was fast on her feet with quick wit comebacks when playing with the crowd. She got the laugh every time she spoke with someone. It takes a real talent to get that kind of reaction.

The other aspect of Miss Richfield's show that I loved was when she sang. Miss Richfield's vocals are unreal...big, powerful, and controlled. When she sang, the sold-out crowd listened! I've seen many drag shows in my lifetime and while many of them are great singers, I haven't heard anyone quite like Miss Richfield. Hearing her sing, made me want her to do a whole show of songs. Maybe somewhere down the line she will or will release an album of her songs. That would be terrific!

Miss Richfield 1981 Sweet & Sour Made In China, plays at The Crown & Anchor's Paramount. The room is huge, at least double the size of Crown Cabaret. Miss Richfield filled it to capacity. I loved the set up of this room because it felt like an intimate, yet grand concert room. The Paramount fit perfectly to the style of Miss Richfield's show. 

If you are looking to see a very dynamic performer, with excellent comedic skills and a fantastic singing voice then I highly suggest checking out Miss Richfield 1981 Sweet & Sour Made in China at The Crown & Anchor: Paramount in Provincetown, MA (247 Commerical Street). She plays through September 21. Click here for tickets!

For more on Miss Richfield 1981 be sure to check out http://missrichfield.wordpress.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter!

 

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

Sunday
Aug112013

Adam's Call: Dina Martina: Hilarious at The Crown & Anchor in Provincetown MA: Wunderbar

Adam Rothenberg and Dina Martina after her show at The Crown & Anchor in Provincetown, MAI have seen Dina Martina about five or six times now and each time she scores bigger than before! Celebrating her ninth summer in Provincetown, MA, Dina's latest show at The Crown & Anchor's Cabaret is wunderbar!

It's almost impossible to fully describe just how amazing, humorous, and fun a Dina Martina show is. Dina's humor is not for the easily offended. Dina's humor is unique and at times dark, but to me, it is definitely off-the-charts hilarious. This show was no exception. Dina delighted the sold-out crowd to a combination of story telling, comedy, and song. Her stories take the audience on a journey through her reality, which at times, seem like another planet. But it's that out of this world fantasy that makes Dina's story so grand and enjoyable. Dina has such a grasp on performing that it appears effortless for her to draw the audience in.

The songs Dina parodied in this show were fantastic! With every show, Dina chooses one hit classic song after another. This time around, Dina wowed the audience with renditions of songs by Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Daft Punk, and a medley of showtunes. Dina's knack for comedy illuminated during these songs. She hit all the right notes with every song!

Dina used to perform at The Vixen in Provincetown, but in recent years moved to The Crown & Anchor's Cabaret. I love seeing her at The Crown & Anchor's Cabaret for several reasons. First of all, The Crown & Anchor is situated in the center of town. Dina always deserves to be in the center of it all. The Crown & Anchor's Cabaret is also a very intimate room, so no seat is more than 20 feet from the stage. It's this intimacy that helps make Dina's show extra fun.

Dina Martina will be at The Crown & Anchor's Cabaret (247 Commercial Street) through September 14! If you want to see a different kind of performer, then I highly suggest going to see Dina Martina! Click here for tickets!

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

Thursday
Jul252013

Adam's Call: HOMO The Musical: A Gay 'Ol Time

I had a gay 'ol time at the NYMF production of HOMO The Musical! This fun, original musical made me happy to be gay and proud of all the steps forward the gay community has made to achieve equality. A fun book, written by Lola Rock-n-Rolla, about an alien from Planet Homo who inflantrates a religious Middle American family by posing as a suburban housewife. Lola's book was witty, poignant at times, and definitely made a statement about where a lot of society is at today in regards to the acceptance of gays.

Gina Volpe's music and lyrics were enjoyable. She wrote some great rock-n-roll songs that helped push they story along. David Drake's direction put everything together! David has a great eye for shows with a message no matter how campy they are. I've seen David's work time and time again and I'm always impressed with what he does.

One of the things that made me really enjoy this show was that it felt as though it was a mash-up between Debbie Does Dallas meets The Rocky Horror Show, both of which I enjoyed when I saw them years back. Many of the characters seemed to have elements of characters from those shows, which allowed me to immediately identify more easily with them. Whether it was intentional or not, I think it's a great that HOMO The Musical! paid a little homage to these two shows.

Bringing this show alive more was a great cast of talented performers. I was impressed by all of them. Meg Baessler's comedic talent was delightful every time she was on stage. Thomas Poarch was perfectly cast as the G-d loving preacher dad "Harry." From his mannerisms to his voice, he played to the heavens. Sam Given gave a bravo performace as the "Gaylien." His humorous acting ability added a lot to his character. I don't think there was a better way to play it. He certainly won me over with his voice as well. Blair Goldberg had one of the best scenes of the night which was a great salute to the many horror films of our time. Alexander Coe did a fine job as the son "Billy." He's cute, had a delightful singing voice, and was wisely cast. Danielle Erin Rhodes was hands down my favorite of the night, primarily because of her incredible vocal quality. She literally rocked every song! I can't wait to see more for her. Christopher Trepinski, who I had previously seen in Naked Boys Singing, was terrific as "Teddy." His dynamic acting ability made him stand-out a various times throughout the show.

I think this show has real potential of going somewhere. It's fun, campy, and made me leave with a smile. I think it still has some work to do on it. While the show is only 90-minutes with no intermission, I feel it would work that much better at about 75-80 minutes. There were a few moments when I thought the show was over and it continued on, but since this is still a work in progress, that might be worked out by it's next incarnation.

With two performances left, I would suggest checking out HOMO The Musical at NYMF. It's good times that will make you smile and laugh. HOMO THE MUSICAL plays at PTC Performance Space (555 West 42nd Street, between 10th & 11th Avenue). Click here for tickets!

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