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Wednesday
Mar152017

Adam's Call: Miss Richfield 1981: 2020 Vision: I Can See Clearly Now

Call Me Adam and Miss Richfield 1981I can see clearly now that I attended Miss Richfield 1981's new show 2020 Vision: A Survival Guide For The New World at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC! Miss Richfield is back with an all new show and this is one night you don't want to miss. In these trying times, laughter is more important than ever and while at Miss Richfield's show, I laughed for a full 90 minutes!  

Miss Richfield knows in this post-election world, we are all living in the unknown, fearful of what tomorrow brings, but she is here to help us make it through! With her own brand of humor, Miss Richfield provides tips for us to survive. From love to music to an alternate reality with her special VR glasses (to find out what VR glasses are, you'll have to go see the show), Miss Richfield has a solution for every situation. Through audience participation, Miss Richfield showed us what it would be like to live in a world with perfect vision. She tried to play matchmaker for all us single guys in the audience while I left still unattached, but I appreciated her efforts.

Miss Richfield 1981Miss Richfield 1981Making this evening even more enjoyable were the original songs and fun videos. Parodying popular tunes, Miss Richfield helped lift our spirits with her original lyrics. I loved her "Stayin' Alive" parody! Her new video skits are hilarious, poking fun at Greyhound and Trump plus an inspiring montage to the powerful women throughout history including Joan of Arc, Rosa Parks, Hillary Clinton, Harriet Tubman, Madonna, Cher, The Golden Girls, and so many more!

I have seen Miss Richfield several times over the years, but this show, 2020 Vision really puts things in focus! With just one show left, tomorrow, Wednesday, 3/16 at 9:30pm at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC (407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue in the basement of the West Bank Cafe) 2020 Vision is the perfect show to see! Click here for tickets!

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

If you missed my interview with Miss Richfield 1981 about 2020 Vision, you can read it here!

Tuesday
Jul122016

Adam's Call: Charles Busch: The Ultimate Playlist at Feinstein's/54 Below: An Evening Filled with Laughter, Smiles, and a Walk Down Memory Lane

Charles BuschThis past June I had the pleasure of seeing Charles Busch's newest show The Ultimate Playlist at Feinstein's/54 Below. It's always a joy when Charles and his musical director Tom Judson return to Feinstein's/54 Below because I know I'm going to have an evening filled with laughter, smiles, and a walk down memory lane, well Charles' memory lane to be exact. 

Charles has a way of captivating the audience with his stories. Whenever he tells a story, it feels as though we are seated in his living room around his fire place. He has excellent story telling skills, hence why he's been such a successful playwright. My favorite story Charles told that night was about his Aunt Lillian and how when he was a little boy, she took him in, because she was the only person who truly understood him. Though Charles was a bit rebellious at first, he ended up having a very special and wonderful relationship with his Aunt Lillian. He learned a lot about himself, life, and theatre from her. He had so many fond memories of their time together. It made me think of the great relationship I had with my grandparents, whom have passed, but have left me with a lifetime of loving memories to remember.

Charles Busch performing "The Ultimate Playlist" at Feinstein's/54 Below, Photo Credit: Maryann LopintoI also really enjoyed Charles' re-enactment of "Miriam Passman," the character who inspired him to write his Tony-nominated play The Tale of the Allergists Wife. While I've heard him tell this story in some of his other cabaret shows, it's still enjoyable to hear how he came up with the character and then developed the play around her. But what's even more fun is getting to watch Charles become "Miriam" and do a skit he used to do back in the day. What a treat to get to see a Charles Busch classic skit!

It's always great to hear Charles sing. Until Charles started doing his cabaret shows more regularly, the only time I had ever heard Charles sing was during his annual Christmas Show Times Square Angel. The first time I attended a Charles Busch cabaret show, I remember going into it not fully knowing what to expect, but I ended up leaving with a huge smile on my face from having such a good time. Since that first cabaret show, I have been excited for every one ever since. In this particular show, I enjoyed Charles' varied set list. Charles opened the show with such energy singing "Taking A Chance on Love," a great song about new love. It was the perfect opener because it is such a positive song that it automatically put me in a mood to enjoy the evening set before us.

My favorite song of the night was Those Were The Days. I remember when Dolly Parton released her version of the song back in 2005. It was full of such energy that I was immediately hooked on it. Well, Charles' rendition of this song was just as fun! He got the whole audience singing along with him and he relished in the audience's energy and excitement over the song. He did such a great job with it, I didn't want the song to end!

Charles Busch performing "The Ultimate Playlist" at Feinstein's/54 Below, Photo Credit: Maryann LopintoCharles also did a beautiful mash-up of "The Summer Wind" and "That Sunday, That Summer." Two very sad songs about lost loves, but recalling happier times of each. Charles really brought such heart to these songs. I could feel his relationship to these songs and the sadness one can feel when you lose someone close to you.

Supporting Charles throughout the whole evening was his longtime musical director Tom Judson. I adore Tom! Him and Charles have terrific chemistry together. They play off of each other very well and I love whenever they do a duet together. They sound great! 

This show made me so happy and brought back some wonderful memories for me. I can't wait for Charles' next engagement at Feinstein's/54 Below and I encourage everyone to go see him the next time he's in town!

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

Thursday
Sep242015

Adam's Call: Dina Martina: Flat & Lacking: Full of Life

Dina Martina is unlike any performer you've seen! Her shows are hard to describe, but one thing is for sure, when you attend a Dina Martina show, you will laugh and leave with a smile on your face! Dina's dark humor is not for everyone, but if you are open to going places that you wonder if it's okay to laugh, then Dina Martina is the perfect show for you to attend! With a mixture of songs and stories, Dina entertains like no other!

Paul C. Focazio, Dina Martina, and Call Me AdamHer latest show, Flat & Lacking, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre is anything but! It's actually full of life! Dina tells new stories about her showbusiness days from the glamourous lights of Las Vegas to summer nights in Provincetown to the Emerald City itself, her hometown of Seattle. What's great about these stories is that you never know who she is going to talk about. Dina is also big on charity work. I love hearing about all the causes that are near and dear and far from Dina's heart. And when Dina is not talking about her life, she's entertaining the crowd with a well known song that is sometimes rewritten in a way only Dina can write...dark and funny!

Dina Martina, Photo Credit: David BelisleDina is not one to shy away from making fun of herself. She is the first person to be in on the joke and that includes her costumes too. She wears the wildest outfits that only Dina Martina can wear! Whether they accentuate her frontside or backside, no one can match Dina Martina's "fashion" sense. And it's her clothes that add to her humor!

I have been seeing Dina Martina for 10 years now and let me tell you, each show gets funnier and funnier! I could easily see each show twice. Dina has so many hidden gems that one viewing is never enough! So, if you are looking to take things to the next level, check out Dina Martina Flat & Lacking at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC through September 27! (407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue inside the West Bank Cafe) Click here for tickets!

If you missed my interview with Dina about Flat & Lacking, click here to read it!

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

Wednesday
May292013

Adam's Call: Charles Busch at 54 Below: Divine Tale

Charles Busch can do it all...acting, playwriting, screenwriting, and now cabaret star! Until tonight, I had never seen Charles Busch do a cabaret show, but I was thrilled to have this opportunity at 54 Below. If there is one thing Charles Busch knows how to do, it's entertain a crowd. And entertain he did!

Charles' show was a mixture of songs, homages to Hollywood starlets, personal stories, and lots and lots of laughter. Assisting Charles was Tom Judson, Musical Director and Pianist. They did a wonderful duet together of The Carpenters' "Close To You." Prior to that, Charles opened the show with a great original song about what he should sing. The song consisted of everything that makes Charles Busch who he is...humor, imitations, and creative writing. One of my favorite songs performed tonight was a great cover version of Gene Raskin's "Those Were The Days." I adore this song and was so happy to hear Charles sing it.

In between songs Charles delighted the crowd with readings from Conversations with Bette Davis and Conversations with Joan Crawford as well as Ask a Man: The Key To Feminity by Arlene Dahl as well as his own monologues performed as some of his favorite Hollywood starlets. Another great thing about Charles Busch's performance style is the way he maneuvers from original work to reading others work while making it his own. He had the audience in stitches the whole evening with his comedic genius!

The best part about Charles' cabaret show was when he performed the original skit that inspired his Tony Award nominated play The Tale of the Allergists Wife. I had seen the play on Broadway, so it was a real treat to see the actual piece that led to the full-fledged production.

Photo Credit: David A. LeeCharles has found a wonderful niche with his cabaret work. I think this is the perfect venture for him to take in between his theatre and film work. He knows how to work a crowd and just looks so happy to be performing. From songs to monologues to readings, Charles Busch definitely tells a Divine Tale up on that stage. The next time Charles is performing his cabaret act, treat yourself to this delightful, wonderful, and hilarious evening!

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

Monday
Feb202012

My Tawny Valentine: Heart Full of Fun

On Friday, February 17, 2012, I attended OBIE Award Winner David Drake's new one-man show "My Tawny Valentine" at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC. Performing as his alter ego, Tawny Heatherton, "My Tawny Valentine" takes the audience on the wild ride that is Tawny's life. From her humble beginnings on Long Island to becoming an international one-hit-wonder to finding love, Tawny's roller coaster life is played out perfectly by David! What makes David such a remarkable writer and performer is that he KNOWS his craft. He effortlessly entices the audience with his words. In this particular show, I quickly forgot David was performing and just focused on Tawny. I felt as though Tawny Heatherton was a real person and not a character created by David.

In "My Tawny Valentine," David brings Tawny to life. With a mixture of song, multi-media, and scripted text, Tawny highlights her life. While most of the show is scripted, I felt as though some parts of the show were improvised, especially when Tawny interacts with the audience. (That is one more reason David is a genius writer, because I couldn't fully tell if the parts I felt were improvised were or if they were part of the script). One thing that made Tawny so real to me was the display of her vulnerability. The excitement of her rise in the music world is quite evident, but it was the tough moments, the heartache, Tawny has suffered throughout her life that really made me feel for her. Without giving too much away, there are a few heavy moments amist the humor and fun. I like that a lot! I feel it reflects the way someone's life really is.

David Drake as Tawny HeathertonA quality writer and performer truly knows how to make the audience believe what is being shown before them. David Drake is of that high quality because he has created a show that demonstrates this sentiment. He really knows how to write a show with a lot of humor and pure heart!

"My Tawny Valentine" plays the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC (407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue) every Friday at 7:30pm through March 2, with an added performance on Thursday, February 23 and March 1. Click here for tickets!