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

      

 

Monday
Aug282017

Adam's Call: Liz Callaway: The Beat Goes On at Feinstein's/54 Below: Hits a Home Run with Every Song

Liz Callaway at Feinstein's/54 Below, Photo Credit: James GavinThis past July I got to attend Liz Callaway's concert, The Beat Goes On at Feinstein's/54 Below. Over a month later, I'm still thinking about this magical evening! It was that inspiring! Liz's show was a master class in music, singing, and cabaret! With every song, Liz taught the audience how to pick music that not only speaks to the artist, but how to share it with an audience. She demonstrated time and time again how one truly connects to a song. When I say connect, I mean, having every fiber of your being invested in what you are presenting.

It's impossible to pick favorite songs because every song was a winner! Liz took us on a musical journey of the 1960s, a decade in which she grew up. I learned so much about Liz through this show, from her fears to her success, Liz didn't hold back. She not only opened up her mouth to sing, Liz brought us in to the inner depths of her soul, revealing so many personal details of how she became the legendary singer she is. I was mesmerized from start to finish!

Liz Callaway at Feinstein's/54 Below, Photo Credit: James GavinLiz Callaway at Feinstein's/54 Below, Photo Credit: Photo by Maryann LopintoMy favorite story was hearing about how as a child, Liz was shy to sing in front of people. I mean, seeing her perform, especially at Feinstein's/54 Below, I still have a hard time believing that, as she was flawless in her performance. She makes singing look like second nature, which to me, is the true sign of a goddess. Knowing about her shyness, only made me appreciate her talent that much more.

While many of the songs performed in this concert were from Liz's CD The Beat Goes On, there is nothing like hearing them live (I know because I've been listening to the CD almost non-stop since the concert, and yes, the album is fantastic, but seeing Liz sing these songs in person is a whole different ballgame (like the 1969 World Series winning Met's game to be exact)! 

Liz Callaway at Feinstein's/54 Below, Photo Credit: Photo by Maryann LopintoLiz Callaway at Feinstein's/54 Below, Photo Credit: Photo by Maryann LopintoIf Liz were a baseball player, she hit a home run with every song, making her batting average over .400!

Luckily, there is another opportunity to see this show. Liz will be returning to Feinstein's/54 Below (254 West 54th Street, between Broadway & 8th Avenue) with The Beat Goes On on Sunday, September 10 at 7pm! Click here for tickets!

If you missed my interview with Liz about The Beat Goes On, click here to watch it!

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

Saturday
Aug262017

Adam's Call: Michael Feinstein's "Showstoppers" at Feinstein's/54 Below: Hits all the right notes and then some

Michael Feinstein performing at Feinstein's/54 Below, Photo Credit: Stephen SorokoffTwo weeks ago I got to attend Michael Feinstein's Showstoppers at Feinstein's/54 Below. What an exquisite evening of talent, music, and stories this was. Michael hit all the right notes and then some! Michael was on fire and I think he almost caused the smoke alarm to go off, he was so smoking hot! 

From the minute the orchestra started, I knew I was in for a special night as they started playing all the big numbers I love from Gypsy to Rent. While not every song from that intro was actually sung, Michael did take the audience on a musical journey of Broadway's showstoppers. But what truly made this concert so special was Michael's interpretation of showstopper. Most people consider a showstopper those big, upbeat numbers that bring the house, but Michael reminded us, that a showstopper can be a quieter, softer moment, and Michael shared that intimacy with us.

Michael Feinstein performing at Feinstein's/54 Below, Photo Credit: Walter McBrideMichael Feinstein performing at Feinstein's/54 Below, Photo Credit: Walter McBrideFrom his vocal quality to the way he connects to the audience, Michael defines showman. He has the talent, appeal, and variety one needs to be entertained. Whether it's a big band number or a gentler, quieter piano only song, Michael reels you in making you want more. And it's not just his singing that gets you. The stories he tells are so captivating. He has worked with everyone!

I could go on and on about how terrific Michael's show is, but I will leave the rest for you to experience! Michael Feinstein's Showstoppers plays Feinstein's/54 Below through September 3! Click here for tickets!

If you missed my interview with Michael about this show, watch it here!

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

Friday
Aug182017

Adam's Call: The Government Inspector: Funniest Show Off-Broadway

There are just four chances left to see, Red Bull Theater's The Government Inspector, the funniest show Off-Broadway! I have seen this show twice and was doubled over in laughter both times. The Government Inspector is about the crooked leadership of a provincial village who discovers that an undercover inspector is coming to root out their commonplace corruption (where is this Government Inspector for you know who). When the town learns of his impending arrival, they weave together a web of bribery, lies, and utter madness.

While I'll highlight each person's brilliance below, this show is truly an ensemble production! Everyone is given their moment to take the lead, but it's their combined talents that really make the laughter ensue!

Mary Testa, Michael McGrath, Michael Urie, and Talene Monahon in "The Government Inspector", Photo Credit: Carol RoseggMichael Urie and Arnie Burton in "The Government Inspector", Photo Credit: Carol RoseggMichael Urie's physical comedy in this show reminds me of Chevy Chase in the heyday of Saturday Night Live. Michael is a comedic genius as is the rest of the cast, getting the laugh every time! Mary Testa ("Anna Andreyevna") takes the spotlight whenever she is on stage, with a delivery like no one else can do! Arnie Burton steals every scene he is in, jumping between his two roles effortlessly! Arnie gives such distinction to each character, that often times, I had to remind myself, that the same actor was playing both roles.

Ryan Garbayo, Michael Urie, and Ben Mehl in "The Government Inspector", Photo Credit: Carol RoseggThe cast of "The Government Inspector", Photo Credit: Carol RoseggMichael McGrath kicks the laughter off from the minute the curtain rises. He is hilarious as "The Mayor." Ryan Garbayo and Ben Mehl are perfectly cast as twin brothers "Bobchinsky" & "Dobchinsky." They took me back to the 80s cartoon G.I. Joe when the "Crimson Guard Commanders ("Tomax" and "Xamot") were on the show...while each one posesses their own talents and traits, together, they are a winning team! Stephen DeRosa had me in stitches as the "Hospital Director" while Kelly Hutchinson had me peeing in my pants in the role of "Innkeeper's Wife." Her accents, facial expressions, all won me over. David Manis ("School Principal"), Luis Moreno ("Svetsunov"/"Imperial Messenger"), James Rana ("Doctor"), and Tom Alan Robbins ("The Judge") keep the laughter going, often in scenes together, they played off of each other very well.

Kelly Hutchinson, Stephen DeRosa, David Manis, Michael Urie, Tom Alan Robbins, and Mary Lou Rosato in "The Government Inspector", Photo Credit: Carol RoseggMichael McGrath, Mary Testa, and Talene Monahon in "The Government Inspector", Photo Credit: Carol RoseggLet's not forget Mary Lou Rosato ("Grusha"/"Locksmith's Wife"/"Waitress"). She killed each role she played! I thought I was going to have a permanent smile imprinted on my face from the amount of laughter she provided me. She really knows how to make each character their own landing the joke at just the right moment. Saving the best for last is Talene Monahon. She is great as "Marya," the daughter of "The Mayor" and "Anna Andreyevna." Her character's traits of defiance, yearning to get away from her family, and longing to win over the heart of Michael Urie's "Hlestakov" had all the ingredients of Winona Ryder's character in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice that I adored! Talene tackled each of these moments with raw emotion and ease. If Beetlejuice were to be re-done, she would be the ideal choice for "Lydia."

Talene Monahon and Michael Urie in "The Government Inspector", Photo Credit: Carol RoseggArnie Burton, Mary Lou Rosato, Mary Testa in "The Government Inspector", Photo Credit: Carol RoseggFor a show written in the 1800s, it sure stands the test of time. I have been recommending this show to everyone I can. In these trying times, laughter is so important. The Government Inspector will make you laugh more than you know! So, treat yourself this weekend to the funniest show Off-Broadway!

The Government Inspector plays at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) through August 20 only! Click here for tickets!

For more on Red Bull Theater be sure to visit http://www.redbulltheater.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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

Tuesday
Mar212017

Adam's Call: A Very Sordid Wedding: A Real Homecoming

A few weeks ago I got to attend a special screening of Del Shores' A Very Sordid Wedidng, the lastest sequel in the Sordid Lives' saga. Right from the start, I felt as though, I had come back home to Winters, Texas. Despite a few cast changes, everything I love about the Sordid Lives brand was still there. Seeing "Latrelle," "Brother Boy," "Noleta," "Sissy," "Dr. Eve," "Wardell," "Odell," "Ty," "Juanita," "Vera," "G.W.," and "LaVonda" provided me with a sense of comfort that is the heart of Sordid Lives.

I love the way Del updated the script to include the passing of marriage equality. It was great how he progressed the show with this addition. Just like when Sordid Lives first started, the big theme was coming out and now all these years later, Del is still tackling the important issues faced by the gay community. It will be interesting to see what the next sequel will bring (Del, you see how I'm putting this out there already, that I want another installment?!?).

Bonnie Bedelia, Leslie Jordan, Rue McClanahan (portrait), Dale Dickey and Ann Walker in "A Very Sordid Wedding"But before we get that new film, let's walk down the aisle of A Very Sordid Wedding. Hands down the best part about this film was the way Del set it up. For those of us who were already fans of the Sordid Lives play/film/TV series, it's a real homecoming. For someone who has never seen anything Sordid Lives, Del has perfectly outlined who everyone is, what their relationship is to one another, and a brief history of their storyline.

So, let's throw some rice and celebrate this terrific film! "Brother Boy" is still in the mental hospital worshipping the late great Tammy Wynette, but this time around, he's added THE legendary Dolly Parton & Loretta Lynn to the mix. Leslie Jordan rocks it as "Brother Boy," keeping him living life on his terms and nobody else's. I have so much admiration for "Brother Boy's" courage to be true to who he is, despite all the teasing he gets. "Dr. Eve" is still tormenting "Brother Boy," but in a completly new and inventive way. Love Rosemary Alexander's portrayal of her! "Latrelle" is still learning how to accpet her son "Ty," but she's getting there. I feel she has come a long way since we last saw her. There is no other like Bonnie Bedelia (And the winner is....).

Leslie Jordan and Emerson Collins in "A Very Sordid Wedding""Noleta" is still enjoying her freedom from "G.W." and wanting to get laid by every man possible. At least this time, she has stepped up her game and gotten herself a real hunk! I just adore Caroline Rhea! She is such a great comedic actress and brings all her comedy tricks to this role. "Sissy" continues to quote the Bible while trying to accept the societal changes happening around her, but struggling. I do miss Beth Grant as "Sissy," but did enjoy seeing Dale Dickey back in the role. Then there's "LaVonda," played by the incredible Ann Walker. "LaVonda" has gotten herself in to a bit of trouble in this new tale, but as usual, she figures a way to get herself out of it. Ann just gets it and brings it all back!

Let's not forget "Juanita" and "Vera," played by Sarah Hunley and Lorna Scott respectively. There's not a moment when these two are on screen that laughter was not coming out of my mouth. Every scene with them was funnier than the one before! I couldn't get enough of them. "Ty" is still outspoken, making waves, changing people's minds. Kirk Geiger steps back into the role he originated, so it was nice to see him, but I did miss the depth that Jason Dottley brought to the role of "Ty."

David Cowgill, David Steen, and Sarah Hunley in "A Very Sordid Wedding""Wardell," "Odell," and "G.W." (played by Newell Alexander, David Cowgill, and David Steen respectively) all stayed true to their characters which added to that feeling of comfort and familiarity. 

I love the way Del paid homage to our dear Rue McClanahan (who played "Peggy" on Sordid Lives: The Series). Rue was such an integral part to the show, I definitely missed seeing her in this new story.

And no "Bitsy," meant no Olivia Newton-John. 

Whoopi Goldberg in "A Very Sordid Wedding"As for the new characters Del added into A Very Sordid Wedding, all of them integrated very well into the story. My favorites: "Billy Joe Dobson" (played by the sexy Emerson Collins), "Abernatha" (played by the one and only Whoopi Goldberg), "Kyle" (played by the delightful T. Ashanti Mozelle), "Hortense" (played by the divine Carole Cook), "Hardy" (played by the hunky Aleks Paunovic), "Jimmy Ray," (played by the ever wonderful Levi Kreis), and "Marty" (played by the hilarious Alec Mapa). 

There are a lot of twists and turns in A Very Sordid Wedding, which kept me on the edge of my seat. I was engulfed the whole time and didn't want the movie to end. That is all because of the genius writer that is Del Shores! One moment I was laughing, the next moment crying, then right back to laughing and a few jaw drops along the way. Not everyone can write so fluently, but Del can and always has!

A Very Sordid Wedding is just what the doctor ordered, especially in these trying unsettling times. A Very Sordid Wedding gives us the hope we are looking for. It shows us love will always win over hate. It's demonstrates that we can all grow and be more accpeting of others. It's a film that will leave a smile on your face long after it's over.

"A Very Sordid Wedding" CastAfter a sold-out premiere in Palm Springs last weekend, keep your eye glued to "Call Me Adam" as I will let you know of future screenings!

In the meantime, stay up-to-date with all things Sordid Lives at http://averysordidwedding.com and follow the film on Facebook and Twitter!

If you missed my interview with creator Del Shores and star Ann Walker, you can watch it here!

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

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!