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Saturday
Oct082016

Adam's Call: Michael Longoria's "Broadway Brick by Brick" celebration at Joe's Pub

Michael Longoria knocked me out unconscious at Joe's Pub a few weeks ago while celebrating the release of his CD Broadway Brick by Brick. I 've known of Michael's powerhouse voice for well over 10 years, especially after seeing him in Broadway's Tony Award winning musical Jersey Boys, but on this particular night, I was reminded of just how talented Michael Longoria is. Michel literally has a vocal range like no other! The sound that comes out of his mouth is unreal! He could sing the phone book and I would be mesmerized.

But it wasn't only the way Michael sang the songs off of Broadway Brick by Brick that captured my attention, it was also the stories behind the songs. Michael has had quite the ride getting to where he is. From humble beginnings in CA to coming to NYC at 17 with not much more than his suitcases to having a guardian angel help him attend NYU Tisch to finding success on Broadway and now with The Midtown Men.

Michael Longoria, Photo Credit: Kevin AlveyMichael Longoria performing at Joe's Pub, Photo Credit: Magda KatzEach song on Broadway Brick by Brick represents a time in Michael's life. While there are some songs I just love for the way Michael sings them like "Being Alive" and "The Sound of Music" or "Corner of the Sky," I now love certain songs more for the stories behind them such as "Maria," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," "The Impossible Dream," and "Thank You For The Music." "Maria," was the first song Michael heard that made him go, "I want to be an actor." It was that song that propelled him to do whatever it took to make it, even if it meant leaving his family, much to their dismay, and moving to NYC at age 17 to pursue his dream. "The Impossible Dream" was the song Michael used to describe his Broadway debut in the Tony Award winning musical Hairspray and how that moment solidified all his doubts and worries about making it on Broadway. "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," which Michael performed in Jersey Boys was probably the most emotional story for me as it was the moment his dad came to see him in Jersey Boys and finally understood why Michael needed to leave home and go after his dream. It was a thrill for Michael to see his dad shouting his name from the audience. "Thank You For The Music" was the second most wonderful story because that song was dedicated to Michael's NYU teacher, who was like a guardian angel, helping him get into Tisch, studying, graduating, and encouraging him all the way to keep going after his dreams! 

Call Me Adam and Michael LongoriaMichael Longoria performing at Joe's Pub, Photo Credit: Magda KatzThere was not a moment in the show where the word "Wow" did not come out of my mouth. Each song was more impressive than the one before it. Michael has a true gift and how lucky are we that he is sharing it with the world not only through touring with The Midtown Men, but through this incredible album. He is such a dynamic performer I didn't want the concert to end!

Broadway Brick by Brick showcases Michael's talents perfectly! It capitalizes his strong vocal range, highlights his soulful voice, and captures his love for Broadway! I definitely recommend picking up a copy of Michael Longoria's Broadway Brick by Brick via Amazon or iTunes, but the next time Michael is performing live, I suggest you get your ticket sooner rather than later!

If you missed my interview with Michael about Broadway Brick by Brick you can read it here!

For more on Michael be sure to visit http://www.michaellongoria.com and follow him on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube!

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

Friday
Oct072016

Adam's Call: Amy Marcs' "Nice T!ts": Heart, Laughter, and Barbie Dolls!

Amy Marcs in "Nice T!ts", Photo Credit: Colleen SturtevantAmy Marcs' Nice T!ts at The PIT Loft in NYC has it all...heart, laughter, and Barbie dolls! I never thought a show about one's journey with breast cancer would make me laugh, cry, and then laugh even more, but that's just what Nice T!ts did. Amy took one of life's lowest blows and came back swinging her way to champion! Amy has created a show that everyone can relate to. 

In just one-hour's time, Amy took us through every step of her breast cancer, from the day of diagnosis all the way through her double mastectomy and beyond. She took us to support groups, doctors offices, Toys 'R' Us, and even to bed. She left no detail out. What made this show so awesome was the way Amy infused her brand of comedy throughout the really tough moments. One minute I was getting emotional during her surgery and the next moment I was rolling with laughter as Amy cracks a joke about how she was feeling the following day.

Amy Marcs, Photo Credit: Juan Felipe RangelAmy Marcs in "Nice T!ts", Photo Credit: Colleen SturtevantAmy painted the grim picture of breast cancer perfectly, while infusing a rainbow of colors from her genius performance skills. It's like Amy mentioned in our interview together, she was able to make light of her breast cancer pretty quickly because she is a performer and I have to say, she's a damn good one!

My favorite part of Nice T!ts was a whole montage and interaction with Barbie. Amy brilliantly used Barbie as a symbol for what she was going through when preparing for her double mastectomy. The writing, the use of video, and the way Amy interacted with Barbie was all spot on. It was so interesting to hear the comparisons between Barbie and the process a woman goes through while getting ready for a double mastectomy. 

Nice T!ts never diminishes the seriousness of breast cancer, it just finds a way to make it a little easier to digest.

Amy Marcs, Photo Credit: Cassidy HornAmy Marcs in "Nice T!ts", Photo Credit: Colleen SturtevantWritten and performed by Amy Marcs with direction by Peter Michael Marino, Nice T!ts has just 3 performances left. I highly encourage you to go see this show! Nobody wants to talk about cancer, so why not be entertained by it!

Nice T!ts will play at The PIT Loft (154 West 29th Street, between 6th & 7th Avenue) Sunday, 10/16 at 4pm, Monday, 10/24 at 8pm, and Thursday, 10/27 at 8pm. Click here for tickets!

If you missed my interview with Amy Marcs, you can read it here!

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

Sunday
Oct022016

Adam's Call: 5 Guys Chillin': An original, refreshing play that is a conversation starter

Theatre is meant to do many things. It's meant to entertain, distract, and commisterate with us. It's also meant to make us think and start conversations about subjects not openly talked about. Well, 5 Guys Chillin', by Peter Darney, is a new, original, refreshing play that is a conversation starter. 

Currently playing at the SoHo Playhouse as part of the The Fringe Encore Series (both NYC & Edinburgh), 5 Guys Chillin' gives an inside look into the world of chemsex (a term invented by gay men on sexual networking platforms that refer to the use of certain drugs in sexualised contexts) and chillouts (a gathering in a private hosue where drugs such as mephedrone, G, and crystal meth may be taken. Chillouts often turn into sex parties).

5 Guys Chillin' was created out of interviews conducted with guys found on various dating apps. While those interviews were edited, everything in this show is based upon the words of real people's experiences.

Cesare Scarpone and Elliot Hadley in "5 Guys Chillin'", Photo Credit: Oscar Blustin"5 Guys Chillin'", Photo Credit: Oscar BlustinMy eyes were certianly opened watching this show. I was shown a segment of the gay community I had only heard about, but never experienced. Well, tonight, through this show, I feel like I experienced it and I'm glad it was through this show and not real life. It was frightening watching and listening to what was happening not more than 10 feet in front of me. Random guys, though some friends & some couples, gather at someone's house getting high, talking, while sometimes having various states of sexual relations with each other at the party. The stories were mostly tales of their sexual conquests while taking drugs or of other chemsex parties. With their judgement impaired, a lot of unsafe decisions can be made. Some of the guys have contracted numerous STDs, while others were infected with HIV, and some had other life-threatening events happen to them.

As the show went on, the stories intensified, becoming more jaw-dropping than the one before. I was engulfed. I was saddened. I was dumbfounded that these kinds of parties go on. But there is a large segment of the gay community that do it and I guess love it. I've never been into drugs nor do I have a desire to try them, but I was fascinated by this whole concept in the fact that it exists.

Adi Chugh, Cesare Scarpone and Rick Yale in "5 Guys Chillin'", Photo Credit: Oscar BlustinRick Yale, Adi Chugh, Cesare Scarpone, Richard De Lisle and Elliot Hadley in "5 Guys Chillin'", Photo Credit: Oscar BlustinThe scariest part was learning about the guys who overdose at these parties. Most times, the one overdosing is having convulsions, but usually helped down to the ground by others at the chillout. Depending on who is in attendance depends on what happens next. Some of the guys who overdosed are just left to sleep it off, others are gang-raped, while others don't make it to the light of day. In 5 Guys Chillin' one of the characters OD and while he was just left in the middle of the party to sleep it off, two other characters end up having sex with each other, right on top of him as if he were the floor or the couch or the bed.

With everything that went on at these parties, it really made me think what happened to these guys that made them turn to drugs in the first place? Then I wondered, what would make them put their lives at risk like this? What makes them think this is the way to have fun? They all have a story that lead them to these parties and while the play doesn't get into that, it is something I'd love to see explored in a second installment or if this play were made into a film.

2016 Cast of "5 Guys Chillin'", Photo Credit: Oscar BlustinElliot Hadley, Adi Chugh, Cesare Scarpone in "5 Guys Chillin'", Photo Credit: Oscar BlustinWhat happens at these parties is definitely not my scene, but I really commend Peter for bringing this subject to the forefront. He has written a terrific, eye-opening play that is not easy to watch, but really should be seen. Not every theatrical experience is happy go lucky. Theatre also exists to show us real life scenarios that are hard to swallow.

Peter is not the only one who should be applauded for this show. The entire cast was terrific! Rick Yale, Cesare Scarpone, Elliot Hadley, Richard De Lisle, and Adi Chugh are really putting themselves out there, not only in their briefs, but in the vulnerability of their characters as well as being part of a play with a very tough subject matter. 5 Guys Chillin' easily made me feel like I was at a chillout and not a theatrical show. 

5 Guys Chillin' runs through October 9 only at The SoHo Playouse in NYC (15 Vandam Street). Click here for tickets!

If you missed my interview with Peter Darney, the playwright/director of 5 Guys Chillin', click here to read it!

Click here for more on 5 Guys Chillin'! 

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

Sunday
Aug072016

Adam's Call: "The Divine Sister" at Bucks County Playhouse: Still Heaven Sent

Bucks County cast for "The Divine Sister," from left to right: Erin Maguire, Alison Fraser, Charles Busch, Jonathan Walker, Jennifer Van Dyck, and Julie Halston, Photo Credit: Joan MarcusIt's been five years since Charles Busch's The Divine Sister closed in New York City. Over the past five years, this world has changed so much that I longed for the joy and laughter this show brought me. When I heard that Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA was going to mount a production of The Divine Sister, featuring the majority of the original New York cast, I was beyond excited!

This past weekend I had the privilege of heading to Bucks County Playhouse to see The Divine Sister, once again directed by Carl Andress, and I am pleased to say, it's still heaven sent with laughter, campiness, and lots of talent! Sure, there are a few slight changes, like a 15-minute intermission and the addition of Erin Maguire in the role of "Agnes," but other than that, The Divine Sister is as funny and brilliant as ever.

Charles Busch as "Mother Superior" in "The Divine Sister" at Bucks County Playhouse, Photo Credit: Joan MarcusJennifer Van Dyck and Jonathan Walker in "The Divine Sister" at Bucks County Playhouse, Photo Credit: Joan MarcusThe Divine Sister pays homage to Hollywood's "nun" movies telling the story of "Mother Superior's" determination to get The Convent at St. Veronica’s of Pittsburgh a new school no matter what. Charles Busch is such a strong playwright that the story and jokes held up just as well today as they did five years ago. Some of them even landed better in this election year.

It was great to see Charles Busch, Julie Halston, Alison Fraser, Jennifer Van Dyck, and Jonathan Walker all reprise their roles. The chemistry they have together is timeless! I could tell they all love performing together. Knowing how strong their bond is with each other, I did wonder how Erin would fit in to the mix. Well, Erin fit in perfectly. You'd never know she wasn't in the original New York production. It's such an ensemble driven show that everyone gets their moment to shine.

Alison Fraser and Julie Halston in "The Divine Sister" at Bucks County Playhouse, Photo Credit: Joan MarcusErin Maguire and Charles Busch in "The Divine Sister" at Bucks County Playhouse, Photo Credit: Joan MarcusThe Divine Sister really transported me to another place. It made me forget my troubles and hard times we live in. It brought me to a place where laughter ensued for two full hours. I pray everyone reading this write-up will get tickets and take the ride to Bucks County Playhouse to see this hilarious show! It's the closet to heaven we'll get anytime soon. The Divine Sister plays through August 13! Click here for tickets! 

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

Tuesday
Aug022016

Adam's Call: Joel Creasey: A Comedy Legend in the Making

Call Me Adam and Joel Creasey at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYCLast November I saw a comedian whose name will be, if not already, on everybody's lips. That comedian was Joel Creasey! After interviewing Joel for "Call Me Adam," I had been hoping I'd get to see his show while he was in town. Well, as it turns out, I did get to see his show and I can flat out say, Joel Creasey is going to have a long comedy career!

His comedy style was fresh. He told stories about life in Australia, his time on I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, opening for Joan Rivers, and his various dating adventures. While many comedians tell life stories, Joel had an ease to his style and delivery, not often seen with other comedians. Joel was engaging and had no difficulty putting smiles on our faces.

Joel Creasey, Photo Credit: Ed PurnomoJoel Creasey, Photo Credit: Ed PurnomoI could identify a lot with his dating woes. One of my favorite tales Joel talked about was his time on I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Joel may have simply recounted the crazy events that happened on I'm A Celebrity, but the way he presented the events (like having to live with The Brady Bunch's Maureen McCormmick), he engulfed the audience, had us in the palm of his hands, and made us laugh so hard. My other favorite story Joel told was that of opening for Joan Rivers. I think this was favorite story because he showed a different side of Joan that not everyone got to see. He really described how Joan payed it forward with Joel, giving him some great advice about performing. It's advice he never forgot.

Joel CreaseyJoel's fresh take on life experiences was a welcomed addition to the world of comedy. It was great to see a comedian breathe new life into a performance genre that can sometimes blend together between comics. If you missed Joel last year, now is your chance to see this hilarious, bright, comedy legend in the making when he returns to The Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue inside the West Bank Cafe) with a new show playing August 4, 5, and 6th at 7pm! Click here for tickets!

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