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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!

Saturday
May232015

Adam's Call: New York Pops 32nd Birthday Gala: Honoring Kathleen and Rob Marshall

New York Pops 32nd Birthday Gala Cast, Photo Credit: Richard TermineKathleen and Rob Marshall being honored at the New York Pops 32nd Birthday Gala, Photo Credit: Doug BazA few weeks back I attended the New York Pops 32nd Birthday Gala which honored Kathleen and Rob Marshall's work on Broadway and in film. Combining their work together, they have been entertaining us for well over two decades!

This concert featured some of the biggest names in entertainment and was lead by the New York Pops brilliant conductor Steven Reineke and backed by the extraordinary New York Pops orchestra! The evening was spectacular! To hear the New York Pops play the music from some of Rob and Kathleen's biggest successes was unreal! They gave new life to these amazing songs!

Alan Cumming singing "Cabaret" at New York Pops 32nd Birthday Gala, Photo Credit: Richard TermineLaura Benanti singing "Unusual Way" at The New York Pops 32nd Birthday Gala, Photo Credit: Richard TermineThe evening opened and closed with the fabulous Alan Cumming singing "Wilkommen" and "Cabaret" respectively from Cabaret. In between it was one high note after another! Some of my favorite moments were hearing Victor Garber sing "Those Were the Good Old Days" from Damn Yankees, Brian Stokes Mitchell killing it on "Where is the Life I Lead" from Kiss Me, Kate, Laura Benanti belting out "Unusual Way" from Nine, Sutton Foster triumphed with "Anything Goes" from Anything Goes, Margo Seibert and James Snyder enchanted us with "Out of Darkness" from Ever After, and Bebe Neuwirth dazzled the audience when she sang "All That Jazz" from Chicago. But the two major highlights of the evening was hearing the queen herself Queen Latifah reminding us what happens "When You're Good to Mama," from Chicago and hearing Renée Fleming blow the roof off Carnegie Hall unmiked! Two moments I'll never forget!

Queen Latifah singing "When You're Good To Mama" at The New York Pops 32nd Birthday Gala, Photo Credit: Richard TermineRenée Fleming performing at The New York Pops 32nd Birthday Gala, Photo Credit: Richard TermineGetting to hear the New York Pops and watching Steven Reineke conduct them is a true master class in music. They make such a great team, sounding perfect every time! I always feel so honored to be able to attend a New York Pops' concert because I get to hear a full orchestra perform some of the greatest music created. And let's face it, you just don't get that sound on Broadway anymore. I am not a musically inclined person by any stretch of the means, so when Broadway decided to limit the number of musicians that could play in the pit of a show, I didn't fully realize how much those limits would affect the music, but after attending many New York Pops concert, I completely understand why a full orchestra is so important!

Bebe Neuwirth singing "All That Jazz" at The New York Pops 32nd Birthday Gala, Photo Credit: Richard TermineSutton Foster singing "Anything Goes" at The New York Pops 32nd Birthday Gala, Photo Credit: Richard TermineIt was so great to relive so many wonderful musical moments throughout our history! Rob and Kathleen Marshall have really made a gigantic contribution to Film and Broadway! It was terrific hearing some of their biggest hits in one evening! The talent on that stage was unreal! The New York Pops always attract the biggest names and top notch talent! If you ever get a chance to go to Carnegie Hall and attend a New York Pops concert, I say DO IT! It's an evening that you'll remember forever!

For more on The New York Pops visit http://newyorkpops.org and follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

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

Sunday
Dec162012

13 Things About Ed Carpolotti: Penny Fuller Sparkles

After seeing 13 Things About Ed Carpolotti at 59E59 Theaters on December 11, 2012, it's evident as to why Penny Fuller has worked in theatre, film, television, and music for five decades. Penny Fuller is a strong actress with a gorgeous singing voice. Whether she's engulfing the audience with her words or belting out a tune, all eyes and ears are on Ms. Fuller.

13 Things About Ed Carpolotti is a new musical written by Barry Kleinbort, based upon the play by Jeffery Hatcher, with musical direction by Paul Greenwood. 13 Things About Ed Carpolotti tells the story of love and survival. When "Viriginia Carpolotti" discovers her recently deceased husband left her a mass amount of debt to shady bankers, mobsters and embezzlers, newly widowed "Virginia" must dig her way out when an anonymous blackmailer requests her to give him one million dollars.

In this one-woman show, Penny Fuller sparkles as "Virginia Carpolotti." She took us through "Virginia's" journey of loss, frustration, and finding out the truth about her husband. Money can buy many things, but no amount of money could have bought "Virginia" what she uncovered in this hour show. The show went by very quickly as Penny captivated my attention, especially during her musical numbers, and I was left wanting a little bit more. Definitely more of Penny singing, but I also wanted maybe another 10 minutes as I felt the story wrapped up a little too quickly (and I very rarely feel that way).

Penny commanded the stage. Her voice echoed throughout the theatre. I particularly loved "Where Did We Meet?," "We're Gonna Be Fine," "You Are My Happiness," and "One More Spring." I loved "Where Did We Meet" because it showed a very real side to the aging process in that while "Virginia" loved "Ed" very much, that one detail of where they met escapes her. Penny's portrayal of "Virginia's" frustration with herself for not remembering and the longing she yearned for to remember was great. "We're Gonna Be Fine" demonstrated "Virginia's" optimism for her life with "Ed," even during the rocky times. "You're My Happiness" is one of the most perfect love songs that could be written. It revealed just how much love "Virginia" had for "Ed." "One More Spring" was my favorite song because it's a song I think everyone can identify with for we all have lost someone we loved and we would be delighted to have one moment more with them.

Penny Fuller in "13 Things About Ed Carpolotti"I have never seen Penny Fuller on stage before nor had I heard her sing, so getting to see her do both in 13 Things About Ed Carpolotti was divine! I hope this show gets a cast recording so I can hear Penny Fuller's gorgeous vocals over and over again. Penny gave a master class in acting, in singing, and in what it means to be seasoned performer. I felt so lucky to see her live. I look forward to the next 5 decades of her career!

13 Things About Ed Carpolotti plays at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue) through December 30. Click here for tickets!

Saturday
Jul282012

Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy July 2012: Tighter and Funnier

This past February, I attended the premiere of Alec Mapa's "Baby Daddy" at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC. (Click here for my review of February's show) Now, Alec has brought this show back for an encore run and I decided to revisit this hilarious show and I'm sure glad I did!

Best known from ABC's "Ugly Betty" and "Desperate Housewives," Alec Mapa has done some incredible work on "Baby Daddy," making the show tighter, funnier, and even more heartfelt than the first time around. I really enjoyed this show last February, but this time around I enjoyed it even more. I found myself more immersed in the story and Alec's delivery was stronger and more relaxed.

"Baby Daddy" tells the story of Alec's journey from party boy to finding love to adopting a five year old boy with his partner, who had been neglected by his birth parents and left to navigate his way through the foster care system since he was 3 years old.

Alec has found a way to tell his story in a way that everyone can identify with. I may not be an adoptive father or in a committed relationship, but I am still a person with emotions and have plenty of friends who are adoptive parents. I've seen them go from single life to being in a committed relationship to adopting a child of their own. So I was still able to relate to what Alec was talking about.

I loved hearing about Alec's childhood growing up and his route to finding love. Alec told many funny stories about his romps along the way, but the best part was learning just how accepting his partner, Jamie, was of Alec once they found each other. Alec then talked about their life together before adopting Zion and then moved into what life is like with the adoption of Zion.

Adam Rothenberg, Alec Mapa, and my friend PaulI think what I loved most about "Baby Daddy" was the show went from light-hearted fun to heartfelt emotion as Alec went from being single to becoming a dad. Throughout the whole show, Alec's humor paved the way for much laughter and enjoyment from the crowd. Even during the most emotional part of the show, Alec still found a way to make the audience laugh, which is what makes Alec such a strong performer. With so many wonderful, touching, and fun stories Alec Mapa's "Baby Daddy" is definitely a show to go see!

With just two performances left, "Baby Daddy" plays the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC (407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Ave) tonight (Sat. July 28) and tomorrow (Sun. July 29) at 7:30pm. Click here for tickets!

For more on Alec be sure to visit http://www.alecmapa.com and follow him on Twitter!

Sunday
May272012

Jackie Beat: Me So Thorny

Jackie Beat has the power to make people laugh! During the difficult times that we live in, it was wonderful to be entertained so much while attending "Jackie Beat: Me So Thorny" at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC. With her politically incorrect humor and song parodies, Jackie Beat connects with her audience on many levels, making fun of everyone, including herself, with honesty and love.

One of my favorite comedy bits was when Jackie poked fun at her own look. Jackie's show is such a success because she is able to bring herself into her routine. Underneath all that glam, is a brilliant comedian who has a powerful set of pipes to belt out the numerous songs throughout her show. The best part about Jackie's singing is that it's LIVE! 

It's Jackie's song parodies that add to the fun of the show. She picks songs that everyone knows and writes her own lyrics, which everyone can relate too. Some of the artists she parodies are Madonna, J.J. Fad, Bette Midler, ABBA, and the one unmentionable artist that only those in attendance will know.

Tonight (Sunday, May 27) at 7:30pm is the final show of "Jackie Beat: Me So Thorny" at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC (407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue). If you are looking for a fun way to spend your Memorial Day weekend, I would definitely check this show out! Click here for tickets!

For more on Jackie Beat be sure to visit http://missjackiebeat.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter!