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Donate $500 this week, and Nick Adams Will Give you a Personal Backstage Tour at PRISCILLA in New York City



We just saw PRISCILLA on Broadway  this week!  WOW!  What an eye-popping, show-stopping performance!  Everyone does a fantastic job, but of course, our heart has always belonged to Nick Adams, since I first saw him onstage in 2005. 

We’ll be covering it more in a couple weeks, and catching up with the ever adorable, super-talented Nick Adams with an interview right here at BestGayNewYork.com, in the coming weeks!




But for now, you should know,  will be singing at the kick off of the 2011 AIDS Walk NY on May 15th! 

And Nick is walking and raising money again this year.  Nick is part of the BROADWAY IMPACT group which is a community of actors, directors, stage managers, fans, producers — pretty much anyone who has ever seen, been in or worked on a Broadway show — united by the simple belief that anyone who wants to should be able to get married.
“We’re  very proud to be apart of the 2011 NY Aids Walk!”  


Nick gives, and gives and gives whenever he can to great causes like Broadway Bares and AIDS WALK NY.  (He has even been crowned Broadway Hero by GayLifeNYC.org.)  “I enjoy giving my time to great causes, and it makes me feel good to know I can help in some way.”

His original goal was $3000. Which he hit. Then it was $10,000! Which he hit!  Now it is $20,000 to reach before Friday night – and he is almost there!

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Thanks for everyone who donated after my last e-mail for AIDS Walk NYC! I was able to break my original goal of $3,000 and am now the #1 fundraiser from the cast! Thanks!


I wanted to up the stakes and see if we could get some more folks giving. If you’ve ever dreamt about getting a backstage tour of Priscilla from me, this is your chance. For every person that gives $500 or more, I will arrange to give you a personal backstage tour. Simply get tickets to the show of your choice and I’ll meet you after the show and give you a private tour. Some people have been paying $5,000 – $10,000 to get backstage tours, so to be able to get one in exchange for a tax deductible dontation of only $500, is AMAZING.


Since we reached my personal goal of raising $3,000 I will pick one lucky subscriber to recieve an autographed program from the show.


If we hit $6,000 I will send out 5 autographed programs, and if we break $15,000 I will send someone special a program / poster autographed by everyone in the entire cast!


Additionally, anyone donating $500 or more, I will send them an autographed program (simply email us a proof of donation along with your shipping address) AND I WILL GIVE THEM A PRIVATE BACKSTAGE TOUR ($5k value), whenever they come to town!


xoxox.
~ Nick Adams



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(ALSO –  for the next 24 hours –  you can vote for Nick for 3 Audience Choice  Awards! 
Go to Broadway.com  and  vote for Nick in  3 spots – plus Priscilla is up for Favorite Musical!)




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London is Now Cheaper than New York City

 


London offers some of the world’s best theatre and musicals. And there is no better time to go!  It was announced recently that London is officially cheaper than New York to inhabit and visit for the first time since 2002. Ken Kelling, Director of Communications for Visit London said:   “There has never been a better time to visit London. It is now 25 per cent cheaper for an American to come to London than it would have been last year.”

Of gay interest, what’s considered to be the first great play by the great and notorious English gay playwright Joe Orton has recently returned to London’s theatreland. Entertaining Mr Sloane, showing at Trafalgar Studios now  to 13 April, was first performed in 1964 and later made into a film.

The eponymous Mr Sloane is a young, beautiful, psychopath and con man who is persuaded to become the lodger of Kath, a lonely middle-aged landlady with designs on him. Further trouble comes his way when Kath’s elderly father Kemp recognises him as a man wanted by the police for murder, and with the appearance of Ed, Kath’s powerful but conflicted brother, who is also attracted to him. The manipulative brother and sister eventually agree on a deal….

Joe Orton’s extraordinary artistic and private life (he was 34 when he was bludgeoned to death with a hammer by Kenneth Halliwell, his lover of sixteen years, in 1967) was the subject of Prick Up Your Ears, a biography by acclaimed American author John Lahr, later adapted into the film starring Gary Oldman. In a short but prolific career lasting from 1964 until his death, he shocked, outraged and amused audiences with his scandalous black comedies.

PLAGUE OVER ENGLAND is another show getting some great reviews!  On 21 October 1953, John Gielgud — the dream-voiced Shakespearean star of his generation, and knight of the realm — walked into a public lavatory off the Fulham Road. There, he exchanged a few nods and prods with a young man who winked at him — and triggered Britain’s highest profile prosecution for homosexuality since Oscar Wilde.


In Plague Over England, the entrapment of Gielgud by a “pretty policeman” is the centre of gravity for a play that swoops across the gay underworld of Fifties London — from the bushes of St James’s Park strewn with guardsmen to the Whitehall clubs where the crackdown on this “filth” is planned.

Finborough Theatre – now thru  May 16th

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Siegfried & Roy Take Their Final Bow – The Hottest Ticket in Las Vegas This Month

 



ONE NIGHT ONLY –

IT’S  GOING TO BE THE HOTTEST MOST

TALKED ABOUT EVENT IN LAS VEGAS!


SIEGFRIED AND ROY
will return to the stage!

Saturday, February 28th at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.  Tickets still available at $1500 each, to benefit  Lou Ruvo Brain Institute.




They announced their return to the stage for charity, exactly one year ago.
 
And now the time is here. 


NEWSFLASH  – JUST  IN!

An official announcement is expected  today that the legendary illusionists will appear in a special hourlong, prime-time installment of the ABC News program “20/20,” to be recorded live at the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute’s Keep Memory Alive “Power of Love” benefit gala, scheduled for Feb. 28 at the Bellagio.
 
The show will be broadcast at 9 p.m. Pacific time on March 6.



                                              


ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas is in Las Vegas now, filming interviews with the German-born magicians who have for decades called Las Vegas home. She will be talking with the magicians’ longtime manager, Bernie Yuman, and other Vegas VIPs such as Steve Wynn.

“We never got to say a proper goodbye,” Roy Horn said in an exclusive interview on his first tour of the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute on the Union Park development near downtown Las Vegas. “This will be our final bow and it will never be repeated.”




 

Patti LuPone Closes GYPSY With a BANG!

 


SPEAKING  OF  NEW  YORK, the economy has taken its toll on New York City and Broadway. Many shows have been forced to close. On January 4, Hairspray  and  eight other Broadway shows closed, and on Sunday, January 11, All My Sons, Gypsy, and Monty Python’s Spamalot also finish their Broadway runs. This is so sad, and we haven’t seen anything like this, since during  war times.

 


“Miracles like ‘Hairspray’ don’t happen every day,” Harvey Fierstein said from the stage of the Neil Simon Theatre at the curtain call of the show’s packed final performance.


Fierstein, who originated the gender-bender role of Edna Turnblad, returned to reprise it for the show’s last months on Broadway.


“It’s been an adventure and a pleasure,” he added. “I hope someday something like this happens to you.”

On another note, Patti Lupone let one audience member have it! 
As he was caught recording part of her performance!

Of course, someone has sampled her loud demand to remove the person, and it’s all over YouTube.  (sort of like Streisands SHUT UP).  I know it’s disrespectful, and I hope no one profited from this rape of theatre. But it is kind of funny, you have to admit….


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PAM ANN – Camp and Glamour with Caroline Reid

 


Whatever happened to the golden age of flying? When the ladies always wore a heel, donned their finest couture and had hairdo’s so big they could barely get on board. In those days passengers would sit in the cockpit drinking champagne with the captain en-route to LA.
 
The only exciting thing about flying these days is the thought that we may not all get off the plane alive!
 
Where’s the glamour? Where’s the fun? It’s here –Pam Ann, the a-list air-hostess to the stars is back with a brand new show which she promises will bring the thrill back to flying. In the past year Pam Ann has played sold-out shows on a major UK tour, at the Edinburgh Festival, in London and New York. She has toured with Cher and crewed for Elton John, even Madonna is a huge fan describing Pam as ‘cruelly funny’.

IN NEW YORK CITY this week –  5 days only! VERY  FEW TICKETS  LEFT!

Tickets: $28       January 14 – 18, 9:30 p.m.
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Pam Ann is the alter-ego of Australian Comedienne Caroline Reid. Her portrayal of the gutsy Air Hostess, is unique and wildly hilarious, as she identifies the individual quirks of some of the biggest international airlines and their stereotypes, mixing it with a generous dose of camp, glamour, ribald humour and double entendres.


Reid portrays the air-hostess Pam Ann, a mixture of camp, drag, and glamour, and a pun on the airline Pan Am.


Performances tend to emphasise the vagaries of air travel, including the identifying quirks of various airlines around theworld. Pam has developed a cult-like international following for her hilarious shows and riotous repartee. In the vein of Dame Edna, Lilly Tomlin, Tracey Ullman,  Caroline Reid brings her own blend of comedy to the screen and to live audiences across th globe.


After her great Success in Vienna, Summer 2008, PAM ANN is now landing on the continent for her first European Tour. Touching down in Hamburg in spring 2009, she will also lay over in Amsterdam, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Munich, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Vienna and Zurich. (Get tickets now online for European dates!)


Don‘t miss it – come and fly with PAM ANN!!


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Land of The Sweets – Burlesque Nutcracker in Seattle

 



 
If you find yourself in Seattle this holiday season, you’ll have to see
Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker  – it’s the nation’s first and only full-blown professional production of the holiday classic—rendered in 1930s burlesque cabaret style.

The production seamlessly marries traditional ballet, burlesque, and swing dance. An aerial acrobatic troupe astounds, while a sizzling hot jazz soundtrack of Tchaikovsky’s original score gets jam-packed houses jumpin’ like it’s the swingin’est winter party since the end of prohibition.

This year is their third season and they have been adding last-minute extra shows to meet the ecstatic demands of Seattle audiences. Following two annual sold-out runs, Land of the Sweets is doubling the number of Seattle performances for the 2008 season.




Featuring the A-List of American burlesque stars, Land of the Sweets seamlessly marries traditional ballet, burlesque, and swing dance. A sizzling hot jazz soundtrack of Tchaikovsky’s original score sets the tone for the swingin’est wintertime party since the end of prohibition. The show also features performances by two prominant queer performers, Waxie Moon and Miss Indigo Blue!


 






 


Racy but never raunchy, this show takes us to a fantastic, far-away locale where the characters of the Nutcracker live and play in their off-time.

While prim and proper on the music hall stage, these characters have quite a different demeanor in their private lives, and as the party unfolds, we see the famous Nutcracker characters bare almost all with flair and glamour.



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Harry Potter Gets Naked in New York on Broadway




Gosh, it’s been a week of hot news from New York City!


Daniel Radcliffe, the star of the ”Harry Potter” movies, will make his Broadway debut on Sept. 5, playing the disturbed stable boy in a revival of Peter Shaffer’s play, ”Equus,” it was announced today.


Radcliffe, 18, earned rave reviews for his performance in the London production of the Tony Award-winning play. He also received loads of media attention for appearing naked onstage — a departure from his wholesome image as the bespectacled boy wizard in the big-screen adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s best-selling fantasy novels.









”Equus” begins previews Sept. 5 for a limited 22-week run at the Broadhurst Theatre. The play opens Sept. 25-Feb. 8, 2009. Thea Sharrock directs.


Richard Griffiths, who portrays Harry’s mean Uncle Vernon in the ”Potter” movies, reprises his London role as the psychiatrist who treats the stable boy, who has blinded six horses.



Radcliffe told Reuters in an interview in September that the prospect of acting in New York was “terrifying”.


“I would be very nervous because I think (the audiences are) even more discerning than in London.”


England’s liberal perspective on nudity differs greatly than that of New York’s, so it will be interesting to see how Americans respond to their young hero being in his birthday suit!

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