Film tells story of five African-American men who contracted HIV from a single partner
Gay performers Alan Kilpatrick and Glenn Rainey aren’t technically joined at the hip, but they’ve acted a lot like it lately. Their collaboration in the musical “Hairspray” (opening at The Strand Theatre this week courtesy of Atlanta Lyric Theatre) is their third in the past nine months.
In “Hairspray,” they play husband and wife. Kilpatrick plays Wilbur Turnblad and Rainey plays the immortal Edna Turnblad. Rainey joins a list of heavyweights who have played that role onstage including Tony winner Harvey Fierstein, Bruce Vilanch and “Cheers” star George Wendt.
Rainey actually auditioned to understudy for Edna when he was living in New York. Although he has played women before, this is unique.
Robert Egizio remembers hearing Elaine Strich’s version of “The Ladies Who Lunch” from the musical “Company” and buying the cast album almost immediately after. Since that time he has longed to be involved in a production of the musical, and next week he gets the chance at his Stage Door Players.
Egizio, the openly gay artistic director of the company, is directing the production. His version of “Company” hits almost 40 years after the original bowed on Broadway.
In the musical, openly gay Dustin Lewis stars as Robert, the main character who is celebrating his 35th birthday. Over the course of the show, we meet his married friends — all of whom are urging him to settle down and get married — as well as his three girlfriends. Robert has rejected the notion of making a commitment to any of them.
Icon performs tonight with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Although no longer an Atlantan, lesbian playwright and author Shay Youngblood considers the city her second home and is excited to return here for Horizon Theatre’s remount of her signature play “Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery.”
Youngblood was born in Columbus, Ga., and graduated from Clark-Atlanta University. She held various jobs around town, but Charis Books & More proved to be a stepping stone.
Youngblood worked at the now 35-year-old feminist bookstore for a year, beginning when she was only 19, and was persuaded to hold her first public reading there. That event gave her confidence and the drive to move on.
Screen on the Green returns after being postponed a week due to violence
Writer Larry Corse presents ‘Someone Bought the House on the Island: An Operatic Dream in Two Acts’ tonight
For out performer Tony Vierling, the news that “Little House on the Prairie” was being adapted into a stage musical came as something of a surprise — at first.
“I was surprised but after thinking about it, it made total sense,” he says. “As literature and as a TV show it has such a legacy. The stories were written so well and were so successful. I’m very excited to be part of it.”
Like millions, Vierling read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” books, first published in 1932, as a child. He was not a regular watcher of the television series, although he did see certain episodes.
Topher Payne was looking forward to taking a vacation after his recent play “Christina Darling,” but when he learned that auditions for “Loot” were coming up, he knew a vacation could wait. “Loot” opens June 4 at Onstage Atlanta.
Written by gay playwright Joe Orton, “Loot” debuted back in 1965, where it was met with some hostility from those not expecting its satirical tone. The play is a farce about two young men, Hal and Dennis, who are thieves. After robbing a bank next to a funeral parlor, they have to hide the money — and wind up stashing it in the coffin of Hal’s recently deceased mother.
A father’s secret past comes back to haunt him in the form of an old boyfriend in Brad Fraser’s new comedy.
The gay comedy troupe of Jennie McNulty, Diana Yanez and Daniel Leary comes to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta today.