Darren McDonnell Dazzles in Toby’s Mamma Mia

Mamma Mia continues to dance its way into the hearts of audiences this month at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, Maryland. Running until September 8th, Mamma Mia is the story of a daughter’s quest to discover her father’s identity, which brings three very different men from her mother’s past back into her life. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Baltimore-native Darren McDonnell who plays Harry Bright in the performance. Frankie Kujawa: Could you describe your background as both a performer and Baltimore-native for our readers? Darren McDonnell: I started doing theatre in grade school, then into high school and college. I […]

Steve Preston and Marvin ‘Doc’ Cheatham, Sr.’s Miracle on McKean

Coretta Scott King once said, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” For Parks & People’s Steven Preston and community leader Marvin L. “Doc” Cheatham, Sr., compassion for the community is rooted in their DNA. Preston and Cheatham recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud regarding their collaboration on the “Miracle on McKean” – the Easterwood / Sandtown park and playground and their enduring friendship that has grown from the project. For Steve Preston, parks construction and design manager for the Parks & People Foundation, the word “community” isn’t isolated to a single […]

Howard County Shows Their Pride

As the month-long celebrations of Pride continue, Howard County is excited to celebrate their inaugural Pride festival from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Centennial Park in Ellicott City.  The festival is co-hosted by PFLAG Columbia-Howard County and County Executive Calvin Ball.  The festival’s committee chairman, Jumel Howard, recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud about the upcoming event.   Frankie Kujawa: This is the first ever celebration of Pride in Howard County.  What are you most excited about for this Pride? Jumel Howard: I would have to say that the most exciting thing about our inaugural festival has been the overwhelmingly […]

Gay Golden Years Drama After Forever

Thomas Wolfe once said, “Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man.” Currently streaming on Amazon, After Forever tackles the age-old story of love and loss through the lens of a gay couple in their 50s living in New York. Currently streaming on Amazon, the Emmy Award-winning, eight-episode series follows the journey of Brian (superbly portrayed by Days of Our Lives alum Kevin Spirtas) and Jason (portrayed by the equally talented Doogie Howser alum Mitchell Anderson) as an older couple who seemingly “have it all” until Jason’s untimely death forces Brian to re-evaluate his […]

Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo Catapults into Charm City

Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo runs from July 3rd to 7th at Royal Farms Arena – allowing audiences young and old to “get carried away with life” in the aftermath of the passing of clown Mauro. His spirit, happily, is still with us. Instead of mourning, the funeral cortege celebrates the here and hereafter with laughter and exuberance. Regret and melancholy retreat in the face of a cavalcade of lively recollections of a life gloriously lived. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with performer Francis Croft. “Corteo is a very special show because it portrays a bit more diplomatic side of circus,” explained […]

Jim Williams: In His Own Words

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”  Few people have embodied the answer to this question more than Baltimore OUTloud’s co-founder and co-owner Jim Williams.  Throughout Jim’s life, his strong work ethic, passion, humility, and heart have marked his accomplishments as labor organizer, advocate for people with AIDS, and gay activist. “I was so young and focused on what I was doing that I didn’t realize the history that was being made,” Jim told me recounting his life. Born at home in Shreveport, Louisiana, on April 9th, […]

Men on Ice

The Next Ice Age recently celebrated over 30 years of excellence as one of only three dance companies on ice in America. On Thursday, May 16th, the Mount Pleasant Ice Arena will host the Next Ice Age, which will join with the Ice Men, a group of amateur young male skaters, in the revival of choreographer John Curry’s adaptation for skaters of Aaron Copland’s score for the ballet Rodeo. During this performance, ten of the best male figure skaters from around the globe perform with six young male skaters in a program in which they will skate to Aaron Copland’s […]

Judy Gold Glitters at Charm City Synagogue

The comedic genius of Judy Gold will delight audiences on Saturday, May 4th at the Bolton Street Synagogue. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with the comedian to discuss the inspiration behind her material and the inequality facing female comics today. “Since we’re at a synagogue, expect some Jewish jokes,” Gold laughed. “These audiences are going to laugh and let go of all the negative crap in their lives. It’s going to be needed. It’s soon after we spent time with our families for the holidays, which can cause a lot of anxiety and stress.” Over the last three decades Gold has […]

Catching Up with Doug Yeakey

As explained in Baltimore OUTloud’s previous article a few weeks ago, EC Pops in Fells Point has partnered with Moby’s (721 South Broadway, Fells Point) to host the Baltimore Drag Showdown. This unique competition features 12 talented Baltimore drag performers taking to the stage to compete for the chance to win a grand prize of $2,000. The brainchild of the owners of EC Pops – Doug Yeakey and Lance Sovine – the two wanted to do something to help bring community, camaraderie, and competition to Baltimore. With their next event scheduled for Tuesday, May 7th at Moby’s, Baltimore OUTloud recently […]

Topical, Heartfelt: New Season at Center Stage

Baltimore Center Stage recently announced its exhilarating season of Mainstage plays to mark the debut programming under Artistic Director Stephanie Ybarra. The 58th season includes the directorial debut of Broadway and screen star Taye Diggs with Thoughts of a Colored Man by Keenan Scott II; a fresh take on the immortal play The Bacchae by Euripides; topical themes in a contemporary musical by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Erin McKeown’s Miss You Like Hell; a dramatic comedy about family dynamics in Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally by Noah Diaz; hilarity through a retelling of the exploration of the Grand […]