Come from Away Lands at Hippodrome this April

On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all. The musical Come from Away will run at the Hippodrome from April 23rd to 28th. Come from Away takes audiences into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with actor Michael Brian Dunn (Standby) who performs in the production. Frankie Kujawa: What can audiences expect from this play? Michael […]

Hunchback of Notre Dame at Toby’s

Running until May 19th, Toby’s Dinner Theatre presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The musical is a stunning retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance, and what it means to be a hero. As the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in 15th-century Paris, Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer, longs to be “Out There,” celebrating the “Feast of Fools.” Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Baltimore-native Jessica Bennett to discuss her upcoming role as Esmerelda in the musical. Frankie Kujawa: What can audiences expect from Toby’s rendition of one of theatre’s great classics? Jessica Bennett: I think […]

Queer Group Therapy

It’s interesting that Boy George and Culture Club, as they are now known, would call its new studio album – its first such release in almost 20 years – Life (BMG) as that’s the one thing it could use more of. For a group that was so influential and groundbreaking in its early 1980s heyday, Culture Club sounds surprisingly out of touch. You have to wonder what it is they’ve been listening to all these years. At a time when electronic dance music is having a strong resurgence, Life would have benefited from some of the house music energy that […]

American Opera ‘Most Beloved’: Porgy and Bess

According to Dr. Eric Conway, “Porgy and Bess is ‘the’ most beloved America opera. One is reminded of the strengths and frailties of the human spirit via a lens of beautifully written and orchestrated music.” From April 12th to 14th,, experience the marvelous music of George Gershwin as it is performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and the Morgan State University Choir. Porgy and Bess opened in 1935 and has remained a staple in American music ever since. As director of the Morgan State choir, Dr. Conway guided the group to put its own spin on the music while […]

Good Intentions Don’t Pay Off in Gospel of Eureka

Documentaries are often made with good intentions, sometimes to spotlight the life of a beloved figure, reveal previously unknown details about a historical event, or expose the dark sides of governments and corporations. Of course there are myriad subjects documentaries can cover, but just because these films offer actual slices of life with new and archival footage and interviews, a lot of people don’t realize that it doesn’t all just come together after someone goes out with a camera to shoot something. Documentaries do need an outline so the filmmakers can focus on the story they want to tell with […]

Queer Group Therapy

It’s interesting that Boy George and Culture Club, as they are now known, would call its new studio album – its first such release in almost 20 years – Life (BMG) as that’s the one thing it could use more of. For a group that was so influential and groundbreaking in its early 1980s heyday, Culture Club sounds surprisingly out of touch. You have to wonder what it is they’ve been listening to all these years. At a time when electronic dance music is having a strong resurgence, Life would have benefited from some of the house music energy that […]

Meet the Enemy

Have you ever had that feeling that someone is following you? You don’t see them, you don’t hear them, but you somehow just know that if you’re just at the right place at the right time – or in some cases the wrong place at the wrong time – you’re going to bump into that spectre. Sometimes it’s a relief but it could also go south real quickly. But what if that someone you finally encountered was not a friend or stranger but … you? That’s just a very vague set-up for Jordan Peele’s latest thriller Us. In the film, […]

Hell, Yes

Since the late 1990s, queer singer / songwriter Erin McKeown has been making a name for herself as a distinguished performer with a rich and pure distinctive vocal style. McKeown expanded her creative horizons with the stage musical Miss You Like Hell, a collaboration with Quiara Alegría Hudes, for which she wrote the music and lyrics. As you can hear on Miss You Like Hell: Original Cast Recording (Ghostlight), the play is about the reunion between troubled mother and undocumented immigrant Beatriz (Daphne Rubin-Vega), who is facing the prospect of deportation, and her teenaged daughter Olivia (Gizel Jiménez) and the […]

As Long As I’m Famous Enjoys Hollywood Debut

On Saturday, March 16th, as the lights of the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills, CA slowly dimmed, audiences cheered and clapped as the premiere of Broadwood Media’s “As Long as I’m Famous” danced across the silver screen.  Baltimore OUTloud was there as Hollywood’s glitterati graced the Red-Carpet event for the film whose ending was met thunderous applause. Inspired by real legends of both Hollywood and Broadway’s Golden Age, Bruce Reisman’s original story for the screen, combines the lives of Montgomery Clift, director Sidney Lumet, at age 24, composer Richard Rodgers, boxing champ of 1928, Gene Tunney, Joshua Logan […]

Schoolhouse Murder Set to Song

This April, an advanced workshop and two staged readings of the new musical Living Over the Rainbow will take place in Dallas, Texas. The play is based on a true story that made national headlines in 2008 when a young gay teenager, Lawrence King, was murdered by a fellow classmate at his high school in Oxnard, California. The circumstances of his death and the issues brought to light by it have now been made into a heartfelt and inspirational work about acceptance and finding peace crafted by Roz Esposito. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Esposito, whose book and score brilliantly […]