Hippodrome’s Aladdin to Take Charm City on a Magic Carpet Ride

Running at the Hippodrome Theatre from Wednesday, November 13th to Sunday, December 1st, Disney’s Aladdin takes audiences on a magic carpet ride to discover a whole new world. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Rutherford, New Jersey-native Ben Chavez about his upcoming role as Omar in the Disney classic. Frankie Kujawa: What can audiences expect from this upcoming performance of Aladdin? Ben Chavez: They will see a beautiful love story about two people who feel stuck in two very different worlds and want to escape to find a better life for themselves. They face a lot of trials, but they do […]

90s Nostalgia Sounds Like This

If there’s any doubt that 1990s nostalgia is in full swing, check this out. A number of acts who released their first albums in the 1990s, including The Rembrandts (1990), The Muffs (1993), The Dandy Warhols (1995), Sleater-Kinney (1995), Fastball (1996), Third Eye Blind (1997), and Alice Peacock (1999), have all returned with new albums. When you hear the band name The Rembrandts, the first thing that comes to mind may be the song “I’ll Be There For You,” better-known as the theme song to the smash hit NBC series Friends. But The Rembrandts (Danny Wilde and Phil Solem) actually […]

Todrick Hall Brings Haus Party World Tour To Charm City

The always-talented Todrick Hall will bring his “Haus Party World Tour” to Charm City on Sunday, November 10th. The Broadway actor, viral sensation and musician will perform at the Baltimore Sound Stage featuring brand new sets, costumes and music from his three-part album Haus Party. Baltimore OUTloud chatted exclusively with the performer in anticipation of his upcoming performance. Frankie Kujawa: What can audiences expect from your upcoming Haus Party World Tour concert here in Baltimore? Todrick Hall: First of all, and I’m not just saying this because I’m on the phone with you, I absolutely love coming to Baltimore. It’s […]

Keeping it Real with Real Housewife of New Jersey’s Dolores Catania

Mother Teresa once said, “It’s not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts. Life isn’t worth living, unless it’s lived for other people.” Amidst the dramatic twists and turns facing the cast members in the upcoming tenth season of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” there is a beacon of light that shines bright. That gleaming, glittering light is the heart of gold that resides inside of housewife Dolores Catania. Speaking exclusively to Baltimore OUTloud, Catania recently chatted about the upcoming season, her spectacular new look, her philanthropy, and finally […]

Watch That Man

Katonah native Ben Mandelker is a funny guy. The Dartmouth College alum moved to Los Angeles a few years ago to be a comedy writer. He’s not the first and he won’t be the last. His is a familiar story of starts and stops, highs and lows. Fortunately for Mandelker, he met fellow funny man Ronnie Karam, and their shared affection for “The Real Housewives” and all things Bravo led them to create the popular podcast “Watch What Crappens.” The title of the podcast, a nod to Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens: Live” recap and call-in show, has been well-received, […]

Cirque Italia Brings Aquatic Circus to Fredrick

Cirque Italia presents “Aquatic Spectacular” in Frederick, Maryland, running from October 31st to November 3rd. The name reflects a unique attribute under the tent, as the show features a custom designed water stage that travels from city to city. The stage holds 35,000 gallons of water that performers dazzle over while thrilling the audience with every move. With this “unique feature” under the tent, guests will be surprised, for it’s a show all its own! Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Guillermo Fernandez, who performs the death-defying stunt, the “Wheel of Death.” Frankie Kujawa: What can audiences expect from this upcoming […]

Not Just a Stage

You’ve got to give Michael Longoria, who performed on Broadway in Jersey Boys and Hairspray, credit for being ballsy. On his 2016 album Broadway Brick By Brick he powered his way through a set of popular songs from, you guessed it, Broadway musicals. For his new album, Like They Do in the Movies (Broadway), he turns his attention to songs from the cinema. Longoria begins the album with the catchy original “Kiss Me (Like They Do in the Movies”) before boldly taking on well-known numbers such as “Arthur’s Theme,” “Evergreen,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” “I Will Always Love You,” “It […]

Ryan Jamaal Swain: His Thoughts on Thoughts of a Colored Man at Center Stage

James Baldwin once said, “Fires can’t be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks.”  It’s evident in the first few minutes of meeting actor Ryan Jamaal Swain, that the dynamic performer is the sheer embodiment of Baldwin’s words.  From his powerful performance as Damon on FX’s Pose to his magnetic role as Love in Keenan Scott II’s Thoughts of a Colored Man, Swain has brought intensity, light and grace to his work.  In Baltimore Center Stage’s Thoughts of a Colored Man […]

Martha, My Dear

Few disco divas can make the claim that Martha Wash can. Early in her performance career, Martha Wash sang backing vocals for the one and only gay disco icon Sylvester. Paired up with Izora Armstead as Two Tons O’Fun, Wash and Armstead can be heard singing on the classic Sylvester tune “Dance (Disco Heat),” among other numbers. Wash and Armstead also achieved superstar status with their massive 1982 hit single “It’s Raining Men,” performing as the Weather Girls. Wash made news in the late 1980s and early 90s when unscrupulous music producers and musical acts, including Black Box and C+C […]

‘Disney on Ice’ Skates into Charm City

This month, at Royal Farms Arena, Disney on Ice presents Road Trip Adventures which will take families on a fun-fueled excursion to iconic Disney Destinations. Running October 9th to 13th, the immersive “getaway” will feature new and classic Disney tales, providing a multi-generational experience chock-full of magical moments for families. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Steven Grant, a performer with Disney on Ice. “I think that Disney on Ice just brings everyone such joy,” began Grant. The Oakdale, Minnesota-native, who has been skating since he was three years old, shared that this production has taken Disney on Ice to a […]