Looking for things to do this week? NYC treasure Michael Musto appears live, Big Gay Sing returns, and a comedienne composer sets men’s apologies to music!
Time No Line
Thursday, March 8
Performance artist and Obie-winner John Kelly is a beloved fixture among downtown arts lovers; he’s a queer renaissance rebel who’s spent more than 40 years dazzling audiences as a dancer, visual artist, singer, composer, raconteur, theater-maker and drag star. Time No Line is billed as a “live memoir,” it’s an autobiographical solo show, not a highlights reel. It’s based on decades of journaling and creating; it’s also a chronicle of the pivotal moments along his artistic journey. Still lithe and gorgeous in his sixties, the ever-elfin Kelly is said to exude “charm and brilliance.” As he shares his artistic inspirations and legacy, he crafts new work before patrons’ eyes through chalk drawings, evocative movements and duets with his younger self via archival video. His solo show is described as “simultaneously deconstructing and demonstrating the creative impulse.”
Big Gay Sing X
Friday, March 9
New York City’s Gay Men’s Chorus invites audiences to come celebrate 10 years of Big Gay Sing-ing in their upcoming anniversary performance. They’ll bring back crowd-pleasing favorites, serve up memories and nostalgia galore and infuse the whole party with the newest hits in this biggest of the big, gayest of the gay, sing-along songfest. Everyone present will be invited to warble along, singing out loud, bold and proud, as the 250+ chorus kicks up their heels to recall past glories and prepare for the wide open vistas of the future. Outrageous drag queens, iconic gay anthems and over-the-top performances with NYCGMC’s talented soloists and full-chorus wall of sound make Big Gay Sing X one of the the most popular events of the season.
Apologies from Men: The Concert
Apologies from Men: The Concert hits men where it hurts in a pointed and comic performance assembled by comedienne/composer and filmmaker Lauren Maul. This time out, Maul takes the words of infamous recent male apologists and set them to original music to make songs that are as provocative as they were in their original context to highlighting the spurious nature of each apology. The show features songs from the apologies of Louis CK, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer and more, with live guitar & piano. There are dance tracks, piano ballads, and even a faux-Christian rock song. The songs are hilarious and really show how ridiculous and flawed these apologies are. The words will be projected in full view so the audience can see how Maul turned them into songs. Maul is joined by other comedic singers for half of the show: Alyson Greenfield, Jen Kwok, Lady Kate Weber, Alexius Smith, Chase O’Donnell and Tahlia Robinson.
Michael Musto Duets!
Once again columnist Michael Musto — the venerated gadfly of gay Manhattan — will be flaunting his singular approach to song on at the newly opened Club Cumming. Musto will be offering up a series duets with the following confirmed artists: Tommy Femia, Molly Pope, Vivian Reed, Brini Maxwell, Aaron Weinstein, Dina Martina, Rob Roth, Kenyon Phillips, Ryan Raftery and Flotilla DeBarge. So far the hit hymnal includes “Dont Rain on My Parade,” “Maybe This Time,” “I Got You Babe” and “Anything You Can Do,” as well as “I Am What I Am” with Mickey Boardman, Tym Moss, and Frankie C.
Angels in America
The political themes of Tony Kushner’s 1991 Pulitzer Prize-winning epic, Angels in America, continue to reverberate than a quarter century later. The fantastical two-part drama offers a symbolic and metaphorical examination of the AIDS crisis in the mid-’80s, as characters are visited by ghosts and supernatural beings from beyond. Following a sold-out run in London, this production, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, lands on Broadway for a limited 18-week engagement under the direction of Tony Award-winner Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog at Midnight, War Horse), with (as in London) Andrew Garfield as abandoned AIDS sufferer Prior Walter and Nathan Lane as closeted Republican Roy Cohn. For the New York run, Lee Pace joins the cast as the conflicted Mormon Joe Pitt. Tickets for Millennium Approaches (Part 1) and Perestroika (Part 2) will be sold in pairs — as either same-day (matinee and evening) or multi-evening performances.
Last modified: March 16, 2018