VIDEO: ‘Frozen 2’ cast take to London gay bar to sing ‘Let It Go’

By : Jeremy Williams
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While doing press on the other side of the pond, some of the stars of Disney’s “Frozen 2” decided to hit up a London gay bar for a little “Frozen” sing-a-long.

Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad — who voice animated characters Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf in the highly anticipated sequel, as well as the original — visited Heaven, a gay nightclub in London to perform (possibly after a few drinks?) the Oscar-winning hit song from the first film, “Let It Go.”

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Divine Grace channels comedic icon Bea Arthur in two upcoming stage shows

By : Jeremy Williams
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Bea Arthur is a comedy legend. She was a fixture on Broadway stages and television screens throughout the back half of the 20th Century, but she is probably best known as the witty, sarcastic Dorothy Zbornak in the groundbreaking 80s sitcom “The Golden Girls.”

That is where Central Florida drag performer and actor Divine Grace delved into the mind of Arthur.

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Nick Offerman talks television, touring and being on the side of decency

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Nick Offerman is a New York Times-best selling author, reality show host and woodworker, but you probably know him best as the scene-stealing Ron Swanson. The performer brought the character to life on NBC’s comedic “Parks and Recreation” from 2009-2015.

Before, during and after, Offerman has used his platform to advocate for equality on all fronts – often beside his wife, fellow entertainer Megan Mulally. The actress and LGBTQ icon originated the role of Karen Walker on the groundbreaking LGBTQ series “Will & Grace,” on which he’s also guest starred.

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Celine Dion performs for surprised fans at drag karaoke in NYC

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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ABOVE: Celine Dion takes the stage at Lips, a restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper East Side (Photo Credit: Eric Lagg)

Legendary singer Celine Dion celebrated the release of her newest album last week by partying with some of her gay fans in New York.

“Courage,” the Canadian diva’s first English-language album in six years, dropped Nov. 15, and to mark the occasion, she turned up at Lips, a New York City restaurant on the Upper East Side that has regular drag shows, giving patrons gathered there an unexpected night to remember.

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Morgan Unger and the cast of ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ bring Jimmy Buffett fun to Dr. Phillips Center

By : Jeremy Williams
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We may be heading into the holiday season, but this week it is all tropical getaways and beach weather at the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando as the Fairwinds Broadway series presents “Escape to Margaritaville,” the Broadway musical based on the songs of Jimmy Buffett.

“Escape to Margaritaville” was first performed in San Diego in 2017 and is based on a book by Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley. The show played in New Orleans, Houton and Chicago before making its Broadway stage debut in Feb. 2018.

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Ocasio-Cortez goes fangirl for Sasha Velour

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) went to a performance by Sasha Velour on Monday night, and came out sounding like the drag queen’s biggest fan.

The House freshman met with the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum after the Washington, D.C. show, calling the performance “incredible” and “amazing.”

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Cyndi Lauper announces line-up for 9th annual concert to benefit homeless youth

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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(Image from True Colors United website)

Grammy, Emmy and Tony-winning icon and advocate Cyndi Lauper has announced the lineup for her 9th annual “Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays” benefit concert, presented by Marriott International and AEG. The concert’s proceeds will benefit Lauper’s True Colors United (TCU), a nonprofit whose mission is to prevent and end homelessness among LGBTQ youth.

The event will take place in Los Angeles for the first time ever at The Novo at L.A. Live on Dec. 10. Taking the stage with Lauper and her band this year will be a host of guests including Kesha, Billy Porter, Brandi Carlisle, Henry Rollins, Carol Leifer, Lily Tomlin, Margaret Cho, King Princess and more. Emmy-winner and TCU board member Carson Kressley will return as host.

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Erica Roberts and Rebekah Piatt turn SAVOY Orlando into a piano bar every Friday

By : Lora Korpar
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Orlando community members can belt out their favorite show tunes every Friday night at the city’s first drag queen piano bar experience thanks to Central Florida drag queen Erica Roberts and local gay bar SAVOY Orlando.

Roberts started the piano bar night over the summer and pianist Rebekah Piatt joined the team in September.

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Orlando Gay Chorus to welcome the holiday season with ‘Sleigh Queen’

By : Lora Korpar
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ORLANDO | The Orlando Gay Chorus (OGC) will be performing their annual holiday performance that they promise will “put the jingle in your bells” on Dec. 14 and 15.

Titled “Sleigh Queen,” the concert will feature a variety of holiday music, featuring everything from Christmas classics like “Run, Run, Rudolph” to songs by Sia and Eric Whitacre. There will also be a special guest appearance by “one who knows a thing or two about reindeer games,” according to a press release.

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Orlando Ballet haunts the Dr. Phillips Center with the return of ‘Vampire’s Ball’

By : Marianella Falbo
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The Orlando Ballet is back to kick off the 2019-20 season with its undead-inspired original show, “Vampire’s Ball,” at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts — just in time to celebrate Halloween.

“This is the fourth time we’ve been doing it and I’m going into my eleventh season,” says Robert Hill, Orlando Ballet’s artistic director.

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Central Florida, Tampa Bay run amuck, amuck, amuck for Halloween!

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Get in, boo-ser—we’re going haunting! It’s time for Watermark’s third annual Halloween issue to grab its broom and take fright.

Halloween was love at first bite for many members of Central Florida and Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ communities. The hallowed holiday is a celebration of self-expression, one that has long allowed individuals of any gender identity or sexual orientation to openly live their truth—or someone else’s, all while donning our very best in spooky and spectacularly gay apparel.

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Confetti-throwing comic Rip Taylor dies at 84

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LOS ANGELES (AP) | Rip Taylor, the madcap mustached comedian with a fondness for confetti-throwing who became a television game show mainstay in the 1970s, has died. He was 84.

Taylor died Oct. 6 in Beverly Hills, California, publicist Harlan Boll said.

The man who would become known worldwide as Rip did not have a direct line into show business. He was born Charles Elmer Taylor Jr. in Washington, D.C., to a waitress and a musician and first worked as a congressional page before serving in the Army during the Korean War, where he started performing standup.

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