Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project and American Stage bring you ‘The Golden Gurlz Live’

By : Jeremy Williams
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Every year the folks down with the Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project put on a “Prelude to Pride” show with the help of the American Stage Theatre Company. This consists of doing a big send up or parody of a Hollywood classic. They have done hits like Gone with the Wind, Wizard of Oz and All About Eve.

“This year we were planning to do a spoof on Mommie Dearest,” says local performer Matthew McGee. “But we kept coming back to The Golden Girls, because even though it is an ’80s sitcom, it is so beloved by a young audience now as well as those of us who grew up with the show. It’s got this huge generational appeal.”

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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ and Bette Midler win big at Tony Awards

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Dear Evan Hansen” and Bette Midler reigned over the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday raking in wins, and in Midler’s case, giving an unconventional acceptance speech.

Lin-Manuel Miranda presented the award for Best Musical to the breakout production about teen suicide. “Dear Evan Hansen” received awards for Best Score, Book, Orchestrations, Featured Actress in a Musical and Leading Actor in a Musical, totaling six awards for the night.

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Cher announces Broadway musical coming in 2018

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cher’s life story will be brought to the Broadway stage in a musical set to debut in 2018, the pop icon announced on Twitter on Tuesday.

The singer teased that the production was in the works back in January after attending the read through.

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Comedian Fortune Feimster brings her Southern charm to Polk Pride

By : Jeremy Williams
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Fortune Feimster has been a comical force of nature since first appearing on NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2010. The North Carolina native has been a member of the legendary comedy troupe The Groundlings; a writer and performer on Chelsea Handler’s groundbreaking late night talk show, Chelsea Lately; and has guest-starred on hit TV shows like 2 Broke Girls, Glee and Life in Pieces.

In Mindy Kaling’s hit Hulu series The Mindy Project, Feimster guest starred as the loveable nurse Colette, and was so loveable that Kaling turned Colette into a permanent character on the show.

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“ThanksKilling: The Musical,” “Wanzie with a Z” win in first ever Watermark Splash Awards

By : Jeremy Williams
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Watermark handed out the first ever Splash Awards during Orlando Fringe’s 2017 Closing Ceremonies and Awards at Loch Haven Park May 29.

The Watermark Splash Awards, or “The Splashies” as some were calling them on the Fringe lawn, allowed our readers to vote on their favorite LGBTQ and LGBTQ-themed shows from this year’s amazing selection.

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Watermark on the Fringe: Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth

By : Danny Garcia
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In the cool pews of St. Mathew’s Tavern, we escaped the Florida heat and humidity at this BYOV and sat impatiently waiting for Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth.

A masterfully woven blanket of various original stories as cacophonously told by a verbal ringmaster dressed as a clown like from an era of the New York club kids scene, think Leigh Bowery.

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Watermark on the Fringe: PeeVira’s SCAREavan Sing-along

By : Danny Garcia
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As one of the patrons on my ride said, PeeVira’s SCAREavan Sing-along is “the Fringe-iest show she’s done.”

The show is limited to a group of six or seven passengers who, after signing legal waivers, are handed a microphone and board the back of a windowless white SCAREavan that has a bloody shower curtain inside reading “Free Candy.”

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Watermark on the Fringe: ButchQueen

By : Danny Garcia
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You know you’re in store for something loud when you’re offered ear plugs during the pre-show, and that is not a bad thing.

It’s opening night for the washed-up ButchQueen and her band Bad Habits at a grimy bar called The Watering Hole, and they are ready for a wild ride of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.

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‘Brokeback Mountain’ opera coming to NYC in 2018

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Brokeback Mountain” will go from screen to stage in an opera adaptation premiering at the Lincoln Center in New York City in 2018.

According to Broadway.com, the New York City Opera will present the production which will run from May 31-June 4, 2018. Out composer Charles Wuorinen and author Annie Proulx are on board. It will be conducted by Kazem Abdullah.

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Watermark on the Fringe: Psycho Mode

By : Danny Garcia
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Who’d a thunk it? The music of synth band Depeche Mode would so perfectly fit with the story line of Psycho, although sometimes it was more of the music than the lyrics which fit best.

Originally a novel released in 1959, Psycho was made into a hit horror/thriller film in 1960 directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Anthony Perkins with Janet Leigh, which this jukebox musical stage adaptation seems to be mostly based on.

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Watermark on the Fringe: Gay Jeopardy – the Gayest show on Earth

By : Danny Garcia
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“What is funny gay stereotypes played up to the highest level for our viewing pleasure?”

Gay Jeopardy is a parody on the more straight-laced Jeopardy. Hosted by the boozy old queen, Donald Diamonds (Bob Hay) and emceed by his partner Ricky Rhinestones (Stuart Nichols), the show welcomes the colorful trio: the glittered twink with dreams of stardom Xavier (Cody McNeeley), the fashion diva Aunderay (Domino Thomas) and the ultra-conservative Christian puppet show performer Ella May (Stan Madray).

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Watermark on the Fringe: Shirley Gnome – Taking it Up The Notch

By : Rick Claggett
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Shirley Gnome, last year’s Patron’s Pick winner, returns with Taking It Up The Notch, her no holds barred one woman cabaret.

After a fun game of pull the string and see what falls out of her vagina, Gnome breaks out into stories and original songs that press the limits of what’s taboo with her inventive blend of comedy and biting social commentary.

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