205 posts categorized "DANCE"
I've never gotten around to attending Cathy Cervenka's annual Madonnathon — but its 15th-anniversary year seemed a good enough excuse to finally go!
My co-author Anthony Coombs and I also promised to provide one of the first copies of our new book MLVC60 to one of the costume-contest winners of the Halloween bash, so we had even more reason to go.
I wish I'd taken even more pictures, but I was busy talking with people and missed some of the performances. The ones I saw were outstanding!
Esther was sensational in a sizzling set that incorporated so many phases of Madonna's career it left people (wait for it) breathless, and she had the good sense to include hunky dancers. She was top-notch, and I've seen many Madonna-themed acts.
I was also wowed by a rap/thrash take on “Bitch I'm Madonna” and vocal pyrotechnics on renditions of “Live to Tell” and “Don't Cry for Me, Argentina” that raised the roof of the Highline Ballroom.
Then there was a perfectly whimsical “Vogue” done in the style of Madonna'a 1990 MTV performance, except sung live, and hostess Cathy wowed with her own live set, backed up by two zaftig dancers who opened their hearts while opening minds on what the “perfect” body size is.
There were quite a few others, and the appreciative crowd was never disappointed. I'll have to make this a tradition!
ABOVE: Gives new meaning to “well-hung.”
UPDATE: Extended through October 14!
Gunnar Montana's throbbing Kink Haüs, currently playing at La MaMa (66 E. 4th St., NYC) through October 6, is billed as fringe, but I came away thinking it was more mainstream than it realizes — and I think the patron who brought her 12-year-old daughter would agree with me.
Regardless of how out-there or in-here the show actually is, it's an attention-grabbing, joyful gender-romp that is athletically choreographed and a visual smorgasbord ...
Broadway World's Wayman Wong lands an exclusive talk with Matthew Morrison, who is embarking on a cabaret tour that begins September 30 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. His show, Song and Dance Man, sounds like a continuation of the greats of the form.
In the piece, Morrison says of his show:
Dance has always been so special and unique to what I do. Some of it's choreographed. Some of it's just me being inspired by the music. I can't help it. I'm a mover. It's just who I am. And I love Broadway, so I'll be singing songs I've done there, from Hairspray, The Light in the Piazza and South Pacific. I've always felt I was born in the wrong era. I love the standards.
He really has always seemed like a throwback ...