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HOT! at 23

HOT! at 23

BY DAVID NOH | Ellie Covan’s annual HOT! Festival of live queer performance is celebrating its unbelievable 23rd year at Dixon Place, so I trekked down to her wonderful Lower East Side space to get the full dish, which she provided in her inimitably random yet wholly delightful way (161A Chrystie St., btwn. Rivington & […]

A Party Where Everyone’s a Queen

A Party Where Everyone’s a Queen

BY RYAN HOWE | Five years ago, Avory Agony decided to change career paths after a tarot card reading at Short Mountain Sanctuary, a radical faerie retreat in the Tennessee woods. The New York native, who prefers to be referred to with the pronoun “they,” had been working as a union carpenter for six years […]

Ellen and Jessica

Ellen and Jessica

BY DAVID NOH | Few American actresses have been so honored or enjoyed such a lengthy and illustrious career as Ellen Burstyn, who at 81 shows no signs of slowing down. She works constantly and serves, with Al Pacino, as president of the Actor’s Studio, where she found her chops as a performer and still moderates […]

Oh, Diana!

Oh, Diana!

  BY DAVID NOH | Undoubtedly one of the most exciting opera singers today, Diana Damrau just wrapped an ecstatically received run of performances of Bellini’s “La Sonnambula” at the Met –– and made her triumphant cabaret debut at Le Poisson Rouge, celebrating her solo album, “Forever,” which she calls “the soundtrack of my life.” Opera […]

Laura and Mimi

Laura and Mimi

BY DAVID NOH | After some very high profile television work, Laura Benanti is returning to the musical stage as waitress Rosabella in the Encores! revival of “The Most Happy Fella” (New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St., through Apr. 6; nycitycenter.org). As exquisitely pretty and earthy real as ever, she took some time off from […]

Iron-Willed Ingénues Keep Going Strong

Iron-Willed Ingénues Keep Going Strong

BY DAVID NOH | Oscar-winning movie musical queen Shirley Jones just made her Café Carlyle debut with a well-received show and I grabbed the opportunity to chat with her. For those who know her as such, you will be pleased to know that “Mrs. Partridge” is every bit as warm and down-to-earth as the Dream Mom […]

Beth Levels

Beth Levels

BY DAVID NOH | We truly are living in a marvelously varied Golden Age of Broadway Divas and, even if starring musical roles are scarce, these gals are still going forward, knocking us dead by strutting their awesome stuff in thrilling cabaret acts. The latest to do so is the dynamic Beth Leavel, who killed the […]

A Second Shot for Hannibal’s Second Take

A Second Shot for Hannibal’s Second Take

BY STEVE G | Hannibal” is the best new drama on network television that you’re not watching. You should be. The NBC series that revives the infamous serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter premiered last year to low ratings but the network wisely commissioned a second season. It begins on Friday, February 28. It’s unfortunate that “The […]

Movie Costume Designers Get No Respect

Movie Costume Designers Get No Respect

  BY DAVID NOH | It’s Oscar time again and, with it, red carpet fashion fever, and an intense focus on who’s wearing what. Someone who has long been a serious champion of fashions we actually see on the screen is Deborah Nadoolman Landis. Married to director John Landis, she is a designer herself and author […]

2013 Aggie Awards Warm Up Winter

2013 Aggie Awards Warm Up Winter

BY DAVID NOH | We honor Agnes Moorehead annually with awards in her name for the best live performances of the year because there was no actress more versatile than she. Recent viewings of two of her films confirmed this for me once again — unnecessary as that was. In the classic, essential women’s jail drama […]

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