Thursday, January 21, 2010

John McCain: Won't Follow Wife's Lead-From the Advocate

The announcement Wednesday that Cindy McCain had come out for marriage equality by posing for the NOH8 campaign may have changed a few people’s opinions about the former would-be first lady. But it appears that Mrs. McCain’s photo session has done little to change her husband’s mind about marriage rights for gay people.

Senator John McCain’s office has issued a statement saying that the senator respects his family members’ views, but that he is still opposed to gay marriage, The Washington Post reports. “Sen. McCain believes the sanctity of marriage is only defined as between one man and one woman,” the statement said. It's the same statement McCain made to Ellen DeGeneres before she got married in 2008 (see the video below).

McCain's statement on Wednesday, however, seems in opposition to what NOH8 creator and photographer Adam Bouska told The Advocate after his shoot with Mrs. McCain. When asked if his time with Cindy McCain gave him any indication that her husband might be budging on the issue, Bouska responded: “Um, I got that impression. I don’t know that I should speak much about it, but I definitely got that impression.”

Friday, January 15, 2010

Katie Thompson joins The Other Side of Broadway March 21st

Katie Thompson has joined the lineup of stars performing at The Other
Side of Broadway on March 21st. Katie is known for her recording work
and her presence in the theatre community. Her new album Private Page
is now available on iTunes.

Tickets to The Other Side of Broadway are $15 and can be purchased at

On Sunday, March 21, Broadway Speaks OUT will present a benefit
concert entitled The Other Side of Broadway at Space on White to raise
funds and awareness for LGBT issues. Among the Broadway stars who will
be performing songs from their own albums will be Meredith Patterson,
Shonn Wiley, and The Joe Iconis Family.

Broadway Speaks OUT was formed by Marti Gould Cummings and his partner
Anthony Hollock in Fall 2008 after Proposition 8 took place in
California, denying thousands of couples the right to marry.

The two started a talk show online by interviewing friends of theirs
who have appeared on Broadway. This grew into a very successful
endeavor, leading to a hit concert series which benefits LGBT
organizations in NYC.

Broadway Speaks OUT! has attended The Tony Awards, The Drama Desk
Awards, and the Logos NewNowNext Awards, and has had the opportunity
to interview the likes of Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler, Audra McDonald,
Gavin Creel, Rosie ODonnell, and countless others about how their
careers are helping to pave the way for LGBT Equality.

In addition to this red carpet coverage, BSO! has a weekly live show
hosted by Marti, Anthony, and David Singletary. This show brings in
thousands of viewers every Tuesday night at 10pm. The topics discussed
cover a wide variety of hot topics relating to the mission of BSO!

The Broadway Speaks OUT! Concert series has benefited organizations
such as Broadway Impact and The Ali Forney Center for Homeless LGBT
Youth. Each concert features a wide variety of TV Stars and Broadway
entertainers. Each performer brings their uniqueness to the stage by
performing songs or giving inspirational speeches about why equality
is important for all people. BSO has raised thousands of dollars to
help the fight for Equality in NYC, they are now taking the show on
the road and will be hosting benefits in LA, Chicago, & London in

BSO is a resident artist at Space on White studio. Space on White is
an artistic facility designed to aid emerging and accomplished artists
in a range of fields including music, theater, dance, yoga, and the
visual arts. They encourage artists and give them a blank canvas in
which to create new works, collaborate, polish their craft, and
maintain and build the relationships necessary to aid them in their

Space on White (81 White St., NY) provides space for performance,
rehearsal, group and private class and practice. Artists will have the
freedom, resources, and support of a diverse and creative community to
expound on their craft and showcase their talents.

To learn more, visit or

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Oscar Winner Denzel Washington comes to Broadway





Two-time Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington will star in the first Broadway revival of FENCES, the 1987 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by August Wilson. The production will also star Tony Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee Viola Davis. FENCES, directed by Kenny Leon, will open on Monday, April 26, 2010 at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street). The strictly limited 13-week engagement will begin previews on April 14.

FENCES will be produced by Carole Shorenstein Hays (who produced the original Broadway production) and Scott Rudin.

The original Broadway production of FENCES opened on March 26, 1987 at the 46th Street Theatre (now the Richard Rodgers Theatre). FENCES was one of the most critically acclaimed and successful plays of the 1980s, winning four Tony Awards including Best Play, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, three Drama Desk Awards, including Best Play and the NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play.

FENCES is one of the ten plays in August Wilson’s sweeping Pittsburgh Cycle, focusing on the twentieth century African-American experience. FENCES takes place over eight years from 1957 to 1965. Denzel Washington stars as Troy Maxson, a Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of a baseball career, but was too old when the major leagues finally admitted black players. As he faces off against the racial barrier at work and his own disappointments, Troy also grapples with his son, Cory, over the teenager’s hope for a football scholarship and with his wife, Rose (Viola Davis), who confronts Troy over a child he has fathered with another woman.

Denzel Washington returns to Broadway for the first time since starring in Julius Caesar (2005). He made his Broadway debut in Checkmates (1988). Other theatre credits include Richard III, The Mighty Gents, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, When the Chickens Come Home to Roost and an Obie Award for A Soldier’s Play. He is a two-time Academy Award winner for his performances in Training Day and Glory and received Oscar nominations for his performances in The Hurricane, Malcolm X and Cry Freedom. His other films include The Book of Eli, The Taking of Pelham 123, The Great Debaters (directed), Inside Man, Déjà Vu, American Gangster, The Manchurian Candidate, Out of Time, Man on Fire, Antwone Fisher (directed), John Q, Remember the Titans, The Bone Collector, Fallen, He Got Game, The Siege, Courage Under Fire, Crimson Tide, Devil in a Blue Dress, Much Ado About Nothing, Philadelphia, The Pelican Brief and A Soldier’s Story, among others. He produced the Emmy-nominated documentary “Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks” for HBO and was executive producer for the Emmy-nominated “Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream" for TBS.

Viola Davis won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in August Wilson's King Hedley II. She was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG and Critics Choice Awards and won the National Board of Review Award for Best Breakthrough Performance for Doubt. Broadway: August Wilson's Seven Guitars (Tony, Drama Desk nominations, Outer Critics Circle, Theatre World Awards). Roundabout: Intimate Apparel (Drama Desk, Drama League, Obie, Audelco Awards). Public: Everybody's Ruby (Obie, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Nomination for Featured Actress), Pericles, As You Like It. Off-Broadway: God's Heart (LCT). Regional: ACT, Sundance Theatre Institute, Trinity Rep, Goodman, Guthrie Huntington Theatres. Film: Law Abiding Citizen, State of Play, Nights in Rodanthe, Disturbia, The Architect, Get Rich or Die Trying, Out of Sight, Solaris, Traffic and Antwone Fisher Story (Independent Spirit Award nomination). Upcoming films include Eat, Pray, Love; Trust; Knight & Day. TV: "The United States of Tara," "Stone Cold," "The Andromeda Strain," "Traveler," "Law & Order: SVU," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Without a Trace," "Amy and Isabelle," "Life is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story," "Century City," and "City of Angels." Viola presently lives in Los Angeles with her husband Julius Tennon.

August Wilson authored Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Fences, Two Trains Running, Jitney, King Hedley II and Radio Golf. These works explore the heritage and experience of African Americans, decade by decade, over the course of the twentieth century. His plays have been produced at regional theatres across the country and all over the world, as well as on Broadway. In 2003, Mr. Wilson made his professional stage debut in his one-man show, How I Learned What I Learned. His works garnered many awards, including Pulitzer Prizes for Fences (1987) and The Piano Lesson (1990), a Tony Award for Fences, Great Britain’s Olivier Award for Jitney, as well as eight New York Drama Critics Circle Awards. Additionally, the cast recording of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom received a 1985 Grammy Award, and Mr. Wilson received a 1995 Emmy Award nomination for his screenplay adaptation of The Piano Lesson. He received many fellowships and awards, including Rockefeller and Guggenheim Fellowships, the Whiting Writers Award, the 2003 Heinz Award, the 1999 National Humanities Medal from the President of the United States and numerous honorary degrees from colleges and universities, as well as the only high school diploma ever issued by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. He was an alumnus of New Dramatists, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a 1995 inductee into the American Academy of Arts and Letters and posthumously inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2007. On October 16, 2005, Broadway renamed the theatre located at 245 West 52nd Street the August Wilson Theatre. Mr. Wilson was born and raised in Pittsburgh and lived in Seattle at the time of his death. He is immediately survived by his two daughters, Sakina Ansari and Azula Carmen Wilson, and his wife, costume designer Constanza Romero.

Kenny Leon directed the Broadway productions of August Wilson’s Radio Golf (three Tony nominations), Gem of the Ocean (five Tony nominations) and the Tony Award-winning revival of A Raisin in the Sun; for the latter, he earned a Drama Desk nomination. Off-Broadway/regional: Emergence-See featuring Daniel Beaty, Blues for an Alabama Sky and From the Mississippi Delta (Huntington Theatre), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, San Jose Rep, Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, CenterStage, Public Theater, Center Theatre Group, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Dallas Theater Center, GA Shakespeare Festival, Arena Stage and the Theatre of the Stars. Leon is founding artistic director of True Colors Theatre Company, dedicated to diversity and the preservation of African-American classics, and served as artistic director of the Alliance Theatre for more than a decade, where he produced ten world premieres, including Elton John’s Aida and Debbie Allen’s Soul Possessed. Leon served as artistic director for the Kennedy Center’s 2008 staging of all 10 plays in August Wilson’s Century Cycle. Other recent credits include the world premiere of Toni Morrison’s opera Margaret Garner and the TV film adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. Leon is a graduate and honorary Ph.D. of Clark Atlanta.

Additional casting and production team for FENCES will be announced soon.

Lily Taylor joins Broadway bound "Lips Together, Teeth Apart"


Megan Mullally Patton Oswalt Lili Taylor
in the Broadway premiere production of

By Terrence McNally
Directed by Joe Mantello

Performances begin April 9th, 2010
Official opening is April 29th, 2010
On Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce
Terrence McNally’s comedy Lips Together, Teeth Apart will star Megan Mullally (Chloe Haddock),
Patton Oswalt (Sam Truman) and Lili Taylor (Sally Truman).

Directed by Joe Mantello, Lips Together, Teeth Apart will begin performances on April 9th, 2010 and open officially on April 29th, 2010 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement through June 20th, 2010.

The design team includes John Lee Beatty (Sets), Tom Broecker (Costumes), Paul Gallo (Lights) and Darron West (Sound).

Lips Together, Teeth Apart takes place on the elegant deck of a beach house on Fire Island. A brother and sister and their respective spouses attempt to celebrate the Fourth of July with a gnawing uncertainty that makes their affluent habits and petty prejudices sizzle in the summer sun. In this unforgettable comedy, Terrence McNally does for the beach house what Chekhov did for the Russian country estate.

Terrence McNally and Joe Mantello most recently collaborated at Roundabout Theatre Company on the comedy The Ritz at Studio 54. Joe Mantello, who is an associate artist at Roundabout Theatre Company, received a Tony® Award for staging the 2004 Tony® winning production of Assassins. He also directed Noël Coward’s Design for Living and Rodgers & Hart’s Pal Joey.

Tickets go on-sale January 2010 and are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street). Ticket prices range from $66.50 to $116.50.

Lips Together, Teeth Apart plays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM.

MEGAN MULLALLY (Chloe Haddock) is one of Hollywood’s most versatile talents – an actress and singer, she has appeared on Broadway, at concert halls, on the big screen, and on daytime, primetime, and cable television. She is best known for her two-time Emmy and four-time SAG Award-winning role as Karen Walker on the hit NBC Series “Will & Grace.” Up next, Megan can be seen on the 2nd season of the Starz hit cable series “Party Down” alongside Adam Scott, Ken Marino, and Lizzy Caplan, and as Chief on the new Adult Swim comedy, “Children’s Hospital,” an extension of the Rob Corrdry web series of the same name. She is also currently in development on Karen: The Musical, based on the character Megan made infamous on “Will & Grace.” Most recently Megan appeared on NBC’s “Park and Recreation,” on the big screen in 2009’s Fame based on the hit 1980 film, and in her critically acclaimed performance as Beverly Wilkins in the West Coast debut of The Receptionist at the Odyssey Theatre which wrapped in November 2009. Megan made her television debut alongside Elaine Stritch and Ellen Burstyn on “The Ellen Burstyn Show” in 1986. She appeared opposite Stanley Tucci as Walter Winchell’s wife in Paul Mazursky’s award-winning HBO bio-pic Winchell and opposite Juliet Stevenson in Lifetime’s “The Pact.” She has guest starred on the hit shows “30 Rock,” “The New Adventures Of Old Christine,” and “Boston Legal,” among others. This past year she starred on ABC’s “In The Motherhood” alongside Cheryl Hines and Rachael Harris. Megan also ventured into the daytime realm hosting her own daytime syndicated talk show, “The Megan Mullally Show” from 2006-2007. Megan made her Broadway debut in the 1994 revival of Grease alongside Rosie O’ Donnell. She then received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for her performance as Rosemary in the Broadway revival of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying opposite Matthew Broderick and starred in the hit Broadway musical, Young Frankenstein. Her other Los Angeles theater credits include The Berlin Circle at The Evidence Room Theater, for which she won the 2000 Backstage West Garland Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play and the L.A. Weekly Award for Best Leading Female Performance. She also appeared in Mayhem at The Evidence Room, as well as a variety of plays and musicals in both Chicago and Los Angeles. On the big screen, Megan starred in the film Everything Put Together directed by Marc Forster - an entry in the 2000 Sundance Film Festival’s main competition and also appeared in 1999’s Anywhere But Here. Other feature film credits include Stealing Harvard, Speaking Of Sex, and Rebound. Megan also is a talented singer, recording albums and performing around the country with her band Supreme Music Program. Next up, Megan and Supreme Music Program will make their international debut in the West End, performing at the Vaudeville Theater in London for eight performances in February 2010. Megan’s most recent concert appearances with her band include The Allen Room at The Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Seattle Symphony, Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, SUNY Buffalo Performing Arts and the Orange County Performing Arts Center. She also has appeared as a soloist at The Disney Concert Hall. She has made three CDs with Supreme Music Program entitled “The Sweetheart Break-In,” “Big As A Berry” and the recently recorded “Free Again!”. She can also be heard singing the solo barn burner song “You Took Advantage of Me” on the new FAME soundtrack.

PATTON OSWALT (Sam Truman) has released three hugely successful standup specials and two critically acclaimed comedy albums. His latest one-hour, Grammy nominated Comedy Central Special, “My Weakness is Strong,” aired the fall of 2009, and the subsequent “My Weakness is Strong” DVD/CD was released to tremendous success through Warner Brothers records. Patton made his dramatic debut in the acclaimed, Independent Spirit-nominated film Big Fan, in the lead role as “Paul Aufiero.” The directorial debut of writer Robert Siegel (The Wrestler), Big Fan catapulted Patton to the front ranks of every “Best Of” list of 2009. Also in 2009, Patton co-starred opposed Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh’s feature film The Informant. He has recently been seen in Observe and Report (opposite Seth Rogen) and is beloved by children the world over for lending his voice to “Remy, the rat,” in Pixar Animation’s smash, Oscar winning hit, Ratatouille. Patton has appeared in more than 20 films, including: Magnolia, Starsky and Hutch, Sex and Death 101, Zoolander, Balls of Fury and Reno 911!: Miami. Recurring roles include: Showtime’s hit series, “The United States of Tara” (Showtime), playing John Corbett’s best friend “Neil”; the new SyFy Battlestar Galactica-spinoff series “Caprica”; and Dollhouse. He appears on a host of other series, including: “The Sarah Silverman Program” and “Community.” Patton is a regular contributor to “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” “Real Time with Bill Maher” and Lewis Black’s “Root of All Evil.” Patton tours regularly and extensively, headlining both in the United States and UK. A regular at music festivals like Bumbershoot, Bonaroo and Coachella, he’s made the jump to theaters, as well as performing/reading at events by McSweeney’s and The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. He has a regular, bi-monthly show at the new Largo at the Coronet Theater in Los Angeles, and was also a regular fill-in host for Steve Jones on the nationally syndicated “Jonesey’s Jukebox” on Indie 103.1. On TV he played “Spence” on “The King of Queens” on CBS for nine seasons, and made guest appearances on: “Seinfeld,” “Reaper,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” and “Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show, Great Job!”

LILI TAYLOR (Sally Truman) won both an Obie Award and a Drama League Award for her performance in Aunt Dan & Lemon and earned a Drama Desk Award nomination for The Dead Eye Boy. She has also starred in Landscape of the Body, Mourning Becomes Electra and Aven’ U Boys. She made her Broadway debut in Chekov’s Three Sisters and made her directorial debut with Halcyon Days for her own theatre company, Machine Full. Taylor has received praise for her wide range of performances on film, stage, and television. She next can be seen in Antoine Fuqua’s Brookyln's Finest and most recently appeared in Michael Mann’s Public Enemies opposite Johnny Depp. Recent films include Starting Out in the Evening opposite Frank Langella, The Promotion opposite John C. Reilly, The Secret, The Notorious Bettie Page and Factotum, earning her best actress at the Copenhagen Film Festival. Other films include A Slipping Down Life, Casa de los Babys, Live from Baghdad, High Fidelity, Pecker, Short Cuts, Ready to Wear, Born on the Fourth of July, Dogfight, Say Anything, Mystic Pizza, Arizona Dream, and The Addiction. Taylor earned an Emmy nomination and a Screen Actor’s Guild Award for her work on “Six Feet Under,” a Blockbuster award for Ransom, an Independent Spirit Award for Household Saints, and the first Special Grand Jury Prize for Acting at Sundance in 1995 for her work in Girls Town, Cold Fever, and I Shot Andy Warhol.

TERRENCE McNALLY (Playwright) has won four Tony Awards for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! (as well as the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play and the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Best Play) and Master Class and his musical books for Kiss of The Spider Woman and Ragtime. Recent Broadway credits include the revivals of his plays The Ritz (Roundabout Theatre Company) and Frankie And Johnny In The Clair De Lune and Deuce with Angela Lansbury and Marian Seldes and Chita Rivera: A Dancer's Life. His other plays include Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Drama Desk Award Best New Play), A Perfect Ganesh, It's Only A Play, Corpus Christi, Dedication or The Stuff Of Dreams, The Stendhal Syndrome and Some Men. Earlier stage works include Bad Habits (Obie Award Best Play), Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?, …And Things That Go Bump In The Night and Next. He also wrote the books for the musicals The Full Monty, The Rink, and A Man Of No Importance. The San Francisco Opera presented Dead Man Walking with McNally's libretto and music by Jake Heggie. McNally has written a number of TV scripts, including “Andre's Mother” for which he won an Emmy Award. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, a Lucille Lortel Award, and a citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has been a member of the Dramatists Guild since 1970 and is twice the recipient of the Hull-Warriner Award for Best Play. His most recent play, Unusual Acts Of Devotion, was seen last season at La Jolla Playhouse after opening the season at Philadelphia Theatre Company. In August, the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle presented the world premiere of his musical adaptation of Catch Me If You Can with a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. This season, the Kennedy Center will produce three of his plays under the title Terrence McNally’s Nights At The Opera: Master Class, The Lisbon Traviata and the world premiere of Golden Age. Other recent work includes his musical adaptation of The Visit with a score by Kander and Ebb at Arlington’s Signature Theatre.

JOE MANTELLO (Director). Directing credits include 9 to 5, Pal Joey, Blackbird, Three Days of Rain, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony nom), Laugh Whore, Assassins (Tony Award®), Wicked, Take Me Out (Tony Award®), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, A Man of No Importance, Design for Living, The Vagina Monologues, Another American: Asking and Telling, Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony nom.), Proposals, The Mineola Twins, Corpus Christi, Blue Window, God’s Heart, Snakebit, Three Hotels and Imagining Brad. Directed the film Love! Valour! Compassion! As an actor he appeared in Angels in America (Tony nom) and The Baltimore Waltz. Mr. Mantello is the recipient of Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence Derwent, Obie and Joe A. Callaway awards. He is a member of Naked Angels and an associate artist at the Roundabout.

Roundabout Theatre Company is one of the country’s leading not-for-profit theatres. The company contributes invaluably to New York's cultural life by staging the highest quality revivals of classic plays and musicals as well as new plays by established writers. Roundabout consistently partners great artists with great works to bring a fresh and exciting interpretation that makes each production relevant and important to today’s audiences.

Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at three permanent homes each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the Roundabout's mission. Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics. Roundabout's Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions. Together these three distinctive venues serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts; and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2009-2010 season includes Michael Stewart, Lee Adams and Charles Strouse’s Bye Bye Birdie, starring John Stamos, Gina Gershon, Bill Irwin & Nolan Gerard Funk, directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom; Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking, directed by Tony Taccone; Theresa Rebeck’s The Understudy, with Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Justin Kirk and Julie White, directed by Scott Ellis; Noël Coward’s Present Laughter starring Victor Garber, directed by Nicholas Martin; Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sondheim on Sondheim starring Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams and Tom Wopat; Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, directed by Gordon Edelstein; Terrence McNally’s Lips Together, Teeth Apart, starring Megan Mullally, Patton Oswalt and Lil Taylor, directed by Joe Mantello. Roundabout’s sold out production of The 39 Steps made its second Broadway transfer to the Helen Hayes Theatre on January 21, 2009.