Bring It On The Musical tumbled into Chicago this week. The twist on this is that the show originated in LA not in New York, although many Tony Award winners had a hand in it. The show is light, fun, and modern. The dialogue is clever and the dance moves strong. This production is nothing like the movie so don't go looking for that. Also, the show is not for children and there were many youngsters in the audience the night I attended. The show runs through March 25.
Here I am with the transgender cheerleader played by Gregory Haney.
Viktor Luna the runner up from Project Runway season nine worked it at Macy's this week for a Find Your Magic challenge at the store. We sat down for a little chat before the contest began with the shoppers.
I got an exciting call from a casting agency and was picked to play a fire chief in the new NBC pilot Chicago Fire starring Lady Gaga's boyfriend. Lots of fun at the photo shoot but rumor has it that the actor that played Miranda's boyfriend Steve on Sex and the City was on set saying an antigay comment. Not nice after we gays made that show the pink classic that it is today!
Speaking of fighting for gay rights Judy Shepard made several appearances over the weekend from the Chase Auditorium downtown to Center on Halsted for women's day.
It is inspiring to hear her speak and simply not to be missed. Shepard also attended the follow up second part to RedTwist Theatre's show about Wyoming.
If you have a little change in your pocket I am sure the Matthew Shepard Foundation could use the help and support.
Another anti bullying advocate is Dan Savage who spoke to the Steppenwolf audience after the Friday show of fml:how Carson McCullers saved my life.
The same night the rock group Gomez played at The Vic Theatre. The opening band Hey Rosetta! really brought the goods with a melodic sound and string orchestra that was moving and rocking at the same time. Canadian bacon lead singer Tim Baker is not too hard on the eyes either!
The long week ended with a show tunes concert by Michael Feinstein to benefit the performing arts program in River Forest at the Nicole Cabell-Lund Auditorium. A high class dinner followed with a reception.
Across the border another concert rocked it with Kelly Clarkson showing "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" at The Venue in Hammond Indiana with an even better show than when I saw her at the Rosemont Theatre. Her set has definitely gotten stronger with more hit singles and a down to earth sense of humor that was not afraid to make fun of herself. Look for Miss Ross on the way to the same casino!