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Chicago Theatre: GO SEE JACKIE HOFFMAN!!!! December 7, 2009

Filed under: Divas Singing!!!! — Larry E. Stuckey II @ 5:01 am

This past Monday night I saw a HILARIOUS cabaret show by Jackie Hoffman: Whining in the Windy City.  Imagine it being the type of show Joan Rivers would give if she could also sing.  Anyway, here is a review that summarizes the show quite well.  She has three more shows (Dec. 7, Dec., 14, and Dec. 21).  Go see it!!!! (BTW – Here is an idea of what she does, it’s unique and irreverent.  Go to minute 3:50 to see what she does.  It’s a bit about how actors are always asked to do benefits, even though they do not always have lots of money, especially theatre actors)


Somedays (Sung by Audra McDonald) / Obama Delivers November 15, 2009

Filed under: Divas Singing!!!!,Gay Rights — Larry E. Stuckey II @ 9:45 pm

I know that some of you out there are Private Practice fans.  Well, the actress playing Naomi, Audra McDonald, is a very accomplished singer and a three-time Tony winner (Tony = Academy Award for theatre).  Anyway, since I would like to have some optimism with the most recent posts, I am posting my favorite Audra McDonald performance.  The song is Somedays composed by Steve Marzullo from a poem by James Baldwin.  It is a song that always gives me hope.  Enjoy! 

And speaking of hope . . . Obama signed into legislation federal hate crime legislation for the LGBT community.  While I am personally sometimes unsure of the value of this legislation (I mean – isn’t assault horrendous despite the motivation?), it is a very symbolic moves that shows Obama is moving in the right direction with respect to gay rights.  Also, Obama recently lifted the HIV travel ban.  If you are unsure of why this travel bans was so ridiculous, see this very human story.


Kylie Comes to Chicago and She’s AWESOME! October 12, 2009

Filed under: Divas Singing!!!! — Larry E. Stuckey II @ 12:17 am

So, Kylie Minogue opened her US Tour in Chicago this week and F and I were there to dance our butts off!  Here is a video from her new song that is just FUN (It was great running into you randomly, SM)! BTW – This woman is a cancer survivor – now that is WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!


Whitney Makes Me Feel Like A Million Dollar Bill October 3, 2009

Filed under: Divas Singing!!!! — Larry E. Stuckey II @ 4:17 am

OK – I realize that Whitney comes with some controversy (crack is whack- remember that interview?).  However, her new song is hot, she is hot, and this makes me wanna dance with somebody.  Also, check-out her fierce shag coat she takes off in the beginning of the video (if anyone knows where I can buy one, tell me – I promise to dance with you to this song with me sporting this jacket)!