Exclusive Interview: Coyote Park on their debut solo photography show at Leslie-Lohman “these are images I really needed as medicine”

This weekend saw the opening of Two-Spirit, Indigenous (Yurok) Korean-American transgender multi-disciplinary artist Coyote Park's (he/they) stunning debut solo photography show—I Love You Like Mirrors Do—at New York's Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, running until Sunday, July 16th, 2023. I Love You Like Mirrors Do explores Coyote Park’s deep bonds—between loved ones, lands of origin, diasporas, and queer,... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Shakina creates a “superhighway of empathy for trans kids & their families” with upcoming episode of Quantum Leap

Actress and activist, Shakina, made television history on NBC’s Connecting as the first trans person to play a series regular on a network comedy. She had a memorable role in Amazon's GLAAD Award-winning Transparent Musicale Finale, which she helped write and produce, as well as playing the scene-stealing trans truther Lola on Hulu’s Difficult People.... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Billy Porter on his 80 For Brady co-stars – Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Rita Moreno & Sally Field – “they were always inspirations to me”

Much-loved for his "10s across the board" portrayal of Pray Tell in Pose, Billy Porter is a Tony, Emmy, and Grammy-winning creative force and cultural icon. The actor, singer, director, composer, and playwright, is also celebrated for his groundbreaking red carpet looks, including what Vogue described as “the most fabulous entrance in Met Gala history”... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Ryan White on his Netflix Pamela Anderson doc “she’s a gay icon & huge ally”

Through his production company Triod Media, co-cofounded with producer Jessica Hargrave, Emmy-nominated filmmaker Ryan White has spent the last decade making an eclectic range of impactful documentaries. From LGBTQ+ topics, such as The Case Against 8 exploring the case to overturn California's same-sex marriage ban and the road the Supreme Court, the evolution of representation... Continue Reading →

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Sundance 2023 Film Review: The Stroll ★★★★★

Directors Kristen Lovell and Zackary Drucker's outstanding feature The Stroll, received its world premiere in the US Documentary Competition at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, going on the win that section's Special Jury Award for Clarity of Vision. It tells the collective history of the transgender women of colour who worked "the stroll"—a section of... Continue Reading →

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Sundance 2023 Film Review: Slow ★★★1/2

Lithuanian filmmaker Marija Kavtaradze's sophomore narrative feature Slow, which premiered in the World Dramatic Competition at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival—winning that section's Directing Award—is a tender study of a new couple navigating their own brand of intimacy. In the film's opening frames, sexually liberated dancer Elena (Greta Grinevičiūtė) is in bed with a man... Continue Reading →

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Sundance 2023 Film Review: Fancy Dance ★★★★

Queer Native American filmmaker Erica Tremblay returns to Sundance following 2020's Grand Jury Prize nominated short Little Chief, with her poignant directorial narrative feature debut (co-written with Miciana Alise), Fancy Dance. Executive produced by Bird Runningwater, Charlotte Koh, and Forest Whitaker, the film received its world premiere in the US Dramatic Competition at this year's... Continue Reading →

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Sundance 2023 Review: The Night Logan Woke Up (La nuit où Laurier Gaudreault s’est réveillé) eps 1-2 ★★★★★

The Night Logan Woke Up (La nuit où Laurier Gaudreault s'est réveillé), sees French Canadian auteur Xavier Dolan continue to explore the complex and compelling relationship between mothers and sons, following his auspicious 2009 debut feature I Killed My Mother (J'ai tué ma mère) and his breathtaking 2014 Cannes Jury Prize-winning masterpiece Mommy. The entire... Continue Reading →

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Paranormal Inactivity – Film Review: Skinamarink ★ as a movie but ★★★★ as an art installation

“Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?” Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols famously asked his audience, practically baiting them to recognize that they could barely play their instruments. I’m wondering if Kyle Edward Ball considered this question of us as he released his debut horror feature, Skinamarink, which has proven financially successful, especially considering... Continue Reading →

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Sundance 2023 Film Review: Mutt ★★★★

Writer-director Vuk Lungulov-Klotz—an alum of Ryan Murphy's HALF Initiative, who mentored under Janet Mock on Pose—makes an impressive feature debut with Mutt, executive produced by Silas Howard, which just received its world premiere in the US Dramatic Competition at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. The action opens in a bustling New York club, as a... Continue Reading →

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Sundance 2023 Film Review: Kokomo City ★★★★

When two-time Grammy nominated songwriter-producer D. Smith, who has appeared on both the Atlanta and Hollywood versions of the reality series Love & Hip Hop, had an idea for a film centering Black transgender sex workers and examining their place within the Black community, she approached several filmmaker friends with the concept. They all turned... Continue Reading →

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Mardi Gras Film Festival 2023 Review: #LookAtMe ★★★★★

Banned in its native Singapore, Ken Kwek’s second feature #LookAtMe takes the city-state’s repressive laws to their disturbing end point to deliver an emotionally charged, Orwellian nightmare of a story about siblings fighting for freedom when society is pressuring them to submit. Identical twin brothers Sean and Ricky Marzuki (both seamlessly played by yao) are... Continue Reading →

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Cultural highlights at Sydney WorldPride 2023

G'day from gay down under. WorldPride (yes, all one word - I imagine it's said like, "Just Jack!") hits Sydney, Australia February 17th - March 5th, and there's plenty more than the de rigueur circuit parties and Kylie gigs to enjoy. The vibrant local arts scene has a range of options to keep you entertained... Continue Reading →

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Nominees announced for 34th annual GLAAD Media Awards by Drag Race stars Salina EsTitties & Sasha Colby

Today, the world's largest LGBTQ+ media advocacy organization, GLAAD, announced the 295 nominees across 33 categories in its 34th Annual GLAAD Media Awards (see below for complete list of English and Spanish language nominees). Some of this year's nominees were ru-vealed by Drag Race season 15 stars Salina EsTitties and Sasha Colby in a "GLAAD Drag... Continue Reading →

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Queer Screen Mardi Gras Film Festival marks 30th anniversary during World Pride – full lineup announced

The lineup for the 30th anniversary of Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival—running February 15th until March 2nd, 2023—has just been announced including several world and Australian premieres. A total of 166 films will screen over 16 days in cinemas, outdoors, and on demand at home alongside a program of panel discussions, workshops, industry networking... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Jinkx Monsoon on her Broadway debut in Chicago “it’s the culmination of everything I’ve ever wanted to do – so no pressure!”

Fresh from another sold-out, joyful and triumphant transatlantic tour of The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show, actress, vocalist, and two-time RuPaul's Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon is preparing to make her Broadway debut as Matron "Mama" Morton in the Tony-winning production of Chicago the musical. When the curtain rises on the opening night of her... Continue Reading →

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Film Review: All the Beauty & the Bloodshed ★★★★★

Oscar and Pulitzer Prize-winning documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras' exceptional All the Beauty and the Bloodshed—which was Queer Lion-nominated and won the Golden Lion for best film at Venice—weaves a compelling dual narrative that shifts between an unflinchingly personal portrait of photographer Nan Goldin's life and career, and a focus on her recent campaign to hold... Continue Reading →

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The Queer Review 2022 – LGBTQ+ highlights of the year

As 2022 draws to a close, we ask some friends of The Queer Review, including prominent creators, performers, artists, and activists to share the LGBTQ+ culture or events that have sustained, stimulated, moved, inspired or brought them joy this year. We hope that you enjoy reading this eclectic selection of theatre, film, TV series, books,... Continue Reading →

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All That Baz – Film Review: Babylon ★★★★

Quite frequently, new filmmakers will, as I like to say, chew off more than they can bite, trying to throw in every idea they’ve ever had over the 20+ years they’ve waited for their shot. They direct as if they’ll never get the chance to do so again, resulting in an excessive filmgoing experience. Damien... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: “everything good has to end” Young Royals stars Omar Rudberg & Edvin Ryding on the third & final season of the hit Netflix series

Following the news that the hit Swedish high school-set series Young Royals will return to Netflix for its third and final season, The Queer Review editor James Kleinmann spoke with its stars Edvin Ryding and Omar Rudberg—who play teenaged star-crossed lovers Prince Wilhelm and Simon in the show—about their reaction to the announcement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka2HYT1k99Q "Everything... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Javicia Leslie on holiday rom-com Something From Tiffany’s “to represent a queer character in that space is really dope”

Actress Javicia Leslie hit the headlines when she was cast as the first Black live-action Batwoman in 2020, going on to become a superhero fan favourite in the title role for two seasons on the GLAAD Award-nominated series (streaming now on HBO Max). Next year, she will be seen donning the bat-cape and cowl once... Continue Reading →

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Finding Emo – Film Review: The Whale ★★★1/2

How many times have you thought to yourself, “Great performance but the movie was just okay”? Even Oscars handed to Renée Zellweger in Judy, Jim Broadbent in Iris, or Jessica Lange in Blue Sky couldn’t make the films themselves stand the test of time. I’m afraid the same historical distinction may befall Brendan Fraser in... Continue Reading →

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LGBTQ+ highlights at Sundance 2023

The Sundance Institute has just announced the lineup of feature films for the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, running January 19th–29th in person in Park City, Salt Lake City, and the Sundance Resort, with select titles available nationwide online January 24th – 29th via the festival's digital platform. Of the 101 features revealed so far, 20%... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: creators of HBO’s Emmy-winning We’re Here Stephen Warren & Johnnie Ingram “drag can save lives”

With the first two episodes of season three of the Emmy & GLAAD Award-winning unscripted series We’re Here now streaming on HBO Max—and new episodes airing on Fridays at 10pm ET/PT on HBO—The Queer Review’s editor James Kleinmann had an exclusive conversation with its creators and executive producers, Stephen Warren and Johnnie Ingram. They discuss the rise in anti-LGBTQ+ attitudes and the... Continue Reading →

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Film Review: Spoiler Alert ★★★★

Even if you didn't know the full title of the bestselling memoir by entertainment journalist Michael Ausiello that this film is based on—Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies—within the opening moments you'll find out where it's eventually headed. We see a heathy looking, but distraught Michael (Jim Parsons) in a hospital bed lovingly facing an ailing... Continue Reading →

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Alexis Gregory’s Riot Act returns to West End for World AIDS Day 

Following a sell-out Pride 2022 date, writer and performer Alexis Gregory’s critically acclaimed Riot Act returns to the fabulous West End cabaret venue Crazy Coqs for a special performance to mark World AIDS Day on Thursday, December 1st 2022. The hard-hitting, poignant, but outrageously funny verbatim solo-show was created from Gregory’s own interviews with a Stonewall survivor (Michael-Anthony... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Jim Parsons & Ben Aldridge on starring in powerful real-life gay love story Spoiler Alert

When Emmy-winning actor and producer Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) read entertainment journalist Michael Ausiello's 2020 bestselling memoir, Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies, a deeply moving, warts-and-all gay love story about Michael's 14-year relationship with his late husband Kit Cowan, Parsons immediately saw the cinematic potential in it. Jim Parsons as Michael Ausiello and... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Alexandra Billings channels Julie Andrews in epic sci-fi series The Peripheral “Mary Poppins, who knew?!”

When actress, singer, author, teacher and activist Alexandra Billings last spoke with The Queer Review in early 2020, she was making history on Broadway in Wicked as the first trans actor to portray Madame Morrible. It was a role that she returned to once theatreland reopened last year. Now, she's lighting up our screens in... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Bob the Drag Queen, Shangela & Eureka on We’re Here season 3 “we hope this show will ignite people to make change happen”

The Emmy & GLAAD Award-winning unscripted series We're Here, a certified The Queer Review favourite, returns to HBO tonight at 10pm ET/PT for its stunning third season. Continuing their journey across small-town USA, Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara, and Shangela Laquifa Wadley head to Texas, Mississippi, Utah, New Jersey, and Florida, helping to unite... Continue Reading →

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TV Review: We’re Here season 3 ★★★★★

Stephen Warren and Johnnie Ingram's Emmy and GLAAD Award-winning unscripted series We're Here, directed and executive produced by Peter LoGreco, returns to HBO and HBO Max for its third season this Friday, November 25th, with even deeper, richer storytelling. Drag icons, Shangela Laquifa Wadley, Eureka O'Hara, and Bob the Drag Queen, continue their journey to... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Kimberly Peirce revisits her Oscar-winning Boys Don’t Cry for TCM’s Reframed series “I’ve been protective of Brandon’s story since the moment I heard it”

Some movies are so forgettable that a few years later we might even struggle to recall whether we've seen them or not, while others make such a lasting impression with one viewing that they become seared into our very beings. For me, Kimberly Peirce's late 1990s indie Boys Don't Cry is one of the latter.... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: The Inspection stars Jeremy Pope & Gabrielle Union on collaborating with Elegance Bratton on his deeply personal film

Pier Kids filmmaker Elegance Bratton makes his emotionally potent narrative feature debut with The Inspection, opening in US theaters from A24 on Friday, November 18th, following its world premiere at the 47th Toronto International Film Festival. Dedicated to his late mother, the impactful drama is inspired by events in Bratton’s own life, with Jeremy Pope starring... Continue Reading →

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DOC NYC 2022 Film Review: Casa Susanna ★★★ 1/2

Following its world premiere at Venice, where it was nominated for the Queer Lion, and showings at other international festivals including TIFF, and London, Sébastien Lifshitz's feature documentary Casa Susanna receives its US premiere at DOC NYC. Lifshitz continues his focus on trans lives (following Wild Side, Bambi, A French Woman and Little Girl/Petite Fille)... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Aitch Alberto on Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe “owning my authenticity made me capable of directing this film”

One of the standout queer films at the 47th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was writer-director Aitch Alberto’s adaptation of Benjamin Alire Sáenz bestselling YA novel, Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe. Produced by Alberto, alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda, Eugenio Debrez, and Kyra Sedgwick, the emotionally potent coming-of-age tale explores the bond that builds between two... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Tony-nominated A Strange Loop star L Morgan Lee “whenever I step outside & there’s a parent with their queer or trans child I am touched”

Actress and storyteller L Morgan Lee is currently making her Broadway debut as Thought 1 in Michael R. Jackson's exhilaratingly meta musical A Strange Loop, which focuses on Usher, a Black queer writer writing a musical about a Black queer writer writing a musical about a Black queer writer. Not only has her performance in... Continue Reading →

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LGBTQ+ highlights at 13th annual DOC NYC running in-person & online November 9-27

America's largest documentary festival, DOC NYC, returns with its 13th annual edition running in-person November 9th-17th at New York's IFC Center, SVA Theatre, and Cinépolis Chelsea, with over 110 feature-length documentaries among over 200 films and events, including 29 world premieres and 27 US premieres. With most films available digitally to US viewers, the festival... Continue Reading →

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Oscar-nominated filmmaker Arthur Dong curates ‘Hollywood Chinese: The First 100 Years’ at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

This week sees the start of Hollywood Chinese: The First 100 Years at The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. The film series, curated by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Arthur Dong who directed the 2007 feature documentary Hollywood Chinese, runs from November 4th - 27th at the museum’s Ted Mann Theater. The lineup includes screenings... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Young Royals stars Edvin Ryding & Omar Rudberg on why their characters Prince Wilhem & Simon are “a couple worth fighting for”

Ahead of the launch of season 2 on November 1st 2022, Edvin Ryding and Omar Rudberg who play star-crossed lovers Wilhelm and Simon in the hit LGBTQ+ Netflix series Young Royals, spoke exclusively with The Queer Review's editor James Kleinmann about why their characters make "a couple worth fighting for" and how they each prepare... Continue Reading →

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Film Review: My Policeman ★★★1/2

Tony and Olivier award-winning veteran theatre director Michael Grandage follows his 2016 feature film debut, Genius, with the delicately powerful My Policeman, which world premiered at the 47th Toronto International Film Festival and opens in select US cinemas today ahead of its global launch on Prime Video on November 4th. Based on the bestselling book... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: My Policeman director Michael Grandage “I was born into that world where homosexuality was still illegal in England”

Tony and Olivier award-winning veteran theatre director and producer Michael Grandage's poignant sophomore feature film, My Policeman, which received its world premiere at the 47th Toronto International Film Festival, opens in US theaters on October 21st before its global launch on Prime Video on Friday November 4th. Based on the novel by Bethan Roberts, with... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Wendell & Wild star Sam Zelaya “to not only have this kind of trans representation but to also be part of it is amazing”

If you're looking for a treat to stream this Halloween, you've found it. Following its world premiere at the 47th Toronto International Film Festival, acclaimed stop motion animation filmmaker Henry Selick and certified horror hitmaker Jordan Peele's delightfully macabre Wendell & Wild launches on Netflix on Friday, October 28th, just in time for the spookiest... Continue Reading →

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Sundance 2023 to premiere restored & uncensored director’s cut of Gregg Araki’s The Doom Generation

Ahead of the full 2023 Sundance Film Festival program being unveiled in December, the Sundance Institute today announced that it will debut the uncensored director's cut of Gregg Araki's cult classic The Doom Generation in its From the Collection section. The second film in Araki’s Teenage Apocalypse trilogy originally played in the Premieres lineup at the... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Clea DuVall & Laura Kittrell on adapting Tegan & Sara’s queer coming-of-age memoir High School

When Clea DuVall read an early version of High School, Tegan and Sara Quin's bestselling memoir about their teenage experiences, growing up as musically gifted queer twins in 90s suburban Canada, the actor and filmmaker immediately knew that she wanted to bring their book to the screen. As well as directing several episodes of the... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Tegan & Sara on bringing their bestselling memoir High School to the screen “no one delves into what it’s like for women to write music”

One of the LGBTQ+ highlights at last month's 47th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), was the world premiere of the Amazon Freevee series High School. The eight-episode tender and visceral coming-of-age drama is based on the New York Times best-selling memoir by Grammy-nominated platinum recording artists, and certified queer icons, Tegan and Sara Quin. Discovering... Continue Reading →

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Mike Ruiz launches 2023 Mutts & Muscles calendar to benefit Harley’s Haven Animal Rescue

Celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz, has taken a break from his stunning leathermen project to turn his lens to fitness models and man's best friend, launching the ninth edition of his annual Mutts and Muscles 16-month calendar. All the men featured in Mutts And Muscles—including Michael Otule, Caylan Hughes, Austin Wolf, and Alex Hessam—have generously donated... Continue Reading →

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“It’s been a long time coming” – The Queer Review meets the cast of historic queer rom-com Bros – Jim Rash, Eve Lindley, Ts Madison, Miss Lawrence & Dot-Marie Jones

Following its world premiere at the 47th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and glitzy premieres in New York and Los Angeles, today finally sees the theatrical release of Universal's big gay rom-com Bros, co-written by and starring Billy Eichner as part of an all-LGBTQ+ principal cast. In the film, which is as hilarious and romantic... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Angelica Ross takes centre stage as Roxie Hart in Chicago “I always dreamed of being on Broadway”

Actress and LGBTQ+ advocate Angelica Ross, is currently taking centre stage at New York's Ambassador Theatre as housewife-turned-murderess, Roxie Hart in Chicago, making her Broadway debut in an eight-week enagement in the Tony-winning production that's now in its record-breaking 25th year. With a now classic book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: A Strange Loop star Antwayn Hopper “I’m drawn to raw emotion, real-life storytelling”

Topeka, Kansas-raised Obie Award-winning actor Antwayn Hopper is currently starring on Broadway as Thought 6 in Michael R. Jackson's exhilaratingly meta musical, A Strange Loop. Hopper has been part of the ensemble cast for six years during the show's development ahead of its Tony-winning Broadway run, including appearing in the 2019 Playwrights Horizons Theater production,... Continue Reading →

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