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PRIDE News: Macy’s and The Trevor Project, BroadwayHD, the Guggenheim and Mama Rose

PRIDE News: Macy’s and The Trevor Project, BroadwayHD, the Guggenheim and Mama Rose

BroadwayHD is kicking off our #Pride celebration with Hello Again and favorites like Kinky Boots, Indecent, and Brokeback Mountain! On June 25th join in with the Falsettos Sing-a-Long Watch Party. This is a special free sing-a-long watch party of Live From Lincoln Center’s Falsettos in association with Jujamcyn Theatre. The Falsettos Sing-A-Long is the first of its kind done for a Broadway stage musical and will allow fans worldwide to belt out their favorite tunes along with the stars of the musical at 8pm.

The Guggenheim Museum’s Works and Process program presents Les Ballet Afrik and Ephrat Asherie Dance, Archi Burnett moderator choreographer Omari Wiles brings the ballroom to the Peter B. Lewis Theater at the Guggenheim. Photographer- Robert Altman Post-production- Robert Altman

Guggenheim Celebrates New York City Pride with the “Embrace” edition of the Guggenheim Circular, launching June 24, Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, will premiere 10 Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions featuring LGBTQ+ artists and present Inside the Beat with Les Ballet Afrik,a rhythmical exchange of style and conversation of cultural diversity through classes, demonstrations, and a live DJ set to set the tone.

The 10 newly commissioned video performances will highlight the creative expressions by LGBTQ+ artists. Commissions, an initiative founded at the onset of the pandemic to financially support artists and nurture their creative process during these challenging times. 

Inside the Beat with Les Ballet Afrik A rhythmical exchange of style and conversation of cultural diversity through classes, demonstrations, and a live DJ set to set the tone. June 20 – 29, 6:30 pm EDTWorks & Process Instagram Live (@worksandprocess)

Vogue Ballroom Legend and Founding Father of The Royal House of Oricci, Omari Wiles, proudly presents Les Ballet Afrik dance company and Oricci family members as they highlight their individual roots and how they collectively fuse theses styles into a distinctly unique family and company way of life and expression. Lessons will take place every day at 6:30 pm on Works & Process Instagram Live (@worksandprocess).
June 20: Intro to Afrik Fusion with Omari WilesFounder and Choreographer for Les Ballet Afrik 

June 21: Vogue Essentials with Karma Stylz Oricci Pop, Dip, and Spin/Old Way Vogue 

June 22: “On the 212” – Femme and Street Jazz with Craig Washington  Washington will discuss how his street jazz style fuses with Les Ballet Afrik

June 23: Welcome to My House with Eva Bust-A-MoveBasic house-groove break down, house groove demo, and how to find your groove 

June 24: Hip-Hop Femme Fatale with Alora MartinezHow to femme hip-hop steps 

June 25: Wind Up with Milerka RodriguezAfro-Caribbean-Dominican technique, focusing on hip isolations, rotations and how it relates to vogue

June 26: Rhythms of Afrik with DJ UFOH DJ UFOH highlights music components that fuze traditional sounds with new-age underground club music

June 27: Vogue Fusion with Kameron N. SaundersVogue femme class with hints of African, jazz, and modern dance styles 

June 28: Yuki Sukezane and Yuhee YangPosing from a distance with a performance showing how they fuse their Asian backgrounds with Afrik Fusion 

 June 29: TBA

On a special Pride edition of “The Mama Rose Show” that was posted today on Youtube, host and New York City-based actor and cabaret star Stephen S. Miller (aka “Mama Rose”), in a letter to America and our government, responds to the Supreme Court of the United States’ (SCOTUS) ruling that the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination, now also applies to protecting LGBTQ+ workers from job discrimination. “We have had one major stepping stone in our future,” said Miller in the episode. “I am here today to make a stand and support and listen. We have to say to the government that this one step, although a very important one, there are so many more steps that we need to take.” The show continues as Mama Rose sings Dick Gallagher (music) and Mark Waldrop’s (lyrics) song “Laughing Matters” originated in the 1996 gay musical revue Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly, and later recorded by Bette Midler. “Laughing Matters,” an ironic title and song that foreshadows the events of the world today, include the following poignant lyrics:

  • “Live at five and CNN keep us all abreast of breaking stories that can tend to make us anxious and depressed…”
  • “Bad guys win, optimism’s wearing thin, things are spinning out of control…” 
  • “World events could make us mad as hatters. Almost everyday, some underpinning slips away, these aren’t laughing matters…”
  • “People keep on getting sick…”
  • “Wickedness and greed abound…”
  • “Just as peace is gaining ground it shatters. Hate is here to stay and justice goes to those who pay. Friends, these aren’t laughing matters.”

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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