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Peter Allen – LGBTQ Aussie From Oz

Peter Allen – Australian LGBTQ wunderkind:  a singer, an award-winning songwriter, a flamboyant entertainer and oh so beloved, that Hugh Jackman starred in a Broadway musical of his life, The Boy from Oz, which earned Jackman a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. 

Three Legendary African American Female Vocalists

Mahalia Jackson, Marian Anderson, and Odetta are three legendary female vocalists who established the African American woman in the first half of the 20th Century as, not only a significant voice in the Civil Rights Movement, but a defining inspiration for both female and male vocalists.

Steve McQueen – King of Cool

Terrence Stephen McQueen (March 24, 1930 – November 7, 1980), nicknamed the “King of Cool”, was an American actor. His antihero persona, emphasized during the height of the counterculture of the 1960s, made him a top box-office draw during the 1960s and 1970s. In 1974, he became the highest-paid movie star in the world, although he did not act in film for another four years. He was combative with directors and producers, but his popularity placed …

AN LGBTQ Cabaret at Reno Sweeney

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In celebration of Gay Pride 2021, we’re presenting our LGBTQ Cabaret starring Lesley Gore, Peter Allen and Holly Woodlawn. They all performed at Reno Sweeney’s intimate Greenwich Village cabaret, which was named after a character from Cole Porter’s 1934 musical, Anything Goes, and ran for four years at 126 West Thirteenth Street.

FOUR OF HOLLYWOOD’S CLASSIC BLACK COMEDIC ACTORS

COMEDIC BACKGROUND Black comedian/comedic actors today rank as some of the most successful and respected stars of the film, stage and television comedy firmament: Eddie Murphy, Bill Cosby, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Leslie Jones, Kevin Hart, Redd Fox, Whoopi Goldberg, Dick Gregory, Wanda Sykes, Nipsey Russell and the list goes on and on.  But this was not always the case. For the first half to two thirds of the 20th century there were very few African American comedians or c…