The Gay Agenda

12.21.2008

By Joseph Hassan

Friday, December 26: The list of performers who have recorded songs by the Brooklyn-born pianist George Gershwin (born Jacob Gershowitz) is staggering and genre-bending: Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, Sting, Meatloaf, Cher. The list goes on and on, but that cast of characters isn't at all surprising if you consider the composer's jaw-dropping talent (check out this rare clip of Gershwin playing 'I Got Rhythm'). In George Gershwin Alone, playwright and composer Hershey Felder takes on the daunting task of portraying the musical savant, which he does through spoken word, song, and -- most impressively -- live piano performances. Tonight's show is at 8:00 PM PST at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse. Get more information directly from the venue here.

Saturday, December 27: It's the holidays and if you're fortunate enough to have some family in town for the season (with children in tow), the kids will love Wintuk by Cirque du Soleil, currently playing at New York City's WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden. The show isn't as overtly sexy as the troupe's other acrobatic wonders, but it still delights. Plus: The hot cast members sport some amazing physiques through their elaborate tight-fitting costumes. Just use your little imagination. Get tickets throughTicketmaster.

Sunday, December 28: Follow family holiday drama with a comedy chaser. In South Florida a great ensemble of stage actors is serving up hilarious parodies of shows gracing the Great White Way, including some of its most acclaimed hits. This year Forbidden Broadway, the four-person show that has been running rotating material for more than 25 years, roasts Gypsy, The Little Mermaid, and Mary Poppins, among others. Tickets for tonight's 7:30 PM EST show at the West Palm Beach Kravis Center for the Performing Arts are available directly through the venue's website.

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