Friday, December 30, 2011

Love Llanview Out Loud


CELEBRATE LLANVIEW! A TRIBUTE PARTY HONORING the FINALE of ONE LIFE TO LIVE Benefitting a SEASON OF CONCERN

Sponsorship Provided By:
YES Vodka, Dana Hotel and Spa, Robert Jeffrey Salon, and Wilde Bar & Restaurant


For Immediate Release 30 December 2011

Contact: MPE Productions, Inc.
Producer: jasondspitzer@gmail.com




Save the Date!

Chicago Welcomes Stars of ABC’s One Life to Live to Sidetrack Video Bar as they “Celebrate Llanview!” honoring 43 years on the ABC Network. Come to Chicago to watch the very last episode with fans of the show on January 13, 2012, once again being held at Sidetrack Video Bar.



Following the success of “Celebrate Pine Valley!” in September, “soap opera socialite” Jason Spitzer will welcome past and present actors from ABC’s ONE LIFE TO LIVE for “Celebrate Llanview! A Tribute Party" honoring the Series Finale, benefitting Season of Concern.

“The event was a huge hit with the fans and the actors,” says Jason of the All My Children event back in September. “We raised over $5000 for Season of Concern and I would love to raise even more in January. I hold a special place for Season of Concern in my life and believe in what they do. To be able to do this again for them and the dedicated soap fans, I think we’ll have even more success this January!”

Festivities begin at 11AM CST when the actors make an appearance on ABC 7 Chicago’s 11AM Newscast with meteorologist Tracy Butler broadcasting live from the Sidetrack Video Bar interviewing the actors. At 12PM, it’s the “Live from Ultra Violet” talk show where Jason will interview the actors about their time on the show and take questions from the fans. After the One Life to Live finale, stay for the live auction and the meet & greet session.

Scheduled to appear are Ilene Kristen (Roxy Balsom), David A. Gregory (Robert Ford), Nic Robuck (James Ford), Lenny Platt (Nate Salinger), Josh Kelly (Cutter Wentworth), Tonja Walker Davidson (Alex Olanov Buchanan), Mark Dobies (Daniel Colson), & Don Jeffcoat (Joey Buchanan). Many more actors and special guests will be announced over the next several weeks. (Talent attendance is subject to change without notice.)

Tickets are available for purchase online at www.seasonofconcern.org General Admission tickets are $35 and at this time, all VIP packages are sold out. All ticket proceeds benefit Season of Concern. For more information, please visit their website. Doors open at 11AM and you must be 21 and over to attend. Mark your calendar to “Celebrate Llanview!” in Chicago on January 13th!





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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Celebrating Llanview, Nic Robuck Loves Out Loud

The youngest of four siblings, Nic Robuck grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended Scecina Memorial Catholic High School where he did many shows and plays. “I really enjoyed it, but I wanted to be a Disney animator when I was younger. I was into art. Then I saw the movie Titanic.” He then decided to be an actor said to myself “and make movies just like that … I wanted to affect people that way as well.” He played "A wide-range of characters. I was in Fiddler on the Roof, and I played Motel, the tailor. That was my first singing solo and that was just gut-wrenching. I was also in the play version of Pillow Talk where I played the assistant to one of the leading ladies; [he] had a French accent. I took French at the time, so I was really proud of the work I did with that." He graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California, where he did Cabaret and a couple of original plays. Before joining One Life to Live as James Ford in June of 2010 Nic appeared on television shows in guest roles on The Young and the Restless, CSI: Miami, and iCarly.



"I was just brought on to be new love interest in Starr's life. It wasn't intentional for me to be Ford's brother. When they noticed how much we really did resemble each other, they said, 'Let's make him Ford's younger brother.' The resemblance is astonishing. Even my dad has confused us. He was looking through a magazine of another interview I had done, and he said, 'Oh, here you are.' I said, 'That's not me. That's the guy who plays my brother.'" Nic views his time on One Life to Live as a new beginning. Let’s hope that it is just the beginning for this young man. His presence at Celebrate Llanview at Sidetracks on January 13, 2012 to benefit Season of Concern will help bring many of his devoted fans to the cause. Get your tickets here. Go! Meet Nic.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Love Out Loud for Season of Concern from David A. Gregory

David Andrew Gregory was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, on August 19, 1985. At an early age, he knew that he wanted to be an actor. One summer he went to Interlochen Center for the Arts. The experience at the summer arts camp left him with the feeling that he had no other choice; performing arts was a part of him, and he was meant to act. In 2008, David graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. During his college years, he had exposure to acting opportunities that he had not received anywhere else, and he really appreciates the insight that he has taken away from his mentors and teachers. Leading up to his role as Robert Ford on One Life to Live, David endured seven months of unemployment.He eventually got a call to audition for One Life to Live’s casting director, and although he didn’t feel the vibe, afterwards he got invited to read for Executive Producer Frank Valentini. Before he even making it home, he got the call, and they had an answer for him: Meet Robert Ford, everyone!

David is also very fortunate to have a great family who supports his ambitions, and he credits them for where he is today.Concerning his role on One Life to Live, he thanks his fans for their support, and he really appreciates their role in bringing his character, Ford, back to the show. David was also quite memorable in a comical Airborne TV advertisement. [thanks to Jen Faulkner www.davidgregoryofficialsite.com]Tickets are on sale for Celebrate Llanview at the Season of Concern website. Go! Meet the talented Mr. Gregory!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Love Out Loud for Season of Concern from Josh Kelly


A labor of love got lovelier when the generous Josh Kelly decided to come on board for Celebrate Llanview, the fundraiser for Chicago's Season of Concern,

Having grown up in a military family and born in Japan, Josh Kelly has called several places home through the years, including Guam, the Philippines, Maryland, Georgia and Maine. The self-proclaimed former computer nerd would often create simple computer games when he wasn't competing in matches as a member of his high school's lacrosse and wrestling teams. Kelly knew he wanted to perform from an early age, however, and also participated several theater productions.

After graduating high school, Kelly enlisted in the Army and was deployed to Afghanistan one month after 9/11. He became an Army Ranger and led his highly-skilled unit through three more tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. In 2003, he returned to his passion for acting and moved to Los Angeles. He studied drama for two years and landed several TV appearances, in True Blood, Ugly Betty, Las Vegas and CSI:Miami. In 2009, he was cast in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. He also co-wrote, acted in and co-directed a short film about post-traumatic stress, Cope, with his fellow Army buddies and was later cast again and served as a military consultant in Transformers: Dark of the Moon after director Michael Bay saw Cope.

In 2010, Kelly auditioned for the role of Joey on One Life to Live (his Transformers co-star Josh Duhamel helped him prepare for his screen test). The part was ultimately given to Tom Degnan, but Kelly was offered the part of Cutter, Aubrey's mysterious boyfriend.

Tickets are now on sale for Celebrate Llanview on the Season of Concern website. Go!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

New York Angels





We can only be said to be alive in those moments

when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.








Thank you to everyone who made Friday Night's Daytime meets the Nighttime special

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Lori Michaels Loves Out Loud


Since her coming out in March 2006, Lori Michaels has taken Me & The Girls from coast to coast to the biggest pride festivals, club shows, music festivals, appearances and benefits all over the country. She has been non-stop with her Live Out Loud Pride Tour which kicked off at Dinah Shore Weekend in April 2008. Michaels grew up in the small town of Fairview, New Jersey. Her professional training began in her youth at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She later graduated from New York University with a pre-law degree. She is the founder and president of the non-profit organization, Reach Out, Inc. and is an honorary board member of the Joey DiPaolo AIDS Foundation.

Michaels' efforts with her charitable organization remain the heart (and soul) of all that she does. She is an entertainer and an activist for causes she truly cares about. With numerous awards and accolades, hundreds of events, most of which she organized and helped produce herself, a celebratory PSA promoting 20 years of "eaching out and events on Lori's upcoming calendar. She shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. She keeps solid commitments to programs and projects such as: HERO (Help Everyone Reach Out) raising awareness & funds for breast cancer), ANGEL (Awakening New Generations Enhancing Lives)an initiative promoting mental health awareness and suicide prevention), Dance for Health, and OUT Proud! promoting equal rights for all, helping in the opposition of human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

For Lovin' Out Loud: Lea DeLaria


Ben Brantley of the New York Times describes Lea as, "Every inch a star." Lea DeLaria, who already enjoyed a career as a Broadway singer and stand-up comedian, made her recording debut in 2000. Lea was confirmed as one of the best jazz singers of our time.

The first openly gay comic to appear on national television in the United States (Arsenio Hall in 1993 and from this point forward she has toured the world with her one-of-a-kind blend of cool jazz and in your face comedy. Ms. DeLaria's work in television is as unique as it is varied. She has created strange characters for daytime soaps (One Life to Live ), Primetime (Will & Grace, Friends and Matlock ) The small screen gave way to the big screen, lea has played parts in major motion pictures (The First Wives Club) but more often leads in independents like Edge of Seventeen, for which her version of Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies" won a 1999 GLAMA Award for Best Jazz Performance. In Fat Rose and Squeaky she played the title role along side Academy Award winner Louise Fletcher and four time Emmy winner Cicely Tyson. As a result of numerous musical comedy turns, Ms. DeLaria's singing career blossomed. She toured night clubs and concert halls. It was at one of these that Lea was spotted by Warner Jazz and signed the deal. Her very first record Play It Cool was named Album of the Year by the London Times, with the single “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” remaining at #1 on Jazz radio in the U.S. for 2 months. Lea has toured most of the large Jazz Festivals including London, New York City JVC, and Montreux, culminating in her appearance as the featured vocalist of The 50TH Anniversary of The Newport Jazz Festival Tour. Fresh from a British tour the multi-talented DeLaria is gracing us with those many talents. Don’t miss this!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Love Out Loud from Nathaniel Marston

A talented and versatile actor, Nathaniel Marston has worked in many different acting genres over the course of his career. From commercials to films, a stint on a prime time series to his role on the daytime drama One Life to Live, Nathaniel continues to impress critics and fans alike with his honest and intense performances.

Born on July 9, 1975, in Torrington, CT, Nathaniel lived in several states with his mother Elizabeth, an aspiring actress, before moving to Kauai, HI, at the age of three. When he was ten, they moved to San Diego, CA. During the next several years he lived in Los Angeles, CA and New York, returning to Los Angeles where he graduated from Beverly Hills High School.

While working at a Beverly Hills bakery, Nathaniel was discovered by a customer who happened to be an agent for William Morris. After appearing in several commercials, he was cast as Rosario Cappamezza in the feature film Love Is All There Is, followed by a role in the film The Craft. He then became a regular in the television series Educating Matt Waters.

In 1998, Nathaniel joined the cast of the daytime drama As the World Turns as Eddie Silva, a role which earned him a Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Male Newcomer. He left the show in January 1999. He went on to complete two feature films, Ordinary Sinner and Ciao America, and played a reporter in the cable television movie Monday Night Mayhem.

In December 2001 he took on the role of Al Holden on the ABC TV's One Life to Live. Although the character of Al was killed off in September 2003, Nathaniel returned to the show as a new character, Dr. Michael McBain, after fans protested, clamoring for his return. He left the show in November 2007. Nathaniel guest starred as Brent Latimer on Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit in November 2008. He also guest starred as Thomas Loge in a March 2010 episode of USA's White Collar. You know, it's great to have something in common with Angelina Jolie, on of his former co-stars. Come out to say hey to a good guy. We are proud to have him on board



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Friday, October 28, 2011

Love Out Loud From A Skootch



One is proactive because it is less frustrating living life when setting things in motion. Good things need to be nurtured and allowed to flourish. There are two organizations which are the beneficiaries of one of the many projects of The Imperial Court of NYC: Lifebeat.org and The Jan Hus Community Church. It is a very special labor of love to charge up (pester) people to help out either as talent or an attendee.

In the old neighborhood there was a slang expression for a pest, "scootch." In the Urban Dictionary it is spelled, "skutch." The etymology is the same, the Italian verb scocciare, pronounced in dialect, skoochar--picture a young child tugging on a mother's skirt or apron: un bambino socciante. Essere scocciante in some cases is also a labor of love. So, here goes:

The Jan Hus Church and Neighborhood House
is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and is home to the Jan Hus Playhouse Theater. This church was built in 1877 and gets its name from the great Czech Religious reformer Jan Hus. Today, Jan Hus Church practices progressive thinking and is committed to encouraging and welcoming the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in its congregation and within the church’s hierarchy. They are also active in social outreach, serving as a place of spiritual inspiration, worship and a beacon of hope to the community it serves. Rev. Ray Bagnuolo, the current pastor of Jan Hus, is very proud of the church’s community programs which include a senior center, preschool, homeless outreach program, public cafeteria, AA meeting hall and theater. Recently, Pastor Ray participated in the workshop Carl Stillitano facilitates. After witnessing Carl’s unique ability to guide his participants with grace & integrity, he was inspired to familiarize himself with Carl’s writings. He was so impressed with Kenny & The Virgin Mary; he chose this production to bring the stage at Jan Hus back to life in order to co-create an entertainment venue which serves humanity.


Lifebeat
has carved out a unique niche by effectively using the power of music as a nonprofit that uses the power of music to help educate young people about HIV/AIDS prevention. For more than seventeen years, Lifebeat has helped to mobilize the talents and resources of the music industry to raise awareness and funds, and to provide support to the HIV-positive community. Lifebeat relies on a small but dedicated staff and an active Board of Directors to carry out our mission, as well as a wonderful group of volunteers and a network of national AIDS service organizations (ASO’s) to educate young people through our outreach efforts.






We are inviting you to join us for this talent-filled evening. Visit www.love-out-loud.com/events.html where this current event is chronicled.

Love,

Giovanni "Lo Scocciante" Vitacolonna
gio@poz.com

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Terese Genecco Loves Out Loud


Terese Genecco has been appearing every month in Broadway’s longest running nightclub act at the world-renowned jazz venue, The Iridium with her 8-piece Little Big Band. She has been hailed as “the love-child of Dean Martin & Judy Garland” by The San Francisco Examiner, “A One-Woman Rat Pack!” by Cabaret Scenes Magazine and as a Critic’s Pick and Top Ten favorite of Time Out New York magazine since first appearing in Jazz at The Lincoln Center in 2005.

First known for her multi-award winning jazz/musical creation, Drunk With Love:A Tribute To Frances Faye. Genecco has also headlined from coast to coast with engagements at The Rrazz Room, The Great American Music Hall, Yoshi’s Jazz Club, The Herbst Theater, The Post Street Theater, San Francisco Pride Main Stage and the Fillmore Jazz Festival, opening for Grammy Winner Steve Tyrell at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in New Jersey, and as a headliner at The Peppermill Hotel & Casino in Reno. She has recently returned from a tour in Australia and New Zealand in honor of the 95th birthday of legendary composer/ arranger/conductor Russell Garcia.

Genecco is a 2009 MAC Award Winner for Outstanding Female Vocalist, a 2009 Out Music Award Winner for Outstanding Comedy/Cabaret Song; a 2008 MAC Award Winner for Outstanding Recording, and a 2007 Back Stage Bistro Award Winner for Outstanding Tribute Show.

She continues her US tour, culminating in a final performance at The Iridium on Sunday, November 6, 2011 starring Genecco with Shaynee Rainbolt and Special Guest Star Billy Stritch. And this just two days after she has generously offered to help us out at Daytime Meets Nighttime.

More information can be found at www.teresegenecco.com

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Keene: Lovin' Out Loud


Missy Keene and Ken Lundie

"Missy Keene Sizzles At Feinstein's" declared a reviewer of her recent successful return run at Feinstein's at the Regency. In 2002, Missy inaugurated their popular Monday night series. Trained at The Juilliard School, some of Missy’s other cabaret appearances include The Iridium, Don’t Tell Mama’s and Backstage at Dopo Teatro .

She has been seen in theatrical productions as Sandy in Grease, Kim in Bye Bye Birdie, Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell. Missy is particularly proud of her musical participation in numerous events honoring Olympian Athletes and commemorating the heroes and victims of 9/11. Her new CD, As Long As I’m Singing, was released this past summer to coincide with her Feinstein's appearance. Missy’s Christmas Wishes CD was released December 2009.

Ken Lundie continues to be one of the busiest audition pianists on the New York theatrical scene having played for hundreds of Broadway and regional shows. Ken began his career as an actor and was in the original Broadway production of Crazy for You and appeared in the film Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with Dolly Parton. Musical direction credits include Jimmy Buffett's Don't Stop the Carnival, Dietrich and Chevalier, For Lovers Only and Golf: the musical. Ken is pleased to be performing once again with Missy Keene.

The Imperial is proud to have this talented twosome on hand for Daytime Meets The Nighttime, come hear the wonderful sound they make. See what else is in store right here.

John DeMarco Wishes You Love Out Loud

John De Marco was a lead singer for the Follies Bergere in Paris for many years, and followed the show to Las Vegas for two years. His inimitable crooning style labeled him "The Voice That Wishes You Love" by Walter Winchell.

De Marco sang in the top cabaret rooms in the 60s and 70s: The Bonsoir, Sniffen Court Inn, Living Room, Upstairs of the Downstairs, Trude Hellers, Bal Tabarin, African Room, The Rio Grande, Page Two, The Big Black Pussy Cat, Village Gate, Crazy Horse Cafe, Copa Cabana Lounge and lead singer with The Copa Girls, Chicago's Black Orchid, Boom Boom Room in Miami, etc.

"John De Marco earned a standing ovation from the 290 plus audience at the Chase Room at the prestigious New Jersey Performing Arts Center. He captivated us all with his moon medley arranged by Musical Director Barry Levitt. De Marco has the advantage of a seasoned performer that exemplifies such greats as Sinatra and Bennett, now there is De Marco."
— Peter Leavy, Cabaret Scenes

The Imperial Court of New York is honored to have this talented man's participation!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Robin Strasser Loves Out Loud

Soap viewers were first introduced to the dazzling Robin Strasser when she created the vixen Rachel Davis on Another World in 1967. Since then, the lively and sometimes controversial actress has become a virtual fixture in daytime.

Strasser's interest in performing was palpable at an early age. Born and raised in New York City, she graduated from the prestigious High School of Performing Arts. She then attended Yale School of Drama on a full scholarship. Upon graduation, Strasser began her foray in daytime TV and performed in plays, including The Shadow Box and Chapter Two. Her AW character was so popular that she appeared in the short-lived spin-off, Somerset, in 1970.

After leaving AW in 1972, Strasser continued to do theater, as well as movies, TV movies and prime-time guest spots. She returned to soaps in 1976 when she took on the role of All My Children's Dr. Christina Karras from 1976-79. The actress then began her longest daytime stint as One Life to Live's Dorian, which she played from 1979-87, 1993-2000 and again from 2003-present. During her first hiatus from Llanview, Strasser continued to make a name for herself in prime-time, playing Knots Landing's Dianne and starring in several movies of the week. When she left One Life to Live in 2000, however, her exit was more controversial; she felt as if she was forced out when her contract negotiations came to a head.

Still, Strasser managed to bounce back and signed on as Passions' 300-year-old witch, Hecuba, that same year. She also spent time in France and continued to work in theater and TV. When she returned to One Life to Live in February 2003, Strasser enjoyed several front-burner storylines, including Dorian's marriage to evil Mitch, a hot romance with con artist David and her character's continued rivalry with Viki. Somehow, the busy Strasser still found time to star in a production of the play The Tale of the Allergist's Wife in 2004 and also began producing videos on women's health issues in 2005.

When she's not working, Strasser does fund-raising for AIDS, is on the Advisory Board of the American Menopause Foundation and is a spokesperson for the National Osteoporosis Foundation. In her spare time, she loves yoga, cooking, collecting antiques and doting on her dogs: a Maltese, Bisou, and a mixed breed, Roc-qui. Come meet at Daytime Meets Nighttime and get a load of some Soap Opera royalty.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

We Are So Loving Out Loud This Year: Daytime Meets The Nighttime



I was born with bugle horns and trumpets in my heart,
Mandolins & accordions & voices in three parts
Pounding drums and guitar strums
And choirs singing out
I was born to love, love out loud




From 2001 to 2005 with the help of Chris Meloni's participation in eBay auctions it was, needless to say, rather easy to raise funds as an individual. Meloni provided an identity for the process that was an extension of his own personal generosity. It seemed a natural progression as a member of the Smart + Strong family to raise the bar as far as fund-raising was concerned. It was gratifying that Ilene Kristen of One Life to Live was the very first to step up when the idea was formulated. When All My Children's Thorsten Kaye came on board the first event started to take shape because loyal fans stepped up to give it life, especially in New York. Fund raising as a team, as an entity, if you will, with individuals using their personal resources to do so, can utilize events with other fund raising opportunities so easily accessible in New York City, Los Angeles and other urban centers.




The first Love Out Loud took place in 2006 due to the generosity of Rich Herschenfeld and Ian Duke affording the opportunity at Prohibition on Columbus Ave at 84th, the locale that had been the site of events and fund-raisers for years. Experiencing the AIDS crisis from the early days is a life changing experience. It was homage to friends and others who are no longer with us—having a party in their honour prior to AIDS Walk New York.




Michael Clay of Austin, TX provided the theme, his signature song, the incomparable "Love Out Loud," a paean to loving as one’s nature dictates, an autobiographical sketch of how the emotional struggles of youth brought the singer to musical expression a metaphor/simile for loving and living. Michael could tell many a tale of close friends from his Nashville years and more than one has inspired his original material. They were years full of creativity and connecting personalities. Michael is now down in Austin loving as loud as he can and performing his handsome butt off.




Michael came to New York with his band and filled Prohibition with a joyous noise along with Ilene Kristen. In 2007, Ken Lundie, musical producer, became part of the entertaining tapestry. John Kouri and Tremors eventually became the band of the hour, so to speak, with Ilene Kristen, cabaret chanteuse Barbara Porteus and Mr. Lundie once in following years. In 2008, there were even more celebrities in attendance with CBS shows coming on board with Marj Dusay of Guiding Light taking stage to address the attendees. By that time it had become an Upper West Side tradition. In 2009 the musical experience achieved new heights with the addition of John Pagano who graced Love Out Loud ’s Bacharach to the Future.



Actors from ABC, NBC, CBS, Logo and here! TV have come together at POZ‘s annual fund-raisers for AIDS Walk New York and AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Thorsten Kaye (Zach) of All My Children continues to be there has been joined by fellow cast members Alicia Minshew (Kendall), Billy Miller (Richie), Jeff Branson, (Jonathan),Melissa Claire Egan (Annie), Adam Mayfield (Scott) and Brittany Allen (Marissa); One Life to Live’s “Foxy Roxy" Ilene Kristen has been accompanied by talented co-workers, Jason Tam (Markko), John Brotherton (Jared), Mark Lawson (Brody), Bree Williamson (Jessica), Farah Fath (Gigi), John Paul Lavoisier (Rex), Brittany Underwood (Langston), Brandon Buddy (Cole) and Daphnee Duplaix Samuels (Rachel); As the World Turns has been represented by WolĂ© Parks (Dallas), Davida Williams (Jade), Meredith Hagner (Liberty), Mick Hazen (Parker), Van Hansis (Luke), Billy Magnussen (Casey), Trent Dawson (Henry) and Evan Alex Cole (Hunter). Guiding Light past and present has been represented by Murray Bartlett (Cyrus), Jennifer Roszell (Eleni), Zack Conroy (James) and POZ’s good friends Mark Dobies (Noah), and Brian Gaskill (Dylan), who came in from the West Coast in 2009. Project Runway's Jack Mackenroth and Kevin Christiana helped us out in 2008. Thom Christopher, “Hawk” of Buck Rodgers in the 21st Century fame, has been there more than once to add his smiling face to the cause. Soap Opera legend Laurence Lau (All My Children’s Greg Nelson, Another World‘s Jamie Frame) was in the good company of his gift-bearing fans in 2009. Actors Colton Ford and David Moretti from The Lair were on hand to add some spice to the proceedings. Fan favourite Matt Walton (Optimum and One Life to Live)and good friend to POZ has been on hand more than once. Law &Order: SVU’s Christopher Meloni greeted his many fans and lent his special presence. Christopher Meloni of NBC’s Law & Roder: SVU taking time out of a very busy schedule to greet his many fervent fans in 2009.




The year that Alicia Minshew of All My Children came was the same year she announced her engagement to long time love, Rich Hershenfeld of Prohibition. The fan response was immense and intense. It was best year for funds!






Love Out Loud West has been happening in Los Angeles since 2007, first at The Abbey, followed by East/West Lounge and then h.wood for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Sherri Lewis (Divas Simply Singing), Ted Detwiler (Sordid Lives),Kristoff St. John (The Young and the Restless), good friend, Patrika Darbo (Days of Our Lives), Kate Linder (The Young and the Restless), Thom Bierdz(The Young and the Restless), Lisa LoCicero and Brandon Barash of General Hospital, heartthrobs David Moretti of The Lair, Brandon Beemer of The Bold and the Beautiful with Nadia Bjorlin (Days of Our Lives), Brian Gaskill, who has been on both coasts and, of course, Ilene Kristen an inspiration on every coast.





Los Angeles affords the opportunity for a large crowd of celebrities, among them: Taylor Spreitler (Days of Our Lives), Amanda Baker (All My Children), Lexi Ainsworth (General Hospital), Jai Rodriguez (Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!!), Greg Vaughan (General Hospital), Adam Grimes (General Hospital:Nightshift), Carrie Southworth (General Hospital:Nightshift)and Matt Borlenghi (General Hospital.

Singer John Pagano (Pure Imagination)gave an exceptional performance in 2009 that proved that he has a very special talent.




The gracious personal support on the part of members of the entertainment industry to help those with HIV/AIDS and its awareness helps make POZ events in Los Angeles get brighter every year. Michael Maloney (Soaps In Depth) and Tammie Arroyo (Steven Bergman Photography) as members of the media did their part for awareness. It’s grand when the beautiful people do something beautiful.



Strong mention needs to be made of the media participation and support of Kimberly Roots formerly of Soaps in Depth, her colleagues Chris Eads and Frank Scalise along with Roger Newcomb, Kevin Mulcahy, Jr and Damon Jacobs of We Love Soaps who co-sponsored Love Out Loud in 2011. With friends like these who cares of you have enemies.





In 2008 the advent and subsequent friendship of Kevin Spirtas, well known on Broadway and on television, helped bring the World AIDS Day event Bacharach to the Future to fruition. It was more than a memorable evening with many of the best and brightest performers giving life to Burt Bacharach’s compositions highlighting his early contribution to the AIDS struggle with the song “That’s What Friends Are For,” the pioneering recording that benefited The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) in 1985.

Katie Adams (Wicked), John Bolton (Curtains) BethAnn Bonner (One Life to Live), Terry Burrell (The Threepenny Opera) Liz Callaway (Miss Saigon), Franc D’Ambrosio (Phantom of the Opera), Ted Detwiler (Sordid Lives), Kevin Earley (A Tale of Two Cities, Les Miserables), Natalie Hiatt (Leading Ladies) Lauren Kennedy (Spamalot, Sunset Boulevard), Ilene Kristen (Grease, Ryan’s Hope, One Life to Live), Sherri Lewis (Divas Simply Singing), Jill O’Hara (Hair, George M!, Promises, Promises), John Pagano (Burt Bacharach Concert Orchestra), Billy Porter (Angels in America, Jesus Christ Superstar), Linda Purl (Tom Sawyer), Julie Reiber (Wicked, Rent), Tony Roberts (Promises, Promises, Xanadu, Victor/Victoria) Kevin Spirtas (The Boy from OZ), Matt Walton (Hair, Burn After Reading), Pearce Wegener (Gypsy) Director, Bruce Kimmel (The First Nudie Musical, The Brain From Planet X) and Musical Director, Alex Rybeck.




This event not only introduced us to Mr. Spirtas’ very capable producing abilities but also brought some good friends and performers into our life, viz. John Pagano, Sherri Lewis and Ted Detwiler. It was a milestone in the life of Love Out Loud.




None of these events would have any meaning without the participation of generous souls like Charlotte Walton, Diane Nilsen, Amy Beard, Kay Gordon, Trudi Bills, Daiva Keys and many others.

Last year in collaboration with Lifebeat, we produced a tribute to Carole King, King for A Day: Brother, Brother. It was a grand evening hosted by good friend, Matt Walton. The gracious Callaway Sisters were there to bring a tear to an eye or two with “You’ve Got A Friend.” Mighty Kate practically stole the show with her performance. Colton Ford and Gregory Nalbone, heart throbs for gay and straight alike, gave memorable performances. This year we have amazing athlete DeMarco Majors (Shirts & Skins )to meet and greet you along with Mark Dobies, Ted Detwiler (Sordid Lives), who is paying us a visit from the West Coast along with CSI’s Gerald McCullouch.




This year we want to steal your heart away in collaboration with The Imperial Court of New York benefiting Lifebeat and The Jan Hus Community Church. Of course, the ever-giving Ilene Kristen will be there. There will be other amazing performances—BethAnn Bonner is on hand to wow you with her flawless voice and beauty. Check out what we’ve got planned for you.

These are generous, giving people who are pointing the way.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

If You're Loving Out Loud, It's Probably Because of Mark Dobies



He debuted as the "hottest new comer to daytime TV", in his role as Noah Chase on Guiding Light and his portrayal of sociopath Daniel Colson, on One Life to Live, was acclaimed, as the highest rated storyline for its demographic in the thirty-five year history of the show. His most challenging role by far was Off Broadway at The Public Theatre, playing Bruce Niles in The Normal Heart. That revival of Larry Kramer's landmark play detailing the AIDS crisis in the early eighties was as gruelling as it was rewarding. "We had to deal with death every night for three hours. It was however, one of the greatest learning experiences of my life". Listening to Mr. Dobies talk about his craft and his various and sundry approaches to it is enlightening. He asks the right questions and gives more than a few right answers and insight. Mr. Dobies is a multi-faceted individual worthy of more than simple interest. Mark’s expertise landed him in a starring role as the aerobic instructor om Everybody Loves Raymond. With over thirty years of experience, he was also featured on the cover of Men’s Health Magazine for new and innovative fitness routines. Not only is he an inspiration as an actor, he can also inspire fitness. Visit his site and blog for New Generation Fitness.Come say hello to him on November 4, 2011 at Jan Hus Community Theater for Daytime Meets Nighttime. Don't forget to catch his guest appearances on Homeland.



Mark and Van Hansis from Love Out Loud 2008

Daniel Patrick Ellis Lovin' Out Loud



Daniel Patrick Ellis is an American actor, best known for his work as a model and now today as an actor, in both movies and television, as well as a recording artist who tours extensively. Ellis has billed alongside such acts as Hannah Montana, The Cheetah Girls, Vanessa Hudgens, Everlife, Lalaine, Aaron Carter, Jesse McCartney, Lil Romeo, and Ziggy Marley.

Daniel Ellis has been in the movies Bad Santa,Life or Something Like It, Lonely Street and more. He has also been in the TV shows Boston Legal, CSI, The View, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Call with Carson Daly and more.

This energetic and talented young man will grace us with his presence at Daytime Meets Nighttime whihc promises to be a memorable performance for a very good cause.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Love Out Loud from Barry Levitt

Musical Director Barry Levitt has been an active, forceful, award-winning presence within the New York musical community for over three decades. He was the music director and arranger for Catskills On Broadway and Swinging On A Star on Broadway as well as Langston in Harlem, Little Shop Of Horrors and Taking My Turn Off-Broadway. He has been Music Director, Pianist and Arranger for numerous night club and cabaret artists such as Ben Vereen, Bernadette Peters, Faith Prince, Eartha Kitt, Nell Carter, Margaret Whiting, Rosemary Clooney, Melba Moore, Julie Budd, Julie Wilson, Connie Francis, Sergio Franchi, Jack Jones, Billy Eckstein, Marilyn Michaels, Carol Woods, BJ Crosby, Chuck Cooper and Pia Zadora. “I took a class with Barry a while back and knew he could sing but Barry also sings like the rest of us strive to sing ... with purpose and a deep connection to his lyric.” (Stu Hamstra)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Love Out Loud from Tom Mandel

Bryan Adams, Dire Straits, Bon Jovi, David Johansen, B-52s, Cyndi Lauper and Tina Turner among others have someone in common—Tommy Mandel. New York City is chock full of hidden gems and this musician’s musician is one of them. He can be heard creating wondrous sound on the piano at Ido Sushi, another hidden gem in the Big Apple, in lower Manhattan on Seventh Ave South at Bedford every week. Tom can make wonderful music and with him it's all bout the music. He is a magician when it comes to creating great sounds. Giovanni has the honor of having him on the piano come November 4th at what promises to be one hell of a fundraiser. There will be some great sounds coming forth that evening. Come forth to hear them!




Monday, October 10, 2011

Love Out Loud From Epiphany


As many of you you may know I’m a New York City based queen working full time and traveling a ton. I’m a live singer. I cover pop music, Broadway and everything else in between. As far as I know I’m the only legit live singing queen in New York. Originally from San Diego I’m a sun kissed “pageant queen” with a heart of gold. I can't wait for Daytime Meets Nighttime. Come out and have a great time supporting a good cause, or two!

Love Out Loud from Witti Repartee

Witti Repartee has been called many things: "Hostess," "Chanteuse," "Fabulous" and "Woody." Since 1997, she has been entertaining crowds of two and three in some of the darkest, most out of the way places her agent can find. You may not remember having seen her at the Ice Palace, you may have forgotten her performances at Mother, or you may have blocked those evenings when she's dominated the piano at The Monster. Harder to forget are her years of work with the Imperial Court of New York as a performer and event producer, the year and a half she hosted "The Gayest Link" at Hannah's Lava Lounge, or her reign in 2003 as the Queen of the New York City Gay Men's Chorus. Never having achieved the status of "Been," she revels in the fact that no one can claim she's a "HAS-Been," simply someone whose bookings are continually on the wrong side of the Bushel. Under it. She’s excited at her new position with the ICNY: Imperial Crown Princess Royale, and looks forward to Daytime Meets Nighttime!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Love Out Loud for DeMarco Majors


From humble and tumultuous beginnings in Evansville, Indiana. to flying high as captain of the gold-medal winning San Francisco Rockdogs at the 2006 Chicago Gay Games, DeMarco Majors is the face of a new generation of young, gay, and increasingly out athletes.During the course of his remarkable athletic career, Majors played for teams in Australia, Brazil, Argentina and the American Basketball Association. The only professional basketball player to ever come out before retirement, Majors broke ground in dealing openly with prejudice and homophobia in the world of professional sports. He is now a spokesman for gay athletes, because of his personal experience, and in 2008 he was named one of Out Magazine's top 100 most influential gay men and women. Lately, Majors has been enjoying a successful career in acting and modeling, starring in the Logo series Shirts & Skins, walking the runway in New York's Fashion Week, and guest-starring on Law & Order. He has also appeared in Beyonce’s “Freakum Dress’” video and made his off-Broadway debut at the Actors Playhouse in a JL King production, titled RAW. More recently, Majors has also been directing music videos and fitness shows. His latest venture will see him as the host of his own talk show L.Y.T.E (Living Your Truth on Embrace).