Friday, December 5, 2008

Love Out Loud for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

POZ's Bacharach to the Future fund-raiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS took place Monday December 1, 2008 at New World Stages in New York, NY.

The production honored music legend Burt Bacharach, the composer of “That’s What Friends Are For,” the pioneering recording that benefited The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) in 1985. Promises, Promises, Mr. Bacharach’s award winning musical, opened on Broadway forty years ago December 1, 1968 and original cast member was on hand with renditions from the musical joined by Tony Roberts of the 1969 London cast.
Special guests included host and associate producer, Kevin Spirtas (The Boy From OZ) for whom this became a labor of love, Emmy winner Liz Callaway (Miss Saigon), Billy Porter (Angels in America, Jesus Christ Superstar), Linda Purl (Tom Sawyer), Julie Reiber (Wicked, Rent), Katie Adams (Wicked) Matt Walton (Hair, Burn After Reading), Ilene Kristen (Grease), who has participated in every POZ fund-raiser since 2006 and John Pagano, who tours extensively with Mr. Bacharach. Bruce Kimmel’s excellent direction was fully complemented by musical director Alex Rybeck, choreographer Adam Cates and John Shivers’ sound advice.

For more highlights go here.

This is my donation page to keep the momentum going.

And on eBay there is this: Burt Bacharach Personal Autograph Item Id: 120345373830, gracioulsy donated by Mr. Bacharach.

Thanks for all your support.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Love Out Loud for John Bolton

John Bolton recently completed a run of over 500 performances as the villainous drama critic in Kander and Ebb’s Curtains where he also played the starring role of Lt. Frank Cioffi during David Hyde Pierce’s vacation. Also on Broadway: original cast of the Tony Award-winning musicals Spamalot (often performing the role of King Arthur), Contact and Titanic, and in the hit revivals of Damn Yankees and How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (as Finch opposite Sarah Jessica Parker). He was featured in the acclaimed New York benefit concerts of Chess, Funny Girl, Busker Alley and the Grammy-nominated Dreamgirls. He recently sang for 104-year-old Zeigfeld Girl Doris Eaton Travis on stage at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre.

He starred Off-Broadway in Five Course Love at the Minetta Lane and in John Bucchino’s It’s Only Life directed by Daisy Prince. He played Rooster in the 20th Anniversary Production of Annie (with Nell Carter) and Will Parker in the European Tour of Oklahoma!

He currently plays District Attorney John Summerhill on ABC’s All My Children and many Broadway-related appearances on all of the major network talk and morning shows. Mister Bolton has a BA in Journalism, but he left writing for the theatre because he wanted something steady. While that may not exactly describe the state of acting jobs, it was a great choice for this talented in that it keeps him in view. He has now joined Bacharach to the Future and those in attendance will get to appreciate the talent that is John Bolton.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Love Out Loud for John Pagano

[source: Rock's back pages] This small ensemble, which Bacharach is rehearsing for a tour that will jet around the globe in the next few months, leaves the early hits medley for one of his most current gems, "God Give Me Strength," a six-minute mini-symphony co-written by Elvis Costello ("He's one of the greatest songwriters in the world," Burt says) for the film, Grace Of My Heart.

As vocalist John Pagano scales the stately, elegant staircase of the emotional ballad, Bacharach seems lost in his own private cosmos. It's that place where he sees the sparkling vistas, the shadowy valleys and the breathtaking peaks, "the long line," as he calls it, of his rangy melodies. As Pagano nails the climactic line of the bridge--"I want him... to hurt"--Bacharach's head snaps around, then he waves the surrounding players into a breathtaking instrumental passage. As the song simmers into the last verse, he stands up at the piano and feathers the air with one hand, while chording with the other. This has long been his style, playing pianist and conductor simultaneously, the commander-in-chief, the Captain Kirk of the musical stage... John Pagano's only been on board for a month. It turns out that Burt remembered him from six years ago, when Pagano made a solo record for MCA. John had asked Burt to write something for the album, and even though Burt didn't have time, he was so impressed by the young singer's capabilities that he kept his name on file for future reference. Pagano has only praise for his employer: "He has such vision as a composer. What he sees in his head in terms of melody and arrangement is amazing. What a learning experience this has been so far!" Rest of article is here.

John Pagano's musical journey is evolutionary and with good fortune he has evolved into one of the finer interpreters of Mr. Bacharach's music. His presence on December 1 is a blessing.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Love Out Loud for Alex Rybeck

Alex Rybeck is a pianist, arranger, composer, and musical director, well-known for his work in theater, cabaret, and on recordings. Broadway credits include Merrily We Roll Along (directed by Hal Prince) and Grand Hotel (directed by Tommy Tune). He also conducted the New York workshop and San Diego world premiere of What the World Needs now, winning personal praise from Burt Bacharach.

Off-Broadway shows include Wings (Public Theater) and Really Rosie (directed by Patricia Birch). Winner of the 2005 Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Award, he has worked in Manhattan’s premiere concert halls and cabaret venues, including Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Algonquin’s Oak Room, Feinstein’s, the Carlyle, and The Russian Tea Room, to mention a few. He has toured nationally and internationally as well, and has appeared on PBS several times (including Great Performances).

Among the many stars of Broadway and cabaret he has worked with are Tommy Tune, Eartha Kitt, The McGuire Sisters, Michael Feinstein, Faith Prince, Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway, Donna McKechnie, Debbie Gravitte, Karen Mason, Lee Roy Reams, Tovah Feldshuh, Amanda McBroom, Marni Nixon (”The Voice of Hollywood”), Jason Graae, Jeff Harnar, Australia’s David Campbell, Craig Rubano, Anna Bergman, Rita Gardner, Metropolitan Opera diva Roberta Peters, and the legendary Kitty Carlisle Hart.
Among numerous CD’s: Sibling Revelry (Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway); three solo albums by Liz Callaway; five solo albums by Jeff Harnar; Leap of Faith (Faith Prince); Try to Remember (Rita Gardner); Change Partners and Finishing the Act (Craig Rubano); Leading Men Don’t Dance (Ron Raines and others); and a soon-to-be-released album by Victoria Clark (Tony-winner for The Light in the Piazza). Original songs include “What a Funny Boy He Is”, recorded by Nancy LaMott.

A graduate of Oberlin College and NYU, he was taught and mentored by Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, and Comden & Green. He is a member of ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild.

He has taken the musical reins of Bacharach to the Future, which makes the production that much more valued. Magic Moments indeed.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Love Out Loud for Terry Burrell

Terry Burrell has appeared on Broadway in The Three Penny Opera, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Into the Woods, Eubie and Dreamgirls. She was nominated for the Helen Hayes award for best actress in the musical Queenie Pie.(BroadwayWorld)

On her role as Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie, "… I got such satisfaction playing a character that nobody thought I could do. Also, many people had no idea that I wasn't Asian." (Backstage). Burrell defies age and race as she defines talent and continues to inspire. Look for on December 1, 2008 at New World Stages helping raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Figths AIDS.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Love Out Loud for Lauren Kennedy

Lauren Kennedy hails from Raleigh, North Carolina. She is an exceptional actress and singer who is known for Monty Python’s Spamalot, Les Misérables, Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close, Side Show on Broadway and Cinderella with New York City Opera. London knows her for South Pacific at the National Theatre. Therefore, she is not only exceptional but also accomplished. Whether she is Nellie Forbush or Lady of the Lake, Lauren aims to please. “… a truly fantastic performer … It just seemed like she was having a lot of fun on stage … Lauren Kennedy is fantastic. She is probably the most talented musical theatre actress that I have had the pleasure of seeing on stage” [source: Coloured Lights] "Lauren Kennedy has a pretty voice and a lean and spiky physical allure that recalls the young Madeline Kahn's." (source: New York Times] That being said, she can be seen and heard giving voice to the Bacharach songbook on World AIDS Day at New World Stages. This is our good fortune along with Broadway Cares’. Visit her website.

Love Out Loud for Kevin Earley

Kevin Earley has a recording entitled Earley Standards featuring classics from such composers as Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and George and Ira Gershwin. Now a New York audience will have the opportunity to hear the star of A Tale of Two Cities to sing the grand music of Burt Bacharach. Critics have hailed Kevin as "peerless, a brilliant singer and actor." Earley's Broadway credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie and Les Miserables and he has made frequent guest appearances with the California Philharmonic and at the Hollywood Bowl. [source: CD Baby] Kevin is a devoted member of Musical Theater Guild, dedicated to performing new and rediscovered musicals. He also takes part in benefits, including (BC/EFA’s) Easter Bonnet and Gypsy of the Year, (Los Angeles) Salon at the Taper, Actors Fund and William Holden Wildlife Foundation. While in Chicago he received a Joseph Jefferson Award for the Balladeer in Assassins at The Appletree Theater. Other awards include the B. Iden Payen Award for Curly in Oklahoma and three coveted Robby Awards. [source:] This unique and much heralded talent will grace New World Stages once again helping Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in POZ’s Bacharach to the Future. Learn more about him here, yet another website dedicated to him.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Love Out Loud for Jill O'Hara

We have been blessed with the unique and rich voice of Jill O’Hara, with whom New York City has always been in love. [source: New York Times] Jill O'Hara grew up in Warren, Pa. and arrived in Manhattan right after high school, singing in Greenwich Village coffeehouses. Her first professional theater work was Hang Down Your Head and Die, a satirical Off Broadway revue about capital punishment, produced by Marion Javits. The show lasted only one night, but it had the distinction of being the vehicle that brought together Jerome Ragni and James Rado, the creators of Hair. She portrayed in rapid succession the female lead in the original Public Theater production of Hair, co-starred with Joel Grey in the hit musical George M! and played opposite Jerry Orbach in the Burt Bacharach, Hal David and Neil Simon musical Promises, Promises. Barely 21 years old, she was a big star.

She's going to recreate her Tony nominated performance with the lush “Whoever You Are, I Love You.” She will be joined by Tony Roberts for “I'll Never Fall In Love Again.”

Love Out Loud For eBay

We have these items for auction to help us out with Bacharach to the Future.

These first three autographs from Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni and Charles Busch are for auction as part of item # 120327067413

This script is also up for auction as item # 120327040429

These above items and the following were graciously donated by Law & Order: SVU -- with many thanks to Meredith Petty for all her help.

The November issue of Self, "On Standing Up For Yourself" autographed by Mariska Hargitay. eBay item# 120327066118

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Love Out Loud for Pearce Wegener

Pearce Wegener is making his Broadway debut as Yonkers in Gypsy starring Patti LuPone. This young man, a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, already had Pippin, Bye Bye Birdie, Show Boat and Wonderful Town under his belt. He will bring all his youthful energy to the stage for Bacharach to the Future. His reponse was immediate and unequivocal: “I am overwhelmed by all the good Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS does. I am honored to be able to help POZ support such a wonderful cause.”

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Love Out Loud for Natalie Hiatt

Kansas City born Natalie Hiatt is a singer, writer living in New York City. She is currently involved in a Children’s musical Theatre program Star Kidz that teaching the fundamentals of singing, acting and dance. She was a recipient of the Kathleen Turner scholarship while attending Missouri State University. She has been part of Ken Ludwig’s premiere of Leading Ladies at the New Theatre in Kansas City, and various other productions including Swing!, Funny Girl, Grease, Anything Goes, and Eating Raoul.
“Hiatt is extraordinary. She's so talented and charismatic that you understand what the producers of Best Musical Tony winner Thoroughly Modern Millie felt upon discovering chorus girl Sutton Foster... Hiatt has the appeal and formidable lung power of some blessed mutant who is equal parts Bernadette Peters and Jennifer Tilly but entirely her own creation.” [source: Steve Walker, The Pitch Kansas City]It's unanimous among those who know her: Classic beauty with a classic voice.
This year it is one more opportunity to know this young woman. She will be joining Bacharach to the Future.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Love Out Loud for Tony Roberts

Tony Roberts received Tony Award nominations for his performances in Play It Again Sam and How Now, Dow Jones. His other theatrical credits include Victor/Victoria, Barefoot in the Park, Don't Drink the Water, Sugar, Absurd Person Singular, Arsenic and Old Lace, They're Playing Our Song, Jerome Robbins' Broadway and The Sisters Rosensweig. He won the London's Critics Poll Award for his performance in the West End mounting of Promises, Promises, and his many screen credits include Annie Hall, Play It Again, Sam and Serpico. Mr. Roberts is currently having a great time in Xanadu. It is an honour to have him with us for Bacharach to the Future, the very same man who introduced the musical Promises, Promises to London audiences. The man is the quintessence of acting with innumerable credits. He is a New York City legend.

Love Out Loud for Linda Purl

Born in Connecticut and raised in Japan, Linda became the only foreigner to train at the Toho Geino Academy. Linda returned to the States to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse, Lee Strasberg Institute and later with Robert Lewis, an original member of The Group Theatre and co-founder of The Actor's Studio. Her stage credits include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; Hallelujah, Hallelujah! the original production of the Pulitzer Prize winning play Dinner With Friends, The Road To Mecca (with Miss Julie Harris), Nora (with Michael York), The Three Penny Opera (with Betty Buckley), Grease, On a Clear Day, ; Oliver, The King and I, Love Letters with both Stacey Keach and Desi Arnaz, Jr.; Tusitala (with Miss Julie Harris), Hippolytos as Phaedra in the inaugural production Getty Classical Theatre. Linda is recipient of six Dramalogue Best Actress Awards and two Dramalogue Awards as Best Producer. She has received two Robby Awards for Best Actress and is a three time nominee of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Award for Best Actress and is the recipient of the Connecticut Critics' Award for Outstanding Performance in a Play for her work in The Baby Dance.

Linda has performed her cabaret act at The Rose Tattoo, The Cinegrill, The Gardenia, The Jazz Bakery as well as performed in concert at the Luchman Hall, Los Angeles; White Barn Theatre, Westport, Ct; Toho Imperial Theatre, Tokyo; Pike's Peak Center, Colorado Springs; Town Hall, NYC. She is an Associate Artist of the American National Theatre, co-founder and served as Founding Executive Director of the Colorado Festival for World Theatre and is Festival Director of the Rubicon International Theatre Festival. If all that isn't enough to insure a memorable performance for World AIDs Day from this very generous woman all one need do is listen to her moving performance of "A House Is Not A Home" on the recording produced by director, Bruce Kimmel, The Burt Bacharach Album.

Love Out Loud for Julie Reiber

The wicked talent of Julie Reiber comes forth from Bellingham, Washington and it has blessed both coasts of the United States. From the original Los Angeles company of Wicked to that of Broadway. she has been part of many a production, All Shook Up, Rent, Brooklyn, Jekyll & Hyde. Her official website resides here. This is one busy woman! Since arriving in the Big Appple, Julie has already offered her time and talent to BC/EFA for Friends with Benefits last May, not to mention Tales From the Bad Years, Monday Nights, New Voices, Broadway Sings for Africa Concert, Reach the Sky, and Broadway for Obama in addition to being on hand for Wicked. This is the kind of person to write home about and we're glad she's on our side.

Love Out Loud for Liz Callaway

Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Liz Callaway is one of the top singer-actresses appearing on Broadway today. Audiences have seen her on Broadway in Merrily We Roll Along, Baby, Miss Saigon, The Three Musketeers, The Look of Love, and Cats, where she played the role of Grizabella for five years. She has also starred in numerous off-Broadway shows,as well as the internationally acclaimed Sibling Revelry with her sister, Ann Hampton Callaway. Her numerous film and television credits include the singing voice of Anastasia in the award-winning animated film, Princess Jasmine, Aladdin and the King of Thieves. Liz is also an accomplished studio singer, and can be heard on more than 35 recordings, including her three solo albums. Her extensive concert career includes appearances at New York ’s Carnegie Hall, in London, China, France, Iceland, Estonia, and just about every major city in the United States. Visit the Liz Callaway Website. Bacharach to the Future enjoys the extremely good fortune of having her with us on World AIDS Day.

Love Out Loud for Franc D'Ambrosio

Franc D'Ambrosio is best known for his role in the stage version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. For this role he earned the title, "The World's Longest Running Phantom", having completed over 3000 performances, including the national tour and the San Francisco run of over 5 years. Attending the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT, He had the opportunity to study at the famed Vocal Academy of Lucca in Italy. While there, he was personally invited to study with legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti at his home in Pesaro. Franc made his Broadway debut in the first revival of Sweeney Todd. It was while he was in this production that Francis Ford Coppola discovered D'Ambrosio. Paramount Pictures had been conducting an international talent search (for well over a year) to fill the part of Anthony Corleone - the opera-singing son of Al Pacino & Diane Keaton in The Godfather III. Their search was finally over. It was immediately following that Franc was cast in the title role of The Phantom Of The Opera. He had actually been auditioning for Miss Saigon but the producers were so impressed with his performance that they immediately offered him the role in Phantom. Bacharach to the Future is now blessed with Franc's talent. Visit his official site.

Love Out Loud for Billy Porter

Before embarking on a career as a mainstream pop vocalist, Billy Porter built a substantial reputation as a theatrical singer in Broadway productions such as Grease and Smokey Joe's Cafe. He made his initial impact by placing "Love Is On The Way" on the soundtrack to the film First Wives' Club, in 1996. His debut album, Untitled, was firmly anchored in traditional R&B territory, with several key ballads. According to L. Michael Gipson: "His voice is one for the ages and it soon found a home back on Broadway starring in everything from a
revival of Grease to a landmark recording of Dreamgirls: In Concert. No less than Rosie O’Donnell fell in love with Billy’s talent and had him appear on her show innumerable times." This multi-faceted performer, well known to New York City audiences, has now brought his shining talents to the World AIDS Day event to help POZ benefit Broadway Cares/Equity fights AIDS.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Love Out Loud for Billy Miller

Billy Miller is no Richie Novak, his manipulative alter ego on All My Children the show he left last summer. It is our good fortune that he is very different and taking the time once again to join us for a fund-raiser. This time in West Hollywood. Vist here. He was quite popular among his cast mates and quickly built a following among the show’s fans. Billy now gets to repeat that success on The Young & The Restless. He holds a degree from the University of Texas in Austin as one of only twenty students in the film department's Intensive Production Sequence. Intensive is the operative word here. For example, like many an actor before him, Mr. Miller is no stranger to bartending, and his approach to that experience is to have his own company building and operating bars in Austin, TX and South Bay, CA. As a true denizen of the Southwest, this young man doesn’t let any grass grow under his feet and now after taking New York by storm, he is taking the Left Coast much the same way.

Billy Miller is the real thing. He defines intensity, intelligence and generosity. He is genuinely one of the good guys.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Love Out Loud for David Moretti

David Moretti does indeed look like an Italian movie star as someone once opined. Perhaps it’s because his surname comes from Italy. Wherever his origins are, the man seems to be doing all the right things. He is the star of here! TV's The Lair and the purveyor of his own web log on From his website: [he likes] the idea of being part of the new movement in gay television. "I'm proud to be part of a show that is entertaining our culture. Gay heroes and villains are a concept not often explored and here! should be commended for being the first network to make it happen." Since debuting on The Lair, Moretti has also appeared as a guest star on Dante's Cove.
He admits to being happier now than ever before. "I have the best of both worlds. I get to step outside of myself and play different characters on the set each day and then when I head home, I actually respect the person I see in the mirror." Speaking of respect, he has earned some in these parts. Come meet him at East/West Lounge on October 16th.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Love Out Loud for Kristoff St John

Emmy Award winning New York native Kristoff St. John has been an integral part of The Young and the Restless as Neil Winters for more than a few years. In 1992, St. John won his first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series. In 2008, Mr. St. John won his second Emmy, as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Over the years, he has also won numerous NAACP Image Awards. Mr. St. John is an avid supporter of animal rights an active member of PETA. An active spokesman for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Mr. St. John has graciously answered the invitation to become part of POZ/Cops 4 Causes fund raiser for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Mr. St. John is a noteworthy and valuable addition to this effort.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Love Out Loud for Bruce Kimmel

There was no hesitation on Bruce Kimmel’s part to become part of POZ magazine’s World AIDS Day event, Bacharach to the Future. Since 1993, Mr. Kimmel has been one of the leading producers of theatre music on CD, having produced over 160 albums and as such he is a purveyor of many things Bacharach, in particular The Burt Bacharach Album: Broadway Sings the Best of Bacharach. He was nominated for a Grammy for producing the revival cast album of Hello, Dolly! and his album with jazz pianist Fred Hersch, I Never Told You, was also nominated for a Grammy. He is also one of the more delightful people one might run into. He is endowed with a big heart.

Bruce Kimmel wrote, directed and starred in the cult movie hit, The First Nudie Musical (available on a Special Edition DVD). He also co-created (with David Wechter) the story for the hit film, The Faculty, directed by Robert Rodriguez.

His musical, The Brain From Planet X (written with David Wechter) has been seen in Los Angeles, New York, and the United Kingdom. He is currently at work on bringing The First Nudie Musical to the stage for 2009. He’s also recently directed concert acts for Kevin Spirtas, Linda Purl, Joan Ryan, and a new two-person show for Mr. Spirtas and Sean McDermott.

As an actor, Mr. Kimmel guest-starred on most of the long-running television shows of the 1970s and he is the author of seven novels – his acclaimed Benjamin Kritzer trilogy (Benjamin Kritzer, Kritzerland, and Kritzer Time), his four mysteries, Writer’s Block, Rewind, his two Adriana Hofstetter mysteries, Murder At Hollywood High and Murder At The Grove, as well as his collection of short fiction, How To Write A Dirty Book and Other Stories.

He is a Renaissance Man. He has come on board as the director for Bacharach to the Future working with his good friend Kevin Spirtas, among other good friends of his who have agreed to be part of this because of their respect for Mr. Kimmel. He will also be on hand for the AIDS Walk Los Angeles fund-raiser at East/West Lounge in West Hollywood. Come shake his hand.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Love Out Loud for Carolyn Hennesy

Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, General Hospital) is someone to take seriously. tells us that she comes from a distinguished show business family. Her dad, production designer Dale Hennesy, won an Oscar for his work in Fantastic Voyage in 1967 and was nominated two other times. "I really decided on acting when I was visiting dad on the sets," she says. "I was exposed to the studios first. I was only four, but I knew this was what I wanted to be a part of …” From her aunt, the beautiful Barbara Rush, she picked up a few acting tips. So acting and standing before an audience or a camera are a strong part of Hennesy's DNA. There’s more to this woman than that. She’s a trapeze artist! She's written a book that is already in its second printing, though it was just published recently. Called Pandora Gets Jealous, about a curious little girl named Pandy, a box of evils, their unleashing, and Pandy's quest to save the world by collecting all of them again. The book is the first of a series about Pandy and her two best friends. One could fill a book with all the experience that is wrapped up in Ms Hennesy. In the meantime check out sponsor Michael Fairman’s interview. Love Out Loud and Cops4Causes are proud to have her with us and kudos to General Hospital for keeping her in the public eye.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Love Out Loud for Ted Detwiler

Anyone who grew up on a surf board and turned professional at the tender age of 16 is worthy of attention. There are more than enough reasons to pay attention to this fine young gentleman who turned to theatre after an ankle injury. It was Ted Detwiler’s and Del Shores’ mutual good fortune that they both were working on the situation comedy Ned & Stacy where they met. Their friendship and collaboration has led to our good fortune in enjoyable art with both Sordid Lives and Southern Baptist Sissies. He has starred in numerous musicals and plays. TV credits include Crossing Jordan, Sliders and Hyperion Bay. His film credits include: Must Love Dogs, The Ring 2, After Sunset, Chasers and Blood Money.
It was also fortuitous to hear that Ted would be joining us for AIDS Walk Los Angeles fund raiser in West Hollywood on October 16. Much good fortune to go around.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Love Out Loud for Nadia Bjorlin

This striking beauty has mighty fine references: Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, Days) has seen firsthand the closeness of the Bjorlin family. Darbo attended a family get-together, and was amazed by the talent in the house. "They are absolutely incredible people who have graciously taken us into their family. There's a lot of love there." Adds Kevin Spirtas, who played Craig on Days: "Nadia knows where she's at and where she's headed. She has great inner strength...I think she has a big future if she chooses to keep doing it. She has quite a gift." Love Out Loud West has the good fortune of having this extraordianry person with us on October 16th at East/West Lounge in West Hollywood. While Nadia was ranked # 3 on TV Guide's list of Soaps' Sexiest Women, it certainly isn't her biggest claim to fame. She keeps busy by guest appearances and working on film in addition to her stint on Days of Our Lives and she has a crystal clear soprano singing voice, she won first place in the Metro Lyric Opera Competition in New York City. She has now lent us her voice.
Visit her official site.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Generous Mr. Grimes

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Adam Grimes took up acting because he was inspired by his high school drama teacher. It is now this Vermont native’s turn to do the inspiring and inspire he does as General Hospital: Night Shift's Doctor Kyle Julian. He is a member of the long-form comedy group, Supermodel, as well as an alumnus of 10 West Improvisational Theater indicating that this is a rising talent with range and versatility. Add generous to his many attributes, because it didn’t take much for him to agree to be part of Love Out Loud West's "Soaps in the City" on October 16th at East/West Lounge in West Hollywood.
Jack Myers, who also posts on the Huffington Post, had more than one encouraging word bout Adam’s current place of work:

“The stories of these characters may not be ground-breaking, but they are totally engaging, some in a fun and relaxed way, others on a level of surprising emotional connection. The same holds for the many different patients who move through the hospital in every episode, often touching the lives of the doctors and nurses with whom they interact. For example, tonight’s episode further explores the difficult relationship between brothers Leo and Kyle when they become caught up in a conflict between a young woman seeking to honor the wishes of her dying partner and the partner’s homophobic parents.

I’ll close with another line I’m surprised to find myself writing: Night Shift is such a pleasant surprise that I wish SOAPnet would run it one night a week all year long! It has made Port Charles fun again.” Read all of it here.

Andrew Christian: Generous

POZevent has the good fortune of having Andrew Christian on board as a sponsor ...

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From his website:

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What started as a dream has manifested into a sensation complete with a world wide promotional campaign to introduce the new Andrew Christian Women's Line of underwear. Andrew Christian will also be carried in stores across the world including Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Guam, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and United Arab Emirates. For the latest buzz on the Andrew Christian clothing line and events, check out:,, and read about us in the press for an introduction to forward modernism

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Bacharach to The Future: World AIDS Day

New World Stages on 1 December 2008, and this is why:

Friday, July 11, 2008

POZ Team West in West Hollywood


New York, New York (July 11, 2008)—POZ is pleased to announce our second annual fundraiser for AIDS Walk Los Angeles, Love Out Loud, Thursday 16 October 2008 from 6:30 to 9:30PM at East West Lounge in West Hollywood. Special guests scheduled to appear include: host, Kevin Spirtas with Ilene Kristen of One Life to Live; and Sherri Lewis of Here! Network’s podcast Straight Girl in a Queer World.

Event organizers are Giovanni Vitacolonna, POZ’s circulation supervisor, and Christopher Landavazo, Deputy Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, President of Cops4Causes.

The POZ staff is overwhelmed by the support coming from the entertainment industry in their efforts to help those with HIV AIDS. The events seem to get bigger and brighter every year. Cops4Causes is just coming off a very successful fund-raiser and Kick-Off Party for LifeCycle.

Where: East West Lounge, 8851 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
When: Thursday, October 16, 2008 6:30 to 9:30 PM
How Much: $20.00 donation at the door

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Kevin Spirtas, Mr. Mitzvah

Merriam-Webster defines mitzvah as “a meritorious or charitable act.” It seems, however, in common usage that it is a term that goes beyond that. One good Jewish friend said that part of its meaning was blessing. If it is thought of as meritorious or charitable deeds, they are deeds that bring blessing back to the perpetrator of those deeds.

Mitzvah is one of those words that fits regarding Kevin Spirtas who is that kind of experience unto himself. A native of the “Show Me State” Kevin gives evidence to that kind of panache. The truth of it is that Kevin is the one doing all the showing. He is a multi-talented actor currently being showcased on One Life to Live with some upcoming storyline involving Andrea Evans, Thom Christopher and BethAnn Bonner.

Many remember him as the scoundrel Dr. Craig Wesley on Days of Our Lives, a character that moonlighted opposite Joey on Friends. Many are familiar with him as Hugh Jackman’s stand by in The Boy from Oz.

Getting back to mitzvah and all that jazz, it is to Kevin’s credit—a blessing, if you will—that he has made himself available to POZ magazine’s fund-raising efforts in the near future. Perhaps it has something to do with POZ’s mitzvah. Be that as it may, Mr. Spirtas is a godsend: look for him to be a major part of Love Out Loud West supporting AIDS Walk Los Angeles come October 2008 and something very special in New York, on a New York stage to be exact, some time after that, supporting AIDS awareness.

Kevin’s official website is here. Look for the opportunity to buy/experience his one man show on CD/DVD: Night and Days.

It needs to be said as well that spending time with him is more than pleasant and satisfying, because he shows you that it’s not all about him. It’s mitzvah. It is spending time with a man who knows what he is about.

Night & Days: One Man Show
Wednesday August 13, 2008
The Inn at Bay Pointe
64 Washington Court Quincy, Massachusetts 02169

(617) 472-3200 Tickets at (617) 786 ~ SHOW (7469) or
on line at

two shows: 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM

Thursday August 14, 2008
Crown & Anchor Paramount Club
Commercial St, Provincetown MA
(508) 487-1430 247
tickets $25.00

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Welcome to Love Out Loud

Pictured left to right: Dennis Daniel(POZ), Marj Dusay (Guiding Light) and Ken Lundie (Radio City Music Hall)

Matt Walton (Optimum Spokesman) Melissa Claire Egan (All My Children)