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Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk with Drew Droege. Reviews include Frozen, Bobbie Clearly @ Roundabout Underground, Rocktopia, Hitler’s Tasters @ Centenary Stage Company, Lobby Hero, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, and Cy Coleman: A Jazzman’s Broadway released by Harbinger Records
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PETER FILICHIA is a theater journalist and historian with a number of books, his most recent is, “The Great Parade”, available everywhere. His columns appear at MTI, Masterworks Broadway, Broadway Select and many other places.
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MICHAEL PORTANTIERE is a theater reviewer and essayist. He is also a theatrical photographer whose photos have appeared in The New York Times and other major publications. You can see his photography work at FollowSpotPhoto.com.
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Bright Colors And Bold Patterns – the Off Broadway hit hailed as “scorchingly funny” by The New York Times – has announced its fourth and final extension as the show’s author and original star Drew Droege (the internet’s “Chloë,” “Drunk History,” “Heathers” on Paramount TV) returns to finish the triumphant five-month run Thursday, April 5 through Monday, April 9. The final performance will be filmed by BroadwayHD, the premiere streaming service that brings live theater productions to viewers all over the world, to be broadcast available on the platform later this season.
The show continues its triumphant run after stellar reviews and popular demand at SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam Street, between 6th Avenue and Varick Street in Manhattan). Tickets are on sale at BrightColorsandBoldPatterns.com.
Directed by Michael Urie (Torch Song, Buyer & Cellar, “Ugly Betty”), Bright Colors And Bold Patterns has returned to New York following a smash three-week engagement last season. After the run closes, Droege plans to bring the production around the country on a national tour.
The BroadwayHD production will be produced by Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley and directed by David Horn, executive producer of PBS’s Great Performances for WNET. The multi-camera capture will deliver the live performance specifically for a streaming audience, bringing this unique performance to life for viewing to subscribers anytime, anywhere.
Bright Colors And Bold Patterns is a riotous new solo play that storms the stage with ferocity and wit, deemed “hilarious” and “uproarious” by The New Yorker, “fantastic” and “pure magic” by Time Out New York, and “side-splitting” and “fresh” from The Huffington Post. It has also been hailed as “raucous, witty and occasionally moving” by The Daily Beast, “a very funny play” by The New York Post, “outrageous and stinging” by Out Magazine and “relentlessly funny” by Buzzfeed.
Josh and Brennan are about to get married in Palm Springs on a lovely Saturday afternoon. However, the night before becomes a drunken, drug-fueled riot, because their friend Gerry has arrived, furious that their invitation says “Please refrain from wearing bright colors or bold patterns.” In the struggle for equality, what do we really want? What do we lose? And is there any cocaine left?
Bright Colors And Bold Patterns features set design by Dara Wishingrad and is produced by Zach Laks in association with Riki Kane Larimer. Tom DeTrinis serves as associate producer.
Bright Colors And Bold Patterns was originally presented at VS Theatre in Los Angeles and directed by Molly Prather. It was remounted at Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles and transferred to the Barrow Street Theatre in 2016.
DREW DROEGE is best known for his online parody videos of downtown indie “it girl” darling Chloë Sevigny, featured in Entertainment Weekly, The Advocate, Huffington Post, Time Out New York, and Marc Jacobs’ 2016 Spring campaign. He will be seen on Paramount Network’s TV upcoming reboot of “Heathers.” Other TV credits include Logo’s “Cocktails & Classics,” “Transparent,” “Big Mouth,” “Life In Pieces,” “Nobodies,” “IdiotSitter,” “Bajillion Dollar Properties,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Drunk History,” “2 Broke Girls,” “Comedy Bang! Bang!,” “House Of Lies,” “Kroll Show,” “Key & Peele,” “New Girl,” “Happy Endings,” and “How I Met Your Mother.” He’s appeared in the films Ideal Home, The 4th, The Circle, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, You’re Killing Me, and Eating Out: Drama Camp. He is an alum of The Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade theaters in Los Angeles, where he performs regularly. Earlier this year, he starred in Charles Busch’s Ovation-recommended Die Mommie Die! at Celebration Theatre in LA, and recent stage credits include Julie Brown’s The Homecoming Queen’s Got A Musical, The Golden Girlz, and musical parodies of Troop Beverly Hills and The Devil Wears Prada. He’s an Outfest Award winner, one of Out Magazine’s “Out 100,” and host of the podcast “Drew Droege’s Minor Revelations” on Feral Audio. This year he won an Indie Series Award as Best Guest Actor for “#ADULTING.”
PF + MP + JM: Frozen @ St. James Theatre, 246 West 44th Street
PF: Bobbie Clearly @ Roundabout Underground,
JM + MP: Rocktopia @ the Broadway Theater, through April 29, 2018
Review: Roll Over, Beethoven? At ‘Rocktopia,’ It’s Time to Roll Back by ELISABETH VINCENTELLI
“If anything, “Rocktopia” will go down as featuring one of the most misguided PowerPoint presentations ever to grace a Broadway stage.”
PF: Hitler’s Tasters @ Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown, NJ, through April 22, 2018
JM: Lobby Hero @ Hayes Theater, 240 West 44th Street, through May 13, 2018
Television, Film and Streaming:
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert – NBC.com
Cy Coleman: A Jazzman’s Broadway released by Harbinger Records
“Dangerous to Dream” from FROZEN on Broadway (Official Lyric Video)
“What Do You Know About Love?” from FROZEN on Broadway (Official Lyric Video)
Patti Murin – True Love (From “Frozen: The Broadway Musical” / Acoustic)
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