Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween Events at Orlando Gay Bars

A Quick run down of Halloween Events happening this weekend at Orlando's Gay Bars.
If you have your Halloween costume make sure you head to where you can score the biggest cash awards for the Best Halloween Costumes.

Friday October 28th
Pulse Nightclub- Platinum Thriller Friday $200 Halloween Costume Contest

Mr. Sisters - Asylum Weekend (Costume Contest is Saturday) Nightly Balloon drops with cash prizes inside!

Saturday October 29th
Mr. Sisters - Asylum Weekend - Costume Contest is Saturday - Grand Prize is a Cruise for Two!
Nightly Balloon drops with cash prizes inside!

Parliament House - Halloween Part 1
Halloween Costume Contest - $1,000 Winner Take All!

Pulse Nightclub- Pulsate Halloween $200 Halloween Costume Bash
Sunday October 30th
Mr. Sisters - Asylum Weekend (Costume Contest is Saturday) Nightly Balloon drops with cash prizes inside!

Monday October 31st
Parliament House - Halloween Part 2
Halloween Costume Contest - $3,000 Winner Take All!

Rus J
VisitGayOrlando.com

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Altar Boyz Review - Off Braodway Musical Playing at The Abbey

Altar Boyz is playing at The Abbey now through mid-November. I had an opportunity to catch the show last Friday and want to give you my take. The musical was Winner of the 2005 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical. The show tells the story of the boy band trying spread the word one concert at a time and this is the last concert of their world tour.


Altar Boyz opens up with the band, Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham, singing and dancing through 3 high energy numbers and then breaks into various stops and starts where you learn about how the band got together and they deal with various personal issues why trying to save the souls of the audience.

The dancing was impressive and well choreographed, the actors had pleasing harmonies, the volume was just right for The Abbey’s stage and the songs were all very well themed to a Christian boy band.

However while the story was entertaining it didn’t pull me in enough to feel vested in the characters. In addition the actor’s characters were so stereotypical that there were no real character surprises, so it was easy to spot the Christian gay guy who has yet to come out and immediately discern that the muscle guy wasn’t very smart. It was so cliché that I left wishing that they had challenged me more.

Overall, I enjoyed the high energy of the show, the music and interaction between the cast and for that I think it is worth going out of your way to see it during its limited run. The story behind the musical is average and could be strengthen, but noting that this is supposed to take place during a concert it is hard to develop that dialogue unless they added some backstage scenes to the show.

A few key points to address about the show:
The music is Christian oriented but with songs like “Girl You Make Me Wanna Wait” and “Jesus Called Me On My Cell Phone” it is very tongue and cheek.

I think the show is more enjoyable with a friend then going by yourself, as there are several moments that will make you look at someone and say did you see that.

Just to be clear the musical is not a gay musical, it is just a musical and is entertaining for all adult audiences. I would say that if you are Catholic, you will get more of the jokes.

About the Venue:
The Abbey is a pleasant surprise as I have walked by many times and thought it was a long skinny bar and a stage area. However in the bar and lounge area you are comforted by dark tones, leather furniture and a stunning stained glass light fixture that makes this place a hidden gem.

Tickets can be purchased at the location if seats are available.
Seating includes rows of chairs and a table seating area as well. This works well for a multi purpose venue and we and most of the audience preferred the tables as you could enjoy your drinks while enjoying the show.

About the Production:
Florida Theatrical Association, in partnership with TRUE Marketing and Artful Events, presents the international hit musical ALTAR BOYZ. Show runs from October 12 through November 13

The production of ALTAR BOYZ playing at The Abbey is directed by Steve MacKinnon with choreography by Kim Ball. Featuring a book by Kevin Del Aguila,  music and lyrics by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker and conceived by Marc Kessler and Ken Davenport, ALTAR BOYZ made its official Off-Broadway debut on March 1, 2005. After five laugh-packed years and 2,032 performances, Altar Boyz closed Off-Broadway on January 10, 2010, but continued its side-splitting run with national United States tours and international resident productions in Korea, Hungary, Finland, Australia, Montreal and the Philippines.

Rus J
VisitGayOrlando.com