Arts & Entertainment

In the Arts & Entertainment section, The Advocate brings readers all the latest news on Hollywood, Broadway, and beyond. From New York to Los Angeles, The Advocate shines a spotlight on the stars of the screen who are lending their voices to support the LGBT community, as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals who are moving the cultural needle. Discover A-list interviews, the best gay movies and reviews of theater, music, books and television. Learn how Arts & Entertainment can shape national dialogue and can work to advance equality.

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February 10 2012 7:20 PM

Growing up, India's Crown Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of Rajpipla knew there was something different about him.

February 07 2012 4:00 AM

Performer (and Advocate contributor) John Carroll discusses being bullied as a teenager for being considered effeminate and being a member of one of the first gay couples to marry in New York, during an interview after being named Broadway Hero of the Month by website

February 06 2012 3:46 PM

Ever since lesbian Lynn Duff, then 16, managed to escape from a Utah-based "reparative therapy" program in 1992, the plight of queer and trans kids being forced to undergo treatment along with other "troubled" kids at religious schools has been well known.

February 06 2012 3:25 PM

In light of Madonna gracing our March cover and her spectacular Super Bowl performance, the editors at The Advocate decided to share our personal stories with the star, either encountering her from afar or up close and personal. We all seemed to have a "Madonna moment" if you will, where she was either six degrees removed or one. Share your personal Madge moments in the comments. 

Winston Gieseke, managing editor: In 1988 after seeing Madonna in Speed-the-Plow, I wrote her the sort of gushing fan letter you’d expect from a 17-year-old and mailed it to the house in Malibu where she lived with Sean (address courtesy of a star map I’d bought on a trip to Los Angeles). I enclosed a self-addressed stamped enveloped and asked her to please return it with an autograph. I never heard from her. By 1990 I myself was living in L.A., and out of the blue I received a much-forwarded envelope from Italy. Inside was a letter from a fellow fan who told me that two years earlier he had journeyed to the U.S. and made his way out to Malibu in the hopes of catching a glimpse of our favorite star in the flesh. But all he was able to see was her gate and some trash cans, which he proceeded to dig through. It was here that he came across my fan letter, which I had completely forgotten about. Now 19 and much more practical, I sat down and composed another letter to Madonna, this one more bitchy than gushing (“The last time I wrote you a letter, you threw it in the trash. I’m enclosing another self-addressed stamped envelope and I expect a response!”) and dropped it in the mail to her new house in the Hollywood Hills. A week and one day later I received a postcard. It said “For Winston, love Madonna.” It’s been in a frame on my wall ever since. And the Italian? He became a dear friend, one I’m still close with nearly 22 years later. And whenever people ask how I know him, I say we met through Madonna’s trash can.   

February 06 2012 11:25 AM

It’s hard to not hate someone who has it all — career, family, hot clothes — but Kyle Richards endeared herself to the picky Bravo viewers who’ve made The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills one of the channel’s biggest hits. Maybe it’s her direct communication style or her ease in both gowns and ripped jeans.

February 06 2012 4:00 AM

Question: In a recent column, Miss Manners wrote that “etiquette considers wedding presents to be associated only with first weddings” and that it is “blatant avarice” when couples are “permitted to exploit their friends, relatives and colleagues.” I’m curious to know what you think about that in the context of same-sex marriages. My partner and I are now planning a wedding here in Washington State, and while we’ve each been legally wed before (to women) we consider this a “first” wedding, too. I might add that we’re moving in together and setting up house.

February 06 2012 4:00 AM

Madonna’s halftime show at today’s Super Bowl was a spectacle that included Roman soldiers and guest stars Nicki Minaj, Cee Lo Green, and LMFAO. It’s getting rave reviews, although some observers are reserving their highest praise for the guests.

The icon avoided any bleep-worthy moments as she performed standards including “Vogue” and “Like a Prayer,” plus her new single, “Give Me All Your Lovin’.” And no, she and Minaj did not kiss. Watch the video here, plus video of another gay fave, Kelly Clarkson, singing the national anthem in a well-received performance.

February 05 2012 9:45 PM

Gay singer Sir Ari Gold has released “My Favorite Religion,” the third single and video from his album Between the Spirit & the Flesh.

The video, a collaboration between Gold, director Alessandro Calza, and videographer David Graham, portrays the musician searching for his religious identity and reconciling it with his sexuality.

February 04 2012 4:45 PM

 NBC's musical drama Smash, about the behind-the scenes efforts to stage a lavish Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe, achieves a small miracle. It's that rare series with actually lives up to the accompanying fanfare and hype. Part of the reason is surely the prestigious cast (Anjelica Huston, Debra Messing, Broadway star Christian Borle, Wicked's Megan Hilty, and American Idol's Katharine McPhee) and its pedigreed production team (among them are producer Steven Spielberg, Hairspray songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, renowned writer-producer Theresa Rebeck, and Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer). Also instrumental to the authenticity of Smash is the multi award-winning team of Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, who've produced the Oscar-winning Chicago, Hairspray, and the current hit Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Meron and Zadan tell The Advocate why the backstage drama of creating a
musical about Monroe has mass appeal and why big stars like
Anjelica Huston, Uma Thurman, Bernadette Peters, and Nick Jonas were eager to appear in it.

The Advocate: Smash is certain to be a big hit with people who love musical theater, but how do you anticipate it will play to people outside of urban areas?
Neil Meron: Our point of view is that we do think in all the areas outside of New York there’s experience in musical theater because of the tours of Cats, Les Miz, and Phantom during the past 10-15 years. Theater has really infiltrated America like never before, so we consider theater popular and right up there with going to the movies and watching television as far as being accessible. We believe that audiences are ready for a show about theater because they’ve been nurtured by all the tours in their hometowns.

That makes sense. Did you take any steps to make the show accessible to as broad an audience as possible?

Craig Zadan: We were very cautious to make sure each script has universal characters so it’s not a show for a niche audience like Entourage. For instance, in the pilot you have Anjelica Huston’s character going through a divorce, Debra Messing and her husband are adopting a child, Katharine McPhee’s family is visiting from the Midwest and expressing their fear about what she’s going to do and how the likelihood of her success is minimal. We think the show is actually universal. If you look at the show like A Chorus Line — it’s about a bunch of dancers but it played all over the world and was an international hit because everyone related to the characters.

Although they're very different, I imagine the success of Glee made it easier to get Smash on the air.
Meron: One hundred percent. I think Glee opened the door for us to come in and be our own show and exist in the same universe as Glee but be different.

February 04 2012 11:21 AM