Put on your dancing shoes. NBC is airing Hairspray Live! as its annual live musical, and it promises to be one of its best yet. The star-studded cast includes Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Harvey Fierstein, Garrett Clayton, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Rosie O'Donnell, and newcomer Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad, an unlikely heroine who desegregates a teenage dance show in 1960s Baltimore. As the actors, director Kenny Leon, and producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron recently told The Advocate, this musical about racial healing has gained newfound relevance in a time when hate crimes against vulnerable communities have spiked. Clearly, America needs musicals -- and Tracy Turnblad -- more than ever. So tune in Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern on NBC, and watch the trailer below.
The Trevor Project is hosting its annual fundraiser, Trevor Live, this Sunday at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Prepare for a star-studded evening of entertainment and comedy, including performances from Our Lady J, Brian Justin Crum, and Cheyenne Jackson. There's also a slew of special guests like Chloe Grace Moretz, Daniel Franzese, Dermot Mulroney, Noah Galvin, Lance Bass, Margaret Cho, Paula Abdul, Trace Lysette, and Kathryn Hahn. And that's not even mentioning the evening's honorees -- Kelly Osbourne, Ingrid Nilsen, and Facebook. Most importantly, the fundraiser benefits Trevor's lifesaving and suicide-prevention services for LGBT youth, which in these uncertain times are needed more than ever. Learn more at LA.TrevorLive.org.
Kiss Me, Kill Me
Looking for a sexy noir thriller that centers on glamorous gay characters? You found it in Casper Andreas's Kiss Me, Kill Me, written by Such Good People's David Michael Barrett. Starring heartbreakingly handsome Gale Harold (Queer as Folk, duh) as a cheating fiance who gets rubbed out and Emmy-winner Van Hansis as the would-be husband accused of the murder, Kiss Me, Kill Me is gifted with a talented cast and a shiny-looking L.A. as the backdrop. The movie's out on VOD Wednesday; watch it then via this link.
Let All The Children Boogie: A Tribute to David Bowie
Want to introduce your child, niece, or nephew to the wonders of David Bowie? Check out Let All the Children Boogie, an all-ages album dedicated to the music and artistry of the Thin White Duke. A diverse group of artists feature 20 kid-friendly interpretations of Bowie's extensive catalog, with all proceeds benefiting the It Gets Better Project, which battles anti-LGBT bullying. More info here.
Aiden James: "River"
Philadelphia-based, out singer-songwriter Aiden James had one of his biggest hits with a cover of Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody." Now he's released a new cover, in time with a Christmas theme. The famous Joni Mitchell lyrics "I wish I had a river..." are reimagined with two men at the center of the story. James told his fans, "Considering the current political environment I know many of us could use a musical escape. A virtual river to skate away on." The single can be heard on Philly radio and is now available for purchase on iTunes, and watch for James' new album soon. He's been working away on it.[facebook https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FAidenJamesMusic%2Fvideos%2F10154031191832036%2F&show_text=0&width=560 expand=1 site_id=25879312]
Hot Mic With Dan Savage
Dan Savage isn't just a notable journalist and activist; he's also one of the funniest men alive. And now he brings his talents to the new Audible show Hot Mic With Dan Savage. The program, both comedic and touching, features the best live storytelling talent from around the nation, with Savage adding his own commentary, in what's touted as an NSFW version of The Moth. Subjects include first kisses, first times, gender, orgies, sex work, and more. Find all the episodes, with a new one premiering each week, at Audible.com.
Aish, "Promise Me"
If you're tired of the mundane generic pop music that makes your ears bleed and your IQ dissipate, then check out San Francisco native Aish. Do yourself a favor and start with his latest single, "Promise Me." The song is about the disconnect between Aish and his birth mother. The violin-playing, alongside painfully honest lyrics, dancing up against a neon pink 3-D space, will have you mesmerized. Aish considers himself an artist in multiple mediums; he succeeds at shutting down the haters who say art and pop can't be intertwined.