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GLAAD Announces Media Awards Nominees

Glaad Media Awards 2016 Nominees

(CNN)GLAAD announced the nominees for the 27th annual GLAAD Media Awards on Wednesday, and for the first time, more than 50% of the English-language nominations are trans-inclusive.

Nominees include Oscar-nominated films like “Carol” and popular TV shows such as “Empire” and “Orange is the New Black.” Streaming services earned a record seven nominations (up from three last year), with Netflix bagging five of those.

The nominees for outstanding film (wide release) are “Carol,” “The Danish Girl,” “Dope,” “Freeheld” and “Grandma.” “Arrow,” “Black Sails,” “Empire,” “The Fosters,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Nashville,” “Orphan Black,” “Sense8” and “Shameless” are nominated for outstanding drama series.

Outstanding reality program nominees are “I Am Cait,” “I Am Jazz,” “New Girls on the Block,” “The Prancing Elites Project” and “Transcendent.”

GLAAD — the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization — announced 101 nominees in 20 English-language categories and 46 Spanish-language nominees in 11 categories. Cable networks earned 27 nominations while broadcast networks garnered 18.

“For nearly three decades, the GLAAD Media Awards have propelled inclusion in media and driven LGBT acceptance forward,” GLAAD Chief Executive Officer and President Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “This year’s nominees have raised the bar for creating thoughtful and diverse LGBT images and storylines, deepening audiences’ understanding of LGBT people and accelerating acceptance across the world.”

GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be April 2 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles and May 14 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. For the first time in a decade, the ceremony will be aired on Logo in April.

World-Renowned Tenor Jorge Garza Featured At 55th Annual Houston Boychoir Concert

World-Renowned Tenor Jorge Garza Featured At 55th Annual Houston Boychoir Concert

World-Renowned Tenor, Jorge Garza featured in 55th Annual Houston Boychoir Concert

(HOUSTON)– The Houston Boychoir proudly presents its 55th Spring Concert at the Moores Opera House Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 4:00 PM.

The highlight of the evening will be a piece by Ariel Ramirez called Misa Criolla.

Soloist Jorge Garza, an world-renowned tenor and Houston Boychoir Alumnus will be guest soloist for the evening. Mr. Garza most recent work includes the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in a production of La Clemenza di Tito. Misa Criolla features traditional Andean instruments such as the charango and zampoña and percussion.

The University of Houston invites you to come and be delighted in the traditional sounds of the soaring voices of Houston Boychoir. You will have the opportunity to hear four different choirs of varying ages. In the concert the audience will enjoy Spanish music from all our choirs, Preparatory Choir, Chamber Choir, Olde Boys, and the Men of Houston Boychoir. It is going to be an inspiring afternoon of music from all of our choirs.

Tickets are $10/$7 for seniors and students.  For more information please visit www.houstonboychoir.orginfo@houstonboychoir.org or call (281)-484-1560.

Kenn McLaughlin Celebrates 15 Years With Stages Theatre

Stages Theatre Kenn McLaughlin Celebrates 15 Years!

2016 Marks 15 Years As Artistic Director For Kenn McLaughlin With Stages, Serving As The Theatre’s Longest Tenured Leader.


Even after 15 years, this leader continues to raise the bar and elevate the quality of work produced at Stages Theatre located near Montrose. The 2015-2016 season marks McLaughlin’s tenth season as Stages’ artistic leader, following five successful years as the theatre’s Managing Director.

Under the leadership of McLaughlin, Stages has strengthened its commitment to sustainable innovation through projects such as producing the first American regional theatre production of Stephen Sondheim’s latest musical, Road Show; re-envisioning classics like Auntie Mame and Veronica’s Room.

McLaughlin has produced more than 100 productions, with record-breaking hits for the theatre. Also the revival of the theatre’s landmark original musical Always…Patsy Cline; as well as pivotal world and U.S. premieres such as Black Pearl SingsAn American BratElizabeth Rex, five original Panto-style musicals and The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical.

Prior to his arrival at Stages in Houston, McLaughlin spent time in Cleveland, Ohio being nominted three-times for the Ohio governor’s award for excellence in the arts.

In Houston, McLaughlin went full steam ahead, teaching classes in creativity at Rice University, directing at Sam Houston State University, as well as teaching diversity awareness to cadets at the Houston Police Academy.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Holiday Album

Carols for a Cure Broadway HIV/AIDS BROADWAY CARES EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS

Broadway’s Carols for a Cure is full of holiday favorites sung by Broadway stars for HIV/AIDS.

The Christmas season is in full show tune swing now that the 19th volume of Broadway’s Carols for a Cure has arrived.  The latest compilation from the beloved series continues Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ tradition of pairing the casts from award-winning Broadway musicals with seasonal songs that are both classic and new.  Once again, the result is pure magic and is sure to help make the 2017 holiday season shine brighter than ever before.

“These are all new, original recordings, creatively arranged and performed by the incredibly talented performers and musicians from the 2017 Broadway season,” explains producer Lynn Pinto who, once again, collaborates with engineer Andros Rodriguez on the album. Pinto allows each company a great deal of freedom in choosing the material and the style of the arrangement. She adds, “We record the musicians and singers in layers, utilizing isolation booths for a higher quality recording. It gives the album a unique sound from most cast albums and allows us to showcase some of the best voices and instrumentalists in the world.”

The first Broadway’s Carols for a Cure album debuted in 1999, making this year’s album the 19th in the annual series.  Fans of Broadway will be overjoyed  to hear recordings from Tony Award winning casts of Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Come From Away and many more:

ALADDIN O Come All Ye Faithful 

ANASTASIA All Those Christmas Cliches 

AVENUE Q The 12 Days of Christmas

BEAUTIFUL Love at Christmas Time

A BRONX TALE I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day

CATS Joy to the World

CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Do You Hear What I Hear?

CHICAGO This Is The Night 

COME FROM AWAY It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

DEAR EVAN HANSEN Down In Yon Forest

GROUNDHOG DAY Oh Little Town of Punx, PA

HAMILTON Chester

JERSEY BOYS (National)Let’s Have an Old Fashioned Jersey Christmas

KINKY BOOTS Hark! The Herald Angel Sing

THE LION KING Everyone’s a Kid at Christmas

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Old Fashioned Christmas

SCHOOL OF ROCK Yule of Rock

WAITRESS I Wonder What You Got For Me

WAR PAINT I Can’t Wait For Christmas

WICKED God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Highlights are copious but include Billy Porter and the cast of Kinky Boots singing an all-new, rockin’ version of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and the cast of A Bronx Tale performing “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day” in a New Yawker-style that will have listeners humming for days.

Additionally, Meghan Toohey (Sara Barielles’ long-time guitarist) serves up a lovely 1960s-style original song, “Wonder What You Got For Me,” featuring the talented Anastacia McCleskey and the rest of the company and band from Waitress; and Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, the composer/lyricist team behind Anastasia perform their original carol, “All Those Christmas Cliches,” along with their award-winning cast.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals with serious illnesses including HIV/AIDS receive the health care and support they need.  In addition, they provide financial support in the form of grants to HIV/AIDS and family service organizations throughout the country.

“The 19th volume of Broadway’s Carols for a Cure is the best yet,” promises Lynn Pinto.  “It exudes such warmth, like a cozy blanket on a snowy Winter’s day.”

“Broadway’s Carols for a Cure” can be purchased in the web store at BroadwayCares.org or by calling Broadway Cares at 212-840-0770.  The individual tracks are also available on iTunes.

Singles from the album can be purchased on here on iTunes