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Whitney Houston once said, “Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.” This line from her iconic song has resonated with many of her fans, especially those of the LGBT community. Later this month, fans will be able to pay homage to the late singer in time to memorialize the 5th anniversary of her passing. The Bodyguard, the musical based on the Houston film, will fill the streets of Charm City with many of the singer’s classics when performed at the Hippodrome theatre Tuesday, February 28th through Sunday, March 5th.

Friday, February 17, 2017

World of Wonder

An interview with Ian Axel and Chad King of A Great Big World

With only two full-length albums to its name, pop duo A Great Big World, comprised of Chad King (who publicly came out as gay in 2014) and Ian Axel, appears to have the world at their feet. Hit singles such as the Grammy-winning ballad “Say Something” (a duet with Christina Aguilera) and “Hold Each Other” have cemented their relationship with fans worldwide. Influenced as much by artists such as XX fun. and Ben Folds as they are by the music and lyrics of Alan Menken and Howard Menken, A Great Big World is the musical equivalent of a great big hug. I spoke with King and Axel shortly before they embarked on their spring 2017 U.S. concert tour.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Country ’tis of Thee

It’s hard to imagine an American musical genre with a wider spectrum of fans than country music. Drawing on listeners of all ages, from all races and creeds, gay and straight, and political affiliations, it’s probably the one genre in which listeners mix in peaceful harmony. With the exception of a few artists (talking about you, Toby Keith and Blake Shelton), the LGBT community is welcome at concerts by Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, LeAnn Rimes, Carrie Underwood, as well as out country artists such as Brandy Clark, Ty Herndon, and Chely Wright, and others.

According to Merriam-Webster, “trust” is defined as the “assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.” This month the Fells Point Corner Theatre weaves a story of friends and lovers looking for that ever elusive bonum. Running from February 17th to March 19th, Trust is the dramatic comedy written by Steven Dietz that tells the story of characters living in a world full of lust, love, and lies set against the 90s music scene. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with director Michael Zemarel to discuss the upcoming production.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Disney Enchants Charm City

Disney magic enchants Charm City this month as Disney on Ice – Dream Big returns to Baltimore. Running from February 8th to 12th, Dream Big follows Tinkerbell as she uses her enchanted pixie dust to take audiences on a journey though Disney’s beloved tales ranging from Cinderella to Frozen. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Joshua Uster, who plays a range of roles in the performance. From a fish “under the sea” to a merchant in Aladdin, Uster takes audiences on a wild ride through the world of Disney.

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