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Get to know members of the queer theatre collective ahead of Glimmer of Light, Playbill’s live Pride concert event.
If it’s queer and if it’s theatrical, chances are The Neon Coven is into it. The collective is known for immersive presentations that are spectacular, heartfelt, and packed with all sorts of pop culture references.
Next up, the group partners with Playbill and Cadillac for the Pride celebration Glimmer of Light at Radial Park in Halletts Point, Queens. Named after a song from the Coven’s OSCAR at The Crown, the June 17 event will feature original music and choreography by Andrew Barret Cox; Shira Milikowsky directs. The lineup favorites from Broadway, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and beyond. A newly announced Real Housewives segment will include Candiace Dillard Bassett, Dorinda Medley, Dr. Tiffany Moon, Gina Kirschenheiter, Jackie Goldschneider, Margaret Josephs, Tamra Judge and Wendy Osefo. Proceeds from the event will go to the Born This Way Foundation.
Ahead of Glimmer of Light, get to know members of The Neon Coven through something we can all bond over: theatre obsessions. Read on (and travel down the YouTube spiral) as the artists share what performances, money notes, random news show segments, and more live rent free in their heads.
Jada Temple Donna Murphy’s rendition of “Could I Leave You” at Sondheim’s 80th birthday. First of all, none of the legends sitting behind her (namely, Patti) are able to look away, let alone visually react with wonderment to Donna. She is so clearly in total control of herself, the song, and the audience. She acts it flawlessly from start to finish; it’s a masterclass in “acting through song” in less than five minutes. Her passion and power and specificity make it so emotionally relatable and heartbreaking, yet also so touching and hilarious. I’ve never not audibly laughed and cried watching this performance. It makes me so proud to be a musical theatre actress.
Mark Mauriello Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball tour is the greatest work of musical theatre I have ever seen. It will forever be my artistic North Star as a creator, a performer, and an audience member. The Monster Ball has everything: a staircase made out of syringes, an angler fish we can kill with our iPhones, jokes about the F train… I saw the show in the front row of the pit when I was 18 years old. I was afraid of who I was and terrified that my fantasies would never even come close to becoming realities. (I was also standing immediately next to Andrew Barret Cox years before we would ever meet.) But when Stefani said “All you’ve gotta do is follow…”, I screamed “THE GLITTER WAY!” until I hemorrhaged, and I’ve never looked back. Honorable Mention: This CBS News Chicago clip of Stephanie J. Block explaining how “Defying Gravity” works, specifically the line “I won’t defy gravity. I won’t go up.” And the little jingle she sings at 0:43, which is literally my text tone.
Kim Onah My second theatre experience (my first was, unfortunately, Cats) was Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida on Broadway. Watching Heather Headley sing “Easy As Life” was the moment I knew I wanted to be a performer. It was the first time I saw myself in this industry, and that was an unreal and incredibly validating feeling and experience. It was also the moment I knew I wanted to BELT FOR THA GAWDS! Her opt up on “It’s eee-EENOUGH” is everything, and that moment alone lives rent free in my head.