Eugene Lovendusky graduated summa cum laude from SFSU with a BA in Writing for Electronic Media and a minor in Drama. Raised in the SF Bay Area, his love for the arts bloomed at an early-age; a passion that has flourished in NYC, where Eugene now lives and works. He is a proud member of the New York City Gay Mens' Chorus.
RUINED: The Survivor & The Poet
April 17, 2009
From the Obie Award-winning author Lynn Nottage comes RUINED, 'a haunting, probing work about the resilience of the human spirit during times of war,' and the front-runner for a Pulitzer nomination. Set in the war-torn Congo, RUINED follows the everyday exploits of Mama Nadi (Saidah Arrika Ekulona), a businesswoman doing whatever she can to ensure her survival... and the survival of the women she shelters. Amidst the blood and lust is Christian (Russell Gebert Jones), a poetic man who yearns for something truer than the senseless gun-shots and mindless profiteering.
Mercedes Ruehl: 'Zee Matriarch' of THE AMERICAN PLAN
March 9, 2009
Mercedes Ruehl is no stranger to the high-stakes of mother/daughter on-stage drama. In her 1991 Tony Award-winning performance as the intriguing 'special' daughter Bella in Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers, she stood-up to her stern mother on more than one occasion. Only now, the tables have turned! Ms. Ruehl finds herself on Broadway as the mighty matriarch in Richard Greenberg's family-feud 'The American Plan.'
Aurora Theatre Premieres 'BETRAYED' On 1/29/09
January 29, 2009
Berkeley's acclaimed Aurora Theatre Company concludes its American trilogy with the West Coast Premiere of BETRAYED, winner of the 2008 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play. Filled with dignity, humor, and defiance, this provocative theatrical adaptation of journalist George Packer's eye-opening 2007 essay in The New Yorker follows three Iraqi translators who risk their lives to aid the American war effort. BETRAYED plays at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley January 23 through March 1. Robin Stanton (Permanent Collection, The Busy World is Hushed) helms this astonishing play, featuring Bobak Cyrus Bakhtiari, Keith Burkland, Denmo Ibrahim, Alex Moggridge, Amir Sharafeh, Khalid Shayota, and James Wagner. For tickets and information ($28-50) the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org.
NYC Gay Men's Chorus Carol in The Village, Chelsea, Hell's Kitchen 12/16 & 12/17
December 16, 2008
Come celebrate the season with members of the New York City Gay Men's Chorus as they carol throughout the Village, Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen tonight, December 16 and tomorrow, December 17 in a festive bar-hop - as only a group of merry and gay singers can!
NYC Gay Men's Chorus Presents 'CELEBRATE ME HOME' With The Cast Of [title of show] 12/9
December 9, 2008
NYC Gay Men's Chorus' annual Holiday Spectacular is one of the most anticipated highlights of the holiday season in New York City. This year, with 'Celebrate Me Home,' NYCGMC gathers with friends and family to share the holiday spirit, while continuing its steadfast efforts to celebrate the LGBT community through song. Hop a sleigh ride around the world as NYCGMC offers a program including carols from the Basque country, South Africa, Cuba and the Dominican Republic as well as traditional favorites like 'Sleigh Ride,' 'Silent Night' and 'Joy to the World.' There will be laughter, tears and inspiring messages of hope. It's the most fabulous holiday party in town.
STREAMERS' Brad Fleischer: Finely Free-Falling
November 11, 2008
This Veteran's Day, as America takes a moment to remember those brave men and women who have served our country, Roundabout Theatre Company opens David Rabe's award-winning and stirring play, STREAMERS. Brad Fleischer stars as Billy, a wide-eyed and sentimental young man, struggling to understand his new army-life as the Vietnam conflict escalates. Tensions rise over race, sexuality and class, culminating in an explosive act that changes them forever...
Jeremy Schonfeld & Lauren Kennedy: Catch Their DRIFT
November 2, 2008
An all-star benefit concert performance of DRIFT, with music and lyrics by Jeremy Schonfeld and directed by Lauren Kennedy, will be presented at BB King Blues Club & Grill on Monday, November 3 at 8PM. The rock-musical weaves raw and gracefully honest songs together to tell the story of one man's divorce and reconciliation. DRIFT - In Concert boasts the talents of Adam Pascal, Adam Kantor, Terrence Mann, Jarrod Emick and Julia Murney.
BWW Asks: 'What's Your Favorite Halloween Memory?'
October 31, 2008
Monsters, Witches and Ogres... OH MY! What better place to celebrate the spooks and creeps of HALLOWEEN than The Great Fright Way? In the spirit of good fun and festivities, BroadwayWorld asked some of New York's finest Broadway and Off-Broadway actors to share their craziest MEMORIES of Halloween... with PHOTOS!
Don't Quit Your Night Job: They're Baaack!
October 29, 2008
Fresh on the heels of Columbus Day... and a breath before Thanksgiving... 'Don't Quit Your Night Job' returns to New York City for another year of mayhem! BroadwayWorld had the entertaining opportunity to chat with the fantastic foursome- Steve Rosen, David Rossmer, Sarah Saltzberg and Dan Lipton - at The Zipper Factory in anticipation of their 3rd rompous season, opening Thursday October 30!
Kahlil Ashanti of BASIC TRAINING: Laughter in Service
October 20, 2008
Most soldiers go off to war to defend their country with guns... Kahlil Ashanti defended with his humor in BASIC TRAINING, now playing at the Barrow Street Theatre. As a member of the elite US Air Force troupe Tops In Blue, Kahlil served his country in Iraq by entertaining the troops on the front-line. Often hysterical and many times dangerous, Ashanti knows true fear... but nothing was quite as scary as turning his focus back home to face the childhood he tried to forget.
Michael Siberry: New King's on the Block
October 9, 2008
'Monty Python's Spamalot' recently welcomed Michael Siberry to the Broadway company after originating the role of King Arthur in the national tour and performing it for two years. Between hunts for the Holy Grail and calculating the distance a swallow can fly whilst carrying a coconut, Michael Siberry found a moment to chat with BroadwayWorld about his time performing the gilded role in the hyperbolic (and supremely comical) Kingdom of Camelot...
Broadway in South Africa!
October 5, 2008
'Broadway In South Africa: The Concert' is a star-studded evening featuring world-premiere songs created by award-winning Broadway composers, performed by Broadway stars on Monday, October 6, 2008 at Symphony Space. This benefit concert will raise money for the January 2009 South African initiative of Broadway in South Africa (BSA), a new, not-for-profit organization. Participating artists Kate Shindle, Adam Kantor, Stanley Bahorek, Sean Bradford, Lisa Nicole Wilkerson and director Jen Bender chatted with BroadwayWorld about their ambitious project!
The Guys & Gals of 'Oklahoma!' at Paper Mill
September 24, 2008
Celebrating their Platinum 70th Anniversary, the beloved Paper Mill Playhouse kick-started their season with a hoot-n-hollerin' production of an American classic: Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'Oklahoma!' Following a rousing Opening Night, stars Brynn O'Malley (Laurey), Megan Sikora (Ado Annie), Adam Monley (Curly), Jonathan Brody (Ali Hakim) and Brian Sears (Will Parker) toasted the occasion by chatting with BroadwayWorld!
Jack Murphy's 'Autumn' Asks About The After
August 20, 2008
We all know we're going to die someday just not today. So, why are we here and is there more to our journey? Those questions were the inspiration behind Tony Award-nominated writer Jack Murphy's new play 'Gods of Autumn,' which makes its world premiere at Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy on Wednesday August 20, 2008; starring Jarrod Emick and Jessica Phillips. Murphy also directs.
Broadway Stands Up for Freedom!
July 18, 2008
'Broadway Stands Up for Freedom!,' a benefit concert to support the youth programs of the NYCLU, returns Monday, July 21 at 7:30PM in the NYU Skirball Center to shine-light on the NYCLU's dedication to reproductive rights and other civil liberties issues relevant to young people. Jen Bender directs a star-studded cast through a night of musical treats, superb story-telling and poetry, with musical direction by Seth Rudetsky. BroadwayWorld spoke to Donna Lieberman (Executive Director of NYCLU), Jen Bender (Director), Daniel Goldstein, Todd Buonopane and Celia Keenan-Bolger about this special event!
Matt & Dan Bogart: True Bros Tackle 'True West'
June 27, 2008
This summer, real-life Broadway brothers Matthew Bogart and Dan Bogart will star as stage-brothers in Sam Shepard's 'True West,' directed by Lauren Kennedy at Hot Summer Nights in Raleigh, NC from July 2-13, 2008.
Jared Gertner: Ya Never Know
June 7, 2008
When Jared Gertner played The Lion in his high-school's 1996 production of 'The Wiz,' he won a Rising Star Award from Paper Mill Playhouse. Twelve years later, Jared returns to Millburn to finally step into the leading-man's shoes as the lovable geek Seymour in 'Little Shop of Horrors.' Just goes to show, ya never know!
Emily Skinner: Broadway, Her Way
May 30, 2008
A favorite Broadway vixen, Emily Skinner premieres her new act 'Broadway, My Way' at Feinstein's at Loews Regency on Sunday, June 1 & 8. Emily pulls some of her favorite (and arcane) tunes from the classic song-book... with the signature Skinner-style twist! Plus, Emily will direct the season finale 'Broadway By The Year - 1979' concert on Monday, June 16!
Liz Flahive: Moving Up with 'From Up Here'
May 26, 2008
Nominated for the 2008 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, 'From Up Here' premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club this spring with a flurry of praise for a great cast, engaging story and an impressive new playwright... Liz Flahive!
Capathia Jenkins & Louis Rosen: One Ounce of Truth
May 9, 2008
In their newest collaborative-album, 'One Ounce of Truth,' sultry vocalist Capathia Jenkins and inspired composer Louis Rosen shape a fresh and enthralling 13-song mix around the vivid poetry of Nikki Giovanni, the renowned female African-American writer and poet. Jenkins and Rosen celebrate their CD-release with 4 concerts at Joe's Pub on May 12, 18, 19 & 26.
The Lovers of 'Kiss Me, Kate' at Paper Mill Playhouse
April 24, 2008
With their Platinum Anniversary just around the corner, Paper Mill Playhouse is celebrating the abundance of springtime with a musical comedy favorite, Cole Porter's 'Kiss Me, Kate!' James Brennan's 'wunderbar' direction and 'too darn hot' choreography by Patti Columbo take center-stage with the hard-working and high-energy cast led by Mike McGowan, Michele Ragusa, Amanda Watkins and Timothy J. Alex!
Tobias Segal: Kids These Days
April 19, 2008
Kenny, portrayed by the stirring Tobias Segal, is the juvenile under-the-microscope in Liz Flahive's 'From Up Here,' directed by Leigh Silverman, now playing MTC in collaboration with Ars Nova. Segal discusses the effects of portraying his deep role in this striking new dark family comedy about love, forgiveness and the actualities of today's youth at home and school...