If you're in the New York City area, you have two more chances -- this Tuesday and Thursday -- to see The Gay Agenda's shows running at Ars Nova on 54th Street.
I'm going to get a little excited now:
Hie thee to that theater, baby!
The Gay Agenda duo, Nicholas and Micah, have two shows running in a very limited rep, so Tuesday and Thursday nights' shows will be entirely different. Though you certainly could see either one as a stand-alone performance, I recommend watching them both. That's what I did.
Without giving away all of the fun surprises, Tuesday night's show is centered around mini musicals (this review goes into more details) and a Great Big Broadway show. Thursday's has more to do with the superstar pop status for which The Gay Agenda seems inevitably destined. I liked myriad aspects of both shows, so I can't pick a favorite night, but I do love it when they do piano/trumpet/ukulele mash-ups and arrangements of pop and folk songs (which is more represented Thursday). Micah does a wicked Lady Gaga. There was even a nod to the old Smothers Brothers album "Think Ethnic" on Thursday night. Be still my beating, bleeding liberal heart.
I know I sound like a super-fan (and I think the guys may be concerned I have a little too much enthusiasm for them), but I seriously love watching Micah and Nicholas on stage. They're both extremely funny and ever-so-talented. Nicholas plays the piano so easily and well that it makes me curse my younger self for giving up piano lessons in junior high. Not that i would be that good now, but... I'm getting off track. Both men sing and harmonize like a dream. The bulk of the songs in both shows are original, witty, and well composed. I'm gushing, aren't I?
Did I mention that Nicholas and Micah served cookies before the show on opening night? They served cookies! Chocolate chip, to be exact. This is so an agenda I can get behind.
Watch The Gay Agenda on YouTube here. The sound's a little low on some of the videos, but maybe you have better speakers than me.