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Troy Frisby

Troy Frisby

Troy Frisby is a writer and producer for ZMG, producing entertainment and news video content for clients including AOL and MSN. Troy is a pop culture writer who is obsessed with anything even remotely related to TV (anything with a script), pop music (anything with a beat) and theatre (no exceptions). Follow him on Twitter @troyfrisby.



BWW Review: Justin Sayre & Company's NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS Benefit Honors Stonewall 50 (and Judy, of Course)
June 14, 2019

It's hard to dream up a better way to kick off LGBTQ Pride Month than with a Judy Garland-themed concert hosted by a queer artist and raising money for an LGBTQ organization.

BWW Interview: Jaime Cepero Talks Songwriting, Plans For His Original Music, And Not Defining Himself by SMASH
May 16, 2019

One year after debuting his first concert of original music, Jaime Cepero is back for more.

BWW Interview: Robbie Rozelle on SONGS FROM INSIDE MY LOCKER, Intense Kickstarters, And His BWW Cabaret Award Wins
February 13, 2019

Robbie Rozelle will return to Feinstein's/54 Below to record the album on February 23 and March 1, along with special guests Maya Days (AIDA) and Bonnie Milligan (HEAD OVER HEELS). Ahead of the performances, we spoke with Rozelle by phone about SONGS FROM INSIDE MY LOCKER, how intense heading up a Kickstarter can be, and his recent BWW Cabaret Awards success.

BWW Review: BRIEFS: A SECOND COMING Offers Thrills & Frills at NYU Skirball
January 30, 2019

Birds of a feather flock together, so they say, and in the case of BRIEFS: THE SECOND COMING, that pursuit can involve actual feathers.

BWW Review: Dianna Agron Nails the Songs But Loses the Thread at Cafe Carlyle
January 29, 2019

In a return engagement at the Cafe Carlyle, Dianna Agron arrived with a setlist impeccably tailored for her husky register. But as a cabaret, it was hard not to be let down by its somewhat slapdash execution.

BWW Interview: Trevor Ashley Talks LIZA'S BACK!, Diva Lessons, and Why Liza Would've Made a Killer Norma Desmond
January 21, 2019

Trevor Ashley knows a thing or two about divas.The Australian performer has channeled Dame Shirley Bassey in DIAMONDS ARE FOR TREVOR, run the gamut from Cher to Dusty Springfield in I'M EVERY WOMAN, and starred in not one but two loving send-ups of the legendary Liza Minnelli. Now, the second of those shows, LIZA'S BACK! (IS BROKEN), is making its American debut at Sony Hall.

BWW Review: The Night and the Music Belong to Clooney, Cook, and Wilson on Night Two of the 29th New York Cabaret Convention
October 12, 2018

If necessity is the mother of invention, that scrappy lineage certainly continued with Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Cook, and Julie Wilson.

BWW Review: Lady Rizo Embraces the Feminine Divine in LADY, LADY, LADY
September 24, 2018

While Lady Rizo is bidding New York a (temporary) adieu, her latest show, LADY, LADY, LADY, proved she's determined to make the city miss her every single second she's away.

BWW Interview: Max Vernon Talks EXISTENTIAL Residency, Making 'Art Babies' with Collaborators, and Finding Fashion at the 99-Cent Store
September 24, 2018

When it comes to Max Vernon's new three-show residency at Joe's Pub, EXISTENTIAL LIFE CRISIS LULLABY, Vernon says to expect "an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink experience---and possibly even the kitchen sink---but glued and covered in glitter."

BWW Review: TWO LOST SOULS Walk Into a Bar in Jane Lynch & Kate Flannery's Cafe Carlyle Debut
September 20, 2018

Even if you didn't know that Jane Lynch (GLEE) and Kate Flannery (THE OFFICE) are longtime friends, it's easy to imagine.

BWW Review: Kennedy Davenport Puts Emotion on Display in Cathartic THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO KENNEDY DAVENPORT
September 6, 2018

"There's nothing formal about this but this dress." Kennedy Davenport's aside, just several minutes into her August 23 performance of THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO KENNEDY DAVENPORT at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, couldn't have been truer. And, to put it in RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE speak, that informality represented both the top and the bottom of the performance--- though, rest assured, nobody was in danger of elimination.

BWW Review: Lauren Patten + Company Raise a Glass to P!nk with 54 SINGS Tribute
September 3, 2018

Throughout her career, above all else, P!nk has proven to be something of a power ballad machine. That's why it's no surprise that, with the heightened emotion in the sound and lyrical content of much of her catalog, her music was such a natural fit for the theatrical performances of 54 SINGS P!NK at Feinstein's/54 Below.

BWW Review: Natalie Douglas Shares Her Love for Cher in Her Latest TRIBUTES at Birdland
August 13, 2018

It's safe to say that Natalie Douglas is a little obsessed with Cher. Throughout TRIBUTES: CHER, the latest in her award-winning TRIBUTES series, Douglas made her way through the icon's life from her early career up to the present, both in song and in story. But the real focus of the July 16 show at Birdland wasn't necessarily in identifying with the woman, the myth, the legend that is Cher. (After all, how can anyone fully relate to someone for whom a phrase as simple as "Hi again" is a meme-able moment?)

BWW Review: Tovah Feldshuh Means Business as LEONA! at Feinstein's/54 Below
July 27, 2018

Leona Helmsley shuffled back to this mortal coil for one night only---three, actually---and, as portrayed by Tovah Feldshuh, she's lost none of her bite in those intervening years. From the start, Feldshuh's Leona narrowed her eyes into a hard stare that would put Paddington to shame, never letting up for a moment.

BWW Interview: Alaska Talks ON GOLDEN GIRLS, Why RuPaul Is A Total Rose Nylund, And Her New DRAG RACE-Themed Podcast
July 25, 2018

If you know one thing about Alaska, it's that she won RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL-STARS 2. If you know a second thing about her, it's probably that she's obsessed with THE GOLDEN GIRLS. So much so, in fact, that the drag queen and her partner-in-crime, Handsome Jeremy, molded that obsession into a live show, which returns to The Laurie Beechman Theatre for an encore run in August. Before Alaska kicks off the latest string of shows, we spoke with her by phone about what fans can expect from the aptly-titled show, ON GOLDEN GIRLS, which pays tribute to the musical stylings featured on the beloved sitcom.

BWW Interview: Becca Blackwell Talks THEY, THEMSELF AND SCHMERM, Mining Humor from Difficult Topics, and the Butterfly Effect of Queer Artists
June 20, 2018

'You're never going to see yourself onstage unless you write for yourself.' That's what Becca Blackwell was told by their friend, Michelle Matlock, who had written THE MAMMY PROJECT as a solo show for herself. That idea, coupled with encouragement from Blackwell's partner and 'prolific' fellow artist, Erin Markey, led Blackwell to write THEY, THEMSELF AND SCHMERM.

BWW Feature: The BROADWAY PRINCESS PARTY Continues to Bring Magic to New York and Beyond
June 18, 2018

The BROADWAY PRINCESS PARTY is having a homecoming of sorts. The brand, led by Benjamin Rauhala and Laura Osnes (Rodgers and Hammerstein's CINDERELLA), touched down at Feinstein's/54 Below (then simply 54 Below) back in August 2015, returning for four more engagements over the next three years. When the show returns to the space on June 25, it will look a bit different than what New York audiences may have come to expect.

BWW Review: Gina Gershon Gets Wild in Her Cafe Carlyle Debut
June 14, 2018

'God, you guys are easy,' Gina Gershon joked at Cafe Carlyle, after garnering applause simply for taking off her jacket.

BWW Review: BenDeLaCreme Raises Hell in INFERNO A GO-GO at the Laurie Beechman Theatre
June 1, 2018

Welcome to the exciting world of "14th century Italian literature." If that's not exactly a thrilling prospect for you, don't worry: BenDeLaCreme's INFERNO A GO-GO has more than enough sugar the help the medicina go down.

BWW Review: Kathleen Turner Harnesses Her Power in FINDING MY VOICE at Cafe Carlyle
May 28, 2018

Kathleen Turner is many things, but bashful isn't one of them.