Troy Frisby

Troy Frisby Troy Frisby is a writer and producer for Zazoom Media Group, producing entertainment and news video content for clients including AOL and MSN. Previously, he served as a digital content manager for Greater Media, writing pop culture web news and reviews for several East Coast radio stations. Troy graduated from Oakland University in Auburn Hills, MI with bachelor's degrees in journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @troyfrisby.


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BWW Review: Sandra Bernhard Ushers in a New Dawn with SANDEMONIUM at Joe's PubSandra Bernhard Ushers in a New Dawn with SANDEMONIUM at Joe s Pub
Posted: Jan. 16, 2018


BWW Review: Alaska Makes the Holidays Spectacular in FOR HEAVEN'S SNAKES at the Laurie BeechmanAlaska Makes the Holidays Spectacular in FOR HEAVEN'S SNAKES at the Laurie Beechman
Posted: Jan. 11, 2018


BWW Review: Christine Ebersole and Billy Stritch Get Cozy with SNOWFALL at BirdlandChristine Ebersole and Billy Stritch Get Cozy with SNOWFALL at Birdland
Posted: Jan. 12, 2018


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BWW Review: Trixie Mattel Balances MOVING PARTS Like a Pro at the Laurie BeechmanTrixie Mattel Balances MOVING PARTS Like a Pro at the Laurie Beechman
Posted: Oct. 12, 2017


BWW Interview: KINKY BOOTS' Kevin Smith Kirkwood on Channeling Whitney Houston and the Future of CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE!Kevin Smith Kirkwood on Channeling Houston in CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE!
Posted: Jul. 30, 2017


BWW Review: Seth Sikes Bursts with Pride at JUDY, LIZA, BARBRA, ETC.Seth Sikes Bursts with Pride at JUDY, LIZA, BARBRA, ETC.
Posted: Jul. 5, 2017


BWW Review: A Restrained Dianna Agron Explores a New Era in Her Cafe Carlyle DebutBWW Review: A Restrained Dianna Agron Explores a New Era in Her Cafe Carlyle Debut
Posted: Sep. 30, 2017


BWW Review: Sandra Bernhard Ushers in a New Dawn with SANDEMONIUM at Joe's PubBWW Review: Sandra Bernhard Ushers in a New Dawn with SANDEMONIUM at Joe's Pub
January 16, 2018

'We're gonna keep it up upbeat. Right, kids?' Finding light in the darkness was a dominant, if not the dominant, theme in 2017, so in closing out the year with SANDEMONIUM, it tracks that Sandra Bernhard would work it into her New Year's show---in her own distinctly Sandyland way, as her patented snark is a feature, not a flaw---and the crowd during her December 29 performance at Joe's Pub seemed just fine with that.

BWW Review: Christine Ebersole and Billy Stritch Get Cozy with SNOWFALL at BirdlandBWW Review: Christine Ebersole and Billy Stritch Get Cozy with SNOWFALL at Birdland
January 12, 2018

In SNOWFALL at Birdland, Christine Ebersole and Billy Stritch offered up a holiday show that was equal parts holly-jolly and melancholy. Through it all, though, there was an undercurrent of warm insularity, each bolstered by the other's presence, even when one would sit a number out and simply watch their friend perform.

BWW Review: Alaska Makes the Holidays Spectacular in FOR HEAVEN'S SNAKES at the Laurie BeechmanBWW Review: Alaska Makes the Holidays Spectacular in FOR HEAVEN'S SNAKES at the Laurie Beechman
January 11, 2018

The holidays are all about excess, and what's more extra than a drag queen named Alaska Thunderfuck 5000?

BWW Review: Sven Ratzke Weaves a Web In The Captivating HOMME FATALE at Joe's PubBWW Review: Sven Ratzke Weaves a Web In The Captivating HOMME FATALE at Joe's Pub
November 10, 2017

Endlessly imaginative and full of bravado, with his new show, HOMME FATALE, Sven Ratzke set out to ensure that femme fatales don't get to have all the fun.

BWW Review: Mandy Gonzalez Is Phenomenal and FEARLESS in Her Cafe Carlyle DebutBWW Review: Mandy Gonzalez Is Phenomenal and FEARLESS in Her Cafe Carlyle Debut
November 6, 2017

Early on in her Cafe Carlyle debut this past month, Mandy Gonzalez remarked on how excited she was to be uptown, though, while the HAMILTON star was at the mic, it was anything but quiet.

BWW Review: Rita Wilson Sings a Song for Everyone In Her Return To Café Carlyle
October 30, 2017

Bubbly and charming as all hell, from the moment Rita Wilson took the stage at Cafe Carlyle, it was as if there was nowhere else she'd rather be.

BWW Review: Trixie Mattel Balances MOVING PARTS Like a Pro at the Laurie BeechmanBWW Review: Trixie Mattel Balances MOVING PARTS Like a Pro at the Laurie Beechman
October 12, 2017

A unique queen in the pantheon of RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE queens, in just a few years' time, Trixie Mattel has risen from promising also-ran to cult fave to full-blown drag superstar (with a number one folk album, to boot). Fans coming in expecting to hear tracks off of that album, TWO BIRDS, during Mattel's new show, NOW WITH MOVING PARTS, won't get them, but the show maintained the spirit of those songs. Beyond that, her bold performance at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on September 22 marked the rare show where the musical numbers were few and far between, and, yet, there was nothing lacking.

BWW Review: A Restrained Dianna Agron Explores a New Era in Her Cafe Carlyle DebutBWW Review: A Restrained Dianna Agron Explores a New Era in Her Cafe Carlyle Debut
September 30, 2017

Over the course of the September 19 performance, Agron split her time between a whole host of male-fronted acts of the '70s, though, technically, many of the songs did hail from the decade prior.

BWW Review: Raja Returns to Work the Runway in Her One-Woman Debut GAWDESS at the Laurie BeechmanBWW Review: Raja Returns to Work the Runway in Her One-Woman Debut GAWDESS at the Laurie Beechman
September 18, 2017

Raja's debut one-woman show, RAJA: GAWDESS, was an exercise in charisma, in the best possible sense of the phrase.

BWW Review: Blake McIver Makes BARBRA: THE CONCERT His Own at the Laurie BeechmanBWW Review: Blake McIver Makes BARBRA: THE CONCERT His Own at the Laurie Beechman
September 1, 2017

From the minute BLAKE SINGS BARBRA: THE CONCERT began, Blake McIver truly tapped into-and never lost-the magic in Barbra Streisand's music.

BWW Review: Sutton Lee Seymour Is Your Camp Counselor (With Extra Camp) in CAMP KWEEN at the Laurie BeechmanBWW Review: Sutton Lee Seymour Is Your Camp Counselor (With Extra Camp) in CAMP KWEEN at the Laurie Beechman
August 25, 2017

Welcome to CAMP KWEEN, where Sutton Lee Seymour is devoted to teaching the mystical art of drag. At the Laurie Beechman Theatre on August 11, the drag queen's methods were a little unconventional-just look at the list of scheduled activities, which include 'throwing shade' and 'water sports'-and, at times, perhaps a little haphazard.

BWW Interview: KINKY BOOTS' Kevin Smith Kirkwood on Channeling Whitney Houston and the Future of CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE!BWW Interview: KINKY BOOTS' Kevin Smith Kirkwood on Channeling Whitney Houston and the Future of CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE!
July 30, 2017

Creating and starring in a solo show in which the late Whitney Houston, an undeniable legend with a complicated legacy, 'comes down from heaven and is reincarnated' in your body is a swing for the fences. But Kevin Smith Kirkwood does just that in CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE!, which mostly sets the darkness of the singer's later years aside to focus on Whitney's 'good times.'

BWW Review: Leslie Jordan EXPOSED as Frank and Funny at the Metropolitan RoomBWW Review: Leslie Jordan EXPOSED as Frank and Funny at the Metropolitan Room
July 21, 2017

Part coming-of-age story and part lighthearted Hollywood expose, one thing you can't say about Leslie Jordan's latest show is that the star is lacking in material.

BWW Review: Seth Sikes Bursts with Pride at JUDY, LIZA, BARBRA, ETC.BWW Review: Seth Sikes Bursts with Pride at JUDY, LIZA, BARBRA, ETC.
July 5, 2017

'These songs are fucking great, even if you don't like me.' Seth Sikes was right, and humility aside, during SETH SIKES SINGS JUDY, LIZA, BARBRA, ETC. at Feinstein's/54 Below, he was pretty great, too.

BWW Recap: VILLAIN: DEBLANKS Makes a Macaron Murderer with ACLU BenefitBWW Recap: VILLAIN: DEBLANKS Makes a Macaron Murderer with ACLU Benefit
June 9, 2017

What do you get when you cross Mad Libs with Clue, add a group of theatre vets, and sprinkle in a dash of philanthropy? Why, it must be VILLAIN: DEBLANKS! The comedy event, held at Feinstein's/54 Below, served as a benefit for the ACLU, with Billy Mitchell, who wrote the skeleton script for the show, serving as the night's emcee.

BWW Review: Nothing But Love for Migguel Anggelo in SO CLOSE at Joe's PubBWW Review: Nothing But Love for Migguel Anggelo in SO CLOSE at Joe's Pub
June 6, 2017

It's often been pointed out that love and hate aren't exactly polar opposites, considering each feeling originates from a place of passion. And now more than ever, we've come to a point where, everyday, living can feel like an extreme sport and everything seems to be superlative, for best or worst. In Migguel Anggelo's latest show, SO CLOSE: LOVE & HATE, at Joe's Pub on May 23, he distilled this moment in time and made something beautiful out of our less-than-certain reality.

BWW Feature: LIVING RECORD COLLECTION Creator Salty Brine Would Like to Solve the PuzzleBWW Feature: LIVING RECORD COLLECTION Creator Salty Brine Would Like to Solve the Puzzle
May 31, 2017

Salty Brine's shows may be the closest thing you'll get to an M. Night Shyamalan-level twist in cabaret, though you could never accuse him of prizing shock value over story. Because, above all, Brine's shows in THE LIVING RECORD COLLECTION are conceptually taut, including his latest, WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE. Even when, to the audience, it may seem like he's about to drive over a cliff, he has an escape hatch at the ready.

BWW Review: Alexis Michelle Is Good, Girl, In IT TAKES A WOMAN at Feinstein's/54 BelowBWW Review: Alexis Michelle Is Good, Girl, In IT TAKES A WOMAN at Feinstein's/54 Below
May 25, 2017

From just about the moment Alexis Michelle walked into the workroom, the RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE contestant was clocked as a Broadway queen. While performing at Feinstein's/54 Below in IT TAKES A WOMAN with her rich, husky singing voice, that proved to be a well-earned title. But, as seen on TV, comedy seems to come a bit harder for Michelle. Well, don't blame it entirely on the edit, because that duality took center stage at the May 16 show, her solo debut at the venue.

BWW Review: Courtney Act Glitters in THE GIRL FROM OZ at the Laurie BeechmanBWW Review: Courtney Act Glitters in THE GIRL FROM OZ at the Laurie Beechman
May 15, 2017

A cyclone of camp with a true gift for one-liners and an even stronger voice, Courtney Act followed the yellow brick road past the crowd to hit the stage in THE GIRL FROM OZ. Despite several homages to THE WIZARD OF OZ, the May 4 show at the Laurie Beechman Theatre was centered on that other, no less magical Oz: Australia. In fact, the RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE alum's entire set list was comprised of songs famously written or sung by Aussies.

BWW Interview: Justin Sayre Discusses Bringing THE MEETING* to an End, Creating Queer Spaces, and What's Next For the Show's CreatorBWW Interview: Justin Sayre Discusses Bringing THE MEETING* to an End, Creating Queer Spaces, and What's Next For the Show's Creator
May 13, 2017

Justin Sayre is calling the final editions of THE MEETING* to order. For eight seasons, over seven-and-a-half years, he has led the International Order of Sodomites---the IOS for short---as the Chairman of the "centuries-old organization promoting the lives and legacies of the LGBTQIA community." The final two shows of the acclaimed comedy/variety show, set for Sunday, May 14 at 7:00 and 9:30 pm at Joe's Pub, have long sold out. Yet they'll be broadcast online via Joe's Pub Livestream, with Sayre also taking over the Joe's Pub Instagram account that same day. Before he flew over from Los Angeles for those final shows, we spoke with Justin over the phone about what THE MEETING* has meant to him over the years, why it's time to call it quits, and what's next.



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