Kathleen Turner To Be Honored At Tennessee Williams Festival Gala
The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival is pleased to announce that Kathleen Turner, a living legend of the stage and screen, will be the guest of honor at this year’s Performance Gala, the festival’s annual fundraising dinner. The gala will be held at Town Hall (260 Commercial Street) in Provincetown on Saturday, June 1, where she will discuss her life and career as an actor and director in film and on stage. Details of the festival’s 2019 program will be also be announced.
Turner has crafted unforgettable performances in movies like Body Heat, Romancing the Stone, and Serial Mom, as well as in television and on stages around the world. She received a Tony Award nomination in 1990 for her performance as Maggie in the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She received a second Tony nomination and an Evening Standard Award for her 2005 performance as Martha in the Broadway revival of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? She is the co-author of Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on My Life, Love, and Leading Roles with Gloria Feldt and Kathleen Turner on Acting: Conversations About Film, Television, and Theater with Dustin Morrow. Turner has won a Golden Globe for Best Actress twice and has been nominated for a Golden Globe three other times.
“The Gala audience is in for a treat: the bone-shaking sound of Turner’s voice for sure, but even more listening to what her great voice advocates,” says festival curator David Kaplan.
In Turner’s new book, Kaplan says, “She writes about the preparations to create her smart, steamy performance of Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway. She found humor and love necessary to play the role, and discovered the fun of performing Maggie despite the challenges of the text. She has sharp insights, too, about the role of Martha in Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which she played for hundreds of performances in London, New York, and on tour.”
General admission tickets to the Performance Gala, as well as premium seats and table sponsorships, are now on sale at twptown.org and by phone at 866-789-TENN.
Orbitz Declares Provincetown Top Place to Celebrate Pride in 2019 According to Survey
Orbitz, a travel booking site and the first online travel company to launch a microsite dedicated to LGBT travel recently completed an online survey to determine where LGBT travelers were booking this year for Gay Pride, which also commemorates the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, and Provincetown topped the list.
Data was collected from Orbitz pricing and demand information based on historical averages for flights and hotels booked during Pride event dates during 2017 and 2018, as well as travel intent based in search information collected during Pride event dates from 2018 to 2019. Orbitz also conducted a survey among 300 U.S. adults ages 18 to 44 fielded between March 11 and March 15, 2019. The survey asked questions like how far the respondent would plan to travel for a Pride event (42 percent said more than 50 miles), if a Pride-friendly destination impacts their decision on where to travel (74 percent), and top bucket list places to celebrate Pride. There are about 150 cities and towns across the country with Pride celebrations.
1. Provincetown, Massachusetts, May 31 – June 3
2. St. Petersburg, Florida, June 21-23
3. Atlanta, October 11-13
4. Long Beach, California, May 18-19
5. New York City, June 1-30
6. Minneapolis, June 22-23
7. Columbus, Ohio, June 14-16
8. Miami, April 1-7
9. Houston, June 22
10. San Francisco, June 29-30
Provincetown Business Guild and VACAYA to Bring Gilbert Baker’s 25th Anniversary Rainbow Flag to Carnival
The Provincetown Business Guild is partnering with VACAYA on its inaugural LGBT+ cruise. VACAYA will anchor in Provincetown Harbor on Thursday, August 15 for the kick off of Carnival Week.
To celebrate this first-of-its-kind partnership, Provincetown’s carnival flag and sections of the original Gilbert Baker Rainbow25™Sea to Sea Flag will make their way cross country via land, air, and finally sea from West Hollywood to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to Independence Hall in Philadelphia and to the Stonewall Inn in New York City before they board the Celebrity Summit for the final leg of their journey to Provincetown on VACAYA’s inaugural all-LGBT+cruise. In 2003, the world’s longest 8-color rainbow flag (1.25 miles) was unfurled in Key West to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the rainbow flag’s debut. Following the event, the massive flag was broken down into sections, which found their way to various cities and organizations around the world. Now, the Provincetown Business Guild and VACAYA are bringing those flag sections back together in a community-wide event. On the morning of August 15, VACAYA’s guests will disembark the Celebrity Summit and deliver to Provincetown its carnival flag and the Sea to Sea Rainbow Flag sections. Local officials and celebrities will welcome VACAYA and simultaneously raise the carnival flag high above the town at the Pilgrim Monument, while the sections of rainbow flag will be reassembled on the beach in a celebratory kick off of Carnival Week.
“The rainbow flag represents so much to the LGBTQ community and it’s become a universally recognized symbol of peace around the world. This cross-country trek is all about love,” said Bob Sanborn, Executive Director of the Provincetown Business Guild. VACAYA CEO Randle Roper adds, “When we started planning our very first cruise, we looked at destinations around the globe. Ultimately, selecting Ptown was an easy choice for us because it’s the #1 LGBTQ community in America. We’re making history by being the first all-LGBT+ cruise to ever sail to Carnival and we’re the largest ship ever to overnight in Ptown. Being here while bringing the Rainbow25™Sea to Sea Flag back together in such a dramatic way will be a moment to remember for all time.”
Todrick Hall To Make Provincetown Debut Carnival Week
In his Provincetown debut, Todrick Hall will be kicking off this year’s Carnival Week at Town Hall on August 17 at 8:00 p.m., presented by Rick Murray and Jonathan Hawkins. A multi-talented singer, rapper, actor, director, choreographer and YouTube personality, Hall rose to prominence on American Idol. His popular YouTube channel has over 3 million subscribers and 588 million channel views, consisting notably of original songs, choreographed flash mobs for Beyonce, musical collaborations, and appearing regularly on RuPaul’s Drag Race as a guest judge.
Hall distinguished himself as a Broadway star in runs of Kinky Boots and Chicago. Following two successful tours of Straight Outta Oz, Hall visited 60 cities worldwide in his The Forbidden Tour, traveling the US, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and Australia. From his smash dance hit “Dem Beats” featuring RuPaul to Taylor Swifts “Look What You Made Me Do,” join Todrick for his Provincetown debut in this Carnival exclusive performance!
Exclusive ticket packages are available: VIP ticket holders receive a private meet and greet and two beverage tickets, including alcohol, beer, and wine. First Class ticket holders receive two beverage tickets. VIP ticket holders gain access to upper balcony as well. Tickets to all Crown & Anchor shows and events are available online at onlyatthecrown.com, by phone at 508-487-1430, or at the Crown & Anchor box office, 247 Commercial St.