Ben Rimalower’s Issues With Patti Lupone
There may be nothing new about hearing of a gay man's obsession with film, theater, opera or musical diva. But what may be new is how such an obsession helped a young boy cope with a traumatic experience in his household while growing up, and as an adult, continued to be that which he could turn to in order to get through other ordeals in his life.
Writer, producer, and director Ben Rimalower's critically acclaimed Patti Issues takes an audience through his 20 plus years of idolization with two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone ("Evita," and revival "Gypsy"), and how the Broadway diva's voice brought comfort to Rimalower beginning at 8 when his father came out as a gay man and entered into a life filled with drugs tearing his family apart.
Rimalower is in Ptown on July 3 and 4, and again on August 4, at the Crown Cabaret at the Crown and Anchor with his award-winning show.
As an actress, BeBe was introduced to film with a lead role in the independent film "Under One Sun" with her character dealing with religious, racial and gender issues. Additionally, she appeared in the campy musical "Devious, Inc" (Australian Film Festival, San Francisco Short Film Fest) also adding additional vocals to the musical soundtrack. Both of these performances led to her selection for a lead role in Aisha Media’s next short film series, "Con-tin.u.um" to be released in 2012.