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Kelvin Moon Loh

American Idiot the musical makes its Chicago debut this week. The show is adapted from the rock group Green Day’s concept album of the same name. Some songs are added into the mix from other singles from the group making this a 90-minute stage musical.

The two-time Tony award winning production follows three young men, Johnny, Will, and Tunny through trails and tribulations while belting out ballads and rock anthems.

Kelvin Moon Loh, part of the cast, is coming to town to teach us how to channel our inner Idiot!

Jerry Nunn: Heyyy, Kelvin. Happy late birthday!

Kelvin Moon Loh: Thanks. I celebrated it in Boston. I will pretend it’s my birthday again when I get to Chicago and we can have a drink.

JN: You are not in town yet correct?
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Melissa Etheridge 2

Melissa Etheridge brings her “Fearless Love” to The Venue this summer. This openly lesbian musician has won two Grammys, one Academy Award and sold more than 27 million albums worldwide. We caught up again with Melissa after talking to her last year.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Melissa. I saw your show last year at the Chicago Theatre.

Melissa Etheridge: Aww. The Chicago Theatre rocks, that is my favorite.

I have to tell you that a fan brought a big fake window with curtains to that show. It said, “Come to My Window, Melissa!”

ME: (laughs) You go, girl!

It blocked some people’s view of the show.

ME: It gets a little obnoxious but okay, better a window than a door.
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Lucky Ducky

The weekend started off with meeting singer Melissa Etheridge after interviewing her a few times in the past. I drove out with my friend Luis to The Venue in Hammond, Indiana. We had some time to spare and he played the Wheel of Fortune slot where he won almost a hundred dollars on the first spin! We chatted with Melissa backstage after a hug and I presented her with my article in Windy City Times.
Etheridge performed unlike many live artists of her generation. Not only do her fans go crazy but she deserves the adoration. She rocked the house even rolling on the stage and banged out her hits one after another. The whole audience wanted to come to her window by the end of the show.
We signed up for a post show prize and my buddy won $1,000 dollars in the drawing!
Saturday had me driving out to St. Charles to hang with Judy Tenuta for the premiere of her movie Sister Mary, where she steals my act and dresses in nun drag. The movie stars our very own Miss Foozie along with ANT and Bruce Vilanch.
Then I sped back to the city to see a concert by the lake with the Goo Good Dolls. Charter One Pavillion is a wonderful venue to see shows in the summer but watch out parking is 20 bucks if you drive!
After the midnight hour and the concert it was Roscoe’s time to see a new singer perform. Her name is Emii and she has a new video with Snoop Dogg. We chatted before her show about summer superhero movies and had a blast.
The casino weekend continued on Sunday with a special VIP pre opening to the new Des Plaines Rivers Casino. The buffet was amazing but the slots were tight. I usually can play for a while on the Sex and the City slot but my money went down the drain faster than Carrie’s shoe budget! Later Kristin Chenoweth popped up at Sidetrack to a packed house and Jennifer Hudson sang at Ravinia.

Happy New Year

Looking back on this past year I was able to meet and interview some talented and amazing personalities in my column for Nunn on the Run.

Here is some great advice and quotes stars have said to me in 2010:

The Laughs

“How’s your cornholer?” (Lisa Lampanelli)

“I am sure you are much more of an expert than a married man or straight man, anyways.” (Kathy Griffin on blowjobs)

“I know that gays belong to Kathy, but any fall over, I’m going to take.” (Sarah Silverman)

“I have always forged my own unique path in the comedy and entertainment world” (Sandra Bernhard)

“I think my humor is a little dry.” (Katy Perry)

“I can’t do anything but tell a joke and steal a scene!” (Leslie Jordan)

The Tears

“You are going to make me cry.” (Chely Wright)

“You made me cry…” (Meredith Baxter)

The Hard Times

“Read my bio and you tell me…” (Belinda Carlisle)

“Oh, I will go there!” (Alexis Stewart)

“There are moments that are really and truly “make it work” moments.” (Tim Gunn)

Advice

“Well, first of all, don’t suck. Don’t be bad at it.” (Dan Savage on writing)

“Everything has to be used for something” (Amy Sedaris)

“Don’t say you are a fan of theirs. It automatically puts you in the fan category with the celebrity.” (Lady Bunny)

“Hold the tape recorder closer to my mouth.” (Perez Hilton)

Full of Questions

“Let’s make it happen.” (Ricky Martin on interviewing him)

“I will never forget that question.” (Natalie Merchant)

“I don’t really get that question.” (Ellen DeGeneres)

“I have no idea how to answer that question, let me get my husband on the phone.” (Carol Channing)

About Chicago

“I usually don’t party after the shows. But when I am in Chicago, who knows?” (Jake Shears)

“It is the only place that I actually had a job.” (John Waters)

“Chicago is my favorite city still and it looks gorgeous.” (Laurie Metcalf)

“I love Chicago.” (Pam Grier)

The G-Word

“Let the gays go wild!” (Patti LaBelle)

“I’m slightly under the radar and I do think part of that is because I’m gay.” (Rufus Wainwright)

“I’m very close to the gay community.” (Perry Farrell)

“I don’t define myself by only being gay just like I don’t define myself by only being Jewish.” (Nate Berkus)

“It definitely comes with some pressure.” (Adam Lambert)

“I think homophobia is really fucked up.” (Kate Nash)

“If there are gay men in the audience then you automatically get a great show.” (Joan Rivers)

On Obama

“He is not forcing anything but making decent strides and moving things in the right direction.” (Wanda Sykes)

“There’s just nothing that a person in that position can do now, because it’s just been bought and sold.” (Melissa Etheridge)

“I am really angry about the fact that a cultured, intelligent black man cannot say that he is for gay marriage.” (Mario Cantone)

The Icons

“It made me a lot of money. What about that?” (Olympia Dukakis on Moonstruck)

“I am a sucker for stories!” (Cyndi Lauper)

“Wouldn’t that be fun?” (Florence Henderson on hosting SNL)

“I say drag queen diet in the book because it sounds so good.” (RuPaul)

“RuPaul is just the most fabulous phenomenon.” (Lucy Lawless)

“Follow your dream and you can be who you want to be.” (Elton John)

Thanks a million.” (Lily Tomlin)

Those are just some of the highlights and big moments.  Looking forward to more exciting interviews with celebrities in 2011 Nunn on One!

Crystal Bowersox

Crystal Bowersox dominated the ninth season of American Idol and now is releasing her debut album Farmer’s Daughter. She appeared at the recent Festival of Lights event on Michigan Avenue and sang out Nunn on One. Farmers Daughter

Jerry Nunn: Hey, Crystal. You were originally born in Ohio?

Crystal Bowersox: Yes, I was born Toledo, Ohio.

JN: It’s interesting that you have a twin brother.

CB: Yes, I have a twin brother, Karl. I have an older brother Will.

JN: Do they sing?
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Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge came into our window back in ’93 and told us “Yes I Am,” never looking back. This out and proud singer continues to blaze a trail politically, musically and privately. Fearless Love

Jerry Nunn: So it’s an honor to interview you, and like your new song says, you make me “Nervous”. I’ve been listening to your new album, and it’s incredible. Did you always want to be a singer?

Melissa Etheridge: Always, everything I wanted to be, the only thing I could ever be. Yeah, ever since I was 3 years old, I had this crazy dream, and just put my mind to it.

JN:  What were your influences growing up?
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