Tom Wilson Weinberg began singing original queer-
themed songs in coffee-houses and gay pride events
in the late seventies. His early albums "Gay Name
Game" (1979) and "All-American Boy" (1982) were
among the first in this new genre.
His shows "Ten
Percent Revue" (1987) and "Get Used To It! (1992)
were produced Off-Broadway by Laura Green and
John Glines, respectively, published by Broadway
Play Publishing Company, toured extensively and
recorded by Aboveground Records. Weinberg's
compilation "Don't Mess With Mary" (1994) was the
official CD of Stonewall 25.
"Sixty Years with Bruhs
and Gean," commissioned by the New York City Gay
Men's Chorus, debuted at Carnegie Hall and was later sung at Lincoln Center in 1995. An expanded version of the show was presented by the Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Theater Festival in 2003, at The Duplex in New York and on Fire Island in 2004. Tom's "The Teachings of Chairman Rick" was part of the 2005 Philly Fringe Festival. "Rick" was revived in 2006, "Bruhs and Gean" in 2007. In 2008 Tom and singers Keith Kaczorowski and Melissa Kolczynski began a series of cabaret, now succeeded by Cabaret Vérité. Tom's musical "Eleanor & Hick", about the relationship of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok will be revived in Philadelphia this year. A previous production, with a book by Peggy Stafford and directed by Darren Katz, was staged as a reading in New York with Lea Delaria in the role of Hickok and Cady Huffman as Eleanor. Tom’s song "Lesbian Seagull" was featured in the film "Beavis and Butt-head Do America" (Paramount/MTV), on the soundtrack (Geffen/Universal), published by Warner Chappell and released as a single with Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Love Rollercoaster."
photo: Rachel Taylor Brown
Tom's piano, photo by Liz Reasey
Tom's piano, photo: Liz Reasey
Honors include a Drama-Logue Award (Los Angeles), Golden Gull Award (Provincetown), Bessie Smith Award (Boston) and OUTmusic Heritage Award (New York). Tom was a founder of Giovanni's Room and president of The Attic Youth Center, both in Philadelphia. He is a member of ASCAP, The Purple Circuit, ACLU and William Way LGBT Community Center. He lives with his husband John Whyte. Tom and John are the dads of Jesse, 27, and Max, 24.
Receiving the OutMusic Heritage
Award, New York, 2006.