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Monday is the big night for weekly Broadway-related bar events at gay bars because most shows are dark that night, and the boites hope the customers and performers are available to straggle in. Mixing Broadway and booze, these parties tend to attract theater-queens and their friends who thrill to a ... More >>
A favorite showbiz revue returns with knives drawn
The timeless Bernadette Peters was the guest of honor at a New Dramatists Luncheon at the Marriott Marquis yesterday, where she was serenaded by costars Elaine Stritch and John Dossett and honored by Joel Grey, who said she's been like a younger sister to him ever since she played just that in Georg ... More >>
Broadway's finest have been honored by the Tony nominating committee, the results announced just moments ago as theater folk all over town felt some real emotion for a change. Among the nominated are, well, approximately two thirds of the people I predicted yesterday. But more interestingly, who g ... More >>
I've seen almost everything this season except Magic/Bird--which to me sounds like a wildlife puppet show, and it's quite possible that's what it is--and I'm ready to tell you who will definitely maybe probably almost get Tony nominated tomorrow morning. Here goes: BEST PLAY *Clybourne Park *Othe ... More >>
The revival of Sondheim's Follies offers more extravagance than emotional grip
Is a serviceable Follies good enough? Yes, because the 1971 classic is such a rich, dark leap into regret, with a witty and poignant Sondheim score--and besides, the Eric Schaeffer-directed production rises to the occasion for Act Two. You know the drill:
As you know, Barbra Streisand is reportedly going to make a movie where she's Grandma Rose--I mean Mama Rose--in Gypsy. Well, I have a great idea as to who should play the worn out yet educational ecdysiasts who sing "You Gotta Get A Gimick" to young Gypsy Rose Lee as they show off the shtic ... More >>
The classic show biz breakdown musical, Follies, is coming back to Broadway, complete with its luscious and witty Sondheim score. There are no fewer than four showstopping numbers for women in the musical. Your faves in order? Here are mine: (4) Could I Leave You? Phyllis--played by Jan ... More >>
Photo: Broadwayworld.com Tammy Blanchard plays Hedy La Rue in the How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying revival, and got Tony nominated for it, while star Daniel Radcliffe was famously omitted. Well, at the nominees meet-and-greet today, the talented Blanchard--whom you know as y ... More >>
Stephen Sondheim devotees get a little more of what they've been missing
Why do some people upstate consider the Bronx's Gladys Carrión their own 'Satan' incarnate? Maybe it has something to do with all the juvenile detention facilities city kids get sent to up there. Or got sent to. Because -- as the commissioner of the Office of Children and Family Services -- Car ... More >>
Octogenarian Broadway legend Elaine Stritch is reportedly messing up lines here and there in A Little Night Music, but hey, that's what, um, er...line!--uh, that's what previews are for. Observers say costar Bernadette Peters helped her out on a line at one performance, and other nights, the ... More >>
A TV producer recently contacted me because he's supposedly a big fan and thought I'd be great to pitch a show with. He warned me that I wouldn't make that much money directly off the show. But, obviously, he'd do much better than that or he wouldn't have been suggesting it. After a phone ... More >>
Here we have three artist-curated mixes to guide you through this apocalyptic heat: Given that DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince's "Summertime" remains the almighty jam (it is too hot to even argue about this) (she turn around to see what you beepin' at), Jeff's gargantuan, nearly 50-track mix ... More >>
SultanaDrag performer Sultana will concentrate on her art and performing full-time from now on. After losing her job at Tiffany's, Sultana has now been pink slipped at Ivanka Trump's jewelry establishment. The economy's being especially rough on drag queens!
via PattiLuPone.netIn 1987's tap-happy revival of Anything Goes, Patti LuPone scored as Reno Sweeney, the role originated by big-lunged Ethel Merman in the 30s. In 2008, she picked up a Tony for playing Mama Rose, another Merman role, in a rousing retread of Gypsy. And now, she going to tak ... More >>
Meeting Mindy Cohn in Fort Greene. Side trip to Nashville.
One of the most talented celebrity impersonators around, Christine Pedi has become a star in her own right by lighting up many a Forbidden Broadway production as well as doing her own one-woman (but actually, MANY-women) shows all over town. Well, her Holly Jolly Christmas Folly holiday impression-a ... More >>
My favorite bar, as you know, is the lovely Pieces over on Christopher Street, and my bestest night there is Wednesday, when after the drunks play a weekly game of Win, Lose, or Draw!, glittery drag VJ Vodka Stinger lavishes them with Broadway-related videos both familiar and obscure, but ALL essent ... More >>
I'm a sucker for those weepy Lifetime movies (I'm a big fan of Markie Post), so I was there for last week's premiere of Living Proof, an uplifter about the real-life trials for a breast cancer drug that ended up saving lotsa lives. Yes, Lifetime has premieres now! And even an after-dinner at the Pla ... More >>
I'm finally number one at something besides felching! I'm the highest rated person in the media on cityfile.com! (At least I was as of a day or two ago. I'm afraid to look again for fear I've lost my bullet.) I have no idea what that rating means or what it's based on, but who cares? When I looked, ... More >>
photo by Tyler Curtis, used through a Creative Commons license I wouldn't sign away the rights to Michael Musto, The Musical—I didn't think Bernadette Peters was quite right for the part—so now here comes Perez Hilton The Musical, a Fringe Festival attraction in which blogging, hair coloring, a ... More >>
Gypsy is younger than ever, but LuPone's Madam Rose is the maddest yet
As Nashville invades New York, a home-grown hayseed scene thrives beneath the CMA's radar
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