In Season 5 of RuPaul's Drag Race, the world was blessed with the knowledge that the quirky and sweet queen named Jinkx Monsoon existed. Monsoon had an old-fashioned heart and vintage style that accompanied a very real musical talent. Since then, Monsoon had to crown a new queen as America's Next To ... More >>
Holland Taylor as Ann Richards. Alan Cumming as Macbeth. Bette Midler as Sue Mengers. Fiona Shaw as the Virgin Mary. Why such an avalanche of solo outings on Broadway (though to be fair, Cumming has two medical workers watching him and occasionally murmuring something)? Easy: The economy! There's ... More >>
Lounging on a sofa in a sparkly blue caftan in a picture-perfect Beverly Hills mansion while chain smoking and waiting for the phone to ring, Bette Midler plays campy 1970s producer Alan Carr in the new Broadway one-person show I'll Eat You Last. Oh, sorry, she's playing campy 1970s superagent Sue M ... More >>
With the Liberace Museum, Siegfried & Roy, Bette Midler, and many other glitzy attractions, Las Vegas has had a gayish appeal for decades. But I always felt there should be an actual gay club--one that was loud and proud and not on some back road, filled with raunchy rednecks. And here it comes!
Way before she was Sue Mengers (the colorful agent she's playing in a new Broadway play), Bette Midler was known for camping and vamping it up for toweled gays at the Continental Baths in between their bouts of horizontal mambo dancing. Well, Malcolm Ingram's new documentary about the place, Contin ... More >>
As I've pointed out, it's been an amazing season for beefcake, but it also happens to be a banner time for cross dressing. La Cage and Priscilla have clearly paved the way for lots more theatrical dolling up as the opposite sex (instead of with the opposite sex, lol). We have two men playing women ... More >>
You know him as Gil Chesterton on Frasier, an Obie-winner from Jeffrey, a Broadway scene-stealer in The Drowsy Chaperone and Curtains, and from so many other credits. He's witty, wise, and a snappy dresser. And he's doing a live cabaret show which sounds like a must-see for urbane New Yorkers and ... More >>
I generally loathe one-person shows because they often fail to be all that dramatic, usually consisting of a long-winded famous person pretending to be another long-winded famous person, taking an occasional breath only when the phone rings. But the three one-woman shows that are coming sound like ... More >>
I regularly leave the house so you don't have to, and in doing so on Tuesday I encountered two bright lights sparkling up the NYC night. At Codependent Tuesdays at the gay bar Therapy, Natalie Joy Johnson does a weekly show that is zingy and throaty and campy and fun. Natalie--who did the tour of ... More >>
Before you chime in with "But you forgot...": No, I didn't. These are my personal favorites. Feel free to tell me yours.
Hard-bluesing, hard-boozin' wailer Janis Joplin's story has long seemed like a natural for the big screen, but any realization of that has always sputtered out like an empty bottle of Southern Comfort. Bette Midler did some kind of riff on it in 1979's The Rose, but it was very loosely based. And ... More >>
43rd Annual Songwriters Hall Of Fame Awards Marriott Marquis Thursday, June 14 Better than: Disco roller derby. If you closed your eyes and listened to the parade of songs and familiar voices emanating from the Marriott Marquis' luminary-packed sixth-floor ballroom last night, you might have tho ... More >>
The panel is called "Love Thy Diva: Madonna & Bette Midler," and it's described thusly: "Madonna impersonator Vivian Belle, Bette Midler impersonator The Divine Grace (above), and Clay Cane, radio host of Clay Cane Live on WWRL 1600AM and entertainment editor at BET.com, critique, analyze and cele ... More >>
Last night, mega designer Michael Kors spilled some fully baked beans to fashion biggie Fern Mallis at the 92nd Street Y. Christian Freedom was at the event and jotted down every terribly chic word:
This week, our search for New York's quintessential post-1955 musician is about to get hectic, with the winner crowned as the calendar flips to April on Saturday night. (A rundown of all the matches so far is here.) So for the Round of 16 matchupsfour of which will happen today, four tomorrow ... More >>
Sound of the City's monthlong tournament to determine the quintessential New York City musician (since 1955, the year of the Village Voice's founding) is taking over our site all March. The full schedule and results (as of March 23) below; you can also follow along with our bracket.
Sound of the City's search for the quintessential New York City musician enters Round Two this week. Today, all the remaining contenders in the Uptown division battle it out in the Round of 32. Keep up with all the action here. As if predestined by the Moirai, Bette Midler and the Diplomats will ... More >>
The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madness--in which we determine the quintessential New York musician--launches this morning with a series of polls. Up for debate this time: Hip-hop pioneer Kool Herc and the brassy yet divine Bette Midler. Check out the arguments in favor ... More >>
The Continental Baths was the steamy 1970s gay sex haven at the Ansonia Hotel, which came complete with a performance space for rising stars like Bette Midler to entertain the toweled gays in between orgasms.
Surely you know the song "Some People" from the musical Gypsy. Oh, you're straight and under 50?
Face it. She did fine at the Super Bowl. She led us through a pop-culture carnival involving gladiators, acrobats, cheerleaders, guest stars, lip-synching, a stumble, and a Wicked Witch of the West exit, followed by the rousing message of "Buy My Album," I mean, "World Peace." (And after she fero ... More >>
Be the diva you were born to be
Not songs to be sung at weddings--I'm not here to write about "Color My World," thank you--but songs about weddings. Here are my all-time faves: (8) "Wedding Bell Blues"--sung by the Fifth Dimension The raw urgency and desperation of this one always amuses me. As she sings it, Marilyn Mc ... More >>
Yes, the new kids have a lot of sparkle and chutzpah, but they don't yet have the seasoning to become the master performers I've personally handpicked for immortality. The three greatest concert givers I've ever seen are: *Patti LaBelle A Patti concert is a religious experience, her fans w ... More >>
It's on the 13th floor of Resorts' Ocean Tower, but here's hoping that won't be an unlucky roll of the dice. Resorts' LGBT marketing man Joel Ballesteros sent a bunch of us there this weekend for the gala opening, which started with a performance of the old-school drag revue "Believe--Divas ... More >>
I just caught the trailer, and you'll have to believe me on this. It's Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Among the talents used in this animated film are: Bette Midler, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes (reprising his role of Mr. Tinkles), and Jack McBrayer (Kenneth from 30 Rock). ... More >>
Today, Yoko Ono is busy assembling the year's most disparate backing group. After yesterday's "dress rehearsal," her reincarnated Plastic Ono Band will be performing at BAM, with guests ranging from Eric Clapton to Sean Lennon to ... the Scissor Sisters? Also included in the lineup are Mark R ... More >>
If you don't know who Paul Rudnick is, I'll come over and personally take away your gay card and your Britney collection too. He's a well known playwright (Jeffrey) and screenwriter (Addams Family Values, In & Out), and now the effortlessly witty author has a book out--an essay collection ca ... More >>
50 Cent's "40 Day," the long and irrationally feared weekend block party thrown for the residents of the South Jamaica Houses in the area around which 50 grew up, is still scheduled for this Sunday, sans a performance. Mayor Bloomberg himself quashed the idea of 50 performing in Queens, after a se ... More >>
And inside the women in Towelhead. Plus Rockwell paints a fucked-up Casanova.
Mad about crap
"I never miss a Liv Ullman musical," Bette Midler immortally quipped about the bizarre 1973 remake of Lost Horizon, which also starred Oscar types like Peter Finch, Charles Boyer, John Gielgud, and Sally Kellerman all either singing or sync-ing with a unifying sense of charmlessness. Thanks to a sur ... More >>
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