Promoter Daniel Nardicio is once again presenting a series of acts at Cherry Grove's Ice Palace this summer, and one of the more eye-popping of the bunch involves Justin Vivian Bond and Broadway legend Carol Channing as bosom buddies. And what will Carol do, pray tell, at the August 24th happening? ... More >>
Paper mag's Mickey Boardman and I have come up with three can't-lose works that are so flawlessly titled they should immediately get mounted like dogs in heat. Here they are: *Guy and Dahl. A two-person show starring glam rocker Miss Guy and author Tessa Dahl. I don't even care what they do, I jus ... More >>
One of the integral people from the original A Chorus Line, Baayork Lee is doing Hello, Dolly! with an all-Asian cast, for the National Asian Artists Project Says the release: "With a cast of 20 of some of NY's most talented Asian-American actors, this is an important step in opportunities for Asia ... More >>
I'm hearing that stars who'll be gracing Cherry Grove's Ice Palace with performances this summer will include... Chita Rivera Margaret Cho John Waters
You don't have to be gay to enjoy the staggeringly entertaining and wildly campy clips I've compiled for you, but it helps. Simply click on the links and you'll see: Joan Crawford/Cyd Charisse, "Two Faced Woman" (narrated by Debbie Reynolds, of course). This defies description. Must be seen to be ... More >>
The late James Kirkwood's 1986 play Legends!--about two feuding old movie stars who are comically reunited--developed its own legend thanks to a mass of on-the-road problems, including the contrasting antics of its stars, the passive-aggressive Mary Martin and the just plain aggressive Carol Channin ... More >>
Something about proximity to the theater world--or wanting proximity to it--makes people extra crazy and dramatic sometimes. Here are the five most Tony-deserving types of annoyances that lurk on the show boards that I happen to spend half my life on: (5) The ones who respond to a long, involved ... More >>
The oil-drilling prime-time soap Dallas has been resurrected by TNT, which is using some of the original cast members--like Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, and Linda Gray--to reprise their iconic roles. And I think it's great! After all, no one complained when Yul Brynner did The King and I one more ... More >>
I got these tidbits from a Tony nominated actor who knew Scotty Bowers, the pimp/hustler/whatever who serviced the appetites of many a Hollywood icon back in the glory (hole) days: *Scotty once took his schlong out at a gay party and laid it out on the bar like an aperitif. He also made a big show ... More >>
Remembering the veteran New York actress
At the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, I caught Dori Berinstein's Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, a loving look at the saucer-eyed Broadway star's legend. I already wrote about a Tony winner being evicted from the room. But now let me tell you a couple of highlights from the movie itself ... More >>
As the lights were going down for tonight's Tribeca Film Festival screening of the doc Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, the entire theater heard a woman screaming "Security! Security! Come here!" Had a drag queen choked on an eyelash? Two burly guards who had been standing in the aisle wat ... More >>
Part of the fun of having all those faux-friendships on Facebook is that you can constantly tell people stuff like, "My friend Rihanna said..." Naturally, you don't add that you've never actually met the woman! So here's my query: Do you have any famous FB friends, and did you go after th ... More >>
She's still got it. Ninety-year-old Carol Channing was a wow at yesterday's Gypsy of the Year benefit, an all-star, multi-show revue which raises massive funds for Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS. The event started with no fewer than 16 chorus boys dancing up a storm while singing a tribut ... More >>
I like Chipotle. (Or as some crazies call it, Capote.) It's fairly quick--except for crush hours--and reasonably priced, and the stuff they throw into your burrito looks pretty fresh. And you get to personally choose that stuff anyway, from tomatoes and salsa to Carol Channing's personal fa ... More >>
My old borough has gotten so uber-trendy that the Brooklyn Kitchen in Williambsburg is serving five-course meals consisting of nouvelle insects for only $85. The very pests that you swat away from your face in disgust are suddenly in your face for top dollar and big prestige, washed down wit ... More >>
At the birthday party for Gawker's Brian Moylan last Friday night at the Alphabetland club 40C, I could have sworn the birthday boy said, "There's corn on all the tables. Take as much as you want!" I was beside myself because, like inevitable SNL host Carol Channing, I happen to adore corn, ... More >>
Supposedly there will be a movie made of the Broadway show Memphis, and I bet they don't use the stage cast. They hardly ever do! And I wish they would! Remember when they made a movie of Doubt two years ago and Cherry Jones didn't get the part?
Prodigal Sons director Kimberly Reed fills me in.
Academy Awards heads-up: Basterds and biopsies.
Get comfortable with David Greenspan
...she'd be Queen Bee! Yes, it's time for THAT fun little parlor game again, the one where you marry off two celebs that would make for a felicitously wacky new name. And so--with respects to my colleague Cindy Adams, who's perfected this sort of thing:
Out and about, and then back here to walk in Nancy Sinatra's boots.
Yes, even celebrities have to go to the toilet now and then, and proof of that is the fact that there are tons of famous stories about their wacky antics when they're in there. Well, two famous stories. And they're totally apocryphal.
At the Tribeca Film Festival last week, I met one of my icons, Mart Crowley, who wrote The Boys in the Band, the landmark 1960s play about a bunch of East Side gays having a party that leads to fight, tears, and line dances. I pop up in a documentary about the importance of that work (It's called Ma ... 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 >>
Chattin' with Loretta Lynn and John Leguizamo; Carol Burnett in action; adventures of Nick Adams
Before the parade passes by, you'd better catch Carol Channing in Concert Starring Richard Skipper, who's well known for ebulliently capturing the sibilant, wide-eyed wonder of one of Broadway's platinum treasures. (Wings Theatre at 154 Christopher Street, through February 16). Rather than ask Harry ... More >>
Recalling jazz's brief, obscure, but occasionally revelatory love affair with Broadway
Harry Connick Jr. has the Sinatra quality musical comedy needs
David Greenspan's Solo The Myopia Travels From Jewish Rapunzel to Warren G. Harding
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