Dorothy Loudon

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Musical Flop About 1960s Infidelity Has Been Brought Back!

    I love late-'60's swinging Broadway flop musicals about cheating, so I was excited to hear that The Fig Leaves Are Falling--with a book and lyrics by Allan Sherman ("Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh") and music by Tony Award winner Albert Hague (Redhead, Plain and Fancy)--was coming back. The show was or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    Dear Broadway Stars: I Have To Apologize To You

    I'm basically bowing and scraping before your fabulous feet and saying "I'm so sorry". And why am I apologizing? Because I'm old! I've been around. I've seen revivals upon revivals upon revivals of the shows you're currently reviving. In fact, I even saw the originals! So I'm always writing stu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    The Ultimate Gay YouTube Collection

    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 >>

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    November 8, 2012

    Annie Review: Has The Sun Come Out?

    Little Orphan Annie's adventures charmed America as a comic strip from 1924 all the way to 2010, thanks to curly hair, undrenchable optimism, and catchy expressions like "Leapin' lizards." Decades after the character's inception, Annie the musical brightened a bleak time in the '70s with its own cu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    A Quick Guide To Broadway Nights At Gay Bars

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    The Best Actress In A Musical Tony Nominees Will Be...

    I love predicting Tony award categories 10 whole months before they're announced because there's something so perverse about guessing who'll get the nominations before some of the shows have even started rehearsing! Even more deliciously, I usually get at least 60% right. So here are my predix f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Two Stars Have Turned Down Annie And One Was Turned Away!

    The producers of the upcoming Annie revival know that whoever plays the mean orphanage lady Miss Hannigan has to be even more memorable than fright wigs and eyes without pupils. Dorothy Loudon (above) originated the role and culminated her career with a brilliantly funny, witty performance that nab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Bob Dylan Gets The British Female Treatment! Fab!

    ​Barb Jungr's name might seem to be missing vowels, but there's no need to call in Vanna White. The British chanteuse extraordinaire fills in all the blanks with her exciting interpretations of songs by folk poet Bob Dylan, as demonstrated in her new show at the Metropolitan room called The M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Catching Up With Andrea McArdle

    ​Andrea McArdle charmed Broadway audiences as Annie in 1977, but she grew up to do a lot of other stuff--and she's still surprising! Andrea is in Greenwood, a New York Musical Theatre Festival entry about a theater camp, which I talked to her about at the last Times Square Social. Me: Hi, An ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Patti LuPone is the New Ethel Merman

    via​In 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 >>

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    October 13, 1998

    NY Mirror

    ''In Rounders, John Malkovich chewed so much scenery that it's a wonder there were any card tables left.''