No, it wasn't Marty, From Here To Eternity, or even Johnny Guitar. It was a wacky little 1972 alleged comedy called Bunny O'Hare, in which he and Bette Davis were a plumber and a widow who dressed up as hippies and robbed banks, funkily escaping on a motorcycle. Those two old coots were no threat ... More >>
Of course I'm perfectly happy being the fictional character known as myself. But if I could dig into the vaults of literature and find someone even better, here's who I'd choose to switch costumes and time periods with: (5) Prospero in Shakespeare's The Tempest A vengeful wizard full of sound an ... More >>
Surely you know the song "Some People" from the musical Gypsy. Oh, you're straight and under 50?
It's never too late to get insight into Gypsy, the classic 1959 musical about cerebral stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and the mother who destroyed her and made her a star at the same time. I recently ran into Peter Riegert, who played Herbie opposite Bette Midler in the 1993 TV version of the show.
As I pointed out the other day, the unlikely duo of Ernest Borgnine and Ethel Merman topped Kim and the ex Mr. Kim's 72-day marriage by splitting after only 32 days. But there are some that croaked even faster! (1) Rudolph Valentino and Jean Acker, 1919 Only six hours! And they were pr ... More >>
With a date of separation perfectly timed for Halloween, Kim Kardashian and whatshisname are divorcing after 72 days of unholy union, at least surpassing the 32-day stint once achieved by the much hotter looking Ernie Borgnine and Ethel Merman. But doesn't this reek of something truly foul? ... More >>
Say that a thousand times fast
Sitcom stars of yore, starry-eyed autograph hounds collide in New Jersey
My column this week describes the riotous romp I had at "Chiller Theatre"--a New Jersey autograph convention--with pals Mickey Boardman and Angelo Pitillo. Well, here's the proof. Angelo Pitillo zoomed his loving lens in for some glorious interspecies moments between myself and the celebr ... More >>
Kathleen Marshall sails Cole Porter onto 43rd Street
Two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone is in talks to star in a revival of Hello, Dolly! and already the chatterati are concerned. "Does she have the warmth for the role?" some of them are nattering on various bored boards. Um, yes she does.
The 1967 campfest Valley of the Dolls is the ultimate glossy film about three show biz glamour girls who fall into a big bottle of pills. (They should remake it with Britney, Paris, and Lindsay.) Interestingly, the book's author, Jackie Susann, wanted Liza Minnelli to play the part of risin ... More >>
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 >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. September 26, 1968, Vol. XIII, No. 50 Homecoming by Richard Goldstein I came back from Chicago swimming in revolution -- or at least in my expectations of it. Radicalized, I rounded the media in search of rhetoric. I wore my face phleg ... 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?
These girls like to MILF it up
New Orleans reborn. Illustration by Goni Montes.In this week's Village Voice, Larry Blumenfeld writes our cover story on David Simon's Treme and how the show can get New Orleans right, Rob Harvilla reviews Erykah Badu's newest, Rich Juzwiak takes on Usher, and Vijith Assar profiles the ex-NY ... More >>
Tommy McCall CLICK HERE for my new column in which Green Day admits that Broadway legend Ethel Merman had something to do with their new musical about teen angst. I'm not making this stuff up! Also in the column: *Did the Night of 1000 Gowns turn into a Mormon-bashing gala--and how was the ... More >>
Cruising for surreal NYC Housewives. Plus, high and low fashion, plus some new and old-fashioned on Broadway.
There's no business like Gaynor's show business; under the big top at Hustlaball
Rhaposdy in Blue still packs a thrill, and it's still open to interpretation
Limelight's updated layout is sort of like Jocelyne Wildenstein's new face not better or worse, just different.
''In Rounders, John Malkovich chewed so much scenery that it's a wonder there were any card tables left.''