This is an astounding clip that alternates between Judy Garland singing "What The World Needs Now" on the TV show show Hollywood Palace in 1966 and her rehearsal footage of the same song, done without makeup, costume, or smiles. Show biz is amazing--and so was Judy.
Before you chime in with "But you forgot...": No, I didn't. These are my personal favorites. Feel free to tell me yours.
There was a lot of hilarious stuff this year--mostly intentional--but the following were easily the funniest "straight play" scenes of all. (5) In the farcical Don't Dress For Dinner (above), the French cook (Spencer Kayden) had to be turned into a soignee dinner guest, for reasons too silly to me ... More >>
And I'm in it! It's a Judy Garland-obsessed show that benefits the Ali Forney Center. And guess who's going to be there, preaching at the shrine of Judyism?
Twenty-two-year-old theater performer Jason Wise wasn't thrilled to read the New York Times piece lamenting the fact that Judy's greatness is lost on young gays (in the context of a discussion about End of the Rainbow, the Broadway play covering Judy's messy time in London towards the end of her lif ... More >>
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Surely you know the song "Some People" from the musical Gypsy. Oh, you're straight and under 50?
I know "hate" and "Christmas" probably shouldn't be in the same sentence, so how about "despise"? Anyway, I absolutely loathe "The Little Drummer Boy". I find it slow and tedious and pretentious and annoying. Hearing it over and over again is the equivalent of putting hot pokers under my n ... More >>
The expression "Pick your battles" is a solid bit of advice that I've often ignored, sometimes wasting my time by going after unworthy enemies that leave me winning a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent. But I've always felt that people should choose their triumphs too!
EJ CampMy new book made the top of the Advocate's Hot Sheet, which consists of 10 sizzling treats for your cultural enjoyment. This is my first number one--and I even beat Judy Garland! Thank you, Brandon Voss.
Barbra Streisand, 'Yentl'I gave the guys their turn at drag validation. Now let's go for the guys who happen to gals. Which of these screen ladies convinced you, intrigued you, and really grabbed you in their macho getups? By the way, in the above photo, Barbra's the one on the right.
No, not Judi Dench. Anyway, tonight's attractions: Jackie Hoffman will sing "Swanee." Tony winner Daisy Eagan will do "The Trolley Song." Emily Bergl (Desperate Housewives) will croon "Zing! Went The Strings of My Heart" And there will be more. They'll sing 'em all and they'll stay all n ... More >>
Marilyn Monroe's iconic white dress from The Seven Year Itch is on sale for the low, low price of $2 million. It's the halter dress she wears while standing over the subway grate, trying to keep the skirt down. Actress Debbie Reynolds, 79, who is Carrie Fisher's mother, is also a movie memorabili ... More >>
Last year, Burlesque was the only musical to hit the screen (unlike you count Camp Rock 2 and Scott Pilgrim), but somehow that was enough to make the genre catch fire again. No fewer than three major divas are going ahead with large-scale movie musicals. And interestingly, every one of them ... More >>
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 >>
No, not the Streisand version. The only way to restore that would be to shred it to pieces and sprinkle it all over Malibu. I'm talking about the 1954 Cukor-directed gem with Judy Garland at her most tremulously vulnerable and James Mason as her noble husband who marches into the ocean as s ... More >>
Tommy Femia is the finest Judy Garland impersonator there is, so when he asked me to do a cameo in his show at Don't Tell Mama the other night, I DID tell mama. I was thrilled. The problem is, I have no act. I used to read Susanne Somers' poetry aloud at events like this, but that never got ... More >>
If indeed you are gay, that is. If you're not, then when did you know you were straight, bi, or bicurious? Was it your reaction to your first Judy Garland song? Vin Diesel movie? Weekend in Palm Springs? I'll tell you how I knew. As a 12-year-old, I felt vaguely sexual and kept looking at ... More >>
This is exceedingly difficult to narrow down, seeing as I'm gay, but my top 10 would no doubt have to include: Two heart wrenching Judy Garland films that turn people gay (The Wizard of Oz and Meet Me In St. Louis) Two flashy Kander and Ebb adaptations with bright makeup and dark underpinni ... More >>
Judy Garland's 1960's TV variety show often seemed to consist solely of outtakes. Judy appeared to be on the verge of semi collapse at times, though that usually made her rally and belt out a song brighter than ever, her trouper's invulnerability conquering all the physical and emotional realities ... More >>
"Join the Rainbow Pilgrimage" is the advertising slogan behind the attempt to make New York City into a lavender tourist destination this June when Gay Pride intersects with the 40th anniversary of Stonewall. "And what is Stonewall?" I hear anyone under a certain age (i.e., 90) asking. Well, it's t ... More >>
No one cares about Judy Garland anymore because Beyonce weirded up her memory with just 10-seconds' worth of "Over The Rainbow" at the Oscars. But one pair of the ruby slippers worn by Judy as she pranced to the Emerald City are gone, and attention must be paid! Thankfully, someone in Minnesota has ... More >>
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It turns out the immortal Judy Garland never really croaked (but please don't tell that to the gays who rioted all those years ago at Stonewall, making history partly because they were pissed that Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz was gone. They'll feel used.) On June 28, Judy Garland in Concert will pr ... More >>
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