Sorry James Franco, this Oz is neither great nor powerful
A Philly queen comes to NYC
"You're the Negro-est white man I done ever met," Ethel Waters said to composer Harold Arlen, according to a revue I just saw called The Wonderful Wizard of Song--The Music of Harold Arlen. Arlen created indelible hits for stars like Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland (whom he controversially dated whe ... More >>
There was no night off for fans last Friday, even though Barbra Streisand's two Brooklyn concerts were Thursday and Saturday. Friday was the night they held "Hello, Gorgeous!"--a musical tribute to Babs at Kaye Playhouse, benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Barbra the perfectionist would ... More >>
If he's dead, he won't have to watch this show
I MC'd a Talkback after last night's performance of End of the Rainbow, in which Tracie Bennett gives a volcanically energetic performance as declining legend Judy Garland. And as herself, Tracie was raw, insightful, and very funny. When asked about her career, she joked, "I started as a hooker!"
The actor comes back to theater with Bullet for Adolf
Playwrights Horizons was filled to capacity for The Night of 1000 Judys, a combo concert/comedy show benefiting the Ali Forney Center. Host Justin Sayre--who's sort of Oscar Wilde meets Whoopi Goldberg--was hilarious, with his offhand monologues about the need for Judy Garland worship (and any othe ... More >>
Once again, feel-good battles artsinessfor the Antoinettes
It's been nearly a week since same-sex marriage supporters announced they have 31 out of 32 pledged votes toward passing the Marriage Equality Bill. However, Capital Tonight just tweeted that a 32nd, unidentified Senator has been confirmed. Others, like the NYCLU, are claiming there is a 32nd ... More >>
On Tuesday in New York City, Ann Coulter explained to a room full of homosexuals, gathered for GOProud's "Homocon," why they cannot get married: marriage "is not a civil right - you're not black," she said, according a report this weekend from Politico. "Blacks must be looking at the gays say ... More >>
Swing-dancing, Fringe-watching, Montauk-visiting—almost relaxing
That's what Mrs. Minnelli, Judy Garland, thought, according to the new book about the illustrious director, A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli by Mark Griffin. During the filming of 1948's The Pirate, Judy was a complete mess who didn't always show up on ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 22, 1966, Vol. XII, No. 10 Pop Bag By Richard Goldstein This is going to be a cop-out column of short ends and gristle. I hope you find it digestible: Judy Collins' transition from Joan Baez's kid sister to Barbra Streisand ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. October 6, 1966, Vol. XI, No. 51 WJT, a Drugged Starter In an Unchallenging Race By Bernard Lefkowitz This is for all the old Post guys who once had to call Judy Garland's agent at three in the morning. Relax. Be cool. The egg creams ... More >>
Who knew three days of peace & music would oppress us for 40 years? (Plus: this movie)
At Splash, the showtunes must go on.
The year in picturespictures of me!
The great Diana Ross recorded "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" with the Temptations, but on a Hollywood Palace show done circa 1969, she performed it with another Motown legend, Stevie Wonder, making for a relaxed yet exciting combo complete with a lovely improvisational-sounding coda and some nice acce ... More >>
In the cabaret, shots of Bachardy (with Isherwood chasers). Plus, glory holes—do ask and do tell.
Idol's Carrie channels Christ in Atlantic City. In do-me heels. Get real (like David Hyde Pierce).
Cosmic commies, Christian rockers, and gay Republicans at the 13th annual NYUFF
The very best of the year's best-ofs for your economical holiday-gift-giving convenience
Oscar Declares War on the War
Make Yourself a Spectacle
Sticking to His Hired Guns
When I asked Jane Horrocks if she's a gay man trapped in a woman's body, she said, 'No! If so, I haven't discovered it!'
A Winter Movie Preview
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Mark Dendy Celebrates His Inner Drag Queens