Not long ago, I told you how a trip to my beloved Marie's Crisis piano bar at 59-Grove Street turned into a nightmare when I faced a long line of bachelorettes and other unlikely types waiting to get in. What's more, when I finally made it inside, some new door person slash coat check guy told me to ... More >>
A Star Is Born has been redone even more times than my living room.
(See below for previous versions.)
And the throbbingly emotional show biz tale, filled with music and suicide, was set to be done one more time, with chair-talker Clint Eastwood directing and Beyonce starring.
But the singer had ... More >>
It was inevitable, people.
I'm going to be gracing a Broadway stage and I'll be positioned right next to Judy Garland herself in the form of Tracie Bennett, who won a Tony nomination for portraying the legend in Peter Quilter's End of the Rainbow.
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 >>
I am not making this up!
Borough President Scott M. Stringer honored me and three others at a Pride celebration last night at Onegin restaurant, and while doing so, he gave me an honest-to-God plaque saying June 11 is Michael Musto Appreciation Day in Manhattam!
I felt like running into the street ... More >>
The late Judy Garland would have turned 90 yesterday, so Liza Minnelli sent out a message:
"Today is a day for celebration. We celebrate the privilege of having had Mama touch all of our lives. She left us with so many feelings we never would have discovered about our self until she exquisitely tra ... More >>
Recently, I ran a letter from 22-year-old actor Jason Wise, fuming at a Times article which implied that Judy Garland's legacy is lost on the young, who'd supposedly rather follow the yellow brick road to more current divas.
The original article spun off from a viewing of End of the Rainbow, the Br ... More >>
In Albert Nobbs, Glenn Close (above) convincingly plays a woman who dresses like a man in order to nab some employment in 19th-century Ireland.
But it's the kind of stunt that can also nab you awards consideration.
Mixing origami and impersonation in inspiring ways, Venice-born Ennio Marchetto just brought his show Ennio: The Living Paper Cartoon to the New York Musical Theatre Festival. (I saw the final show of his run last night, but I hear he'll be back like a human parcel.)
Ennio serves up a dizzying seri ... More >>
Happy Pride month!
To celebrate, let's name the five gayest songs ever written--chosen because the LGBTS love 'em, not necessarily because they have specifically gay content in them:
(5) "The Man That Got Away"--sung by Judy Garland
When it was used by no fewer than two acts in the recent ... More >>
Tammy Blanchard plays Hedy La Rue in the How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying revival, and got Tony nominated for it, while star Daniel Radcliffe was famously omitted.
Well, at the nominees meet-and-greet today, the talented Blanchard--whom you know as y ... More >>
I just heard the sound of 10 million gays of a certain age plotzing.
But let me explain.
Stay All Night--a documentary exploring Judy Garland's legendary performance at Carnegie Hall (the April 23rd, 1961 show)--has just gone into pre-production.
Our lips AREN'T sealed about the fact that former Go-Go's singer Belinda Carlisle has a 17-year-old gay son named James Duke Mason.
He's got the beat--and he's also got a photo spread with mom in the January issue of the British gay magazine Attitude.
Way before the current batch of bullet-spitting comics, Denis Leary was emitting blistering barbs in between puffs of a cig, as everyone laughed while covering their heads.
And he's still at it. Check out this interview, where the Rescue Me star goes after Susan Boyle:
As the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion approaches on June 28, let's not forget that one of the subtexts in the air as that revolutionary moment in gay liberation took place was that the great diva Judy Garland had recently passed on, and the gays were understandably annoyed about it.
Skylar Deleon, the one-time costar of the immortal Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, has been handed the death sentence because he killed a couple, supposedly to get money to finance his own sex change operation. Thanks, a lot, Skylar! You have shamefully joined the hordes of LGBT criminals who have rui ... More >>
I really enjoy Kristen Wiig, the Saturday Night Live comic who specializes in needy, neurotic, attention-grabbing weirdos who play with their hair and shatter you with their voices. The material Wiig's given may be uneven, but she's always willing to take wild chances, from her excitable Target la ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesMarch 22, 1962, Vol. VII, No. 22WowBy Jerry TallmerI am afraid this is going to be strong language -- if not so strong as some which it will arouse -- but I feel violated, dirtied by "ISLE OF CHILDREN," a slop-opera by Robert L. Joseph at the Cor ... More >>
Our country needs a pick-me-up song right now, and I think I've found it. It's Judy Garland's version of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," done on her 1960s TV variety show in order to inspire a distraught nation after the assassination of JFK. We've been shot in the groin lately by economics and ... More >>
This week's installment of Hugs and Kisses from Brisbane-based Everett True comes a few days early. Only nine more months until ATP NY [sigh].
Hugs and Kisses
The Down Under Outbursts of Everett True
This week: ATP Australia
ATP Australia is nearly upon us--and man, it's nice to be feeling ... More >>