The Broadway production of Rodgers Hammerstein's Cinderella is based on a property that originated with the 1957 TV version starring Julie Andrews as Cinderella. And it's on Youtube! The whole thing!
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It's Carrie Underwood who's officially going to be filling the wimple once worn by Mary Martin and Julie Andrews.
According to Peter Bart's book Infamous Players, it was Rock Hudson and Julie Andrews in the 1970 romantic spy drama Darling Lili. Writes Bart, who at the time was a junior executive faced with the job of looking at the rushes: "Their supposedly steamy love scene had as much fizzle as day-old beer ... More >>
Well, I'm Italian! (And she's half.) It's part of You Like Me!, a wacky revue in which an assortment of wonderfully offbeat performers re-enact classic acceptance speeches in all their weepy glory.
Darren Criss is attracting screaming Gleeks to How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and they're filling the seats once occupied by screaming Potterphiles. Which brings to mind the topic of Broadway replacements and how they fare in light of all the hoopla generated by the original star ... 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.
When it was announced that Ghost the musical would come to Broadway, hot on the heels of the current Sister Act, I realized, "That's two musicals based on Whoopi Goldberg movies!"
I see at least three Oscar winners in these silent but riveting home movies taken by Roddy McDowall in Malibu in the kicky '60s. There's Jane Fonda, Ruth Gordon, and Julie Andrews, and of course, Tammy Grimes and...
Over lunch, two friends and I were recently poring over a book of movie stars in drag, particularly marveling at the shot of Matthew Modine dressed like a girl in the 1983 comedy Private School. Well, I must have conjured him by sheer cinefile telepathy.
That is, if this was 1969--and I'm not convinced that it isn't. (5) Catherine Deneuve She looks like a French Barbie crossed with the Infant of Prague, her hair never moves, and she's so wry and chic that she struck me as the most brilliant import since crepes. My favorite movie: the screwb ... More >>
Remember my appearance in the show You Like Me, where I recreated Julie Andrews's immortal speech declining her Tony nomination for the Broadway version of Victor/Victoria? Well, above is the whole three minute video capturing it in all its breathy elegance. It's really fun or I wouldn't be sharin ... More >>
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.
It happened at the Laurie Beechman Theater last week. It was You Like Me, a show in which various performers acted out notorious trophy-clutching speeches made by golden folks like Meryl Streep (wickedly witty), Patti Lu Pone (mildly cantankerous), and Elaine Stritch (out of her mind). La Daily ... More >>
And that night is tonight! At the Laurie Beechman Theater at 9:30, Michael Schulman and Rachel Shukert are presenting "You Like Me: An Evening of Classic Acceptance Speeches," with an all-star cast of people serving lots and lots of gratitude. But I'll be reciting a classic anti-acceptance ... 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 >>
Nanny McWhatever Emma Thompson is writing a new version of My Fair Lady, and while talking about it in interviews, she's been taking the opportunity to deride fellow Oscar winner Audrey Hepburn, who starred in the original film version. Thompson calls the screen legend "twee, mumsy, and real ... More >>
Oscar winning goodie-good Julie Andrews didn't want to play Steve Carrell's mother in the animated film Despicable Me. Not at first, anyway. See, Carrell voices the villainous Gru, and Jules was offered the vocal role of his overpowering shrew of a horrible mother. It's as far from Mary Pop ... 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?
What's the first movie you ever saw in an actual theater? My answer will date myself, but it's nice to date somebody. It was The Sound of Music! And I adored it! It had everything I turned out to need in a film--scenery, music, puppets, lederhosen, Julie Andrews, and Nazi hating! And I g ... More >>
I'll tell you some I feel deserve better reps. *The Sound of Music Yes, I know the 1965 musical won Oscars and made shitloads of money, but some critics (and costar Christopher Plummer) look down on it as if it were nothing but hokey treacle. But the film works for me, from the second you se ... More >>
Leaf peeper map of NYS (the Catskills reach peak leaf) The big news this weekend is openhousenewyork weekend, which opens up sites around New York for tours and events, all free. The upside: all free. The downside: a lot of the events are already filled up. You can find programs that are st ... More >>
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