Those thoughts were articulated by a show biz legend, explaining why she feels she's one of the last vaudeville stars: "I don't think it's because people aren't as talented," she said. "I think it's because it's the nature of the game now. "It [used to] take years to become a really polished star, ... More >>
Last night, eternal wit Fran Lebowitz was quizzed by Wickham Boyle (and audience members asking their own questions) in the Surrey Hotel's Presidential suite as the centerpiece of a salon hosted by Watch! magazine. At one point, Lebowitz was asked what she thinks of Hugh Jackman. She didn't pause ... More >>
Bob Fosse's landmark 1972 movie of Cabaret--which was deemed so swirlingly brilliant it beat The Godfather for the Best Director Oscar--will be shown for free at the Ziegfeld, where it originally premiered, on January 31. And some pretty special people are coming, namely Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey ... More >>
The holidays are made for the crazy
This past summer, Liza Minnelli made a sensation by appearing as a guest star for Alan Cumming at a couple of shows at Cherry Grove's Ice Palace, produced by Daniel Nardicio. The gays of a certain age hadn't been so stimulated since Liza's mama played Carnegie Hall. And that wasn't the last excite ... More >>
Yes, that's what Liza Minnelli told New York Times's Jacob Bernstein. But that's just when she's not being hit by a follow spot. Here's her full statement: "From the waist up, I'm Dorothy's daughter. From the waist down, I'm the Tin Man's kid. I feel about 112. Until I hit that stage, and ... More >>
As I wrote, Liza Minnelli just performed at Cherry Grove's Ice Palace, and the whole town was buzzing with excitement, including other island guests like Wanda Sykes and Neil Sedaka. And I got some glimmers of insight into Liza. Someone who had dinner with her on the island told me: "She's always ... More >>
I'll list some currently alive siblings (or semi-siblings) and I'll highlight my favorite of each bunch by putting them in boldface. You tell me your own personal faves in these same groupings. Break the rules and you're no sister of mine. Toni Braxton....Her sisters Joey Luft.....Lorna Luft, ... More >>
Surely you know the song "Some People" from the musical Gypsy. Oh, you're straight and under 50?
"Lies! Lies! Liza Minnelli!" "Husband material? Honey, he was has-been material!" "You know who make really good boyfriends? Prisoners. You always know where they are."
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 >>
It's up to you, Liza Minnelli
It's on the 13th floor of Resorts' Ocean Tower, but here's hoping that won't be an unlucky roll of the dice. Resorts' LGBT marketing man Joel Ballesteros sent a bunch of us there this weekend for the gala opening, which started with a performance of the old-school drag revue "Believe--Divas ... More >>
The week that was in music: "Weird Al" Yankovic made Lady Gaga blink. Beyoncé overloaded everyone's eardrums. Fleetwood Mac is in rock critics' comfort zone.
Drive-in fun, no car needed
You know how in New York we just walk on by the celebrities who walk among us, sometimes ignoring them completely, sometimes peering at them out of the corner of our eye so they don't notice, because, really, celebrities? Whatever. Such was the case, reports DNA Info, for Mohamed Elsaka, the ... More >>
As Keith Olbermann prepares to move to Current TV, let's reminisce about the naughty things I used to say to him on air--utterances that would make him simultaneously blush and egg me on. Here are the cutest/bawdiest:
Liza courtesy Warner Bros/Angsana show by Sharyn JacksonFarah Angsana or Liza Minnelli?I went to my first-ever Fashion Week show today, and it went above and beyond my wildest expectations. I'd assumed I'd be spotted as an imposter immediately: I don't belong in the same space as women who we ... More >>
They must be! After all, three of their picks for Worst Supporting Actress of the year happen to be huge gay icons. Cher is up for Burlesque
Liza! The gayest night since Stonewall! Some plays are already dead.
All in one week! CLICK HERE for my new column in which I go all old school and infiltrate a very intimate concert by Liza Minnelli, a private dinner for Sinatra Family Estate wines, hosted by the delicious Nancy Sinatra, and a Friars Club tribute to Jerry Lewis, whose wacky comedy I'm a big ... More >>
via WikipediaI'll start this one: Cher Betty White Liza Minnelli Bindi Irwin Any more?
Aging disgracefully, the franchise struggles to stay forever young
A new doc about legendary designer Halston, which is making the festival rounds, has a sound bite from beloved Liza Minnelli, saying she and Halston didn't care much about the drug use going on at Studio 54; they'd run out the back door so they could go home and get up early for work. Sounds ... More >>
Several years ago at a French film luncheon, I was introduced to Anouk Aimee, the beautiful star of such classic art flicks as A Man and a Woman and 8 1/2. I was thrilled to meet the woman because she'd made an impact on my cineastic history and she'd always seemed so glamorously aloof, as i ... More >>
M'hammed Soumayah, variously described as a chaffeur, bodyguard, and right-hand man to Liza Minnelli, has settled a sexual harassment suit against the Cabaret star. He alleged that she threatened to fire him from his $238,000-a-year job if he did not sleep with him, so he did, and claimed to ... More >>
Like to gamble online? Political odd couples like Barney Frank and Al D'Amato are fighting for your right to do so. Meanwhile James Giordano made millions via internet gambling, and wound up in prison. So... do you feel lucky? Graham Rayman has the story. Tom Robbins has previously covered t ... More >>
Or "girlfriend"? Or "partner" or "human blow-up toy" or whatever freaking term you choose? Face it--it's a very delicate dance we play in relationships, both players terrified to introduce the other as a boyfriend/girlfriend until it's totally appropriate.
Can you tell me how to get to Court Street?
Yes, he most surely was, as reported in this week's column [CLICK HERE], which is more packed with good stuff than a circuit queen's butt at the Black Party. Read this invigorating opus and you will also learn about:
The Tony Management Committee has stopped letting critics vote on the Tony Awards for achievements in Broadway theater, on the grounds that the reviewers have a conflict of interest -- as opposed to actual theater artists and producers who, we guess, monkishly abstain from allowing personal relation ... More >>
You have to believe me on this one, folks! I've discovered a biological woman who impersonates Liza Minnelli, and she's convincing nonetheless! It's in this week's column [CLICK HERE], along with Elaine Stritch's performance in New Jersey; Florent's comeback; Patricia Field's good works; and a mo ... More >>
Katie KiehnWhich Hollywood spawn do you feel for with the most passion? Which one has the largest talent, whether it was acquired genetically, environmentally, or--it happens--on her own? Which one is the farthest from a charity case and would have actually made it without having had a world-famous ... More >>
Some guy's leg and foot on the subway, via twitpic. We love Mary Louise Parker as much as anybody, maybe more, but find it hard to credit her claim that she was "goaded" into a nude scene in an (upcoming!) episode of Weeds and is "bitter" about it. She's, like, naked in everything. Here is a practic ... More >>
In 1975, when Gwen Verdon hurt herself and had to drop out of the original production of Chicago for a while, Liza Minnelli valiantly stepped in and dazzled alongside Gwen's costar Chita Rivera. This photo of the three divas together makes me very happy and all that jazz, so I thought I'd share it w ... More >>
Sometimes you troll around YouTube (well, I do) and come up with something so unspeakably fabulous/appalling that you can't even assess it in words. But I'm supposed to be a writer or something, so let me strap on my feathery thinking chapeau and give it a try. This clip is a cover of "My Way" done ... More >>
Ron Lewis directs Liza's at the Palace . . . !
And Karen Finley will tell you why
It's been almost a week since the Tony awards and Broadway queens are still nattering on about whether South Pacific's dreamy Paulo Szot is gay (and whether I have a szot with him). Here are the clues: On the telecast, he was sitting next to a fairly good looking guy. When he was introduced by the u ... More >>
Finley's 9-11 Liza; Jordan's Search for Normalcy