No, it wasn't exactly a solo. Or a featured bit. Or even the usual ensemble. I was part of a massive chorus of 300 or so people singing harmony behind Tony nominee Andrea Martin on her big song "No Time At All." And we soared! This was done in an uptown hall yesterday, as presided over by Time Out ... More >>
Shuler Hensley displays a fat man's tragic sorrows
This week, thousands of Mormons are meeting up in Upstate New York for what's called the Hill Cumorah Pageant. Of course, the pageant is getting a little extra attention this year, and not just because 2012 marks the fest's 75th anniversary. G.O.P. presidential contender Mitt Romney is Mormon, an ... More >>
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Like Big Love, except theatrical
Robert Jeffress, the evangelical megachurch pastor who introduced Rick Perry at the Voter Values Summit yesterday, has publicly questioned Mitt Romney's faith. Politico reports that when asked whether Mitt Romney was a Christian, Jeffress said, "No." Jeffress added, "That is a mainstream view, that ... More >>
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This very week, my column has a blind item about an actor/director who broke up with a Wicked chorus boy, only to take up with the Pal Joey guy, who broke up with an ex Chicago cast member. I also said that the Chicago guy is now a pair with that Book of Mormon star. Well, at the Tonys toni ... More >>
Click here to read my column in which I talk to the stars and creators of The Book of Mormon about the volatile and hilarious musical that's uplifted the whole season while a certain superhero faltered right out of the sky a tiny bit.
The dramatics! The emoting! The singing and dancing and screeching for the back row! I'm talking about what's going to happen when the Tony nominations are announced tomorrow morning. My final (and 100% correct) predictions are: BEST PLAY Jerusalem War Horse Good People Motherf**k ... More >>
Well, someone who plays a Mormon. In, you know, The Book of Mormon. It's Andrew Rannells, who every night brings some interesting ideology to Uganda, thoughtfully pausing to sing the showstopping power ballad "I Believe."
Yes, Today show host Kathie Lee Gifford and I are the focal points of the print campaign for the smash Broadway musical The Book of Mormon! That's the one about Mormons going to Uganda and spreading lies, which results in the Ugandan natives putting on a fabulous musical revue!
The South Park guys whip up an unstable mix of grim facts and showbiz hoopla
I'm quite certain that The Book of Mormon is the only current Broadway musical with the song lyric, "Fuck you, God, in your ass, mouth, and cunt--and the eye!" And I defy anyone to get offended. Except Mormons. The show--done by the South Park guys with the help of an Avenue Q writer--manag ... More >>
Book of Mormon No, that's not me talking. I don't believe in God, so why on earth would I tell Her to fuck off? It happens to be a line from The Book of Mormon, the reportedly wacky musical by the South Park guys that just started previews on Broadway.
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A new Pew Forum study about religion informs us that many of us actually don't know what we're talking about in that arena, including many of us who actually purport to be religious. A range of religious and general questions were given to atheists/agnostics, Jews, Protestants, Catholics, and ... More >>
Alas, Mexicans are not a lost tribe of Israel
Remember the other day, when we heard about New York playwright Neil LaBute's new play, which may or may not be about the Mormon religion, which he was basically tossed out of? LaBute doesn't exactly mince words in his plays, but what's now coming to Broadway will likely make whatever he has ... More >>
In the canon of modern New York playwrights, Neil LaBute's dramedies about how awful people are (or rather, how fucking awful people are, as Voice critic Rob Weinert-Kendt once called him "American theater's reigning misanthrope") are pretty essential. He's also, notably, one of the few incre ... More >>
Saying that all Mormons hate on the gays is basically the same as saying that all Muslims are terrorists or all gays are pervs who should never be allowed to marry. It's a gross generalization that doesn't really help anybody in the greater scheme of things. I'm sure there are wonderfully loving Mor ... More >>
This had to happen! The Universal Free Church is calling for a national petition drive to allow gay marriage and to ban Mormon marriage! (That should even things out. Otherwise, the chapels will be way overbooked.) Like so many people out there, they feel the Mormons have a right to say whatever the ... More >>
photos by Julie Bolcer Thousands demonstrated in front of the Manhattan Mormon Temple Wednesday evening to denounce the church's anti-gay stances, then marched toward Columbus Circle to spotlight efforts to legalize gay marriage in New York. NYPD officers on the scene placed Wednesday's crowd betw ... More >>
Michael Musto really stepped in it yesterday when he pointed out on his blog that tomorrow evening there will be a peaceful protest outside the Manhattan Mormon Temple on Columbus Avenue at 65th Street (6:30 pm, bring a sign!). Commenters went after Musto for suggesting that protesting the Mormon C ... More >>
This is the invite of the year: "LGBT New Yorkers and Straight Allies Please Join Us... Wednesday, November 12, 6:30-8:00pm at New York Manhattan Mormon Temple, 125 Columbus Ave at 65th Street Tens of thousands of our brothers and sisters are in the streets in California and Salt Lake City and ... More >>
Those wacky Mormons and their mandate to love illegals
Hackneyed drama re-enacts the Mountain Meadows massacre
Hackneyed drama re-enacts the Mountain Meadows massacre
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Clueless documentarian charts transformation of former Dolls bassist to Latter-Day Saint
Indie Mormon Cinema Attempts a Mainstream Conversion
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