You don’t have to be gay to enjoy the staggeringly entertaining and wildly campy clips I’ve compiled for you, but it helps.
Simply click on the links and you’ll see:
Joan Crawford/Cyd Charisse, “Two Faced Woman” (narrated by Debbie Reynolds, of course). This defies description. Must be seen to be disbelieved. We’re talking blackface!
Raquel Welch, “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In”. Astrological dancers climb the Mexican pyramids as Raquel spins ever so slightly.
Jennifer Holliday, “And I Am Telling You…” (This is the music video of the song. Yes, there was a music video. Deep breath.)
Dorothy Loudon, “Broadway Baby”. Dottie stole the Tony awards with this outrageously fun rendition. Her remark to Sondheim is priceless as are her repeated shouts of “key change!”
Ann-Margret, chocolate sauce scene (from Tommy). Chocolate has never been wasted so entertainingly. Annie was the original Britney Spears. And she got Oscar nominated!
Carol Channing, “Skidoo” title song. Skid mark is more like it. I’m the only one alive who feels this film is watchable.
Diana Ross, “Leading Ladies” medley. The biggest hats in the history of television. This number made me want to be a Broadway leading lady–and now I am!
“I’ll Plant My Own Tree” from Valley of the Dolls (Susan Hayward, voiced by Margaret Whiting). Watch out for that swinging mobile, Sue!
Bette Davis, “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?”. A jagged little pop song that’s not in the movie–thank God.
Debbie Reynolds, “If I Had a Hammer”. If this doesn’t stir your soul, you’re not human. Debbie does earnestness better than anyone.
Natalie Wood, “You’re Gonna Hear From Me” from Inside Daisy Clover. They somehow made old Hollywood look glam rock-ish. But the mishmosh of periods somehow soars–literally.