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This Week’s Friday Night Videos: New Broadway Does Old Broadway

I kind of enjoy playing on YouTube on a Friday evening….

This evenings theme is:  Old Show Tunes by New Stars:  A New Generation Does Broadway:

First up, Kyle Dean Massey, who was in “Next to Normal” a couple of seasons ago doing an old Anthony Newly/ Sammy Davis Jr song:

Cheyenne Jackson and Kate Baldwin, from a wonderful production of “Finian’s Rainbow” that we saw on Broadway a couple of years ago:

Idina Menzel does two Barbra classics from “Funny Girl”:

I’m not sure people realize how heavily “Glee” pulls talent from Broadway….

Here is Matthew Morrison, “Pre-Glee”, in the wonderful revival of “South Pacific”:

One of my favorite new Broadway Stars, Kelli O’Hara:

And let’s close with “Glee’s” Chris Colfer living every theatre queen’s dream and doing “Rose’s Turn” from “Gypsy”:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Broadway Birthdays-Tommy Tune and Bernadette Peters

The stars must really align for Broadway stardom for people born on this day…

Two all time Broadway greats born today 11 years apart:

Tommy Tune is 74 today:

 

And Bernadette Peters gets her first Social Security check next month.  She’s 65 today:

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you haven’t gotten your loved one a gift yet, here is some timeless advice from the Goddess of Valentine’s Day…

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Lucille Ball: Hey, Look Her Over

People forget Lucy could do more than situation comedy….

Doing “Mame” when she was way too old for the part kind of killed memories of how good she could be as a Song and Dance gal…

Not one of the greats, but very, very good and it provides proof of her abilities as an all around entertainer…

I think she still played her musical talent better on television- God knows, her movie of “Mame” was a mess….

Here are a couple of clips for entertainment on a rainy Saturday night- at least that’s the weather here in North Carolina…

From her Broadway show “Wildcat”, “Hey Look Me Over” with Steve Lawrence on TV:

With Shirley Maclaine from her TV Special “Gypsy in My Soul” (Which I really wish would come out on DVD….)

And from a Bob Hope Special:

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The Revolutionary Costume for Today

Being a Gay man who is both a Southern boy and a W&L boy, I spend a lot of time worrying about clothes and appearances….

I try not to, but I can’t help it….

When I went to my first Gay Pride Rally/March years ago, my biggest worry was what to wear?  Especially, since I didn’t even own a t-shirt back then-and still rarely wear jeans.  Ralph Lauren seemed a bit much for the event, but I think I wore it anyway….

And we somehow ended up marching with “The Women of the Land” who were Lesbians who were into simple living in a natural environment.  They were not wearing Ralph, but they were real sweet and we got along just fine….

Anyway, here is some  advice from Little Edie from “Grey Gardens”, the musical.  This was a flawed show, but I still saw it twice in New York.  Once off-Broadway and again on Broadway.  Christine Ebersole really earned her Tony….

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Gigi is 80: Happy Birthday Leslie Caron

Leslie Caron made a lot of films, but she’ll always be “Gigi” to me.

 

 

And that girl from “An American in Paris”.

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‘Lysistrata Jones’ Musical May Come to Broadway

Looks like the show Steve and I saw in a Church Gym last Friday is heading for the Big Time- Broadway!

We both saw “Spring Awakening” when it was being done off-Broadway in a converted Church then again on Broadway.  I saw “Grey Gardens” off-Broadway and again once it transferred to The Great White Way.  Steve saw “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” at the Public before Broadway.  It’s so cool to see these great off-Broadway shows transfer.

“Lysistrata Jones” is really, really good.  I hope it makes it on Broadway.

From the NY Post:

That “new translation” is, of course, his new musical, “Lysistrata Jones,” a modern twist on Aristophanes’ comedy about Greek wives who force their husbands to negotiate peace during the Peloponnesian war by withholding sex.

It was a big hit in 411 B.C., packing them in for years at the Theater Dionysus, a Nederlanderious house, and winning the Tonyiod that year for Best Play.

Beane’s version, running at the Judson Memorial Church until Friday, is a hit as well. The Post’s Elisabeth Vincentelli called it “a terrific splash of summer fun,” while the Times’ Ben Brantley said it was “effervescent and tasty.”

(Sounds like Ben was hitting the retsina again.)

And now comes word that the show will move to Broadway in the fall.

Alan Wasser, a general manager who oversees such long-running hits as “The Phantom of the Opera,” has quietly been hunting around for theaters. He’s got his eye, I’m told, on the Broadhurst or the Walter Kerr.

The budget is said to be between $6 million and $7 million.

Set in Athens, Ga., Beane’s “Lysistrata Jones” is about a group of high school cheerleaders who refuse to sleep with the members of the basketball team until they start winning games. The musical has no stars, which could be a drawback on Broadway. However, the bright young cast is winning, and Liz Mikel, as a saucy goddess, is likely to find herself in a good seat at next year’s Tonys.

So, I hope, will Beane.

via ‘Lysistrata Jones’ musical may come to Broadway in the fall – NYPOST.com.

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New York Diary: Part 2: Lysistrata Jones, A Motherf@cker, Diana Sands and Roses from Howard McGillin

I started my second day in New York on Fifth Avenue.  I had forgotten how much Fifth Avenue got on my nerves now…

Like most of Mid Town Manhattan, between 40th and 50th Streets, Fifth Avenue is now just like part of Branson, Missouri or Myrtle Beach South, Carolina.  It is tourist hell.

New York has become entirely too safe.  I really am starting to miss the days when the only time you saw teenagers in Times Square was if they were there to turn tricks or buy drugs.  That would be vastly preferable to slack jawed idiots who stop cold on the side walk to gape at the tall buildings.  Or families who leisurely stroll up the side walks four or six abreast.   It’s really country come to town time….

Broadway really is starting to reflect this more and more each season.  There’s just not a lot on Broadway that I want to see- or put up with the tourists to see.

Even though I loved “Catch Me If You Can”, I still had to put up with five or six cretinous teenage girls sitting behind us talking and periodically noisily unwrapping food through the whole show.  That’s why they are putting on junk shows like “Spiderman”, “The Adams Family”, “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” and “Sister Act”.  It’s all for this crowd.

There is a big difference in both the quality of the shows and the quality of the audience once you go off-Broadway.

That’s one of the reasons I loved seeing “Lysistrata Jones” down in the East Village Friday night.  It was in a Church Gym and had a real New York audience.  Real New York audiences don’t applaud the scenery and they loved “Lysistrata Jones”.  As did we.  It is a modern re-telling of the Greek play “Lysistrata” where the women withheld sex to stop the war.  In this version, cheerleaders withhold sex in order to get their slacker basketball player boyfriends to actually try to win a game.  It was a musical.  It was wonderful.  It reminded us of a mix of “Glee”, “Xanadu” and a touch of “Spring Awakening”.

Saturday was a full day with three shows.

First up was “The Motherf@cker with the Hat”.  This was nominated for multiple Tony Awards and deserved them all.  It was a comedy about addiction.  Addiction to drugs, addiction to sex, addiction to the past, addiction to people…Amazing performances.

Having not seen “Jerusalem”, I would have voted Bobby Cannavale the Best Actor Tony award.  He was amazing.  Chris Rock was very good.  The set was amazing.  The play was amazing.  I’m so glad we saw it.  It’s so rare to see a really good new play on Broadway…

We went from there to my partner Steve Willis’ play reading.  It was an almost sold out house for his play “Diana Sands”.  It was a new version of the play and it was very well received.  It was a great time.  Good people, good audience, good play.  We’ll see where it goes from here…

We cabbed it uptown from there  to see the off Broadway show “The Best is Yet to Come”, the new musical review of Cy Coleman’s songs.  Great cast of Broadway veterans including Lillias White, Howard McGillin, Rachel York, David Burnham, Natascia Diaz and Billy Stritch.  Great audience of New Yorkers and not tourists.

We had seen Lillias in her Tony Award winning performance in Cy Coleman’s “The Life” and it was great to see her recreate her  show stopping number again.  She’s an amazing performer.  Rachel York was beautiful and delivered some great moments.  The rest of the cast was delightful.

Howard McGillin has always been one of our favorites.  We love his CD/Album and play it frequently.  He’s spent most of the last 15 years going in and out of “Phantom of the Opera” where he’s played the lead more than any other actor.  Something like 17 million performances….

He’s much more than that…It was great to see him up close and personal from the third row of a very small theatre.  He is so good…and aging very well.

At the end of one song, he threw a rose into the audience.  It landed in my lap.  Several elderly New York women now hate me…

A rose from Howard McGillin is not a bad way to end a Saturday night in New York.

It’s even better ending the evening by going back to a comfortable hotel with Steve Willis and knowing there is more to do on Sunday, one of my favorite days in New York…

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Happy Birthday, Marilyn Monroe….and Andy Griffith.

She would have been 85 today- just like Andy Griffith.

Talk about a Birthday Odd Couple…

I’ll compare and contrast below…

Here’s my favorite Marilyn Clip:

And here is my favorite Andy Griffith movie- yes, movie.  He did more than television and Mayberry…

He was great in this one and I’ve run this trailer several times…

I like to think of it as “The Glenn Beck Story”…

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Happy Birthday, Barbra Streisand and Shirley MacLaine

Two icons were born today:  Barbra Streisand is 69 and Virginia’s own Shirley MacLaine is 77….

Of course, I have to put up a couple of clips:

A little prime Streisand:

And a little MacLaine:

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