|Leslie Caron in the 1958 film version of Gigi|
Sunday, March 31, 2013
|Jimmy keeps it simple at the Hit List rehearsal|
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
April 1--Lucky Guy opens
April 3--Lortel Award nominations for Off-Broadway announced
April 4--Kinky Boots opens
April 11-Matilda opens
April 14--Motown the Musical opens
April 15--The Nance opens
April 16--The Big Knife opens
April 17--The Assembled Parties opens
April 18--Jekyll & Hyde opens; Orphans opens (yes, two openings on one night because Shia LaBeouf left/quit/was fired from Orphans, delaying rehearsals)
April 21--Macbeth opens
April 22--Outer Critics Circle Awards nominations announced by Laila Robbins and Robert Cuccioli at the Friars Club press conference; Lortel nominees reception; The Testament of Mary opens.
April 23--The Trip to Bountiful opens
April 24--I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers opens
April 25--Pippin opens
April 26--Drama Desk Award nominees announced by Jan Maxwell and John Lloyd Young at 54 Below
April 30--Tony Award nominees announced, hosts and place TBA
May 1--Tony nominees press event
May 5--Lortel Awards at NYU Skirball Center
May 13--OCC winners announced by press release
May 19--Drama Desk Awards at Town Hall
May 20--Obie Awards at Webster Hall
May 23--OCC Awards presented at Sardi's
June 9--Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
|Max demonstrating his huge intellect |
on The Amazing Race
Monday, March 25, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
|One of the more exciting scenes on this week's Smash|
The only question now is how are they going to stretch the story out and create conflict for another ten episodes. Yes, America, ten freakin' episodes are left of Smash's sorry existence. Despite winning a GLAAD Media Award for Best Drama Series last week, NBC announced the show will be transferred from Tuesday nights to Saturdays, the traditional hospice for dying TV programs. As if to offer morphine to the expiring patient, the Peacock Network did say it would air all 17 episodes of this, the series' second season.
Monday, March 18, 2013
|Wynona and Chuck without the banjo music for once.|
Just like last week, the whole first segment was devoted to plotting and scheming in airports and travel agencies as everyone made their plans to fly from Bali to Hanoi. After learning that Dave and Connor are leaving the race because of Dave's bum leg, Pam, Winnie, Max, and Katie vow to U-turn any of the leftover JJs because they perceive them as a threat. I would have U-turned the hockey players because they are much more of a danger to everyone else, but the Max gang are still hung up on how evil John is, even when they find out he's been eliminated.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
The last comic book I bought was Adventure #421 from the days when Supergirl was the star of that series (1972). The front cover shows the Maid of Might beset by green demons with a blonde villainess pointing a flaming sword and screaming "You've tried to destroy us. Now, Supergirl, you must die!" In the issue's story "Demon Spawn," the baddie Nightflame is in fact the evil part of Supergirl herself who lives on a microscopic world inside the Blonde Blockbuster's head. She kidnaps Supergirl and brings her to this bizarre nightmarish place which is really the heroine's subconscious, with the intention of draining her superpowers and taking her place in the outside world. In a typically sexist choice, Supergirl is only saved by the love of a good man, Geoff, the producer of the TV news show where she works in her civilian identity of Linda Danvers. Geoff, who has no superpowers, somehow infiltrates Supergirl's mind and forces Nightflame and the Demons (sounds like a rock group, doesn't it?) to retreat.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
|Senator Rob Portman and his family|
GOP Ohio senator Rob Portman, one-time frontrunner to be Mittens' VP, tells CNN he has reversed his negative position on gay marriage, largely due to the fact that his son come out to him two years ago.
Openly gay Council President Christine Quinn announces she is running for mayor of NYC, the most important city in the country (yes, I said that!), and she actually has a strong chance of winning.
The Denver Post runs a front page photo of the gay Speaker of the Colorado House kissing his partner right on the mouth as civil union legislation is passed. There is a baby bottle on the desk by them for their child. A few right-wingers are highly offended, but the paper does not back down. I still don't get what's so offensive about two men or two women kissing. There was a conservative blog about this stating parents should not have to be forced to explain this shocking display of affection to their kiddies. I remember when I was in college working in the library in the early 80s. Some of the staff were discussing an upcoming gay pride parade and a guy said "Well, I hope no children happen to see it so they don't have to look at any men kissing." Actually, I overheard him say this and I didn't say anything, but it amazes me that there are still people who have a problem with same-gendered couples lip-locking.
A few speakers at this week's CPAC such as political scientist and author Charles Murray urges attendees to just shut up and deal with it. "With gay marriage, I think the train has left the station," he said. His argument was that younger people who might otherwise be interested in following the conservative movement are turned off by the bigoted, rigid hatred of gay folks and wanting to keep us as second-class citizens. At the same conference, Sen. Marco Rubio says just because he believes in "traditional" marriage--or a state's right to enforce it--that does not make him a bigot. Fifty years ago, people against interracial marriage probably said the same thing.
Friday, March 15, 2013
|Tim Gunn with Thunder Down Under on Project Runway|
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
|Hit List or La Boheme?|
Monday, March 11, 2013
|Mila Kunis and James Franco in Oz the Great and Powerful|
Oz received a decidedly mixed press, but was number one at the box office, raking in $180 million. A lot of my Facebook friends have given it negative reviews, but I'm still curious, mainly because it's in 3D and IMAX. I've only seen one picture in this double-format (Prometheus) and the experience was exciting, so I'm willing to risk some story shortcomings for visual thrills.
In other news, Tony winner Bartlett Sher is reportedly in talks with Clive Davis to direct the record mogul's projected revival of My Fair Lady. Davis says he wants Anne Hathaway and Colin Firth for the leads. I predicted Hathaway as a prime choice for Eliza before that news broke. But I said Sting for Higgins. This lead to speculation as to the rest of the cast--What would be your ideal MFL company? In addition to Hathaway and Firth, I would say Paxton Whitehead as Col. Pickering; Debra Monk as Mrs. Higgins; Jeremy Jordan as Freddy Enysford-Hill or if you want to get really crazy, Justin Timberlake; Jim Norton as Alfred P. Doolittle; Mary Testa as Mrs. Pearce; and me as Zoltan Karpathy, the role I played in two different high-school productions. What are your picks?
Sunday, March 10, 2013
|Jessica and John |
before the psychological breakdown
It all began back in Christ Church, New Zealand, with Dave with the pulled muscle and his son Connor coming in first place thanks to the second Express Pass Jessica and John finally gave to them. But they have to keep racing as this is a two-part, four-day leg, the longest in TAR history. Last week it was big cliffhanger as to whether or not they would continue, but they decided in like two seconds. Everyone else checks in rapid fire after that and we were deprived of the joy of seeing Max covered in shit from the dog-run obstacle course. Then we spend about ten minutes at airports and travel agencies. Note to the producer: edit out the ticketing sequences. It's boring and nobody cares.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
|The cast of Frasier. Which actors are gay, open or otherwise?|
Now that we can get married in 10 states, I wonder if the tearoom trade has significantly decreased. The reason we had sex in backrooms, toilets, and bathhouses, was that our coupling was seen as shameful by the public at large and therefore driven underground. One of the strongest arguments against gay rights was that we were all compulsive sex addicts with no morals or sense of family. Now that we can have families, is the unbridled world of backroom bars vanishing? Rawhide, the leather bar in Chelsea, is closing--though it is moving to the East Side. Will it still be as raunchy in a world that accepts and even condones gay marriage?
Friday, March 8, 2013
|Genevieve should have won King of the Nerds|
King of the Nerds ended with the wrong winner! Sorry, but Genevieve deserved to win over Celeste. She went to the Nerd-Off three times and beat experts in their fields--She beat Virgil at dancing, Alana at comic book trivia, and Moog at engineering. She led her team to victory. I didn't get the reasoning behind the votes for Celeste. She grew as a person? Oh give me a break! The good news is King of the Nerds will be back for a second season. And Danielle, who came in third, is a sore loser.
My stupid DVR did not record Project Runway. It only seems to do that with the high-defintion version of Lifetime TV shows. So I had to record the nonhigh-Def version of last week's episode with Joan Rivers in the 60-minute format and this week's high-school duct tape challenge. Haven't had a chance to look at it yet.
Over on Comic Book Men, the gang held an auction of a loyal customer's massive comic-book collection so he could pay off his medical bills. It's good to know if I ever need extra medical coverage, Superman and Batman can pay for it. At the auction, Walter was dressed as Martian Manhunter, but I had no idea who Mike was supposed to be.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
|Smash finally uses TV to its advantage |
in the "Public Relations" number
It all started so well with a great production number called "Public Relations" featuring Christian Borle playing multiple roles as Karen as Marilyn enters in an airplane for a press conference. (I actually saw the real flop Marilyn musical back in the 80s and I seem to recall a similar number.) This snazzy production number actually took advantage of being on TV in a way none of the other Smash songs have with Borle appearing as a slew of foreign journalists in funny wigs. I could suspend my disbelief about the Belasco being the house for Bombshell. It's too small for big lavish musical and Jerry, the avaricious new producer, would never consent to it if he wants to maximize his profit. He'd want a much bigger theater like the Minskoff or the Gershwin. But are we in the real world where Lion King and Wicked are still playing at those theaters? Is the St. James no longer available since Jordan Roth pulled it during the financial scandal in episode 1?
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
|Ann Harada in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella|
Photo by Carol Rosegg
Also I did a piece on flop Broadway shows for NewYork.com. I only included ten, but I'm sure there are many more you can recall.
More new musicals coming in--The Public Theater will be presenting a tuner version of The Fortress of Solitude, Jonathan Lethem's novel about two comic-book-obsessed boys growing up in 1970s Brooklyn. Itamar Moses (Back Back Back, Completeness) is writing the book and the songs are by Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson). The Public will present the musical during the 2014-15 season after it has played the Dallas Theatre Center. This is one of my favorite novels and it should be interesting to see how it translates to the stage with the comic-book elements.