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Jun 23 2018
Intergenerational Lust & Love + Four-Legged Madonna + Teen Choice Goes Gay + Death Of A Gay-Rights Legend + Kathy Hearts Stormy + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

Above: Matthew Crawford makes a funny, then makes it wearable.

Below: Calvin Klein's love life comes to Broadway, Teen Choice goes gay, this bitch (okay, it's a boy) is Madonna, Madonna's bi love letter,  death of a gay-rights legend, Book of Love came to town, and more ...

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Jun 19 2018
Lean Guys — A Review Of BROADWAY BARES: GAME NIGHT Comments (0)

DSC07186_newJena VanElslander strips Henry Byalikov in “Pinball” (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

Father's Day wouldn't be Father's Day without another installment of Broadway Bares, the annual burlesque event founded by the great Jerry Mitchell to raise cash for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. DSC07109_new

Joe Beauregard at left

Even though I'm old enough to be the dad of a large percentage of the dancers, I suppose I can look at them as “zaddies,” or just use the millennial “dad” for anyone hot, regardless of whether they're 18 or 80. (They're usually not 80.)

Buncha Sexy Broadway Bares Posts HERE!

This year's show, Broadway Bares: Game Night, riffed on a theme of classic games — sometimes board (Clue, Battleship), never boring — on its way to raising a whopping $1,875,090 at two standing-room-only performances at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The event was all fun and games, but left out the childhood favorite Risk in favor of encouraging audience members to instead play it safe sexually. 

DSC07519_newIn a Pitfall-inspired sketch called “Video Games,” Matthew Skrincosky was champing at the bit!

Less a game of chance than a game of dance, Game Night was packed with players, strokes of luck, and oodles of team effort.

Yes, You Can Buy This Shit on DVD!!!

It all paid off with a series of performances as successful artistically as they were financially — and all for a good cause ...

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Jun 15 2018
Wanda Sykes On Roseanne Barr Exit + Darren Criss's Nude Highlights + Student Bullies Lesbian Out Of The Classroom + Matt Bomer & Andrew Rannells Kiss Cam + Gabbana Still Revolting + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

Above: I hope you already know about Matt Skrincosky, one of the best-looking and biggest-hearted guys in NYC. If you don't, investigate. And help him out!

Below: Keep reading for Wanda Sykes breaking her silence on Roseanne Barr, Darren Criss on nudity, and much more ...

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May 31 2018
Mean Boys: A Review Of THE BOYS IN THE BAND On Broadway Comments (0)

5-Boys-in-the-BandLives of the party (All images — except for Maria, what've you got against her? — by Joan Marcus)

Many things have been written about The Boys in the Band, Mart Crowley's acidic, unsparing look at the jousting within a circle of gay friends attending a 32nd birthday party, and opinions have swung widely from “groundbreaking” to “retrograde.” Some of the gay men old enough to be activists when it bowed treated it like anti-gay propaganda, while some younger gay men simply find it depressing, filled with too many low blows and angst.

Is this what my life will be like?

Even now, as the show opens for the first time on Broadway — 50 years after its premiere ScanOff-Broadway at Theater Four on April 14, 1968 — the positive pre-press it has received is filled with arguments about how it's a period piece that represents the way we were, not the way we are, as writers attempt to persuade still younger gay audiences it is a play that's probably worth seeing as a historical marker if the production is on point.

I think those writers are getting it wrong; The Boys in the Band is not a great play that is of another era, some time-capsule peek at the bad old days and bad old gays, but a great play, period. It was and remains an unflinching look at the unique ways in which many gay men, coached our whole lives by society, pick at each other's emotional scabs, wearing each other down to lift ourselves up.

As Vito Russo once wrote, the play, which came out at a time when most gay representations in the theater and all gay representations on film were dismissive or pathological, is negative, but fair. It's easy to tell it was written by a gay man who understood that testosterone spiked with lavender is still testosterone. Gay men who are friends will not hesitate to be competitive, to be jealous, to attempt to take each other down a notch, to hand off their earrings ahead of a rumble.

Inside the Big Boys in the Band After-Party! — HERE

To the play's great credit, it presents drama-filled gay relationships not as the by-products of abomination, but as the by-products of social pressure not to be gay in the first place. The self-loathing is accepted by the play, but only in the context of the story at hand, and even then, the play's central figure expresses hope that things will improve in the future as he darkly jokes about the only happy homosexual being “a gay corpse.”

V2-Boys-Tuc-Watkins-Michael-Benjamin-Washington-and-Matt-Bomer-in-THE-BOYS-IN-THE-BAND-Photo-by-Joan-Marcus-2018-1All Boys calling

Yes, things have improved in the past 50 years, but whether or not you're familiar with the play, you'll be surprised — as you, hopefully, watch the Broadway revival that officially opened at the Booth Theatre tonight — by just how timely and relevant it still is. 

I would argue that The Boys in the Band is not a crystal ball, and this is no seance; rather, the play is a mirror, so make sure your hair looks good ...

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BOY Crazy: Inside The Party For THE BOYS IN THE BAND Comments (0)

IMG_5201Playwright Mart Crowley appeared for the final bows
IMG_5201Take a bow — the boys of The Boys in the Band (Images from audience member in mezzanine)

It took The Boys in the Band 50 years to get to Broadway, and it took me nearly as long to get into the pre-opening after-party ... but I did.

Huge Recap of the Original The Boys in the Band — HERE!

I impulsively bought one of the last tickets for Wednesday's 7 p.m. performance (I had already seen the first preview April 30), scoring one with an empty seat on one side of me and two empty seats on the other. (There were only seven empty seats in the house; not surprising since the show's official opening night is tonight, which is probably the night fans targeted, thinking it would be the star-studded choice.)

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May 21 2018
Letting It All Hang Out: Gay Actors Showing Their Stuff! Comments (0)

Another fine post from Mr. Man ...

Not all openly gay actors have had naked scenes, but some of our faves certainly have. We adore (and often lust after) these brave boys that openly wave their rainbow flag on the big and small screen. We especially like it when they show us ALL their talents.

See All 37 Scenes HERE!

Keep reading for more, more, more ...

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May 15 2018
Kathie Lee Gifford Mispronouncing Quinto Almost Unleashed Zachary's Inner Harold Comments (0)

Boys Band Bway(Video still via NBC)

Some of The Boys in the Band's cast members woke up for Today, only to have Kathie Lee Gifford murder Zachary Quinto's name!

Other than that, fun interview. No Jim Parsons — he twisted his ankle at Saturday's curtain call, resulting in his missing an evening show and Sunday ...

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May 10 2018
Birthday Boy: Gay Activist Dick Leitsch Attends THE BOYS IN THE BAND Comments (0)

Dick Leitsch, president of the '60s gay rights group The Mattachine Society, and the man who cooked up the earliest gay civil disobedience actions via the sip-in at Julius'in NYC, showed up at a preview performance of The Boys in the Band this week. He was welcomed with open arms by the cast.

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