The Bronx Queen, by Joe Gulla, is playing at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater on November 15 at 9:30 p.m. ET.
The show is the first in Gulla's Bronx Queen Trilogy, with Faggy at 50 coming next year. (Faggy at 50 comes for me in two years this Christmas.)
Find out more about Gulla via his Next interview, and get tickets to the show here. Anyone who attends Bette Midler's Hulaween dressed as Donald Trump's missing taxes is our Helen Hayes, as far as I'm concerned.
Enter to win a copy of The Divine Miss M: Deluxe Edition AND a pair of tix to Bette’s annual Hulaween party!
Comment this post with the Bette Midler album cover or acting role you'd most like to dress up as for Halloween! I'll pick 1 of you to win tickets to Hulaween and her new album, and two of you to get the album! (U.S. residents only.) GOOD LUCK!
Witches in ball gowns, long forgotten spirits roaming the corridors at the Waldorf – it’s time for Hulaween! Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Bette Midler-founded New York Restoration Project on October 28, 2016 as the Waldorf Astoria’s ballroom is transformed with the hilarious Kathy Griffin hosting the evening for all to enjoy. The legendary Darlene Love will bring the house down with a special musical performance, and Marc Jacobs will bring his fashion expertise to ballroom floor as this year's Costume Contest judge!
One lucky winner will receive a pair of tickets to the annual Hulaween party** and a copy of The Divine Miss M: Deluxe Edition - a double-CD set celebrating Bette Midler’s iconic 1972 debut album including the remastered album and a bonus disc of singles, outtakes and demos! Two runners-up will also win a copy of The Divine Miss M: Deluxe Edition.
The Divine Miss M: Deluxe Edition Will Be Available October 21
(Image by Matthew Murphy for Broadway.com/JayArmstrongJohnson.org)
Beautiful out singer Jay Armstrong Johnson just released his latest album, Jay Armstrong Johnson—Live at Feinstein's/54 Below(Broadway Records)—and he's celebrating with a bash at the titular venue in NYC on October 30. Word is it will be Halloween-themed, which is right up the Hocus Pocus fanatic's alley!
Jay's also an actor (you may recognize from Quantico) who's just been cast as the straight guy in a sitcom version of the popular Web series My Gay Roommate.
Check out my interview with the talented crooner and actor below ...
Bette Midler just made a fan-pleasing announcement:
I'm thrilled to announce a deluxe remastered and expanded edition of THE DIVINE MISS M will be available on October 21! The 2CD album includes remastered audio, plus a bonus disc of singles, and previously unreleased demos. Get the single mix of “Do You Want to Dance” instantly when you pre-order the album here: CD: http://smarturl.it/BMDivineMissMApple Music: http://smarturl.it/BMDivineMissMDL
When you get an opportunity to interview Bruce Vilanch, one of the most celebrated comedy writers in history and a way-out gay man to boot (and boots go with anything), you do not pass it by.
Vilanch spoke with me last week about a cause close to his heart, the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation and the great work it does and will continue to do thanks to the bucks it seeks to rake in from a one-night-only Help Is on the Way cabaret benefit: the Broadway touring cast of Beautiful will perform in Motown & More on Monday, September 12, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. at the Marines' Memorial Theater in San Francisco.
(Image via Help Is on the Way)
The highly anticipated show will be co-hosted by Vilanch and operatic drag diva Katya Smirnoff-Skyy. Get your tickets here.
Vilanch's career took off when a friendship with Bette Midler (before she was Bette Midler!) led to him writing for her 1974 Broadway show Clams on the Half Shell. He's collaborated with her many times, and has written for a dizzying array of TV shows and performers, from Donny Osmond to Elizabeth Taylor, and for some of the funniest people of our time: Robin Williams, Roseanne Barr (she really did used to be funny), Billy Crystal, Lily Tomlin and more.
Help Is on the Way performers speak out about the charity:
Somehow, Vilanch has been able to be a part of the best and worst of pop culture, writing for the Oscars for 27 years and counting, and also counting The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (1976-1977) and that infamous Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) among his credits. He is the nuclear cockroach of HA!, and always the best thing about whatever project he's tackling.
Vilanch survives in any milieu because everyone knows he knows from funny. He's beloved because, unlike some very funny people, he also has a sense of humor about himself, and a sense of duty toward the gay community and people in need.
Read on for my chat with the most hilarious person in the room, because the room is usually filled with people delivering lines he's given them to say ...