Seeing Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! next week — can't wait.
I've never even seen this show, nor have I ever seen the movie. I know, I know. There are some holes in my gay past. I did know about the show as a kid, thanks to this:
I'm particularly interested at this time, having finished Carleton Carpenter's excellent autobiography, in which he recalls touring with the show opposite Mary Martin (whom he loved) and Ginger Rogers (seemingly, less so).
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