24 posts categorized "BETTE MIDLER"
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).
That got me thinking about all the women who've played Dolly. With a hat tip to Richard Skipper's invaluable Call on Dolly ...
Other famous broads who've bought Dolly to life:
Gay-porn actor Jared Louis Velazquez allegedly attacked his boyfriend ... for watching porn.
Bette Midler's 1980 Golden Globes acceptance speech was ... not about Trump!
Cameron Dallas's bubble, and a flash of his junk. (Work Unfriendly)
Some LGBTQ people have said Vivica A. Fox barring gays from her male strip revue is okay — but she lost her producer/director over it.
A 91-year-old gay veteran finally sees his “undesirable” discharge for his sexual orientation changed to “honorable.”
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.
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/
The remastered version sounds incredible.
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.
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 ...