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Jun 25 2016
Armenia Girls: A Review Of KATDASHIANS: BREAK THE MUSICAL Comments (0)

IMG_7267*Three sisters: Kim Kat (Carmen Mendoza), Kourtney Kat (Bridget Kennedy), Khloé Kat (Elliott Brooks)

Okay, like, I got invited to this super exclusive new Off-Broadway show called Katdashians: Break the Musical, and it was seriously the funniest thing everrr or, like, at least, it was a funny thing, you know? Bible.

Katdashians: Break the Musical is the very funny creation of Bob and Tobly McSmith, the warped minds behind past romps like Bayside! The Musical!, Full House: The Musical! and Showgirls!: The Musical. With the McSmiths' perverse combo of legitimately complex songs and gross-out humor, tight direction by tight John Duff (who we would all like to see attempt to break the Internet with his own fame-ready caboose), and Broadway-level choreography by Viva Soudan, the show has more to offer than just cheap laughs at the world's most famous Armenian-Americans.

IMG_7219*There goes Times Square (again). (All images in this post by Matthew Rettenmund)

Though there are plenty of cheap laughs, too.

The show follows—wallows in?—the regrettable ascension of the Kardashians, ending somewhere just beyond Caitlyn Jenner's transition. The songs are, as the title suggests, frequently parodies of famous numbers from Cats (which is returning to Broadway in the near future—that legendary musical is as bad as Keeping Up with the Kardashians and apparently just as hard to euthanize permanently), but there are also clever re-workings of tunes by Beyoncé, Madonna and other suitably fabulous fame whores.

And yes, it was “better than Cats.”

IMG_7269*A Chorus Feline

Speaking of which, if there is anything limiting about doing a parody of the most famous, most polarizing people alive, it may be that the show works best if you know everything about the Kardashians and also have the Cats original cast recording memorized. Thing is, very few people probably check both boxes. Luckily, the show does work if you're only into one or the other, and even seems to work if you're a novice regarding both. I surveyed some patrons and was surprised how few were well-versed in Kardashian lore, though a girl behind me who claimed she knew nothing knew all the terms in the “How to Speak Kardashian” insert from our program. The guy next to me, who knew zero about the Kardashians, laughed loudly throughout. I mean, jokes about pubic hair and anal sex are pretty universal.

IMG_7257*Finding North: Vogue cover subject Kim vogues.

The cast/cats are purrfect, led by Carmen Mendoza as busty, bratty, dusky-Baby Doll Kim Kat. She has her look down pat and has the star quality necessary to function as the epicenter of an attention-logged sect.

Bridget Kennedy as Kourtney Kat is a riot, offering a deadpan, personality-free take that reminded me of the fun femme performances in the late, great American Psycho. She channels a Selma Blair monotone and has the requisite bombshell looks, the exact recipe for Kourtney.

Standing out from an already stellar group is Elliott Brooks as Khloé Kat, whose character gets the Cher-in-Moonstruck treatment as we follow her from Khloé's birth status as a softer, potty-on-me-mouthed version of The Thing to the voluptuous blonde work-out fanatic that she is today. With manic, verbal-diarrhetic glee, she spits out shocking one-liners about anal sex, anal beds, “Shit on a dick!” and projectile vaginal discharge—singing hysterically at one point about the seemingly drug-resistant strain of pubic hair she hosts—and yet still makes the audience root for her. Definitely pick of the litter.

IMG_7287*When Mama Jenner introduces her new boyfriend, Corey Gamble.

Bailey Nolan is Kris Kat/Kris Jenner's doppelgänger thanks to the perfect wig and a great vocal imitation; it felt like Kris was appearing in the show herself, which is not something I would put past her. Her counterpart, Peter Smith as Bruce/Catlyn/Caitlyn, nailed the transgender trailblazer's guyish speech and was able to make us cheer for her transition all over again, even though in real life, Caitlyn turned out to be kind of a dud in the inspiration arena. Smith's take on a parody of “Memory” was a show-stopper.

IMG_7284*They call me Bruce: Smith's Catlyn was the cat's meow.

Knee-slapping, mutinous scenes featuring choreographer Soudan as Kylie Kat and Ariel Ash as Kendall Kat (in a mask and peek-a-boo unitard, she was the spitting image) had some audience members howling. Alexis Kelley and Jenyvette Vega serve as ass-tastic Dash Dolls.

IMG_7295*Let's hope the litter-box office is strong!

Best thing about the show, though, might be the innovation of encouraging (non-flash) photography, and especially selfie-taking, throughout. So if your mind wanders, take a great selfie and let your followers on social media know that you're doing looking good.

In the end, this sometimes almost admiring, more often catty, hoot has its claws out mostly for you, the audience that pretends to revile a family famous only for being famous ... all the while watching their every move like a cat watches a bowl-bound goldfish.

Katdashians: Break the Musical is at the Elektra Theatre at 300 W. 43rd St., NYC, through July 16. Tickets are $25-$45. Visit the site here.

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Jun 23 2016
Scores Of Music-Industry A-Listers Sign Letter Demanding Gun Control Comments (0)

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Billboard has assembled an impressive list of music-industry names for a cover and open letter demanding that Congress act on gun control.

In the preamble, the publication links music, gay rights (the rainbow imagery) and the all-too-easy access to guns in the U.S. in making the point that change is necessary to protect the “life-affirming ritual” of dancing.

(Disappointed Madonna didn't sign on, and am hoping she isn't still of the mind that “guns don't kill people, people kill people.”)

 
Jun 21 2016
HEAT INDEX — Hiddleston Strips + Keanu Outed? + Hot Mag + Drake On Top Of Nick J + Brad Influence + BROADWAY BARES Fall-Out + Finn Cole's Best Side + Body By Quad + Zayn Relief! Comments (0)

MonaKuhn_SHOT_06_082_crop-1542x2035(Image credits: Tom Hiddleston photographed by Mona Kuhn, styled by Patrick Mackie. Grooming by Cheri Keating at The Wall Group. Digital technicians: Andrea Bartley, Paolo Alfante. Photography assistants: Chris O’Neill, Jared Burkhardt. Fashion assistants: Jay Barrett, Elyse Lightner. Special thanks to the Standard Highline and Chateau Marmont.)

TOOK IT OFF: Tom Hiddleston strips to his underpants and reclines for W Magazine.

OUTING KEANU REEVES: Pure fantasy or a very hot memory of fact?

I NEED THIS MAG: 

IF ONLY: Drake tops Nick Jonas.

PITT STOP: Brad Pitt dons Days of Thunder drag.”

BONUS BROADWAY BARES PIC BY ME:

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MALE BONDING: More Broadway Bares buddying up.

FINN COLE'S BOOTY: Actor goes back to nature in Animal Kingdom. (Work Unfriendly)

Animal_Kingdom_US_S01_E02_1080p_HDTV_X264_DIMENSI-1(Image via OMG Blog/TNT)

THE QUAD SQUAD: Biggest quads ever?

DAMN, ZAYN: Malik flashes his underarms (and more) for Paper Magazine:

 

I can't even take it. @zayn by @paolakudacki for @papermagazine #InZayn #sexy

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Jun 20 2016
Sh*t Just Got Highlights Reel: BROADWAY BARES Recap Video Comments (0)

Image006(Image via Broadway Bares)

Looks like Broadway Bares 26: On Demand was a resounding success.

From a press release:

Produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway Bares: On Demand raised an impressive $1,482,724 in two performances on Sunday, June 19, 2016. 

Broadway Bares: On Demand featured 198 of New York’s sexiest and most talented dancers, entertaining standing-room-only audiences at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom. The evening was dedicated to the victims, families and friends of last week’s Orlando night club tragedy.  

For the first time in the event’s history, Stripathon, an online fundraiser by the show’s cast and crew, was the single largest contributor to the total, raising by showtime a record $612,212.

Also worth noting is the incredible haul made by some of the show's already hard-working dancers:

This year’s top Stripathon fundraiser was Ricky Schroeder*, who raised a remarkable $21,500. He was closely followed by Ariana DeBose, raising an impressive $16,116 – setting a record for most money raised by a woman inBroadway Bares history. Rounding out the top five were Ben Ryan with $16,000, Ed Stanley with $13,347 and Madeline Reed with $12,661.

*Not that one.

Keep reading to watch a sizzle reel of all the highlights from this year's show ...

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Jun 16 2016
6-PACK — BROADWAY BARES On Demand + Friendly Skies + Jamaican A.G. Dishonors Orlando Dead + Republicans Spit In Face Of Orlando Dead + Nick Jonas Advertises Firm Booty + YOU CAN PEE NEXT TO ME! Comments (0)

13450859_10153452491796152_1716994846620615283_nPledge to help Mark MacKillop reach his charitable goal here. (Image via Mark MacKillop)

*widget boy cultureThe June 19 Broadway Bares installment will be TV-oriented with a “brand-nude spin.” Plus, Laverne Cox landed Rocky Horror from last year's perf.

*widget boy cultureHow an Orlando victim's grandma was treated on a JetBlue flight will bring you to tears.

*widget boy cultureJamaica's A.G. has a problem with the U.S. embassy raising a rainbow flag in honor of Orlando. I, in turn, have a problem with Jamaica's A.G.

*widget boy cultureIn the shadow of the Orlando mass shooting, Republicans blocked a gay-rights bill in the House. Fuck you, Gays for Trump.

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 12.42.10 AMNick was ambivalent about the idea of furries. (Video still via Bravo)

*widget boy cultureNick Jonas tells Andy Cohen he absolutely likes getting spanked: “I've got a firm ass.”

*widget boy cultureOkay with trans people in the bathroom? Urine good company: George Takei agrees! Shirt benefits Equality NC.

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 12.29.55 AM(Image via George Takei/Equality NC)

 
Jun 10 2016
She Slew Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 12.14.03 PM(Video still via June Ambrose)

This big-time vogueing buff is setting the world—and the worldwide web—ablaze with her fully committed freestyle performance. Video after the jump ...

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May 24 2016
Sexually Fluid, Rhythmically Gifted: Deaf Model Nyle DiMarco Wins DANCING WITH THE STARS Mirror Ball Trophy Comments (0)

Proxy(Video still via ABC)

Nyle DiMarco, hot on the heels of his America's Next Top Model win, has been announced the Season 22 champ of Dancing with the Stars. Dancing without being able to hear the music, DiMarco and partner Peta Murgatroyd turned in what many consider the best dance of the entire series leading up to the big win.

 
6-PACK — Re-Strike A Pose + Naval-Gazing + Billy Reilich's Wardrobe + Hulk Hogan's Billionaire Booster + Not Pudding You On: Cosby To Court + GUYS READING POEMS Trailer! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureAbove: Madonna's Blond Ambition Tour/“Vogue” video dancers performed together for the first time in 25 years!

*widget boy cultureNaval plebes stripping to the waist and shimmying up that monument—it never gets old.

*widget boy cultureBilly Reilich swears he only has four outfits, not counting his birthday suit. Well, wear what works for ya:

*widget boy cultureAre you Team Hulk Hogan in his legal actions against Gawker? Well, so is nutty, Trump-lovin', gay Libertarian Peter Thiel, who is reportedly bankrolling the right-wing wrestler.

*widget boy cultureA judge has cleared the way for Bill Cosby to face his only sex-abuse accuser whose claim is not outside the statue of limitations.

*widget boy cultureThe official trailer for Guys Reading Poems is here—right after the jump ...

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