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Jun 06 2017
One Psychological Drama Desk Awards After Another ... Comments (0)

DANIEL CRAIG*Autograph hound bothering me and my date Daniel Craig (Image by Mike Summers)

I was gonna go to D.C. this weekend, or even plan a camping trip, but they seem to be falling through.

Instead, I had my getaway right in NYC: My pal Mike had an extra ticket to the Drama Desk Awards Monday evening, as well as the after-party, so I was only too happy to snap it up.

IMG_0312Christy Altomare of Anastasia (The guy with her was dreamy.)

TOMMY TUNETommy Tune, one of the few I grabbed outside (Image by Mike Stern)

We attended with our other pal, also Mike.

Did I mention that Mike #1 is 10X the starfucker I am, and that Mike #2 is 100X the starfucker I am?! Having two people seeking star pic-withs is ideal, because if you grab someone, it's easy enough to then switch positions and stars are usually happy to oblige. With three, it becomes overwhelming.

IMG_0349Christine Ebersole! This one, I didn't think was destined to happen. (Image by Mike Summers)

So, I did not go for everyone they did (Danny DeVito, Amy Ryan, many nominees), yet still had fun and wound up with some nice photos.

DSC03432ABOVE: Randy (with Mike #2) was a hilarious presenter, zinging Andrew Lloyd Webber in absentia. BELOW: Mike #2 in action with George Takei! (Images by Matthew  Rettenmund)

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We found Randy Rainbow (so nice, with Mom as his date) before the carpet, but then parked where the stars would go from carpet to theater so the guys would be able to grab as many quick pic-withs as possible.

Screen Shot 2017-06-05 at 3.28.02 PMVanessa Williams, Kevin Kline, Jane Krakowski (Images by Matthew Rettenmund)

I must say my spotting abilities were on point — I went from tiny Danny DeVito to towering Tommy Tune, and helped them spot Kate Walsh and other famous people they knew but couldn't place. (Though I was hopeless on  theater people.)

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May 24 2017
Listen To Rosie & Bianca At Musto's Roast! Comments (0)

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Check out video from the Michael Musto birthday roast, showing Rosie O'Donnell and Bianca Del Rio talking and, in Bianca's case, taking everyone apart ...

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May 23 2017
A Night To Dismember: Behind The Scenes At Michael Musto's Birthday Roast Comments (0)

*IMG_4846_newKing & Queen (which is which?) — Michael Musto & Bianca Del Rio (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

I was so happy to attend Michael Musto's pig, I mean big, roast Monday night — which raised cash for Callen-Lorde — until I actually went.

Just kidding; I guess the evening's rancor rubbed off!

*IMG_5089_newEverything was comin' up Rosie!

*IMG_4758_newMusto with Broadway baby Orfeh

*IMG_4686Paper's Mickey Boardman, Musto & Vogue's Lynn Yaeger. Musto claims he was saying, “Please leave!”

The big-hearted downtown legend arranged his birthday bash this way for charity, but nobody present was feeling particularly charitable, as evidenced by a barrage of insults that would've had Don Rickles questioning the taste level.

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Apr 10 2017
Who Dunne It? — Michael Musto Snoops Around Dominick Dunne's (Gay) Love Life Comments (0)

Erik-MenendezErik Menendez (Video still via CBS)

I always figured Dominick Dunne had to be gay, in spite of his marriag eand children, and now Michael Musto — via an interview with Dunne's biographer Robert Hofler — is renovating the late crime and society writer's gilded closet in Out.

One interesting aspect of Dunne's history is that he apparently shared a loving relationship 41QlfVlMBCL with Frederick Combs of The Boys in the Band (stage and screen) fame. I'm semi-obsessed with that play and its stars (there are three left alive, Combs not among them), so was surprised I never knew this. Says Hofler to Musto:

A number of people talk about him being the love of Dominick’s life. There was a character Mart Crowley based on Dominick—Alan, the one who’s fighting with his wife and you’re not sure of his sexuality.

So Alan was based on Dunne, and Dunne even produced the play!

Even more fascinating, Dunne — who became even more famous by doggedly covering the Menendez Brothers' trial — was apparently quite smitten with Erik, as were, well, a lot of people:

There’s a very weird interview he kept coming back to, and [Dunne] would say, “I’m sure that Jose Menendez called Erik a faggot and a queer and all these horrible things, and it reminded me of my father, who used to call me a sissy.” He said, “I so identified with Erik” and said, “We were both stutterers and had abusive fathers,” but he’d never take that next step and say, “And we were both gay.” He never dropped that other shoe, which was the big point of identification. That’s where all this stuff was coming from and he’d never go there. He always used the word “sissy”. Worse than that, relatives said Dominick should have been a little girl. It’s such a sexist thing because little girls are called a tomboy and that’s a kind of a compliment. There was some doubt as to whether Dominick was beaten by the father. The mother said it wasn’t true. Dominick said he had welts on his side from the beatings. It was the ‘30s and it’s possible the school wouldn’t take the action they would today. But when the Menendez boys talked about the scars from the abuse, Dominick kept pointing out, “Why didn’t anyone notice their scars?” But in his own report about his own abuse, he never said, “Why didn’t anyone notice why MY thighs were swollen?” He did have empathy, particularly for Erik because he was attracted to him. I found a letter he wrote to Erik in prison. He said, “I liked the screenplays you wrote. You’re a talented artist. I think you were misled by your brother.”

Oh, brother! (The hot one.)

Check out Money, Murder, and Dominick Dunne: A Life in Several Acts here.

 
Apr 06 2017
6-PACK — COCKTAILS & CLASSICS Karkaoke Party + Hands Across Amsterdam + Syrian Atrocity + Scruff In New Delhi + You'll Laugh Many, Many Times At GOLDEN/GIRLS! Comments (0)

WIDGETFacebook @boycultureblog: Above, please check out my pics from last night's Cocktails & Classics party, hosted by Michaels Musto & Urie, with Robin Byrd & more!

WIDGETThe Guardian: In Amsterdam, a gay couple attacked for holding hands receives support from straight men, who poured into the streets holding hands. 

WIDGETHuff Post: Horrific chemical attack by Syrian government probably meant to send a message of defiance to all regimes seeking to oust Assad: He'll do anything.

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Nick Heyward of Haircut 100 returns.

WIDGETFacebook: Scruff plans Dance for Pride in New Delhi with local LGBTQ community.

WIDGETYouTube @ Jimmy Kimmel Live: Inspired! The cast of Girls becomes the cast of Golden Girls. Shosh looks like Tracey Ullman. 

 
Mar 07 2017
Quality Of Death: Michael Musto On How Giuliani Gutted NYC Nightlife Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 9.35.09 AM_new(Original collage by Matthew Rettenmund circa 1990s)

Michael Musto, writing for Thump, contributes an essay on how former Mayor Giuliani destroyed NYC nightlife, all for the sake of making the city more favorable to big business and luxury housing.

Through Giuliani's actions, NYC has become far less interesting, top-heavy with 1%ers.

From the piece:

At one point in the 1990s, I nearly plotzed with shock as I was carded at the door of a bar. This hadn't happened for quite a while; most night spots didn't card at all, and besides, I was rapidly approaching middle age. But it was the Giuliani era, and some venue owners were starting to realize how strict they were going to have be to stay in business. No chances could be taken when it came to the law, even if my ID was practically an AARP card!

I'm all for making New York City nightlife safer and more livable. But I'm not in favor of sucking all the life of it, so it becomes a terrified place full of people minding their Ps and Qs while looking behind them to see if they're going to get busted for having fun.

As mayor of NYC from 1994 through 2001, Rudy Giuliani demonized nightlife as our city's bastard child, trying to smooth it over in order to make things safe for tourists and co-op owners. Ignoring the fact that nightlife pumped money and creative excitement into the city (which many tourists and co-op owners would have loved), he steamrolled over the industry, at the same time taking the porn out of Times Square and making it ready for people in Mickey Mouse costumes.

Don't miss it — it's a book-length piece of journalism all too relevant now that Trump has declared it to be “Giuliani Time” in America.

 
Jan 09 2017
6-PACK — Standing O For HRC + Trump's Nominees Are Human Garbage ... How's That For Unity? + State Dept. Sorry For Decades Of Anti-LGBTQ Witch Hunts + Thigh-Ay-Ay! + A Busch League Of Their Own! Comments (0)

WIDGETRaucous standing O for the Clintons at the final perf of The Color Purple on Broadway.

WIDGETTrump's nominees to major positions are blowing off the standard vetting process, refusing to file forms. Senate leader Mitch McConnell shrugs.

WIDGETTrump's national security pick Monica Crowley plagiarized her book. Politico now finds she plagiarized her PhD dissertation. Flunky, indeed.

WIDGETJohn Kerry's State Dept. issues formal apology for decades of mistreatment of LGBTQ people. Powerful, and a last gasp of sanity.

WIDGETMajor thigh revealed by hairy dude in kilt. 

WIDGETCharles Busch on whether Madonna could become another Joan Crawford — in film!

A3b070e0633c401a680765f377f2e339No idea who made this, but it's everywhere on the Internet and it floors me that so many people think it's real, and proof Madonna ripped off Joan.

 
Aug 24 2016
Bitch, He's Michael Musto Comments (0)

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Michael Musto recaps his love/hate/more hate/grudging respect relationship with Madonna for his old bosses at the Village Voice. He talks a lot of sense, though I must say—in spite of my dislike for Britney Spears—I do disagree that Madonna macking on the younger pop star (and Christina Aguilera was there, too, guys!!!) was unartistic and had no appeal. I fucking loved that moment. It was unreal how real it was to Justin Timberlake and to the teen-pop world, and though it was well-worn ground for Madonna, it was a point worth remaking in an iconic way.

Otherwise, enjoy.

I would say you can find more of Michael's always-entertaining (and firsthand) Madonna musings in my book, Encyclopedia Madonnica 20, but in fact you will find less. That sounds like a bad sales pitch, so instead I'll say:

You can find a different version of Michael's always-entertaining (and firsthand) Madonna musings in my book, Encyclopedia Madonnica 20!

In the end, I think his take on Madonna is that he knows she's a force, but doesn't have the affection for her that he has for Diana Ross or Lady Gaga. But they never kicked him out of his dressing room.

 


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