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Sep 03 2015
Jersey Boy: Tommy, Can You Hear Him? Comments (0)

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I am the last person in the world who has not seen Jersey Boys, the wildly popular jukebox musical from 2005 that's based on the tumultuous story behind Franki Valli & The Four Seasons.

I was the last person, that is—I got around to seeing it last night.

Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 12.49.28 AMThe occasion was Rory Max Kaplan stepping into the role he usually understudies, that of founding group member Tommy DeVito. I was blown away by Kaplan last year in Nothing But Trash, so I wasn't about to miss his Broadway debut.

Kaplan didn't disappoint. A fine actor and swoon-worthy singer as it is (and the role allows him to show off both talents), he's even more remarkable for his physicality, which informs his performance and gives it a bristling intensity appropriate for a local hood made good who couldn't help pissing away nearly a million bucks in 1960s dollars. When Kaplan delivered sardonic one-liners, they always found their mark, as did the notes in his impressive range, but whenever he slipped into dance, he was even more in his element. The boy doesn't just have moves, he understands and has outstanding control of movement.

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The only criticism I have is that when his character was described as not taking pride in his appearance and wearing underwear three days in a row, it was hard to reconcile that charge while looking at the immaculate triple threat commanding the stage.

After 10 years, things are well-oiled to a fault in Jersey Boys, but the company is on-point, so if you are into the tunes, you will be doing what the people in the front mezzanine were doing—bopping along. I do have to say I was particularly blown away by Quinn VanAntwerp as Bob Gaudio—his vocals were out of this world, and firmly in the one in which the sounds of The Four Seasons were burning up the charts.

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FRANKIEAt show's end, Kaplan warmly invited me backstage to chat. There, I got to say hello to Frankie J. Galasso, who had stepped into various roles that night ... and who I knew from when I was a teen-mag editor and he was in the boy band Dream Street. Great memories of those boys (who sold very close to a million copies of their album, back when people paid for music), and he was as sweet as ever.

Img501Flashback pic of Frankie, dead center, with Dream Street, cradling the magazine I founded and edited

I await the Dream Street jukebox musical.

While we wait, catch Rory Max Kaplan in the role of Tommy until September 6.

 
Sep 02 2015
Sing Hallelujah, C'mon Get Shirtless! Comments (0)
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Last weekend, he performed at a private party in the Fire Island Pines home of Matthew Woolf and Steven Filenbaum. Before guests arrived, Seth used the outdoor location on the bay to do a shirtless soundcheck alongside his blue-haired accompanist, Matt Aument.

He did not do the entire show shirtless, though that might be an add-on his management should consider.

Seth was trying out new old material for his new show Seth Sikes Sings Mostly Judy Garland, which debuts at 54 Below on Friday, September 18. Click here for tickets.

 
Need To Know: Here's The Beef + No Kidding + Iran? Deal! + Swift Reaction + Boss Man + Murder Rap Pinned On Him + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureCase against Terry Bean DISMISSED.

*widget boy cultureIdris Elba “too street” to be “Bond”?

*widget boy culturePatti LuPone to Penny Dreadful. Images

*widget boy cultureCourtney Stodden's mom: Regrets? She's had a few.

*widget boy cultureVirtuous KY clerk Kim Davis pregnant by another dude while married.

*widget boy cultureEven Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is against Ms. Davis.

*widget boy culturePresident Obama is one Senate vote away from getting his Iran deal.

*widget boy cultureStalked by a nut job the day before, Taylor Swift cut the cheese live on MTV?

*widget boy cultureCool and stuff:

*widget boy cultureTheo James looking H O T for Hugo Boss.

*widget boy cultureOscar producers announced.

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*widget boy cultureKermit the Frog has a new swine-piece. Images

*widget boy cultureFormer wrestler nabbed in cold-case murder.

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Sep 01 2015
Need To Know: Miley Is The Queen Of Whatever This Is + Swearin' To God + The Hillbillies Have Eyes + Kiss Me, Jake + Say Three Hail Marys And Promise To Continue Not Using Birth Control + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureMiley's messy, experimental, free new album is here. Images
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*widget boy cultureFour-times wed Kim Davis defies SCOTUS, defers to God.

*widget boy cultureKim's “old redneck hillbilly” hubby will defend her.

*widget boy cultureJake Gyllenhaal is butch-tastic on L'Uomo Vogue. Images

*widget boy cultureOutsiders trouncing GOP insiders in all polls.

*widget boy cultureBREAKING: Republicans are dumbfucks.

*widget boy cultureJeez, HIV is, more 'n' more, becoming like diabetes.

*widget boy cultureTyga brags about sex with underage Kylie Jenner ... via his art.

*widget boy culturePriests can forgive abortions during a brief period. Progress? Madonna-interview

*widget boy cultureMadonna expresses her selfie on Interview. Images

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*widget boy cultureWillam Belli has a talented mouth!

*widget boy cultureLights dimmed at theater for Kyle Jean-Baptiste.

*widget boy cultureOfficial trailer for The Danish Girl.

*widget boy cultureThen-closeted Ellen Page's note to self: “Dude, just tell people you're gay.”

*widget boy cultureJake Arrieta may be the man of your dreams. Images

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Aug 31 2015
With Liberty And Penis For All Comments (0)

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My buddy Bob Deutsch happened to be at 46th and Broadway yesterday, where he encountered these State of Libertines. If you think the mayor and governor are upset at the topless ladies who ply their wares in Times Square, what do you think ...

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Aug 24 2015
New York Seen Comments (0)

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Aug 21 2015
Presidential ... Sweet!: Hangin' At HAMILTON Comments (0)

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As you may have read, I think the much-hyped Hamilton is—if anything—underrated!

IMG_3178With the man behind the show's flamboyantly self-assured Thomas Jefferson, Daveed Diggs

I had a great time at the show, and was lucky enough to get to go backstage, where I met up with the charming Andrew Chappelle and other members of this talented cast.

IMG_3153With Andrew Chappelle, who is getting to do what most understudies don't—kill it in the show.

All were super nice, and I was again surprised by how tall Jonathan Groff really is. (We bumped into him on the way out, as he was graciously mingling with his stage-door sallies.)

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Aug 20 2015
New York Seen Comments (0)

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