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Sep 22 2014
Hold Me Closer, Tony Danza: A Trip To The Broadway Flea Market Comments (0)

PackageJudging from the front view, I'd say there was some truth in advertising.

I had fun at today's Broadway Flea Market, where hundreds of thousands of dollars are raised in a single day for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, but I did have a particularly nerdy problem that sort of blew me away momentarily.

Splash-Paul-NolanPaul Nolan, of Jesus Christ Superstar and Once fame

I went because (1) You can always find fun stuff to buy, cheap and (2) They always have stars selling autographs and photo ops. This year, the only two stars I wanted were Patrick Wilson and David Hyde Pierce, and both were in the first block, meaning they were signing autographs from 11AM to 11:50AM, then would be posing for photos (you're supposed to pick one or the other...never been a fan of how this is organized).

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Got there early, stood in line, then was told—SURPRISE!—Tony Danza had shown up and would do photos for 50 bucks! So worth it. Never met him, often...thought of...him growing up. Who's the boss? Tony Danza was, more than once, in my gaydreams. So I signed up for all three and they pulled me to get David (at first they said he would only pose with Bebe Neuwirth, whom I've already met, and then when they saw my money slipping away, they locked him in for a single). Took forever because for some reason, they were escorting people up to get their autographs done during the photo period. I kept looking around and saw Andy Mientus and others doing their photo ops, but was resolute I would not miss Patrick or Tony.

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When it came time, no one wanted to say, “Miss Neuwirth, please step out of the picture,” least of all I (has anyone ever said that???), so I got her free.

Splash-Corey-CottGrabbed a pic of Corey Cott and a fellow former Newsies cutie Adam Kaplan

Splash-Neil-StarkenbergMamma Mia! looker Neil Starkenberg

I went back into the line, only to be told Tony had done his very few photos and was done. I freaked out, offering to pay extra, and they confirmed he'd left. I was so mad. I know, I know—focus on getting a job and paying for food, Matt...Tony is around often, Matt—but it was disheartening. I felt like “Angela” almost getting a kiss from “Tony” in an early episode, unaware it wouldn't be consummated for many seasons. So then I said, “Well, when is Patrick doing his?” “Oh, he's done, too.”

I lost it.

DragI was wigging out when told Tony Danza had exited the area.

Losing it inspired the harried volunteers to find it—they charged me double (so much for the free Bebe!), but they got me a dedicated pic with Patrick.

Patrick Wilson is just a handsome creature and a strapping guy. We did our shot and I cooed about Little Children, a stunning film, and then I had to tell him the one Patrick Wilson story I have:

Patrick-Wilson-Matthew-RettenmundA little Hard Candy

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Sep 20 2014
Signs Of The Times Comments (0)

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Sep 19 2014
If Lypsinka Calls...I'm Here! Comments (0)

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If you don't know who John Epperson is, I'm not mad at you—I pity you. A drag artist extraordinaire, he is the mistressmind behind Lypsinka, a hysterical blend of Ann Miller, Maureen O'Hara and a gay Joan Crawford robot. In her shows, Lypsinka mouths along to a crazed soundtrack of classic and obscure lines from movies and other sources, representing a nightmarishly hilarious laundry list of most of the important things ever uttered.

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After too long an absence, Lypsinka is back, performing three separate shows from Wednesday, November 5, to Saturday, January 3, at the Connelly Theater (220 East Fourth St., NYC). Look for her in:

Lypsinka! The Boxed Set

The Passion of the Crawford

John Epperson: Show Trash

Check them out here!

Lypsinka-closeupThis is the face Margaret Thatcher dreamed of having.

I already know all three will be amazing. I saw Lypsinka at The Vortex in Chicago around 1990 and waited in a long line to get her autograph on a dollar bill. Her performance was mind-blowing back then—how did Epperson ever gather all those soundbytes and edit them so seamlessly???

Lypsinka-autographLypsinka graciously signed this card for me.

But I also had a little sneak preview at a press meet-and-greet last night, at which Lypsinka was in top form. She tore through an exhausting sequence of her signature phony phone-answering in spite of some injuries; we never would've known if she hadn't told us.

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See you at all three shows!

 
Sep 17 2014
Signs Of The Times Comments (0)

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Sep 15 2014
Kenneth In The (718) Comments (0)

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As expected, Kenneth in the (212) only went to Brooklyn to steal Anderson Cooper's boyfriend. But he turns in a report on the opening of Mr. Maisani's LOVEGUN to cover it up.

 
Need To Know: Can't Stand Him + Coming Out Of The Celluloid Closet + PSYCHO Thriller + UNCLE TOM'S GAY CABIN + MORE! Comments (0)

Kanye-West-wheelchairKanye needs to stand down.

*widget boy cultureKanye West still vying for title of Biggest Douche Ever. Uncontested.

*widget boy cultureOrange is the New Black writer divorces husband to get some “Poussey.”

*widget boy cultureThe making of a modern gay character.

*widget boy cultureGays and miners team up in Pride.

*widget boy cultureI'm busy looking at Viggo Mortensen's butt, Mother!

*widget boy cultureAnother man accused of spreading HIV purposefully.

*widget boy cultureStraight couples starting to snub anti-gay wedding venues.

*widget boy cultureNo, really, Bronx councilman Fernando Cabrera is anti-gay.

*widget boy cultureRight-wing Jewish gay children's book writer thinks gays provoke Christian hostility.

*widget boy cultureISIL allegedly hauls in $3 million per day from illegal activities.

*widget boy cultureCheyenne Jackson marries boyfriend of a year.

*widget boy culture2 straight dudes marry each other, hilarity (?) ensues.

*widget boy cultureFrat boys attempt to “Shake It Off”.

*widget boy cultureWhen Mighty Real's Anthony Wayne & Kendrell Bowman met, beautiful music was remade.

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Sep 14 2014
Keepin' It MIGHTY REAL: A Review Of That Must-See Sylvester Musical Comments (0)

MightyReal266Resolutely fabulous

BOY CULTURE REVIEW: ***1/2 out of ****

Sylvester (September 6, 1947—December 16, 1988) was a force of nature—he forced his nature on a world that was at times unwilling to accept him for the person he didn't choose to be, and for the MightyReal565person he chose to be. It's hard to imagine Sylvester's brand of authenticity bringing him success in the 1970s, but he had a good imagination because success is what he had. With some indelible disco classics and a refusal to play the game required of most other popular singers, he became a gay icon and an inspiration in his short life—he died of AIDS at 41.

In Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical, Anthony Wayne (who also wrote the book and is co-director and co-producer with his partner Kendrell Bowman) resurrects Sylvester, doing a damn fine job of disproving any notion that Sylvester was inimitable. In a performance that's informed by Wayne's obvious respect for the icon, he recalls without mimicking Sylvester's piercing falsetto in a string of soaring musical numbers that draw from the entertainer's entire oeuvre.

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Go Straight To Hell Comments (0)

Big-Gay-Ice-CreamVia Gothamist

Gallo Nero, a dive restaurant in Downtown Manhattan I wouldn't set foot in regardless of the rest of this story, has decided to, um, let's say playfully tweak their nearby ice cream competition, Big Gay Ice Cream, by suggesting passers-by instead try some big straight ice cream.

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