3 posts categorized "NEXT TO NORMAL"

Sep 25 2011
(Only Slightly) Off-Key Comments (6)

IMG_2291Next to Alice Ripley

On my way to work, I stumbled into the Broadway Flea Market—I forget about it every year, then always enjoy it so much when I find myself at it.

This year, I arrived with $3 in my pocket, which is deadly considering the tables IMG_2302 sagging with fun ephemera, autographs, old magazines, mementos and other junque. Making my way through, I spotted a silver-looking box that was engraved "Jane MAME Angie 1966-1968" and immediately regretted not having money. The dates matched up to the original Broadway production of Mame. I went to get some, came back...and it was gone. So annoyed. But then I just got it in my head that it wasn't gone and dug around a bit and sure enough it had been buried under a bunch of worthless VHS cassettes. It was mine for $5. Not sure, but it seems like a gift to an original cast member, and it says "Reed & Barton The World's Finest Silverplate" on the bottom. Angela Lansbury could be the "Angie"—she did the show from 1966 to 1968. A Jane Connell was also in the show. Intriguing.

IMG_2306Better than porn

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Jun 08 2010
Believe It Or Not: Ripley's Homophobic Facebook Status Comments (2)

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UPDATE: A real apology:

"Hey guys- I just want to say how sorry I am for my recent post. It was careless and thoughtless and I assure you it is not a reflection of the way I really feel. Anyone who knows me knows that I’ve always supported the gay community and will continue to do so. I’m embarrassed and I apologize."

ORIGINAL POST:

Alice Ripley gave one of the best performances in one of the best shows (Next to Normal) I've ever seen, and maybe that's why her recent use of the word "fag" in a pretty nasty context has taken so many theater-loving gay people by surprise—and why it's angered them. 

Apparently, Ripley reads negative comments about her show on BroadwayWorld.com, because she responded to one on Facebook thusly:

"QUOTE FROM A NUMB BUTT ON BROADWAY WORLD: 'I'VE SEEN N2N 8 TIMES WITH ALICE RIPLEY, WHICH IS 7 TIMES TOO MANY.' HA HA HA HA!!! THIS FRUSTRATED ACTOR (I WON'T SAY FAG) IS MY NEW BEST FRIEND! THANKS FOR LOOKING DOWN ON LOSERS LIKE US THAT WORK FOR A LIVING. YOU ARE THE OPPOSITE OF A WONDERFUL AUDIENCE."

Ripley has refused to sincerely apologize (instead, she posted, "YIKES! FORGIVE MY OFFENSE"), and at least a couple of fans think the whole thing is meaningless because she has gay friends so...what more do we want? Well, we want friends who, when they're enraged and reaching for the nastiest word they can think of, don't reach for "fag." I don't think that's too much to ask.

Some (one?) are organizing a stage-door protest. I'm not sure I'd go that far, but I do think this tarnishes her reputation. Best comment I've read (at BroadwayWorld.com):

"I think many straight folks are a titch homophobic internally. It doesn't mean it's a virulent homophobia, but nothing really surprises me. I'm often surprised by the limits of heterosexual tolerance, even on this board. No, I really don't think she's homophobic, nor do I think a gay guy saying the c word is automatically misogynistic. However, if you use a pejorative word for a group and get called out on it and kind of willfully keep your ignorant head up, there IS some sort of problem there. It's very Palinesque."

 
May 05 2009
Tony, Tony, Tony Has Done It Again Comments (0)

2939400315_1d2a2f51d5David Bologna (L) and Trent Kowalik (R) deserve to win for Billy Elliot.

Thankfully, the Tonys were not a Drama Desk repeat—when the aggressively lousy 9 to 5 somehow broke a record for Drama Desk nominations, it was a Pia Zadora/Golden Globe moment for me. I can Next-to-normal2 even forgive Tony for recognizing Rock of Ages, which I've heard is a good time but come the fuck on, it's an '80s rock review a la We Will Rock You and probably about as "good" as Mamma Mia.

Full Tony nominations after the jump, but I'm so glad to see that Billy Elliot cleaned up. I'm seeing 33 Variations on Saturday and Next To Normal on Sunday, so that will catch me up on the most praised shows of the season. Maybe I need to quit my constant bitching about how bad Broadway is and how it deserves to fail when it's so lowbrow and instead just patronize shows that are, you know, supposed to be good?

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