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Jan 14 2017
Handsome Devil Dick Gautier, Hymie The Robot On GET SMART, Dies @ 85 Comments (0)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef0192ac104dfc970d-800wiDick Gautier — October 30, 1931-January 13, 2017

Dick Gautier, best-known as Hymie on Get Smart in six episodes from 1966 to 1968 (and in the 1989 reunion TV movie), died yesterday at 85 after years of declining health.

Along with being a familiar face on TV, he received a Tony nomination for playing Conrad Birdie in the original 1960BIO2.150dpi production of Bye, Bye Birdie, humorously (and sexily) channeling Elvis for the teen-idol role.

Of being picked to try out for the Birdie role by Gower Champion (1919-1980) himself, he recalled in 2014:

They asked me to read for this thing. I was a little put off because I didn't like rock and roll. Not at that point. I said, “I don't think it's for me. I like Jerome Kern and George Gershwin.”

They said, “Will you at least come in and audition?” I went in and they said, “Would you sing an Elvis song?” I said, “I don't know any Elvis songs.” So they just played some blues and I ad-libbed and I guess they liked it. Couple months later they called.

He begrudgingly took the role and his career changed.

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You may also remember Gautier from The Patty Duke Show (which lost most of its original cast in 2016), The Mary Tyler Moore Show (a lothario) or other guest appearances in the '60s, '70s and '80s.

I recall him from Tattletales, on which he appeared with then-wife Barbara Stuart (1930-2011):

 

I was fortunate enough to meet Gautier at one of my beloved autograph shows. He was charming, and flirty with the idea of his gay fans. He seemed like a sweet guy.

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And I Am Telling You — With Relief — She's Not Going To Sing For Trump! Comments (0)

I was appalled, as were many of you, when gay icon and Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday was announced as one of the singers for a welcome party during Trump's inauguration, along with right-wing tools 3 Doors Down and Lee Greenwood, and conservaDem Toby Keith (who famously shamed the Dixie Chicks for speaking out against Bush).

Wig jokes and jabs about paying the rent commenced.

Then came word she had not officially accepted.

Relief!

Then came that infuriating series of quotes from Holliday, in which she framed her performance as “freedom of speech” and said she had “no dog in the race.”

More wig jokes, has-been comments, worse.

Now, Holliday has finally come around. She is not performing. And though I find her initial ignorance shocking and her initial pushback galling, I think her apologetic letter is humble and sincere — even if it's odd to me that it took her allegiance to all LGBTQ people and not her allegiance to all people of color and/or all women to make the difference; she made up her mind after reading a Daily Beast story on how heartbreaking her announced performance was for LGBTQ fans.

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She ended her note with: “Thank you for communicating with me, I had no idea that I still meant so much to all of you. Thank you for your posted comments both the good supportive ones as well as the ugly hurtful ones.“

Read Holliday's long, long explanation to The Wrap after the jump ...

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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.

 
Absolutely No Regrets: A Review Of PIAF!: THE SHOW Comments (0)

15826462_10154649452396001_8707316754049986677_nImages of Piaf were projected onto the walls of the performance hall as Carrere sang. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund; other images by G. Marsalla)

I spent Friday evening listening to Edith Piaf sing at Carnegie Hall in the '50s. 

Actually, the event was Piaf! The Show, we were in the Fifties in NYC and the singer was Anne Carrere, but close Please-credit-photo-by-g-marsalla_27637841531_oenough — Carrere hauntingly summons Piaf's vocal stylings so beautifully it has been said she possesses the legend's instrument at her peak. In a warm, witty rendering of all the songs Piaf made famous, Carrere's challenge was to inhabit Piaf's unique style while giving us flashes of her own personality.

She succeeded.

Act I consisted of early Piaf, 16 French numbers performed with gusto by Carrere and her tight band. Carrere looked the part enough to create an illusion but not enough to appear to be a caricature. The crowd was eating from the palm of her hand, so delighted were they to be hearing songs in what was likely the native language of more than a few.

After an intermission, Carrere & Co. returned for 12 more tunes, these more modern and among Piaf's signature hits. With each number the crowd grew more enthusiastic, awaiting the inevitable arrival of “La Vie en Rose” and “Non, Je ne Regrette Rien.” Carrere performed cheekily, leaving the stage to flirt with audience members, some of whom were all to eager to flirt back. (When she approached a woman, the attendee stood and shook her breasts, which earned her a skip.)

The only less than perfect part of the evening was when a creepy guy overeagerly volunteered to dance with Carrere onstage. Even seated, his body movements were disturbingly suggestive, threatening to kill the buzz of an incredibly emotional and faultlessly classy evening for Carrere, who was debuting at Carnegie Hall 60 years after Piaf's famed gig there. Her own respect for Piaf and her charm as a newcomer to the world stage won out.

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Wayward audience members aside, the evening was magical, driven by Carrere's indefatigable growl and her sweetness in admitting to us how much it meant for her to be able to bring us those songs in that place in that context.

For us, too, and for any big fan of Piaf; this is a show that can't be missed. Let it pass you by and you will regret it.

Piaf!: The Show has about 400 upcoming shows scheduled through 2019 in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Info here.

Set list after the jump ...

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Jan 07 2017
6-PACK — Gabbana Isn't Gay, Just a Man, Loves Melania + HRC For NYC? + Non-ISIS Throws Gay Man From Bridge + Kushner's Dirty Deal + CONCERT FOR AMERICA + Vivica A. Fox Bans Gays From Her Male Strip Show! Comments (0)

WIDGETStefano Gabbana continues to demonstrate that he is the most narcissistic, anti-LGBTQ-community gay dude in fashion. “Don't call me gay!” ???

WIDGETWould Hillary Clinton really run for NYC mayor against de Blasio?

WIDGETGay man in Australia thrown off bridge, allegedly by straight guy who came onto him and was rejected. Won't walk again, may die.

WIDGETOutrageous conflicts of interest for Trump's money-grubbing son-in-law Jared Kushner continue to pile up: Chinese dealmaking on the side.

WIDGETJoin Chita Rivera, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Betty Buckley & more at Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! in NYC to benefit liberal causes.

WIDGETChippendales allows guys into their shows now, but Vivica A. Fox has a strict rule for her male revue: No gays.

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Jan 05 2017
Hard To Resist: New Feminist/Queer/Minority Performance Series In NYC vs. Trump Comments (0)

This sounds like a great idea for combatting the wave of anti-LGBTQ (for starters) policies and attitudes about to be unleashed by the — gulp — Trump Administration:

SANCTUARY, a home for feminist/queer/minority voices will take up residence at HERE beginning on Inauguration Day, Jan 20th as part of the Sublet Series. SANCTUARY is a pop-up venue for artists and activists to come together as a community and respond to current events, in particular the fears and anxieties felt in anticipation of the coming administration.

SANCTUARY opens on January 20th with an Inaugural Ball and continues with a full month of work by more than 50 different artists from a wide range of backgrounds. The schedule includes new theatre works; panel discussions with major arts leaders; and a variety of dance, concert, and other non-traditional works.

SANCTUARY will transform the mainstage at HERE into an immersive venue that draws on the history of activist/counter culture spaces. Audiences and artists alike will commiserate, process, grieve, organize, learn, and ultimately unite in celebration of the values we refuse to let America turn its back on.

Among the most interesting offerings:

January 26 at 8:30pm:

The Persecution and Assassination of Hillary Rodham Clinton as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the  MaxresdefaultDirection of the Marquis de Sade by S.P. Monahan

The lunatics are running the asylum. After two hundred years in confinement, the Marquis de Sade revolts against the doctors and attendants at the asylum of Charenton. Having successfully overthrown the established order of the world, de Sade stages a “victory performance” inspired by the rise and fall of Hillary Rodham Clinton for his captive audience.

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In Theory: Notes on Home, Love, Diaspora, and Failing Adulthood by Cristin Gordon 6a00d8341c2ca253ef01a511908172970c-800wi

A spoken word/dance fusion about converting the pain of our past into the resistance of our future. The piece seeks to provide relief for trauma, incite empathy, and center the marginalized within our own narratives of navigating a sociopolitical climate that was not built for us.

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January 27- 29 at 8:30pm:

Next Fagg*t Nation by Scott Davis and Spencer Armstrong

Utilizes the groundbreaking novel Fagg*ts, a variety of gay literature, and investigative interviews with gay men, artists, educators, and influential drag queens as a catalyst for examining the current gay landscape. It holds a mirror up to the younger generation of gay men to bring a call to action; the fight to acquire knowledge of the past in order to make future change is not over.

Get your tickets for these and the many other performances here.

 
Dec 20 2016
6-PACK — Franco The Flasher + Off-Coloring Book + North Carolina Shenanigans + Ripped Ginger, Black Beauty + Puth Doffs His Top + RIP Dick Latessa Comments (0)

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WIDGETSexy chef Franco Noriega — his food probably isn't sanitary, but you'd still eat this.

WIDGETGay porn star coloring book!

WIDGETCrazy developments in North Carolina following gubernatorial and senatarial power grab; could H.B. 2 be done?

WIDGETBuff ginger is barely clothed! Hot temptation.

WIDGETCharlie Puth shirtless in Florida.

WIDGETRIP Dick Latessa, who won the Tony for his turn in Hairspray.

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Dec 19 2016
New Year's Eve Takes Flight Comments (0)

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Good grief, this looks fun and wild: Voss Events is tossing its annual Wings of Change New Year's Eve event. 

From a press release:

Voss Events will host its 9th Annual New Years Eve celebration, THE WINGS OF CHANGE GALA, a black tie affair at New York’s prestigious Royalton Hotel. In what is expected to be the city’s most magnificent end-of-year bash ever, guests will enjoy dinner in the penthouse, music by a live band and DJs, and a midnight journey through the origin of avian flight featuring live artists in multiple awe- inspiring tableaus. Leading into midnight, all of the artists will converge onto the main stage for an epic finale performance. The evening begins at 9pm as guests ascend to the hotel’s penthouse for a champagne reception and three course dinner. After dinner guests will head downstairs for the art exhibition followed by performances and dancing. A premium open bar will continue through the night. NEW YEARS EVE: WINGS OF CHANGE tickets are available now at Voss Events.

“New Years Eve is always our flagship event,” explains producer Brandon Voss of Voss Events. “Each year, we try to one up ourselves.”

Last year’s REFLECTIONS GALA was held in the Villard Mansion of the historic New York Palace Hotel. “We moved the gala to Royalton to utilize the hotel’s unique, city block long event space. As guests arrive and make their way through the corridor, they will pass through three rooms of art installations in which performance artists depict the origin of flight through the evolution of wings,” says Voss. “The exhibit is meant to symbolize our own ever evolving world and the importance of embracing change, whatever it may be, and growing from it.”

Built in 1898, the iconic Royalton Hotel is known as the stylish living room of Manhattan, and the gathering place for New York City’s media, publishing and fashion elite. Simultaneously sophisticated and complex, the boutique hotel features a floor-to-ceiling hand-forged cast bronze fireplace, a twenty-foot screen that was once part of the façade of a building in France and hand-upholstered leather walls reminiscent of African tribal art.

It’s newly redesigned classic minimalist charm retains Philippe Starck’s original bold features while also accommodating the needs of the 21st century jet-set.

Tickets here.

 


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