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Nov 29 2016
Great Holiday Gift Idea! Comments (0)

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For the gay who has everything!

Nov 28 2016
6-PACK — Miami Rhapsody + Cruz Down For The Count + Indian Pride + Gaga's Tears + Holocaust On Ice + RIP Fritz Weaver Comments (0)

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WIDGETBeautiful Renato Freitas takes Miami.

WIDGETOut boxer Orlando Cruz loses title fight, earns homophobic tweets from boxing pros.

WIDGETA report from LGBTQ Pride in Delhi, India.

WIDGETLONELY NEAR THE TOP: Lady Gaga gets misty over the isolation of stardom.

WIDGETWife of Putin aid performs Holocaust-themed dance on ice-skating reality TV show in Russia.

WIDGETSci fi and Holocaust (1978) actor Fritz Weaver, Tony winner, dies @ 90.

Tumblr_n7lmsqRq4d1tf9yp3o1_400Weaver in “Third from the Sun,” a powerful Twilight Zone episode from 1960 (GIF via CBS)

Nov 25 2016
Florence Henderson On Broadway At 79 Comments (0)

Amazing that this vital woman was performing like this at 79, and indeed was still making the scene as recently as Monday evening, could die so quickly. When it's our time, it's our time, but man, I wish it hadn't been hers.

My list of great stars 80+ just got a little lighter.

Actress & Singer Florence Henderson, Forever Carol Brady, Dies @ 82 Comments (0)

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Just a stub for now, as AP reports that Florence Henderson has died at 82, according to her manager. Henderson died of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. one day after being hospitalized.

Henderson made her Broadway debut in 1952, and was an accomplished actress and singer on the stage before becoming a TV icon for her pure-as-the-driven snow Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch (1969-1974). Her Carol was easily one of TV's most beloved moms, “a lovely lady who was bringing up three very lovely girls,” yet who did so with no job and a mysteriously absent first hubby.

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She also, as Carol, had, for a stretch, one of TV's most memorable haircuts. That Carol Brady mullet was just as memorable as her exasperated, “Miiiike!” I will always adore Carol's nerdiness, such as when she scolded Marcia and Greg for calling Bobby a stinker. “You know I don't like that word!”

She gamely recreated the role and played off of it on a slew of post-cancellation spin-offs, variety series and specials, later making gentle fun of the inescapable image by sending it up with various sexy spoofs. She had an unforgettable cameo in 1995's campy The Brady Bunch Movie, in which she finally got to tell Jan to “cut the crap.” It was one of her few film appearances.

Who could ever forget her appearance in Weird Al Yankovic's “Amish Paradise” music video? (1996)

Henderson's TV debut came in 1954. Along with The Brady Bunch, she made many singing appearances on talk shows and hosted her own shows as well, including hosting Country Kitchen (1985-1993), Our Generation (1995-1996), Short-cut Cooking (1998-2000) and Who's Cooking with Florence Henderson (2013-her death). 

Check out this recent interview with Henderson — from just a year ago — in which she spoke about her gratitude for having a happy, healthy life, and in which she said she was happy to be alive: 

With Henderson's death, all of the adults from The Brady Bunch have passed away: Robert Reed (of AIDS, in 1992), Sam the Butcher aka Allan Melvin (2008), Ann B. Davis (in a fall, 2014).

Nov 22 2016
HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Gets An Enticing New Trailer Comments (0)

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I'm not sold on Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, but anything that employs Harvey Fierstein has my support: New trailer for NBC's highly anticipated Hairspray Live!, which airs December 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT ...

Nov 19 2016
6-PACK/politics — Lynch On Hate-Crime Surge + Romney Kisses Trump's Ring + Amal Clooney Warns Trump + #BoycottHamilton? #BitchPlease + Flynn's Fake News + MSM Buys Trump's Kentucky Lie! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureABOVE: A.G. Lynch speaks out on the surge in hate crimes.

*widget boy cultureRomney meets Trump: Sellout meets fraud. Sec. of State Romney? Ugh.

*widget boy cultureAmal Clooney warns Trump his polices violate international human rights laws.

*widget boy cultureThe perfect response to the laughable #BoycottHamilton movement:

*widget boy cultureProposed National Security Advisor Flynn retweeted libelous fake news, is beholden to Turkey & Russia.

*widget boy cultureAll the news outlets that swallowed Trump's lie about saving a Ford plant from leaving Kentucky for Mexico.

Mike Pence Booed, Lectured At HAMILTON On Broadway Comments (0)

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Soon-to-be-VP Mike Pence — who, remember, is in favor of gay-conversion therapy and is part of what's already shaping up to be a breathtakingly anti-brown administration — had the balls to show up at a performance of Hamilton in NYC tonight.

He was mostly booed. I love that! When I saw The Will Rogers Follies, Gen. Schwarzkopf was cheered (ugh!) and nobody cared about Joan Collins or Erma Bombeck!

At show's end, the cast had this message for the villainous Pence:

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Nov 15 2016
Out On Stage: An Interview With Jose Llana Comments (0)

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Jose Llana speaks with Broadway World about his The King and I tour, Donald vs. Hillary, a new Tyler Clementi musical and why he thinks hope trumps hate.

Most interestingly, he discusses his brief stint at a closeted pop star in the Philippines:

After Flower Drum Song [2002], I was invited to record an album in the Philippines. The P.R. tried to sell me as a pop star, a sex symbol. Though I had been out for about five or six years, that was an overwhelmingly negative experience. Suddenly, I had to change all my pronouns again and lie about having a girlfriend in the States. When I came back to America, I made a new dedication to living out because [the closet] killed my soul in many dark ways.

Great piece by Wayman Wong.