576 posts categorized "THEATRE"

Dec 17 2014
Just Like Heaven: NOT THE MESSIAH Preaches To The Choir Comments (0)
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BOY CULTURE RATING: *** out of ****

Eric Idle and John Du Prez's Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) raised holy hell at Carnegie Hall Monday and Tuesday night, marking the irreverent comic oratorio's New York debut. Based on the Monty Python movie Life of Brian (1979)—with which I'm very familiar, because it was illegal for any teenage boy growing up in Michigan not to be—the show featured Idle, Victoria Clark, Mark Kudisch, Lauren Worsham, William Ferguson and conductor Ted Sperling, all united for a bad cause: running down religion with sarcastic (but, ironically, beautifully sung) numbers along the lines of “We Love Sheep”.

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In this case, bad is good, with low humor, unapologetic wordplay (“She's great with child...and not half bad without!”) and Idle's genius delivery making for 90 minutes of fun worth the risk of eternal damnation.

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The Last Picture Show Comments (0)

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TCM's salute to the film community's losses in 2014 is here, and is guaranteed to make you weepy and probably surprise you with a few you didn't realize had departed...

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Dec 15 2014
They're Still Here! Comments (0)

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I've updated my mega-post on biggest living stars who are 80 years old and older, so that it now has a Top 20 (subjective!), a Top 40, another 129 notables and hundreds more who are simply, well, alive! Let me know who I've missed, who's long dead and who I'm crazy to think belongs/doesn't belong in the Top 20.

 
The One Where Mink Stole Is Your Secret Santa Comments (0)

Mink StoleMink is offended that some people still think she's a drag queen. “I've been nude on screen! Where would I put it?”

I needed a little Christmas right that very minute, so I grabbed my theater husband and hit OMG! It's Christmas!—it's a one-woman show dedicated to giving in to the holidays, and it stars John Waters regular Mink Stole.

Matthew-Rettenmund-Mink-StoleStole, who looks great (she's 67 going on 45) sang a quirky selection of Christmas tunes, accompanied by a game band that included a very youthful Dylan Kaminkow, whose upright bass playing was downright adorable to watch as well as being ear candy.

She really had the crowd going with her erratic story-telling, which veered from alarmingly mainstream (Mink Stole has a crush on the Property Brothers???) to cackle-inducingly morbid (her take on “The Little Match Girl” was a scream) to cheerfully sacrilegious (to address any shock over her declaration that there is no God, she pointed out she couldn't have given Divine a fake handy with a rosary if she'd been a believer).

Mink was warm and fuzzy afterward, too. A real dream to meet a woman who lists Pink Flamingos (1974), Desperate Living (1977) and (the original, good) Hairspray (1988) on her résumé.

 
Dec 13 2014
Santa Claws: A Little Holiday Cheer From The Crawford Clan Comments (0)

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Joey-AriasHad a blast with my buddy last night at Christmas with the Crawfords, the notoriously caustic Joey Arias tribute to Joan, her brood and quite a few of her friends in fame.

Joey's Joan makes mincemeat of such ho-ho-hos as Judy Garland (Connie Champagne, whose uncanny Judy Garland provoked unwelcome audience participation), Baby Jane Hudson (Sherry Vine nearly stole the show with her effortless, slouchy approximation of the character), Hattie McDaniel (Flotilla DeBarge's biggest laughs come from her carefully observed gait), Carmen Miranda (Brett-Marco Glauser's high-kicks and gyrations provide some beefcake in a show filled with the cheese kind) and more.

But the break-out star is Chris March, who plays Christina Crawford as a brat with every right to be. His comic timing is impeccable, and the bitch sure can take a slap—Arias hit him so hard at one point even the SM daddies in the audience cringed. March also did the over-the-top-and-then-some costumes, which even drag virgins would kill to own.

The show (first performed in 1992) is a little creaky in spots, but that's part of its charm. Lots of fun for the holidays.

But whichever audience member stole my friend's gloves, you and your rabbit-faced wife can both go to hell.

 
Dec 09 2014
There She Was: Miss America 1959, Actress, Singer & Philanthropist Mary Ann Mobley Dies Comments (0)

Mary-Ann-MobleyFebruary 17, 1937 (or 1939)—December 9, 2014

Former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley has died of breast cancer at 75 or 77 (depending on source). Mobley was Miss America 1959 and became one of the contest's only household-name winners, singing on Broadway and making  several popular films, including two with Elvis Presley. She was 1965's Most Promising Newcomer at the Golden Globes. 

Outside of showbiz, Mobley was known for her efforts to raise money for charities related to poverty and hunger. Mobley was married for 45 years to TV host Gary Collins, from whom she was briefly separated. Collins died in 2012 at 74. 

Mary-Ann-Mobley-Matthew-RettenmundWith Mobley at the PDS dinner in L.A. in March 2012

I was pleased to meet her a few years back—she couldn't have been sweeter.

 
Starry-Eyed: Marsha Mason Comments (0)

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Spotted at a recent performance of Side Show on Broadway.

 
Nov 29 2014
11 O'Clock Number: Betty Buckley - EVERYTHING'S COMING UP ROSES Comments (0)

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A unique take on the quintessential musical-theater 11 O'Clock Number...

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