638 posts categorized "THEATRE"

Sep 19 2015
Bitch, I'm (Not) Madonna: Nadya Ginsburg Crowds Madge's Pole Comments (0)

IMG_2632Nadya in full sneer as the Big M. (Photo by Matthew Rettenmund)

I was lucky enough to catch Nadya Ginsburg's second NYC performance of Madonnalogues at the Laurie Beechman, which—as she pointed out in character as Madonna—is in “the bowels of the West Bank Café.”

With her hysterical YouTube videos and this ever-evolving (some might say she re-invents herself) one-woman show, Ginsburg skewers Madonna and our perceptions of her, both positive and negative, fearlessly. Sometimes it's so funny it hurts, but it's always funny because she's a true student of Madonna, not a lazy hater. The foibles she holds up for mockery apply not only to Madonna, but to our culture, and to us all.

Well, maybe the joke about banging Rocco's friends is a little ... specific.

IMG_2661Gypsys, tramps & tweets (Photo by Matthew Rettenmund)

Along with Madonna, Ginsburg nails Cher (perhaps even more perfectly???) and Winona Ryder, plus tries out a character best described as someone an Amy Sedaris creation would find weird.

IMG_2675Your friendly guide (Photo by Matthew Rettenmund)

The show's highlights would have to be her pitch-perfect recitations of Cher's otherworldly tweets and the finale, an extended peek at Madonna's creative proh-cess while in the recording studio.

IMG_2699Madonna's Hilary-Duff-in-a-bad-mood phase (Photo by Matthew Rettenmund)

Ginsburg ended her well-received show (which was packed with many of the same faces I've been seeing at this week's Rebel Heart Tour shows) with a short speech about how Madonna can't win, and how her fun-poking is not meant to draw blood.

IMG_2731I totally relate to Nadya, who has the ability to be mean ... but worries about it. (Photo by Matthew Rettenmund)

Screen Shot 2015-09-19 at 12.50.27 AMThat, we already knew.

Catch her anytime you can—her sugar is raw.

P.S. The performance was given an unfunnily great rendition of Madonna's “Devil Pray” by recording artist Coby Koehl (pictured at left).

Bitch could sing.

Keep reading for some shots from after the show ...

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Sep 18 2015
Need To Know: The Joy Of Nursing + Pissed Inelegance + Jesshica Shimpshon + New Beyoncé + Penn's Pal + Gaga's Happening New Video + MORE! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 1.08.06 PMOh, Joy.

*widget boy cultureI like Joy Behar, but she needs a prescription for something sometimes. Images

*widget boy cultureEven Joy knows she fucks up occasionally.

*widget boy cultureTom Hardy's war on inelegance.

*widget boy cultureI'll have what Jessica Simpson's having.

*widget boy cultureScorching-hot Oliver Cheshire. Images

*widget boy cultureBuffoon Elton John derides prank.

*widget boy cultureTrump can see Alaska Thunderfuck from his house.

*widget boy cultureHarvey Fierstein punching up Funny Girl.

*widget boy cultureNew song feat. Beyoncé drops, softly.

*widget boy cultureScott Walker's campaign going off the rails?

*widget boy cultureSOUNDS GOOD: Chris Cornell's new album out.

*widget boy cultureMayoral candidate wants to “eradicate” the gays.

*widget boy culture2-bit right-wing carnival barker Phyllis Schlafly for the $10 bill?

*widget boy cultureSean Penn never misses a Madonna concert.Images


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Happy 110th, Greta Garbo. Images

*widget boy cultureTip for Kasich: Don't like Latinos? Stop trying to pretend you do.

*widget boy cultureNew Stonewall featurette focuses on trans character.

*widget boy cultureWarren, Gaga & Hardwicke team up vs. sexual abuse ... Images

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Sep 03 2015
Jersey Boy: Tommy, Can You Hear Him? Comments (0)

RORYKaplan backstage

I am the last person in the world who has not seen Jersey Boys, the wildly popular jukebox musical from 2005 that's based on the tumultuous story behind Franki Valli & The Four Seasons.

I was the last person, that is—I got around to seeing it last night.

Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 12.49.28 AMThe occasion was Rory Max Kaplan stepping into the role he usually understudies, that of founding group member Tommy DeVito. I was blown away by Kaplan last year in Nothing But Trash, so I wasn't about to miss his Broadway debut.

Kaplan didn't disappoint. A fine actor and swoon-worthy singer as it is (and the role allows him to show off both talents), he's even more remarkable for his physicality, which informs his performance and gives it a bristling intensity appropriate for a local hood made good who couldn't help pissing away nearly a million bucks in 1960s dollars. When Kaplan delivered sardonic one-liners, they always found their mark, as did the notes in his impressive range, but whenever he slipped into dance, he was even more in his element. The boy doesn't just have moves, he understands and has outstanding control of movement.

5e9121_c614f6bca424495e9316ee904feef68d.jpg_srb_p_1024_1024_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srbKaplan, Matt Bogart, Domenic Scaglione Jr. & Quinn VanAntwerp

The only criticism I have is that when his character was described as not taking pride in his appearance and wearing underwear three days in a row, it was hard to reconcile that charge while looking at the immaculate triple threat commanding the stage.

After 10 years, things are well-oiled to a fault in Jersey Boys, but the company is on-point, so if you are into the tunes, you will be doing what the people in the front mezzanine were doing—bopping along. I do have to say I was particularly blown away by Quinn VanAntwerp as Bob Gaudio—his vocals were out of this world, and firmly in the one in which the sounds of The Four Seasons were burning up the charts.

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FRANKIEAt show's end, Kaplan warmly invited me backstage to chat. There, I got to say hello to Frankie J. Galasso, who had stepped into various roles that night ... and who I knew from when I was a teen-mag editor and he was in the boy band Dream Street. Great memories of those boys (who sold very close to a million copies of their album, back when people paid for music), and he was as sweet as ever.

Img501Flashback pic of Frankie, dead center, with Dream Street, cradling the magazine I founded and edited

I await the Dream Street jukebox musical.

While we wait, catch Rory Max Kaplan in the role of Tommy until September 6.

Sep 02 2015
Sing Hallelujah, C'mon Get Shirtless! Comments (0)

CZaBD0OPu2OrftL8cHUVMIGhjroSiU3NRucGVE1huQE,Rk0O8-mGas1SJuCMLPh-2WympARVb_QDcbVPO6lxEnU,cnEajfxq-sJ6ehwTcKtVwJ9ET7X1irblg1NHp5A7LR8,mtoyhPiuDDYaQr_1UcwE7Eq4srkzSFd5As8n34htOwY,f9KaXT0JHSTEkWTUU0E9swvN_O_lPOEvPJPBUs5lx_oSeth Sikes has been singing for sell-out crowds at 54 Below recently (my review here).

Last weekend, he performed at a private party in the Fire Island Pines home of Matthew Woolf and Steven Filenbaum. Before guests arrived, Seth used the outdoor location on the bay to do a shirtless soundcheck alongside his blue-haired accompanist, Matt Aument.

He did not do the entire show shirtless, though that might be an add-on his management should consider.

Seth was trying out new old material for his new show Seth Sikes Sings Mostly Judy Garland, which debuts at 54 Below on Friday, September 18. Click here for tickets.

Sep 01 2015
Need To Know: Miley Is The Queen Of Whatever This Is + Swearin' To God + The Hillbillies Have Eyes + Kiss Me, Jake + Say Three Hail Marys And Promise To Continue Not Using Birth Control + MORE! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 10.54.50 AMGlop star

*widget boy cultureMiley's messy, experimental, free new album is here. Images

*widget boy cultureFour-times wed Kim Davis defies SCOTUS, defers to God.

*widget boy cultureKim's “old redneck hillbilly” hubby will defend her.

*widget boy cultureJake Gyllenhaal is butch-tastic on L'Uomo Vogue. Images

*widget boy cultureOutsiders trouncing GOP insiders in all polls.

*widget boy cultureBREAKING: Republicans are dumbfucks.

*widget boy cultureJeez, HIV is, more 'n' more, becoming like diabetes.

*widget boy cultureTyga brags about sex with underage Kylie Jenner ... via his art.

*widget boy culturePriests can forgive abortions during a brief period. Progress? Madonna-interview

*widget boy cultureMadonna expresses her selfie on Interview. Images

*widget boy cultureThis dude's hairy pits are perfection.

*widget boy cultureWillam Belli has a talented mouth!

*widget boy cultureLights dimmed at theater for Kyle Jean-Baptiste.

*widget boy cultureOfficial trailer for The Danish Girl.

*widget boy cultureThen-closeted Ellen Page's note to self: “Dude, just tell people you're gay.”

*widget boy cultureJake Arrieta may be the man of your dreams. Images

CNtZA8qU8AAX3hlNot-so-secret stache

Aug 30 2015
Engeling For Stardom Comments (0)


Sweet to read about Georgia Engel's long-overdue star turn in the play John. I gotta see this!

Aug 28 2015
Still More Evidence That Max von Essen Is A Hot Piece Comments (0)


Via Broadway Style Guide.

Aug 21 2015
Presidential ... Sweet!: Hangin' At HAMILTON Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 3.05.59 AMGroff trade

As you may have read, I think the much-hyped Hamilton is—if anything—underrated!

IMG_3178With the man behind the show's flamboyantly self-assured Thomas Jefferson, Daveed Diggs

I had a great time at the show, and was lucky enough to get to go backstage, where I met up with the charming Andrew Chappelle and other members of this talented cast.

IMG_3153With Andrew Chappelle, who is getting to do what most understudies don't—kill it in the show.

All were super nice, and I was again surprised by how tall Jonathan Groff really is. (We bumped into him on the way out, as he was graciously mingling with his stage-door sallies.)

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