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May 31 2016
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Dietrich Baker(Image via After Dark Magazine)

I know a lot of people would kill Hitler or do something meaningful if given the ability to time-travel, but I think I'd also want to take in a few shows. Dietrich and Baker in NYC at the same time, blocks apart!

 
May 25 2016
6-PACK —Oscar Isaac Urged To Show Leg + The Abbey Is Aging Out Of Twinkdom + Long Actor Strips In Short + Padres DJ Wasn't Anti-Gay + P-Town Attractions + Rita Moreno Raps! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureShould the next Star Wars poster make use of Oscar Isaac's scrumptiousness?

*widget boy cultureLegendary WeHo gay bar The Abbey is 25, the perfect age to be preyed upon by the likes of me. Owner David Cooley thanks supporters.

*widget boy cultureActor Benoît Michel gets very, very nude in a short film. (Work Unfriendly)

223104944_1280x960M. Michel (Video still via Simon Eléphant)

*widget boy cultureFired Padres DJ apparently meant no anti-gay harm toward San Diego Gay Men's Chorus, who want him re-hired. UPDATE: Re-hired.

*widget boy cultureSteve Grand, Bianca Del Rio, Kristin Chenoweth, Rita Moreno (!) and more are invading P-Town this summer.

*widget boy cultureSpeaking of Rita, I missed her highly entertaining Berklee School of Music commencement speech and rap earlier this month:

 
Beth Howland, Lovable Ditz Vera on ALICE, Died In December @ 74 Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 9.32.57 AMBeth Howland: May 28, 1941-December 31, 2015 (Promotional image via CBS)

So sad to report that the delightful Beth Howland of Alice fame has died at age 74.

Just last week, I was at Joe Allen in NYC and remarked that a friend of mine, within the past couple of years, had encountered Howland and her husband, Murphy Brown's Charles Kimbrough, and been granted a picture. (Her first husband was Michael J. Pollard.)

More ironically, she was already long-dead—she died on New Year's Eve, but she didn't want her death announced.

From The New York Times:

The cause was lung cancer, her husband, the actor Charles Kimbrough, said, adding that she had not wanted a funeral or a memorial service.

“It was the Boston side of her personality coming out,” Mr. Kimbrough said. “She didn’t want to make a fuss.”

Howland played dingy chick Vera on Alice from 1976 to 1985.

Another snippet from her obit is so 1970s it has to be savored:

After being cast as the wife of a character played by Bert Convy on an episode of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” she moved to Los Angeles to work in television. She appeared on “Love, American Style,” “Cannon,” “The Rookies” and other shows before taking the role of Vera on “Alice.”

Along with her work as Vera—who had a Katharine Hepburn-esque quality spiked with inimitable dottiness—Howland was of course famed for her “Getting Married Today” from Company. Here she is reprising her performance in 1993 at an original-cast reunion:

 
Broadway Babies: The Photos Of Bob Deutsch Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 11.18.06 PM(Image by Bob Deutsch)

You gotta love the amazing images captured by my buddy Bob Deutsch at the 1979 Tonys. When it comes to celeb candids from the early '60s into the '80s, Bob's got a million of 'em, and Playbill has quite a few right here.

 
May 24 2016
Starring Lena Halls: Actress Takes On Both Hedwig & Yitzhak! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 5.25.10 PMLena Hall (Images via Boneau/Bryan-Brown)

Tony winner Lena Hall will reprise her role as Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch in San Francisco and L.A.—but she will also play Hedwig for one performance a week, marking the first time anyone has played both.

She says:

I’m thrilled to be returning to Hedwig and the Angry Inch, performing not one, but two iconic roles in Los Angeles and my hometown of San Francisco. I have never been one to shy away from a challenge and playing Hedwig has always been a dream of mine. To be able to play both Yitzhak and Hedwig in the same day presents one of the biggest challenges I have seen to date and I’m so excited! Not only will I get to share the stage with my fellow San Francisco native and friend Darren Criss; but I will also get a chance to begin my own journey as the glam rock heroine Hedwig. To tell her story in my hometown and in Los Angeles is the greatest homecoming I can think of, and I am looking forward to sharing this journey with my friends, family and Hedheads.

Hall will appear as Hedwig in: San Francisco, Sunday, October 9 at 7:00 pm; Wednesday, October 12 at 8:00 pm; Wednesday, October 19 at 8:00 pm; and Wednesday, October 26 at 8:00 pm; and in: Los Angeles, Sunday, November 6 at 6:30 pm; Sunday, November 13 at 6:30 pm; Sunday, November 20 at 6:30 pm; and Friday, November 25 at 8:00 pm.

 
May 23 2016
Feeling The Burn: A One-Night Stand With Carol Burnett Comments (0)

IMG_0156(Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Months ago, I bought my mom and I tickets to see Carol Burnett's latest show, a traveling Q&A about her life and career aimed at plugging her upcoming book, In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox (Crown Archetype, September 2016). It was as much a gift to myself as it was to her, and the event ensured I'd visit more than just at Christmas for a change.

Having parted with my original tickets (to my good buddy Shaun and his partner and a mutual friend) in favor of reasonably priced front-row (!) seats, we sat waiting for Carol to emerge, just like we had waited for her show to begin each week over 40 years ago. This time, we were side-by-side. Back then, I was usually at the end of my parents' bed, or even hidden at the foot of it (if I wasn't supposed to be up), where I would sometimes fall asleep and trip my dad in the middle of the night.

I once wrote Carol to tell her it was her fault I didn't have more brothers and sisters, because my parents were too engrossed in her show. I also wrote her to ask her to contribute a one-word description of Madonna for my Encyclopedia Madonnica 20, a request you might think someone of her generation would ignore or even find annoying. Instead, Carol was the very first star to reply—with a handwritten note, no less. Her word? TALENTED!, with the exclamation point.

Now, waiting for Carol to come on, the man we sat next to kept asking me, “Are you excited?” I think he was using me to talk to himself. He also wanted to compare ticket prices, as older men love to do.

What I paid was more than worth it.

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May 13 2016
6-PACK — Too Gay-Cool For School + Andrew Lloyd Webber Wants To Scratch Nicole Scherzinger's Eyes Out + NC Squatter + Gay Parents' Adoption Nightmare + Hairy Situation + ROCKY HORROR PICTURE No! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureNatty gay alum asked to dress down for event, does so, is still asked to leave. WTF? 

*widget boy cultureAndrew Lloyd Webber's claws come out over Nicole Scherzinger choosing The X Factor over Cats on Broadway. (Cats, the worst musical EVER.)

*widget boy cultureTrans woman swears she will “piss in all the wrong bathrooms” in North Carolina. You gotta-go, gotta-go, gotta-go, girl!

57339fde2200004207256584Manifest Pussy will not take this insult standing up! (Image via Manifest Pussy)

*widget boy cultureThe trials and tribulations experienced by a Kidz Bop producer and his actor husband as they tried to adopt in the U.S.

*widget boy cultureIf you like black men and body hair and feel you rarely get to see both when cruising online, here you go.

*widget boy cultureStill more Rocky Horror Picture Show stills reveal how far off FOX & Kenny Ortega seem to be.

RockyhorrorfoxStaz Nair as Rocky—complete with blond highlights (Image via Entertainment Weekly/FOX)

 
May 09 2016
6-PACK — Islamic State's Execution Edict + HAMILTON Event + Ax To Grind + Kit Harington's Great Ending + Anti-Gay Bakers' Gooses Cooked + THE REAL O'NEALS & TV's Gay Teen Revolution! Comments (0)

Logan wood(Video still via Twitter @Logan4Rudolph)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiLogan Rudolph is 18, 6'3, 230 lbs. and swings a mighty big ax. What more do you want?

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiISIL-affiliated sharia court has decreed all accused gay men should be killed by being tossed from a roof.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiSiriusXM hosting town hall with the cast and creatives behind Hamilton, hosted by Anderson Cooper.

Game_of_Thrones_S06_E03_720p_HDTV_x264_AVS_04_05-1-1He got Game of Thrones. (Film still via OMG Blog/HBO)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiGame of Thrones stud Kit Harington showed his butt again. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiChristian bakers in Ireland claim baking a gay-wedding cake would have been a sin, appeal decision that they discriminated.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiCiting shows like The Real O'Neals, Advocate sees a “gay teen TV revolution.” Is TV ahead of the movies on gay visibility?

Inside-the-family-tv-revolution-x750The Real O'Neals are the real deal. (Image via ABC)

 


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