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May 20 2017
Like A Burning FLAMER — A Review Of ETERNAL FLAMER: THE BALLAD OF JESSIE BLADE Comments (0)

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Most fun I've had in a theater since the time I lip-synched in drag as Samantha Fox and my high school crush came up behind me and groped my “tits” — Eternal Flamer: The Ballad of Jessie Blade, a play by Tommy Jamerson, directed by Alex Acevedo.

The comic play, very much in the Charles Busch/Andy Halliday tradition, takes place in, on and all 18582048_10102022967504024_2535222910111656157_n over the '80s, following the titular young, cock-eyed (shut up) optimist (a bubbly, committed Brian Piehl, picturedl) who makes his way to NYC to try to become a famous dancer with Muffy Diver (butch-on-command Billy Berger-Bailey). He's in for a rough coming out, having left behind his childhood crush (effortlessly funny James Tison) only to find himself the target of a revenge bang at the, er, hands of sexy, sleazy Billie Panache (red-hot Joseph Swaggerty, who looks like C. Thomas Howell had a baby naturally with that other dude from Frankie Goes to Hollywood).

18447608_1480110208707585_4288840887319591908_nSwaggerty — I know it's funny, but can we pause for a moment to be aroused?

You see, Jessie has been rejected by Muffy, so he's shaking his moneymaker as a stripper in a club run by drag queen with a secret The Madam (Dominic Sellers), and since Jessie's her new pet, her ex, Billie, decides to use his penis in the same way Taylor Swift and Katy Perry (wait, who? this is the '80s ...) use music.

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The ensemble cast in this production — for which exactly zero of the performers would ever need to be told, “Go broader!” — complements Jamerson's mostly clever, always funny writing. There are no weak links, so I'd be remiss without mentioning my friend Marc Patlan's hysterical Joan Crawford-meets-Eartha-Kitt-meets-Tammy-Faye-Bakker Momma Blade, the first OMG performance of the night; Egbert Bernard's scenery-chewing (he swallows it, too) Rudy; and maybe my favorite in a group of favorites, the hysterical Ty Baumann, whose '80s receptionist Monica (as well as other background characters he steps into) was spookily perfect. I've seen a lot of theater featuring people who went on to do big things, and he gave me that tingling feeling. That, and the guy next to me kept fingering me. I was in jeans.

See this when you can, because this piece will pop up again somewhere; our obsession with the '80s — like The Madam's secret condition — never goes away, it just gets worse.

 
May 17 2017
Will KING KONG Have Broadway In The Palm Of Its Hand? Comments (0)

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The latest mega-musical to hit Broadway will beat its chest starting in the fall of 2018 — that's when King Kong will swing into the Shubert.

From a press release:

King Kong is written by Jack Thorne, who received the 2017 Olivier Award and the Evening Standard Award for Best Play for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and wrote the critically acclaimed play Let the Right One In

The show will be directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie, an Olivier Award winner for the London production of In the Heights and an Olivier Award nominee this year for Jesus Christ Superstar. McOnie directed the U.K. premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical, and the recent London productions of The Wild Party and On the Town.

The score for King Kong is composed by four-time Grammy nominee Marius de Vries (the films La La LandMoulin Rouge, and Romeo + Juliet) with songs by Helpmann Award winner Eddie Perfect, composer and lyricist of the Broadway-bound BeetlejuiceStrictly Ballroom The Musical and Shane Warne The Musical

Pioneering creature designer Sonny Tilders developed Kong for the show, bringing together the worlds of animatronics and puppetry that has never been seen on stage before. Tilderswas honored by the Helpmann Awards, Australia’s highest theatrical honor, for Outstanding Theatrical Achievement.

 

The show is said to be a contemporary version of the novel based on the 1933 film's screenplay.

Madonna fans will recognize the name Marius de Vries ..

 
May 16 2017
WIN IT: Josh Groban's Autograph Or The NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 Original Broadway Cast Recording Comments (0)
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Enter to win the Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Original Broadway Cast Recording!
 
Comment this post with your favorite Broadway show of the season OR your favorite Tony-nominated musical of all time. I'll pick 3 of you at random to win 1 week from tonight at 5 p.m. ET. (U.S. Only)
 
One lucky winner will receive Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Playbill autographed by Josh Groban and a copy of the Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Original Broadway Cast Recording! Two runners-up will also receive a copy of the Original Broadway Cast Recording. 
 
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
 
the original Broadway cast recording ft. Josh Groban and Denée Benton from the acclaimed musical nominated for 12 Tony Awards!
 
 
For tickets to see the show, visit: http://greatcometbroadway.com
 
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Track Listing:
CD 1 
1. "Prologue"
2. "Pierre"
3. "Moscow"
4. "The Private and Intimate Life of the House"
5. "Natasha & Bolkonskys"
6. "No One Else"
7. "The Opera"
8. "Natasha & Anatole"
9. "The Duel"
10. "Dust and Ashes"
11. "Sunday Morning"
12. "Charming"
13. "The Ball"
 
CD 2
14. "Letters"
15. "Sonya & Natasha"
16. "Sonya Alone"
17. "Preparations"
18. "Balaga"
19. "The Abduction"
20. "In My House"
21. "A Call to Pierre"
22. "Find Anatole"
23. "Pierre & Anatole"
24. "Natasha Very Ill"
25. "Pierre & Andrey"
26. "Pierre & Natasha"
27. "The Great Comet of 1812"
 
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May 11 2017
Silver Streep: Check Out A Show Peopled By 14 Meryl Streep Characters Comments (0)

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I think I may have to attend STREEPSHOW!, a play featuring 14 iconic Meryl Streep characters (played by 12 actors) living together in the East Village.

From a press release:

This is the true story of 14 characters once played by Meryl Streep, picked to live in a house, and have their lives filmed to find out what happens when people stop being, oh I don't know, direct and start getting, well, breathy.
 
The characters in STREEPSHOW! have no knowledge of the actress Meryl Streep and think of themselves as real people with uncannily similar, tragic biographies. But when the winner of STREEPSHOW! is promised the opportunity to rewrite her tragedy, it's every Streep for her exquisitely-poised self. This is theater in reality TV drag, actors in Meryl drag, and America's pop music canon in cabaret drag.

This opens June 2. Get your tickets here.

 
May 09 2017
6-PACK — Tyson Bares All + South Beach Gay Assault Reported + Republican Meltdown + Sexual Perversity In Arizona + Comey Lied + Trying To Save Gay Men From Chechnya Comments (0)

Tyson-Beckford-nudeTyson showed less at Chippendale's! (Image via Instagram @tysoncbeckford)

WIDGETAttitude: Tyson Beckford stripped nude twice recently, including a butt shot in the desert that looks like dessert. (Work Unfriendly)

WIDGETTowleroad: “Gay people need to die!” South Beach man claims anti-gay attack. Sounds really weird.

WIDGETShareblue: Watch Rob Blum (R-Iowa) melt down — in front of bewildered kids — at the very beginning of an interview on the topic of Trumpcare.

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WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Kenneth is offering you something “blissfully perverse.”

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: Surprise! Comey probably perjured himself in his Senate testimony when he claimed Huma Abedin forwarded Hillary's emails to her husband.

WIDGETNPR: An org in Russia is working hard to help spirit gay men out of Chechnya:

 
May 02 2017
Tonys! Tonys! Tonéys!: Full Nominations Comments (0)

Great Comet Josh GrobanGreat timing for the Original Cast Recording — get yours here!

Via NYT: The Tony noms are out, with Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 and Hello, Dolly! leading the way.

Surprised not to see Allison Janney nominated — I loved her in Six Degrees of Separation.

Any snubs that pissed you off?

Full list after the jump ...

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Apr 20 2017
Strip U, Where Hazing Is Part Of The Core Curriculum Comments (0)

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Broadway Bares — coming June 18 — has a theme: Strip U.

This will allow director Nick Kenkel to explore hazing, frat boys, jocks and doing whatever it takes to erase student loans in the yearly extravaganze to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Get Your Tickets Here!

Keep reading for a brand-new video from behind the scenes of the promo shoot ...

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Apr 18 2017
6-PACK — THE MOST FABULOUS STORY EVER TOLD Ignites Furor + Comic Has Conflicted Views On Gays + Sheryl Crow Wants Female Musicians To Cover Up + Nikki Haley Addresses Chechnya Gay Crisis + Copping A Feel + Unitard Magic! Comments (0)

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WIDGETThe New York Times: The more things change, the more they stay the same — religious objections to blasphemous gay play The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told. Tickets!

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WIDGETBET: Comic Lavell Crawford's own father was gay, but he says being gay is “still f*cking weird,” conflates it with the trans push for bathroom rights, says we're not born gay.

WIDGETYouTube @ AXS TV: Sheryl Crow clucks her tongue at Madonna (by name) and probably Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj, among others, by implication, for having sexy art:

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: Nikki Haley is the highest-ranking Trumpster to acknowledge and demand answers about the Chechen concentration camp for gay men.

WIDGETTowleroad: When you don't want cops to keep their hands to themselves:

WIDGETJoe's Pub: Do not miss Unitard if you're in NYC in May — I saw them once and fell in love, and saw Nora Burns solo once and fell even harder.

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