146 posts categorized "THEATRE REVIEW"
BOY CULTURE RATING: *** out of ****
My friend and I spent a fun Friday sampling the new play Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, adapted by Matt Murphy from the popular book by Dan Anderson and Maggie Berman (777 Theatre). It's got humor and some skin, so it was a given I'd go.
Despite the lip-synching jab in my title (hey, even her most ardent fan pointed out it's "painfully" obvious there is way more track than Brit-Brit in the show!), the first review of Britney's Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino residency is breathlessly enthusiastic. Even if it is written by her fan club, it's thorough and does a good job of making the show sound like the opposite of Wayne Newton.
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The first photo shoot I ever assigned and oversaw was in fall of 1998. I hadn't launched the teen-entertainment mag Popstar! yet, but was in the planning stages, and—not knowing shit about teen mags other than loving the luxe, all-color British ones—I decided the first issue would be themed: The hottest men in music.
Teen girls don't really like men, they like boys. That was my first mistake.
However, gay male magazine editors do like men, so I was frantically searching for someone who would be cover-worthy, and yet would agree to pose for a non-existent magazine.
Lucky for me, the boy band craze was in full swing. It didn't take much persuading to get 98°—a new act, but a cute one that actually straddled the boy/man line pretty well—to agree to a shoot, so we met at a seedy bar on Houston Street and in my photographer-of-choice's considerably less boozy studio to take a series of pretty spectacular images that would've been as much at home in a men's fashion magazine as in a teenybopper mag.
The guys were supernice, if somewhat...nervous? See, Chiun-Kai Shih, already making a name for himself as a fashiony shooter, was documenting the entire shoot, complete with candids of them changing, and the guys were somewhat reluctant to go shirtless. (Many boy bands would start shirtless and quickly cover up once they decided it felt "gay" or "cheesy.) The 98° member with the hottest body, baby-faced Jeff Timmons, was, along with Nick Lachey, the one most often asked to disrobe, so he was pretty reluctant. We got a precious few full-on shirtless shots and some fun peekaboos. The cover looked sensational, and I would wind up working with them steadily for years.
Gustavo Krier shot in Jakarta by Wong Sim.
Logo's Male Gays will explore exactly what it implies.
Huckabee will run for prez if God sez so.
Madonna by Meisel from 1992—colorized.
Tom Laughlin of the Billy Jack films dies at 82.
Bette Midler moves from Sue Mengers to Mae West.
Beyoncé sells 500K in 48 hours without any PR.
Heathers, Mean Girls and Jawbreaker musicals to Broadway.
BOY CULTURE REVIEW: **1/2 out of ****
I paid to see the movie Showgirls in the theater in 1995. I did this in spite of the fact that Joe Eszterhas, one of the all-time worst screenwriters, had already insulted me with Basic Instinct in 1992, a movie so bad I still get annoyed at how enjoyable many people thought it was.
BOY CULTURE REVIEW: ***1/2 out of ****
I can count on one hand the number of drag queens who have felt really important and original, and who have entertained me in a way that went beyond lip-synching a song by a diva greater than herself—people like Divine and Varla Jean Merman have done it, but no one in years, until Jinkx Monsoon came along.
Still on a high from seeing her and her creative partner Major Scales in The Vaudevillians (not only once, but twice), I was lucky enough to be invited to see the duo practically improvise a holiday show at the Laurie Beechman. Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales: Unwrapped is what it would be like if hard liquor, douche hoses and the gift of song were considered appropriate stocking stuffers, a good-humored, flirtily tasteless, musically inspired collection of twisted holiday stories and tunes.
Mr. Gay U.K. 2013 is crowned.
Unite, an LGBT biz mag, launches with Cyndi Lauper on the cover.
Another way to enjoy OMG Blog.
Jason Witten uses his tight end to sell jeans.
Madonna's Lola slays in Grease.
Madonna's ex-trainer REALLY hates juicing. (The other kind.)
Hot model Pierre Bourricaud.
Tool from South Carolina won't put flags at half-mast for FOREIGNER Nelson Mandela.