146 posts categorized "THEATRE REVIEW"

Dec 27 2013
The Not-A-Peep Show Comments (0)

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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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Dec 18 2013
98 Degrees Of Separation: A Night With MEN OF THE STRIP Comments (0)
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98-Degrees-Popstar-Magazine-coverThe 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.

SEXY VIDEO IS HERE...

98-DegreesLucky 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.

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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.

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Dec 16 2013
Need To Know: Krier As Folk, Queer Eye, Come Up And See Her Sometime? You Bette! + MORE! Comments (0)

Gustavo-Krier-Jakarta-Wong-SimNot that there's anything Wong with it.

*widget boy cultureGustavo Krier shot in Jakarta by Wong Sim.

*widget boy cultureLogo's Male Gays will explore exactly what it implies.

*widget boy cultureHuckabee will run for prez if God sez so.

*widget boy cultureMadonna by Meisel from 1992—colorized.

*widget boy cultureTom Laughlin of the Billy Jack films dies at 82.

*widget boy cultureBette Midler moves from Sue Mengers to Mae West.

*widget boy cultureBeyoncé sells 500K in 48 hours without any PR.

*widget boy cultureHeathers, Mean Girls and Jawbreaker musicals to Broadway.

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Dec 09 2013
To Nomi Is To Love Me—A Review Of SHOWGIRLS!: THE MUSICAL! Comments (0)

ShowgirlsIn Nomi we thrust.

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.

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Dec 08 2013
The Most Wonderful Time Of The Queer: Unwrapping Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales Comments (0)

Jinkx-Monsoon-Major-ScalesBe careful of Jinkx's Santa claws, Major!

BOY CULTURE REVIEW: ***1/2 out of ****

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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.

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Dec 07 2013
Need To Know: Beauty King, Witten's Tight End, There Are Worse Things Madonna's Daughter Could Do + MORE! Comments (0)

DecMr Gay2This queen is King of the Gays. (Good choice!)

*widget boy cultureMr. Gay U.K. 2013 is crowned.

*widget boy cultureUnite, an LGBT biz mag, launches with Cyndi Lauper on the cover.

*widget boy cultureAnother way to enjoy OMG Blog.

*widget boy cultureJason Witten uses his tight end to sell jeans.

*widget boy cultureMadonna's Lola slays in Grease.

*widget boy cultureMadonna's ex-trainer REALLY hates juicing. (The other kind.)

*widget boy cultureHot model Pierre Bourricaud.

*widget boy cultureTool from South Carolina won't put flags at half-mast for FOREIGNER Nelson Mandela.

*widget boy cultureHottie Joseph Eid's Housing Works show is a can't-miss on December 17 in NYC.

Joseph-EidHe's only HUMAN.

 
Dec 02 2013
Boy Culture Turns 8: My 100 Favorite Posts! Comments (0)

BoyCultureBlogYou need a little (Boy) Culture!

StripperIt blows my mind to realize that Boy Culture is now eight years old. I can still remember the joy I felt when I figured out how to post, how to upload an image and how to embed a video. I remember every time a post blew up, bringing in hits and new viewers. I remember the longtime commenters, the trolls, the spam and the never-ending (and validating!) pitches and free tickets and photographers' snaps of half- or all-naked male models. 

RuPaul-Drag-RaceShooting for my blog has never been a drag.

Cone-boyI've used Boy Culture to express myself, to help express others and to connect to people internationally.

I've also used it to show off my humor (both high and low), to flaunt my obsessions, to reality-test my sexual diversions and perversions, to laud the art I love, to lash out against the enemies of gay people and to broadcast my admiration for Madonna.

I want to thank you all for having read this blog over the years. It's a very hard thing to maintain, and it will not be maintained forever. But each time I get some positive (or even just meaningful) feedback, each time my posts are shared on social media, each time something I've written elicits a response, it keeps me going that much longer.

Madonna-stepmother-Joan-MDNAMadonna's stepmother was not impressed.

Thank you. Please enjoy my 100 favorite posts, please let me know if you're reading any old ones for the first time and are liking them and, most of all, please share this entire post far and wide to help get my work out there.

**2008 first one 6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54fdddbfd8833-800wiMy first "Guydar" post from 2008.

As always, you can find me on Facebook (personal and blog), Twitter, Instagram and YouTube (plus, here are my YouTube greatest hits). 

ALL ORANGE TITLES ARE HOTLINKS.

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TOTALLY RANDOM LISTS (2011—2013)

I've gotten way into lists. Way. You'll find more of my lists higher up on, uh, this particular list. But the ones that are just completely random go here because I worked my ass off on them, because I love them and because—judging from Quantcast data—you like 'em, too.

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DuranMy favorite Duran Duran member.

POP QUIZ: VIDEOS THAT KILLED (2011)

Totally awesome '80s! Take this visual quiz to see how many classic music videos you can ID.

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Brando-DeanI wish sex tapes had existed in the '50s.

UNDER THE GAYDAR: 10 PEOPLE YOU MAY OR MAY NOT REALIZE WERE OR ARE QUEER (2012)

I got lots of feedback on this, mainly because nobody realized Nell Carter was with a woman at the time of her death.

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DazzlerI would've chipped in to get this one made.

WOULDA COULDA SHOULDA: 5 INCREDIBLE MOVIES THAT NEVER HAPPENED (2013)

I'm shamless for including Leda & Swan, a movie that was a bomb without ever even being made.

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Lizabeth-ScottGreat Scott!

IN & OUT: 25 STARS' FIRST & LAST PERFORMANCES IN FILM & ON TV (2013)

Being obsessed with nostalgia and with movies, this was fun—but so very taxing—to compile. I loved the randomness of it.

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PSBI hate that music has been sleeveless for 20 years.

20 7" SINGLE SLEEVES FROM THE '80S THAT BELONG IN A GALLERY (2013)

Just 20 from my massive collection of 45s. I got rid of my 12" records, but I've kept these guys because they're just too much a part of my childhood.

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Amanda-BlakeAmanda Blake's marriage was a mystery, with both spouses dying of AIDS.

GAY MARRIAGE: CELEBRITIES WHO MARRIED LGBT SPOUSES (2013)

It might've been more efficient to make a list of famous straight people who managed to marry other full-on heteros.

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Mark-MessierThe infamous Gary Coleman/Mark Messier two-shot seen 'round the world.

ODD COUPLES: 19 UNUSUAL CELEBRITY PAIRS (2013)

This post encapsulates my outlook on pop culture and my desire to twist it and play with it...except in this case, its participants are already doing the dirty work.

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Lake-GenevaHaunted House: The family home that haunted Jane and Bill's final years.

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A FIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (2007)

My late mentor's husband struggles to give away his family home.

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POLITICS (2005—2013)

I'm a political person and I blog about it a lot. Some of the entries stand up over time, but many are so of the moment it was hard to pull the ones I like best.

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Kevin-James-Adam-SandlerWhere Kevin James goes, (unintentional!!!) homophobia follows.

TRUNZO IS DUNZO (2007)

Star Magazine implying gay people aren't quite right? Not normal! This took off on several blogs and GLAAD got an apology from Trunzo over it. Some people think it's being "oversensitive," but Jesus...how much clearer is "Man to man" with a huge "NOT" (NORMAL) stamped over it?

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John-McCainIf McCain calls, I'm not here. 

NEW YORK TO McCAIN: DROP DEAD! (2008)

The time I saw John McCain and showed him exactly how I felt. 

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54fdcda278833-800wiThe Clintons practice some black magic 

WHITE MISCHIEF (2008)

When Bill and Hillary decided to use race in the race for the White House.

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Jason-WetheringtonCrist for the mill 

FLORIDA'S GOVERNOR ENGAYGED: DOES THIS COUNT AS "GAY MARRIAGE?" (2008)

Charlie Crist is gay. Really, really gay.

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Hillary-Clinton-guysThere's always 2016... 

HOW DO I LOVE THEE? LET ME COUNT THE GAYS... (2008)

The gay affair with Hillary Clinton.

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e554e2e7d28834Hail, Mary, full of disgrace

 SARAH PALIN = SPIRO AGNEW + HARRIET MIERS (2008)

Aw, she'll never last...

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Whoopi-Goldberg-Prop-8Whoopi-tee-doo & Kate, too! 

THE MARRYING KIND (2008)

That fabulously spontaneous anti-Prop 8 march in NYC.

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Barack-Obama"Fierce advocate" was once a taunt, and is now just true.

WITH US OR AGAINST US (2009)

A post from when the Obama Administration was considered almost openly hostile toward gay-rights advocates. I believe he's turned that impression around.

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IT GOT BETTER (2010)

The one where President Obama happily signed DADT out of existence.

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Sophie-B-HawkinsAs she lays her career down to sleep...

DAMN, I WISH SHE WOULDN'T DO THISI (2011)

Sopie B. Hawkins GOesProud. I wish she'd GOHome.

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Merv-Griffin-Tombstone_6I live for death!

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OBITUARIES (2009—2012)

I tend to write about almost every celebrity death I hear about, specializing in anyone from the Golden Era. These are two that really blew me away. You, too?

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Farrah-FawcettVery hazardous duties

AND JILL CAME TUMBLING AFTER (2009)

The death of Farrah Fawcett, a woman whose nips decorated my walls before I realized I had no use for them.

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Elizabeth-taylor-bathing-suitEnd credits

REFLECTIONS IN A VIOLET EYE: ELIZABETH TAYLOR DIES AT 79 (2011)

The biggest living star fades out. It's still hard to believe she isn't around anymore.

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Donna-SummerShe worked hard for the money.

LAST DANCE: DONNA SUMMER DIES AT 63 (2012)

I'd spent a long time hating Donna over her alleged anti-gay comments, but that rumor isn't the whole story on her life.

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Barbara-KentGood egg

MAKES SAD FACE, MOVES LIPS, TYPE APPEARS ON PANEL: "THE END" (2012)

I was surprised when no major news services noted the death of the last person to have starred in a silent film as an adult, Barbara Kent.

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Nov 14 2013
You Say You Want A Revolution?: A Review Of STRAWBERRY AND CHOCOLATE...Plus, WIN TICKETS! Comments (0)

Strawberry-Chocolate-shirtless-AJ_CedenoHavana good time, wishin' you were here.

Strawberry-and-Chocolate-logo-playI remember seeing the 1993 film Strawberry and Chocolate on a blind date. Which makes me feel ancient, since it is now regarded as a Cuban "classic" (it was nominated for an Oscar the year of its release as Best Foreign Language Film). The date sucked, but the movie definitely didn't—and now it's being rethought for the theater in a production directed by Tony winner Roger Robinson at 777 Theater in Manhattan.

In the same way that the original film's pleasures are simple—it's wit and nuance that dazzle, not sets and FX—so are the pleasures of this fine production: it's well acted, its characters are direct and the setting is evoked rather than laboriously conjured.

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Nov 12 2013
artRanting & artRaving: Gaga Rises Above (And Flies Over) Bad Press Event, Hosts Amazing Party Comments (0)
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15 LADY GAGA DSC00706I went to one of the most riotously mismanaged press events ever Monday night—and that's saying a lot, considering I've been to hundreds over the past 15+ years, from rinky-dink teen parties to massive, mainstream clusterfucks. But oddly, as horrible as the press part was, the event it preceded went off without a hitch. In fact, the event—Lady Gaga's much-ballyhooed artRave—was really a blast, and would've been even more so had I not been having a bad age day and if I were more in love than in hate with her new record, ARTPOP.

I don't want anyone's "fucking throne" any more than Gaga, but I do expect to be treated respectfully, which was not on the menu.

Hear me out, Monsters, before sending me GRID-infected needles in the mail—and then if you're still not satisfied, hold your venom and just use me for the great pictures.

First, all press needed to arrive by 4:15PM at E. 35th and FDR to board a ferry, which would take us to the secret location, the Brooklyn Navy Yard. This meant it would be a torturously long evening, considering the party was starting at 9PM and rumor had it Gaga was going on around 1AM. But I showed up on time, only to find a gaggle of creatively attired Little Monsters cheerfully lined up on the pier, all hoping their chic sassiness would get them into the party, even without invitations. They were pretty adorable, but like gremlins, do not add water or all hell breaks loose. (I later heard zero fans were allowed into the event, only those with tickets, so it seems inhumane not to have rewarded at least the ones camped out and dressed up.)

The first harrumph came when I checked in, only to be told the PRs had no idea I was going to cover the red carpet, so they couldn't accommodate me. Uh, the event was structured as a press conference, tour of the space, red carpet and then party. Why on earth would I cover everything but the carpet? "I'll try to accommodate you, but it's very full," my contact said, unconcerned. Okay.

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ArtpopFerried over, having to listen to some of the photographers being assholes (they're not all assholes, far from it, but they're like the dwarves in Lord of the Rings—very clannish). One woman always acts like Queen of the Event Photogs, relaying info to us like she's our union rep. Unnecessary and presumptuous.

I'm so glad this is not my living. I give much respect to my sweet pal, who was with me but who shall remain nameless so as not to jeopardize his standing in said clan, who manages to do his job without being a jerk and without letting it drive him nuts. (He's nuts for different reasons.)

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Nov 07 2013
Wild Party: A Review Of LA SOIREE Comments (0)

The English GentsThe English Gents...what a body of work!

BOY CULTURE REVIEW: *** out of ****

I was recently invited to something called La Soirée at the Union Square Theater. To be honest, I had no idea what it was, and the invite was sufficiently vague that I showed up with almost no concept of what to expect. Good thing I didn't know it was a cabaret-style, balls-out carnivale with more audience participation than I've ever witnessed in a single show...I might never have gone! But then, I might never have had the pleasure of enjoying this inventive, saucy, old-fashioned romp.

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