658 posts categorized "THEATRE"

May 11 2020
A Better Way To Spend Mother's Day Than At A Viral Brunch Comments (0)

Bette-midler-mothers-day-boycultureA coupla Hello, Dolly! dollies (Image via video still)

Check out Broadway Does Mother's Day, billed as a benefit for the Broadway Cares COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund — it's got a little of everything, and a lot of everyone ...

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May 03 2020
Madonna & I Celebrate Important New York Anniversaries: SPEED-THE-PLOW Turns 32 Comments (0)
Madonna-speed-the-plow-mamet-boycultureI didn't get to see Madonna on the street, but I do now own that signage, inset. I guess this is a good example of why collecting ephemera has so much power — it's a substitute for, or reinforcement of, memories.
 
Thirty-two years ago today, on May 3, 1988, Madonna made her Broadway debut as David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow officially opened. Jennifer Grey, Billy Joel, Jennifer Beals and others showed up that night, and such luminaries as Jackie Onassis watched during the run.
 
 
The play received solid reviews (it was Tony-nominated for Best Play and Best Direction of a Play, and the late Ron Silver won the Tony for Best Actor), but Madonna was mostly panned. Frank Rich, in an outlier New York Times, review, controversially wrote:
 
Although her role is the smallest, Madonna is the axis on which the play turns —  an enigma within an enigma, in the manner of the Lindsay Crouse heroine in House of Games. It's a relief to report that this rock star's performance is safely removed from her own Hollywood persona. Madonna serves Mr. Mamet's play much as she did the Susan Seidelman film Desperately Seeking Susan, with intelligent, scrupulously disciplined comic acting. She delivers the shocking transitions essential to the action and needs only more confidence to relax a bit and fully command her speaking voice.
 
I made my first trip to NYC in order to see my idol late in the run of Speed-the-Plow, even though money was hard to come by. With $110 in my pocket, I landed in a thunderstorm on August 25, 1988, and told my cab driver, “Take me to the — “ well, to my friend's apartment building. Cost $18.
 
 
I saw Madonna & Co. on the day before the original cast ended its run. Imagine having so much invested in the belief that Madonna, who had loudly proclaimed she was over the play by then, would show up for her second to last matinee! But she did.

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Apr 27 2020
DNA Pube Peek + Even More ABOUT EVE + Underwear Contests 'n' Thirst Traps + Abrams Really Wants This + Porter: C'mon, Vote! + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: I'd like to dive into his deep end.

BELOW: Keep reading for red-hot DNA, even more about All About Eve, Stacey Abrams on Biden's pick, UFOs revealed, underwear contests and thirst traps and more ...

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TAKE ME TO THE WORLD: A SONDHEIM 90TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION Offers LuPone, Streep, Peters, McDonald & More For Charity Comments (0)

Meryl streep ladies who lunch sondheim boyculture(Image via Broadway.com)

Did you watch the tribute to Stephen Sondheim upon the occasion of his 90th birthday Sunday night?

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Apr 21 2020
Full-Frontal-palooza + Too Soon? Abrams On GA Opening + Kim Jong Un Foot In The Grave? + J.Lo Sued + Thigh Game + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: I need those ... pants!

BELOW: Keep reading for full-frontalpalooza, Trump bragging about his Bachelor-sized ratings, Stacey Abrams proves she would've been a better governor than Brian Kemp and more ...

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Apr 16 2020
16-Year-Old's I DREAMED A DREAM About Nightmarish Coronavirus Comments (0)

Covid-19-coronavirus-i-dreamed-a-dream-boycultureThere are so many lighthearted approaches to COVID-19, and truthfully, I think they're all good.

I don't think it's bad for people to take inspiration from darkness, or to try cute things to cheer others up.

Here, a 16-year-old out for a ride with his poker-faced mom (bursting with pride inside!) sings an entire parody of “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Misérables. Great voice ...

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Apr 01 2020
More Meloni Than You Can Handle + UNORTHODOX Hottie + 2nd Winter Party COVID-19 Death + DEAR EVAN HANSEN Perf + Carole Baskin Alert + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Maybe this mask thing could be fun?

BELOW: Keep reading for the latest on daddy Christopher Meloni, an Unorthodox hottie, the new series Outer Banks and more ...

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Mar 24 2020
Terrence McNally, Bard Of The American Theater, Felled By COVID-19; Dead @ 81 Comments (0)

Terrence-Mcnally_GifEvery word. (GIF via GIPHY)

Such a huge loss. 

Terrence McNally, the brilliant playwright and librettist behind everything from The Ritz to Master Class, Corpus Christi to The Full Monty, and — of course — Love! Valour! Compassion!, has died after battling COVID-19. He was 81.

Love-valour-compassion-gay-lgbt-lgbtq-terrence-mcnally-boycultureFrom the original production of the Broadway classic (Image by Martha Swope)

Full obit is here.

Mayor Bill de Blasio took time out to remember McNally in his presser: