Archive for the ‘Theater’ Category

TBT PSA: Pokemon Live Existed, and Andrew Rannells Was In It
March 3, 2016

You might think that Pokemon has no business being on a blog that’s so limp wristed it’s a wonder it ever gets written, and you’d be right! Much like a last lingering feint of heterosexuality, I haven’t touched the stuff since high school, but apropos of Pokemon’s 20th anniversary (not that I’d know) (jk; I’d totally know), let’s please take a moment to revel in the fact that Pokemon Live was touring theatrical musical experience that actually existed (!), and Andrew Rannells (!!!) was in it (!!!!!).

Yes, I’m talking the Andrew Rannells, he of the enviably perpetual babyface, my 2nd favorite of the Broadway Hedwigs (behind John Cameron Mitchell, of course), and one third of my new favorite celebrity dream thruple Andrew Rannells and Corey Stoll on Girls and Please Don’t Forget Me, or RannellStollME, for short. In case you don’t believe me, here’s his hottest moment from the commercial in GIF form, where he plays James:

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Dreams Do Come True: John Cameron Mitchell Is in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway
January 24, 2015

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Good golly, y’all. I remember the days when talk of Hedwig and the Angry Inch coming to Broadway was but a rumor that warmed the cockles of my campy, cantankerous heart. Last year it finally happened, though, and that has been the best. Neil Patrick Harris was the best; Andrew Rannells was the best; Michael C. Hall was the best; and, throughout it all, Lena Hall has definitely been the best. But now John Cameron Mitchell is making his triumphant return to Hedwig for an eight-week engagement, and there isn’t a grandma’s grab bag of clutchable pearls big enough to contain my emotions, so I’ll just post this still from JCM’s brilliant 2001 film adaptation and leave it at that. It’s a rare instance of restraint, for sure, but I’m wide open with emotion and don’t want to make a mess everywhere.

 

Jersey Shore Deep Thoughts: On the Importance of Being Earnest. (Or at the Very Least, Oscar Wilde.)
April 29, 2011

At the onset of “Notes on ‘Camp’,” Susan Sontag pulls a quote from Oscar Wilde’s Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young:

One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.

In both cases, this probably explains why I have long adored JWOWW’s mixed-media abstract expressionist piece, Two Cantaloupes in a Banana Hammock:

Anyways, I’m clearly not the only one who sees Oscar Wilde’s camp musings have come to life on Jersey Shore. The Roundabout Theater Company recently produced a series of shorts where the stars of its new production of The Importance of Being Earnest (Santino Fontana and David Furr) quote the cast of Jersey Shore in the only way that could improve perfection: as if Snooki et al. were themselves Oscar Wilde characters. It’s better than inventing the freakin’ poof, so without further ado, “Jersey Shore Gone Wilde”:

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There’s No Better News Than the News That Hedwig and the Angry Inch Is Heding Back to Broadway
March 31, 2010

Get it?  Hed-ing?  In a story about Hedwig and the Angry Inch?  It’s a pun, A PUN!  Carrie Sadshaw would be so proud!  And I probably should have switched to decaf before writing about this glorious news!  Seriously, it’s hard to type when your eyeballs won’t stop vibrating on account of those few too many cups of coffee and and the rush of adrenaline brought about by PURE EXCITEMENT, but I digress.

The New York Post is reporting that Hedwig and the Angry Inch will be coming to Broadway this fall with all of its principal artistic forces intact.  John Cameron Mitchell will be reprising the role of everybody’s favorite botched-job transexual rocker, and Steven Trask will be adding additional songs and musical material.  Added to that, David Binder and Peter Askin will be returning as producer and director, respectively.

In related news brought to you first by me, thousands upon thousands of gay men and fag hags the world over are making this face right now. Understandably so, theater queens and the ladies who love them, but let’s all simmer down.  There’s more to the Post‘s story, and this part is particularly intriguing:

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I Can’t Believe the News Today! Tragedy Has Struck Broadway!
August 12, 2009

Mon dieu, y’all!  Did you hear the news today about Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the Spider-Man musical that was to be directed by Julie Taymor and has songs written by Bono and the Edge?  It’s simply terrible:

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NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!  Not an indefinite hiatus!  Damn you, recession!   You’re ruining EVERYTHING.

The New York Post has the details:

Last week, production crews at both the Hilton Theatre and the scene shop where the show was being built were put on “hiatus” because the producers ran out of money. Assistants in the scene shop “ran to the bank to cash their checks because they weren’t sure they’d clear,” a source says.

Now comes word that the actors have been released from their contracts, with no incentive (i.e., money) to hang around waiting for the production to get back on track.

While I’m rather certain Shmarker will be deeply disappointed by this news, I personally can’t say that I’m that sad.  Or even surprised.

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I Guess I’m Excited About Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark?
February 26, 2009

Apparently some people I know have me pegged as being particularly excited about this lil’ piece of news:

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Hrmmm, I wonder why?  Could it be because I’m a nerd, or is it that to say that I like U2 is a gross understatement.  Who knows?  Whatever the reason, the sentiment was appreciated, but also:

I already knew that!  My nerdiness is lightning-quick like that, and if you really think I’m not going to be refreshing the official Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark website multiple times daily in eager anticipation of breaking news and/or ticket sales, then you obviously don’t know me or my obsessive tendencies in the slightest.

That doesn’t mean I’m not skeptical though.

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