I love musicals.
Oh, you hate musicals? Really? I’ll get to you and your opinion in a second.
First, I’m making a public confession: I am a white, heterosexual man who loves musicals. I don’t give a shit who knows. You are not your demographic. The people who make up focus groups are demented human beings.
I eat bacon cheeseburgers. I love pranks. I watch professional wrestling. Well, maybe that last one doesn’t prove anything. Pro wrestling is just Redneck Broadway. Keep reading »
Back in February, some jerk politicians in South Carolina threatened cut the College of Charleston’s budget because they didn’t like the books that freshman were assigned to read for 2013 orientation. Those books were Out Loud: The Best Of Rainbow Radio, which tells the story of South Carolina’s first LGBT radio show, a Fun Home, a graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel. Legislators advanced bills that would cut funds in the amount that was spent on implementing the orientation’s reading campaigns.
This week, the off-Broadway cast of “Fun Home,” a new show based on Bechdel’s (amazing) 2006 memoir about being the lesbian daughter of a closeted gay father, performed to sold out audiences at the school’s Memminger Auditorium. “Fun Home” the play was recently named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Miraculously, no one who attended the performances has suddenly become came. It’s still early yet, though. Keep reading »
Apparently, a Back to the Future musical stage show has been in the works for the last decade. I suspect time travel. Read more on The Mary Sue…
In addition to being the best of friends, Sirs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are both legends of the stage, and they are sharing that stage in two productions on Broadway, “No Man’s Land” and “Waiting For Godot” (both plays also star Billy Crudup and Shuler Hemsley). Ami and I had the opportunity to go see “No Man’s Land” (written by Harold Pinter) last week and loved it. Stewart and McKellen star as two elderly writers who meet at a pub and then spend the rest of the evening drinking (a lot) and talking. Their dude bonding is interrupted by the arrival of two younger men, and all of their connections to each other are exposed. It’s a play that uses language, word play and, most of all, timing to inspire laughter. And we’re giving away two tickets to see “No Man’s Land” to one lucky reader! Prize details, rules and entry form are after the jump! Keep reading »
Exciting news, Potterheads! JK Rowling has announced that she has teamed up with British theater producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender to create a stage version of “Harry Potter.” The upcoming play will focus on an as-yet-unexplored time in Harry’s life: his early childhood years “as an orphan and outcast” before he received that fateful letter from Hogwarts. “Over the years I have received countless approaches about turning Harry Potter into a theatrical production,” Rowling said in a statement, “but Sonia and Colin’s vision was the only one that really made sense to me, and which had the sensitivity, intensity and intimacy I thought appropriate for bringing Harry’s story to the stage.” Rowling won’t be writing the script, but she will work closely with producers to ensure it matches her vision. I’ll raise my butterbeer to that! [People]
Mark Shenton, a theater critic for nearly 12 years at UK’s Sunday Express, announced in a post on today’s web site he was fired. What did Shenton do? Twenty-two years ago, he appeared in some “private, personal (but entirely legal)” photographs taken by a friend in San Francisco. Recently, those images were posted by someone else on a for-pay gay web site. “A malicious third party” alerted the Sunday Express and made their theater critic aware these images were online. Shenton confirmed the pictures were indeed him.
The newspaper then handed him a pink slip. Keep reading »