Last week the Frisky staff trooped down to Union Square for what’s being called NYC’s hottest new musical, “Murder Ballad.” The rock musical explores a love triangle between a married mom with a party girl past, her doting NYU professor husband, and her sexy bartender ex-boyfriend — and just like the title warns, ends tragically. Keep reading »
Be honest: You’ve probably snuck a snack into a movie theater once or twice, right? Maybe it’s because of that one time that you binged on Junior Mints and can no longer look at them. Or maybe because you’d like to munch on something healthier than a Corgi-sized tub of buttered popcorn. Whatever the reason, it’s probably not good to brag about it the way that Oreo did. That’s right — Oreo, the cookie company, tweeted about sneaking Oreos (natch) into the movies. And they so got caught by movie theater company AMC. Check out the full Twitter battle after the jump… Keep reading »
Today in Call Me A Waaaah-mbulance News: Texas theater professor Linda Ozmun is suing her employer for citing her in an annual review for refusing to attend a gay-themed show performed by students back in 2010. Ozmun claims she refused to attend for religious reasons, but Lamar University wrote on her annual review in 2011 that not going to the students’ performance was “unacceptable.” Lamar also brought a performer to campus to perform a show and workshop dealing with subjects around homosexuality and Ozmun asked to be recused from attending; the school threatened her with disciplinary action if she did not go. Keep reading »
I would like to make a case for Neil Patrick Harris hosting, well, every awards show ever. Last night, he helmed the 2011 Tony Awards. Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s “Book Of Mormon” cleaned up, taking home nine awards over the course of the night—but that wasn’t the spectacular part. No, the highlight was Neil’s awesome musical numbers. Above, catch the opening song, in which Neil hilariously welcomes straight people to the theater. “Because Broadway has never been broader/ It’s not just for gays anymore,” he sings before busting out the best line ever, “We’re asking every hetero to get to know us better-o.” The whole number turned out awesome aside from Brooke Shields‘ strange flub.
Oh, and if you didn’t watch the full show, no worries—at the end, Neil did an awesome rap re-capping all the winners and events of the night. Watch it after the jump. Keep reading »
Lindsay Lohan in drag? It was bound to happen! Linday Lohan joins the esteemed, be-sequined ranks of Judy, Liza, and Barbra now that a New York-based actor, D’Arcy Drollinger, has memorialized her in a show opening this weekend in NYC, “Project: Lohan.” Rather than a formally scripted play, “Project: Lohan” is comprised of tabloid reporting and transcripts from Lindsay’s 911 calls and her mother Dina Lohan’s talk show appearances. Audio her skeezy dad Michael Lohan taped without her or Dina’s knowledge get their due, too. D’Arcy Drollinger may be a 42-year-old dude, but he gets LiLo just right with a blonde wig, a can of Red Bull at the ready, and chronic WTF-are-you-looking-at? bitchface. Drollinger picked up Long Island’s greatest as his muse after seeing her on the cover of Vanity Fair awhile ago, telling The New York Daily News “it was so painfully clear that this was a sort of Shakespearean drama or Greek tragedy that was being played out.” Indeed it is, pal. Indeed it is. As one of those celebrity gawkers who can’t look away from the trainwreck that is Lohan, I may just have to go see “Project: Lohan” myself. [New York Daily News] Keep reading »
This is a kids show?!?! Reason #612, then, not to make babies: the vacant eyeballs of “My Little Pony: The Musical” will never enter your home. Unless you’re a freak. Keep reading »
So tell me whatcha want, whatcha really, really want … it’s a Spice Girls musical, isn’t it?
No? Well, too bad, you’re getting one anyway: theater producer Judy Craymer, who brought “Mamma Mia!” to the stage, has announced she’s creating a Spice Girls musical called “Viva Forever.” The show will include 14 Spice Girls hits and will launch in London on November 5 of this year. Crayer said the story arc in the Spice Girls musical will be fictionalized, but will be a celebration of the pop stars’ “sisterhood.”
Ummm, but didn’t they break up? Keep reading »
If you’ve had your fill of adult movie spoofs, perhaps you would be interested in a musical about porn stars? A theater group is interviewing adult film stars in The Valley and collecting their stories to be turned into songs for a singing stage production of a not-yet-titled porn musical. Go figure! The New York-based Civilians and Los Angeles-based Center Theatre Group are joining forces to create the first (so far as I know) musical about the lives and times of those who live and work in San Fernando Valley’s sex industry. It’s like “Fiddler on the Roof”! With a lot more foolin’ around. [LA Times] Keep reading »
Working in a very supportive nearly all-female office I find it extremely hard to believe that women can have a gender bias against themselves. But I guess if you’re one of the lucky women who have successfully surpassed the glass ceiling, it’s possible that once inside the velvet ropes you may have a conscious or subconscious desire to keep the female success club exclusive. If this is true, the triumphant women then might make it exceptionally challenging for the rest of womankind to thrive.
I pose this thought because of a recent New York Times article titled ‘Rethinking Gender Bias in Theater’ that discusses the state of gender bias in the theater community and proves this phenomenon. It explains that female artistic directors and literary managers are two parts, of a three-part reason, as to why significantly less shows written by female playwrights are staged than plays written by males. The statistic isn’t so bad that they’re calling in the female affirmative action troops… yet.
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