aTypical Joe: a gay New Yorker living in the rural South
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Like children’s theater for 40-year-old gay people
Xanadu on Broadway was everything I hoped for and more (seriously) packed into 90 intermission free minutes of frothy fun.
I was in the audience on what was to have been opening night. As it turned out, the opening of the stage musical version of the mega-flop movie was delayed when lead James Carpinello (recently of Saturday Night Fever) suffered a foot injury. The opening is now scheduled for July 11.
Cheyenne Jackson stepped into the role of the frustrated record album cover artist named Sonny who is inspired by the nine muses of ancient Greece to fulfill that greatest of artistic achievements - a roller disco. “My heart goes out to [Carpinello]...I am honored to borrow his skates.”
Jackson, whose Sonny was buff toothy innocence and terrific, was previously in the off-Broadway musical Altar Boyz that I so thoroughly enjoyed but he may more broadly be known as the openly-gay actor who played gay hero Mark Bingham, one of the real-life characters in the Oscar-nominated film United 93.
His muse, Kira/Clio, is played by Kerry Butler who created the role of Penny Pingleton in Hairspray (the last show on Broadway I saw before moving down to Georgia). She was more recently on Broadway as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. I saw her years ago off-Braodway as Shelley in the cult hit (and personal favorite) Batboy: the Musical.
James Wolcott, who enjoyed the show every bit as much as I did - “It was like taking Ecstasy in Broadway ticket form” - says of Butler:
She is a flowing vision on roller skates, a blonde creamy confection of Olivia Newton-John, the divine Kyle Minogue, and Sarah Michelle-Gellar. She does things to vowels with her mock-Australian accent that should earn her a birdbath perch on musical-comedy Mt. Olympus. I truly, truly dug what she was doing, and I shall now pause to run a comb through my hair.
Wolcott points to another Xanadu convert at NYC Stories:
Xanadu is one of the funniest things to land on a Broadway stage in ages. I laughed and groaned from beginning to end. This show is far far over the top. It might even be over the top’s top, but luckily it knows it and knows just what to do with that material to make an audience laugh. This super campy production is about the only thing that could have been done with the movie to make it work on the stage… See the show now, as it will probably have a hard time hanging on for long. It might just prove to be too gay for Broadway. Then again, you never know. It could turn out to be the smash hit of 2007.
Moore than a movie, it’s a campaign
I saw Sicko in Chelsea last night - the audience burst into spontaneous applause three times - and reveled in every minute of its over the top advocacy. He could have made a safer, more balanced movie, but why the hell should he? Does anyone imagine that if he had the Right would stop calling him a zealot, propagandist and a demagogue?
Moore’s been deftly building the grass roots momentum for his campaign, through strategery and sold out sneak previews across America and on the web. A few weeks ago, he asked people to share their horror stories with us:
Here are the responses so far.
FOR MORE MOORE: Here’s Michael on The Daily Show.
Slate’s review, “Even those viewers who are ideologically in sync with Michael Moore can find plenty to critique in his methods: the gimmicks, the deck-stacking, the deliberate neglect of opposing points of view. On the other hand, even Moore’s worst ideological enemies would be hard put to dispute the basic argument of his new film Sicko (Weinstein Co.): The American health-care system is a sick joke and has been for a very long time.”
The most hyped gadget in tech history
PC World did an iPhone stress test which included putting one in a shake ‘n bake with a bag full of key chains.
TUAW gushes, “Words cannot describe how incredibly wonderful this thing feels to touch and hold. It is an absolute marvel of engineering. Gorgeous in every way.”
The NYTimes reports, “Apple wanted a spectacle when the iPhone went on sale, and it got just that.”
The DC mayor got his, “a guy behind me yells out ‘fix the schools first,’ the guy gives him the finger and sneers, ‘there’s only 15 left.’… a lot of people in the back of the line probably aren’t getting an iPhone today.”
Thomas Hawk - over a glass of wine and with the iPhone still in the box 4 hours after he bought it - reflects on his time as an iPhone line geek. Stephen Berlin Johnson’s got one too, “Tried to be clever and buy at the downtown Brooklyn AT&T store, which was a nightmare and limited me to only one phone.”
Here Meredith Viera fumbles with it on the Today Show.
I’ll have news of the contrarians when I’m back from Tekserve where I’m off with a friend to buy, of all things, a MacBookPro.