By Jeff Walsh
Tales of the City, the musical based on the beloved books by Armistead Maupin, opens in San Francisco tonight. The story is set in the 70s and brings together a magic group of characters for a timeless story of self-discovery, family, and community.
The show fuses Maupin's books with some of the creative team behind Avenue Q, and music written by singer Jake Shears and musician John Garden of the dance pop band, The Scissor Sisters (My review of the show will run later this week).
I recently spoke with Shears during the show's preview run, and here's what we had to say:
By Jeff Walsh
Violet Tendencies is a fun fag hag movie, starring Mindy Cohn (Natalie from TV's Facts of Life) as the hag in the starring role.
The movie, which comes out on DVD May 24, opens on a wedding, as a fag hag is getting married surrounded by hot gay men. The bride notes that she was the last fag left, quickly adding, well... except for Violet.
Violet is so surrounded by gay men that she barely knows how to navigate the straight world, and when she does meet straight guys through an online phone dating service, her gay-tuned candor and humor sends them packing.
Violet's gay friends are all in some state of taking their lives from where they are at present to a next level, whether that is monogamy or adopting children. When Violet finally meets someone interested in her, a Mormon architect with whom she doesn't share much of anything in common, she abandons her gay life for a chance at happiness.
By Jeff Walsh
Nick Adams has been in three of my favorite shows: A Chorus Line, La Cage Aux Folles, and now he is one of the leads in Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, a new musical on Broadway based on the Australian movie. Sadly at this point in time, I've only seen the movie version of Priscilla, which I've adored for years, but that will be remedied as soon as possible.
For those of you unfamiliar with the movie, Priscilla is a road trip picture with two drag queens and a transvestite on a road trip through the Australian outback with a lot of campy bitchery and disco anthems peppered throughout.
Nick, 27, became more visible when he appeared in the revivial of A Chorus Line. He got press when he landed a 2(x)st underwear campaign, landing the shoot over his Chorus Line co-star Mario Lopez, which the media turned into a feud that both actors deny (publicly, at least).
He then appeared as one of The Cagelles in La Cage, where he stole every scene he was in as the odd drag queen out. And now, he recently opened Priscilla on Broadway, landing one of the main roles in the show, as well as the funniest, bitchiest, showiest roles in the piece.
In the movie, his role was played by a young unknown Guy Pearce. There's a good chance that magic will repeat itself with Nick's career.
Nick and I chatted on a spotty phone connection this week, and here's what we had to say:
Had to watch a movie about labor camps in History today. I didnt exactly want to. Not because I dont find that subject important just because I do find it important, so important that I could cry everytime I watch movies like that. The subject is important to me and the fact that everyone else in my history class dont look at it that way and see it as an oppurtunity to catch up on sleep, makes me even more sad and very angry. Plus when I watch movies on labor camps I am in a horrific mood afterwards and its all I can think about. Maybe its because I care too much or maybe its because I am just screwed up like that. Either way, it affects me a lot and I needed to get that out of my system.
So it's Out In Africa again.. last year I went to see 1 movie.. which was the second movie I had ever walked out of (Beau Travail (sp) , Phantom Menace being the first).
This year however.. there are so many movies I have to go see..
most notably , Fluffer, O Boys , Luster , The Man That I Love, Sex, Politics and Cocktails , Sordid Lives and Webcam Boys (the 'sequel' to 101 Rent Boys)
Have you ever had the feeling that you just wanted the floor to open up and swallow you?
When I stare at a mirror in an empty room,
I see her staring back at me.
When I sit alone with only a piano as my companion,
I hear him playing back to me...
Well, I just had a lovely evening with a friend from high school. She's someone who I've always gotten along with, and whom I went to prom with (as friends, with 2 other girls). I wouldn't be suprised if she were gay; I've NEVER known her to date guys (well...anyone for that matter). Prior to tonight's "date", I was excited, and wondered if there might be a possiblity of something between us. (forget the fact that she doesn't know about me, and I have no clue about her). Let's just say there there's definitely nothing happening between us. It was totally just my wishful thinking and desire for a girlfriend warping my memories of my relationship with this friend. *sigh* oh well...