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:
It turns out that a new development arose when I least expected it.
There is a new guy in my life. I met him last night, we talked, and we're going to give things a try.
... and the other guy is going to have to deal this time.
No, I'm not doing this just to get back at him.
I'm not even sure if I want to get back at him.
But I think things are going to be a little more interesting now.
For those who haven't followed my life's events very closely (which is most of you, I'm sure), I've had a crush on my friend Erin since Freshman Orientation. I've come to realize that she is, without a doubt, straight, so I'm trying to focus my attention elsewhere. However, I still have a bit of a crush on her. Well, we were talking about room assignments for next year at dinner the other night, and she said that maybe she and I could room together...
i love flirting with her. i wonder what will happen on saturday. i'm not going to let myself get hurt this time. i'll see what happens between us and back out if i need to. but of course i like her...so who knows? one must take risks!
IS THERE A SWEET, YOUNG, ADORABLE, *DECENT*, BI/LESBIAN GIRL OUT THERE IN THE BAY AREA FOR ME? *sigh* SAFETY IS AN ISSUE,BUT BEING FRUSTRATED CAN LEAD TO FATAL EMBARASSMENT (i.e. RIGHT NOW). HOLLA BACK.....ONE N ALL.
I suck. I'm 18 years of age and I don't have a boyfriend. There's no one in sight. Not only that, but I live way out on the outskirts of my city. (not suburbs, just outskirts). Yeah, that means I'm a 30 minute drive from the closest gay hangout. My school is out here, too, but it's to small and too damn closed-minded - I'm not going to find anyone here. (There are 43 seniors in my class).
well, I think the title's obvious.