I assume that Kinsey Whiskey is fully a 6 on the scale.
There are a lot of songs titled “Lauren Bacall.” Here’s a good one that sounds as if it was written about me! “Blonde and tall / She had it all / With a voice like Lauren Bacall.”
Watch middle-aged Eartha Kitt turn all of these straight married men into extremely gay chorus boys! God, I was born in the wrong time.
God, Broadway has gotten boring.
You know how Liza Minnelli played Roxie Hart in the original 1975 production of Chicago, right? No? Well, when star Gwen Verdon swallowed some confetti (this a decade after she swallowed a feather in Sweet Charity) and the show was already faltering at the box office, what choice did director Bob Fosse and songwriters Kander and Ebb have but to turn to their secret weapon, Liza with a z? She learned the entire role in a week flat; there was no advance publicity; she didn’t even get billing. And apparently attending one of those performances in that month was like being at a rock show.
More importantly, you can hear Liza performing “Roxie” live! She has a wildly different take on the role than either Verdon/Reinking or Renee Zellweger, but it’s amazing to hear her sounding amazing live on stage. (Also included here is Liza’s high-energy performance set to a lounge music version of “My Own Best Friend” on Sammy and Co.)
I really hate this song from Hair, and Liza’s bizarre, psychedelic cover on TV, all zoned out eyes and tentative upper register, doesn’t make me like it any more. And yet I can’t look away.
My jaw was literally hanging open watching this awkward song from Angela Lansbury, Joan Collins, and Dana Wynter at the 1959 Academy Awards, during which they insult nominees Susan Hayward, Shirley McLaine, and Rosalind Russell (“Your mother could’ve scored in Auntie Mame,” particularly choice given what would eventually make Lansbury a star). Please watch it and remember that the Oscars have always enjoyed insulting its nominees; that’s not just a Ricky Gervais innovation. There is nothing new ever.
Today has been lost in a haze of YouTube videos capturing… unusual high school productions of musicals. Maybe I should post the bizarre production of Dreamgirls, featuring a skinny Effie and a spoken version of “It’s All Over.” Or something from a wildly extravagant production of Chicago? But instead, I will post this high school production of Gypsy and the showstopping “You Gotta Get a Gimmick.” You’re welcome.