Tuesday, January 23, 2018

First Look At Upcoming Broadway Revival Of "The Boys In The Band"

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Ryan Murphy will team with Wicked producer David Stone to bring a 50th-anniversary revival of The Boys in the Band to Broadway, assembling a deluxe cast that significantly includes some of the most prominent out-and-proud gay actors in Hollywood.

Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Charlie Carver and Andrew Rannells will head the ensemble in a production directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello.

First produced in 1968, Crowley's biting comedy drama is a groundbreaking work among pre-Stonewall depictions of LGBTQ characters, chronicling the fun and frictions that emerge when a group of gay male friends gather for a boozy birthday party in New York City. The play is loved and loathed to an equal extent, with some calling it a perpetuation of negative bitchy stereotypes and others hailing it as a breakthrough in its intimate exploration of the attitudes and behavior of gay men at a time when cultural representation was minimal.

"The significance of The Boys in the Band cannot be underestimated," Murphy said Wednesday in a statement. "Mart Crowley made history by giving voice to gay men onstage, in this uncompromising, blisteringly honest, and wickedly funny play. While some attitudes have thankfully shifted, it's important to be reminded of what we have overcome and how much further we still have to go."

Added Stone: "Everything has changed. And nothing has changed."

Also featured in the cast will be Robin de Jesus, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington and Tuc Watkins. The role of "Cowboy," a hunky hustler presented by one of the guests as a gift to birthday boy Harold (played by Quinto), remains to be cast.

The comic drama debuted off-Broadway in 1968 hoping to run for five performances. The production became an instant sell-out and ran for over 1,000 performances.

While being touted as a "revival," this will actually be the first appearance of the play on the Great White Way.

The Boys in the Band will begin a limited 15-week run at the Booth Theater on Broadway April 30, 2017.

Video "first-look" of the cast here.

AG Jeff Sessions Questioned Regarding Russian Investigation

Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions became the first cabinet member of Donald Trump's administration to be questioned by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team looking into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Additionally, former FBI director, James Comey, has been interviewed by the special counsel's team.

From The New York Times:

The interview with Mr. Comey focused on a series of memos he wrote about his interactions with Mr. Trump that unnerved Mr. Comey. In one memo, Mr. Comey said that Mr. Trump had asked him to end the F.B.I.’s investigation into the former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn.

After the president’s request was disclosed, the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, appointed Mr. Mueller as the special counsel to lead the Russia investigation and examine whether the president obstructed justice.

The attorney general announced in March that he had recused himself from all matters related to the 2016 election, including the Russia inquiry. The disclosure came after it was revealed that Mr. Sessions had not told Congress that he met twice with the Russian ambassador to the United States at the time, Sergey I. Kislyak, during the campaign.

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7.9 Earthquake In Gulf Of Alaska Triggers Tsunami Warnings

From CNN:

A magnitude-7.9 earthquake detected in the Gulf of Alaska has triggered tsunami warnings in Alaska and tsunami watches across several Western states.

A tsunami warning is in effect for southeast and south Alaska, including the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Islands, as well as British Columbia in Canada. A tsunami watch is in effect for California, Oregon and Washington, according to the Tsunami Warning Center.

Neil Diamond, Diagnosed With Parkinson's Disease, Will Retire From Touring

Neil Diamond

Pop music legend Neil Diamond has announced that, due to a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, will retire from concert touring.

From The New York Daily News:

“It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years. My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows,” Diamond said in a statement on his website.

“I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come. My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world. You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement. This ride has been ‘so good, so good, so good’ thanks to you.”

The Brooklyn native will wrap up his 50th anniversary tour in October in London, but the third leg of the tour, scheduled for Australia and New Zealand, has been canceled.

Diamond is set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Recording Academy at the Grammy Awards Sunday.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Poll: Americans Are Split On Whether Trump Is Mentally Stable Or Not

This surely isn't how Donald Trump envisioned beginning his second year in the White House.

A new poll from ABC News/Washington Post shows substanially more Americans give President Obama the credit for the ongoing positive economic situation.

Specifically, only 38% of those polled say today's economic conditions are a "great deal/good amount" a result of Trump's efforts,  while 50% say Obama gets the credit.

Additionally, the country is split on whether or not Trump is mentally stable - 48% say he is, 47% say no.

And though Trump tells us all he has "the best brain," 73% of Americans don't think he's a genius; a small 21% agree with the Trumpster on that one, though.

Ralph Lauren Unveils Team USA's 2018 Winter Olympic Uniforms

2018 US Winter Olympian Gus Kenworthy

Since 2008, fashion designer Ralph Lauren has outfitted Team USA for the Olympics and Paralympics.

With the 2018 Winter Games just weeks away, RL unveiled his designs today for the opening and closing ceremony uniforms.

This year's designs include "wearable heating technology."

From USA Today:

Roundly mocked in 2014 for a chaotic, patchwork cardigan sweater, the brand went classic red, white and blue this time around for the opening ceremony and white for the closing parade of athletes in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Both have a cozy bit of technology built in to keep athletes extra warm.

Athletes will be treated to stretchy skinny jeans and a far less busily designed sweater for opening, with a stretch knit pant — think structured sweat pant — for closing. The jeans have moto-inspired seaming. Accessories include a navy wool ski hat and USA-themed navy bandanna. On the athletes’ feet will be brown suede mountaineering boots with red laces for the outdoor opening.

And then there are the gloves. They’re more Ralph than Ralph himself, a Western style in suede with fringe in rawhide brown and decorated in hand-beaded Olympic rings and an American flag. They’re lined in white and fit over the wrists. Warm, yes. Yee haw! Lasso not included.
Check out the new Team USA uniforms below.

(h/t JoeMyGod)

News Round-Up: January 22, 2018

Some news items you might have missed:

• I'm still jazzed about 2016 Summer Olympic sensation Pita Taufatofua (above) becoming a cross-country skier heading to the 2018 Winter Olympics in only a year.

• A young gay came out to his mother in Mississippi last week. But when the mother didn't know how best to respond, she wisely called a gay bar looking for advice :)

• The Twitterverse is not happy seeing Timothée Chalamet lose the Golden Globe and SAG Awards for his acclaimed performance in Call Me By Your Name to Gary Oldman.

• Porn actor Tegan Zayne tweets that two summers ago his co-star, Topher DiMaggio, forced him to have sex the night before shooting a scene. Zayne also alleges DiMaggio demeaned and degraded him during the video shoot calling him "a girl." DiMaggio denies the allegations.

Back2Stonewall reports on anti-LGBT banners outside a gay-friendly church near Indianapolis. The banner read, "Die Faggots Just Like Orlando and Las Vegas." #HowCharming

• According to Fox News host Howard Kurtz's new book, Media Madness: Donald Trump, The Press, And The War Over The Truth, Donald Trump secretly admitted he was wrong to have former White House press secretary Sean Spicer exaggerate the size of the crowd attending his inauguration.

• Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon aren't the only gay athletes heading to the Winter Olympic Games. Check out these three queer women - Cheryl Maas, Ireen Wüst, and Belle Brockhoff - going for the gold in Pyeongchang, South Korea.