Roger Corman’s old black-and-white horror-comedy has come a long way since giving Jack Nicholson his first break. From a musical remake directed by Frank Oz to a Broadway musical, the story, like its starring plant, the Audrey II, will not die.
Archive for January, 2005
Les Ballet Trocadero de Monte Carlo is a group of professional male dancers. Performing all female roles in ballet and modern dance, the Trocks meld high art and camp, grace and slapstick in a way like no other. The troupe started Trockin’ 30 years ago in New York, performing late, late shows at off-off-Broadway lofts.
Cole Porter’s zany musical pines over the lack of shock value in a glimpse of stocking. He also claims a “sniff” of cocaine doesn’t have a fighting chance against love. Good thing Mr. Porter didn’t write this show in the ’80s, else he woulda sung a different tune.
The inaugural Powder & Pride will take place January 21–23 at the Lake Louise region located in Banff National Park in Alberta (www.skilouise.com). In addition to downhill and cross-country skiing and boarding, activities include the Saturday-night Winter Wonderland Ball.
It’s a cold morning in Oregon. I snuggle under the covers with the cat. Pussy (not her real name) purrs and wouldn’t mind at all if I shirk my gift-buying duties all day. But Wifey (not her real name) left for work an hour ago, and it’s not all that warm in bed without her. Besides, I agreed to get out and finish our holiday shopping.
The original soundtrack recording of music from the new film The Phantom of the Opera features one of the most popular musical theater scores of all time. The CD includes a new end-title song, “Learn to Be Lonely,” written especially for the film and performed by Minnie Driver. The single-disc original soundtrack recording features all the key numbers from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s score; a deluxe, specially priced two-disc version will include all of the music from the film in a collector’s edition package.
They Call Me Mr. Free, the third album from Scott Free, queer singer/songwriter and living legend, is a virtual musical buffet, with forays into arena rock, hip-hop, folk, and punk. Opening with the driving force of “The Muffin Song (No One’s Ever Been in Love With Me),” the recording (Free’s first since the acclaimed The Living Dead in 1999) then spills into the queer-hop of “Another Day of the Cruelty,” which deftly mimics Eminem.
Lily Tomlin, who plays President Bartlett’s (Martin Sheen) secretary on The West Wing, moonlights in January, when she joins Will & Grace. Tomlin will play Margot, Will’s new boss, on the January 13 episode titled “Partners.” Airs at 7:30 p.m. on NBC.
This trilogy of discs—Therese and Isabelle, The Alley Cats, and Camille 2000 —showcases this ’60s Euro-erotica director’s least explicit work. But it is the story behind his films that truly shine here, not the skin, and that is most evident in Therese and Isabelle, a lovely story of young lesbian love in all its experimental glory.
How fitting that the same month Anything Goes tromps the boards in town, the story of its author’s life becomes available on DVD. Whether in Hollywood, in the limelight of Broadway, floating through the canals of Venice, or romancing Paris, Cole and his wife Linda led wildly unconventional lives filled with glamour, yet their marriage was not without complications.