Tuesday, April 25, 2017

2017 Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations Announced

Via BroadwayWorld:

Celebrating its 67th season of bestowing awards of excellence in the field of theatre, the Outer Critics Circle is an association with members affiliated with more than ninety newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, internet, and theatre publications in America and abroad.

The winners will be announced on Monday, May 8th. The annual Gala Awards Dinner and presentation of awards to the winners will be held on Thursday, May 25th (3PM) at the legendary Sardi's Restaurant.


A Doll's House, Part 2


A Bronx Tale
Come From Away
Groundhog Day
Holiday Inn


If I Forget
A Life
Love, Love, Love


The Band's Visit
Himself and Nora
Kid Victory

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Terrence McNally - Anastasia
Itamar Moses - The Band's Visit
Chazz Palminteri - A Bronx Tale
Danny Rubin - Groundhog Day
Irene Sankoff & David Hein - Come From Away

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens - Anastasia
Alan Menken & Glenn Slater - A Bronx Tale
Tim Minchin - Groundhog Day
Irene Sankoff & David Hein - Come From Away
David Yazbek - The Band's Visit

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

The Front Page
The Little Foxes
The Price

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Finian's Rainbow
Hello, Dolly!
Miss Saigon
Sunset Boulevard
Sweeney Todd


Lila Neugebauer - The Wolves
Jack O'Brien - The Front Page
Daniel Sullivan - The Little Foxes
Rebecca Taichman - Indecent
Kate Whoriskey - Sweat


Christopher Ashley - Come From Away
David Cromer - The Band's Visit
Darko Tresnjak - Anastasia
Matthew Warchus - Groundhog Day
Jerry Zaks - Hello, Dolly!


Andy Blankenbuehler - Bandstand
Warren Carlyle - Hello, Dolly!
Savion Glover - Shuffle Along
Kelly Devine - Come From Away
Denis Jones - Holiday Inn

(Play or Musical)

Alexander Dodge - Anastasia
Nigel Hook - The Play That Goes Wrong
Mimi Lien - Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Scott Pask - The Little Foxes
Douglas W. Schmidt - The Front Page

(Play or Musical)

Linda Cho - Anastasia
Susan Hilferty - Present Laughter
Santo Loquasto - Hello, Dolly!
Ann Roth - Shuffle Along
Catherine Zuber - War Paint

(Play or Musical)

Christopher Akerlind - Indecent
Donald Holder - Anastasia
Natasha Katz - Hello, Dolly!
Bradley King - Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Kenneth Posner - War Paint

(Play or Musical)

Duncan McLean - Privacy
Jared Mezzocchi - Vietgone
Benjamin Pearcy for 59 Productions - Oslo
Aaron Rhyne - Anastasia
Tal Yarden - Indecent

(Play or Musical)

Gareth Fry & Pete Malkin - The Encounter
Gareth Owen - Come From Away
Nicholas Pope - Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Matt Stine - Sweeney Todd
Nevin Steinberg - Bandstand


Doug Besterman - Anastasia
Larry Blank - Holiday Inn
Bill Elliott & Greg Anthony Rassen - Bandstand
Larry Hochman - Hello, Dolly!
Jamshied Sharifi - The Band's Visit


Daniel Craig - Othello
Michael Emerson - Wakey, Wakey
Kevin Kline - Present Laughter
David Oyelowo - Othello
David Hyde Pierce - A Life


Janie Dee - Linda
Sally Field - The Glass Menagerie
Allison Janney - Six Degrees of Separation
Laura Linney - The Little Foxes
Laurie Metcalf - A Doll's House, Part 2


Christian Borle - Falsettos
Nick Cordero - A Bronx Tale
Andy Karl - Groundhog Day
David Hyde Pierce - Hello, Dolly!
Tony Shalhoub - The Band's Visit


Christy Altomare - Anastasia
Christine Ebersole - War Paint
Katrina Lenk - The Band's Visit
Patti LuPone - War Paint
Bette Midler - Hello, Dolly!


Michael Aronov - Oslo
Danny DeVito - The Price
Nathan Lane - The Front Page
Richard Thomas - The Little Foxes
Richard Topol - Indecent


Johanna Day - Sweat
Jayne Houdyshell - A Doll's House, Part 2
Katrina Lenk - Indecent
Nana Mensah - Man From Nebraska
Cynthia Nixon - The Little Foxes


John Bolton - Anastasia
Jeffry Denman - Kid Victory
Gavin Creel - Hello, Dolly!
Shuler Hensley - Sweet Charity
Andrew Rannells - Falsettos


Kate Baldwin - Hello, Dolly!
Stephanie J. Block - Falsettos
Jenn Colella - Come From Away
Caroline O'Connor - Anastasia
Mary Beth Peil - Anastasia


Ed Dixon - Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose
Marin Ireland - On the Exhale
Sarah Jones - Sell / Buy / Date
Judith Light - All the Ways to Say I Love You
Simon McBurney - The Encounter

(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)

Jaclyn Backhaus - Men on Boats
Sarah DeLappe - The Wolves
Paola Lázaro - Tell Hector I Miss Him
Qui Nguyen - Vietgone
Bess Wohl - Small Mouth Sounds

House Oversight Committee: No Sign Michael Flynn Complied With The Law

After reviewing Michael Flynn's application for security clearance, Congressman Chaffetz and ranking Democrat in the House Oversight Committee Rep. Elijah Cummings have determined that now former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn did not properly disclose payments from Russia thereby not complying with the law.

House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz had requested documents related to President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, but the White House now says it either doesn't have the documents or is "unable to accommodate" the remaining docs.

President Trump promised to "drain the swamp" and yet Flynn was his choice for National Security Adviser. This goes to how sound President Trump's judgement is on such appointments.

You have to wonder: Why can't the White House "accommodate" the request?


More at CNN.

Caitlyn Jenner: "I Never Actually Came Out And Outwardly Supported Trump"

Caitlyn Jenner, making the rounds promoting her new book, sat down with Fox News' Tucker Carlson to parse her past support (or non-support) for Donald Trump.

At the top of the interview, Carlson suggests coming out in support of Trump while living in Malibu, California, might have been one of Caitlyn's "braver" moments.

Caitlyn replied:

“They were fine in Malibu with it [Jenner’s support for Trump], but let’s put it this way, I never actually came out and outwardly supported Trump. The media did that for me. I am on the Republican, conservative side, and he wound up being our candidate. And so, certainly, I was going to vote for him. He looked like he would pretty good on all LGBT issues. Which is important, because my loyalties do not lie with Donald Trump.

“My loyalties do not lie with the Republican Party. My loyalties, and what I’m fighting for is my community, the LGBT community, and particularly the trans issues that are out there, because there are many of them. And so, that’s where my fight is. And I thought Trump would be pretty good. But he’s kind of disappointed me in the first 100 days on those issues.”

Jenner went on to explain she didn't vote for Hillary Clinton because she's not a "one issue voter."

Monday, April 24, 2017

Trump On White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer: "That Guy Gets Great Ratings, Everyone Tunes In"

- from the Washington Post

News Round-Up: April 24, 2017

• It's sunny skies for my buddy Alex Chavez (above) after he won his body building competition last week. Check out his serious gyming on his Instagram account here.

• San Diego polar bear dies after her same-sex companion of 20 years relocated from Seaworld:

• Folks are wondering why Mar-a-Lago is suddenly being promoted on a federal government sites?

• The Navy and Marines have issued new regulations that ban spreading nude images in the wake of last month’s photo scandal involving the Marine Corps.

• Caitlyn Jenner's 20/20 interview in 2015, which delivered the news that the Olympic gold medalist is, in fact, transgender was a ratings bonanza. The interview drew 17 million viewers. Jenner's followup with Diane Sawyer this past Friday was a bit of a bust bringing only 4.2 million sets of eyeballs and losing to a rerun of CBS' Blue Bloods.

• Plans for removing four Confederate monuments by the city of New Orleans including having workers wear armor and stationing police snipers to keep watch for lunatic racists that might try to interfere with the removal.

Happy 75th Birthday, Barbra Streisand!

Barbra Streisand
Born April 24, 1942, Oscar/Grammy/Emmy Award winner Barbra Streisand celebrates 75 trips around the sun today.

Instead of the usual clips I could share, today I want to highlight La Babs' vocal on "Make Our Garden Grow" from Candide from her Back To Brooklyn album.

Gorgeous vocal throughout, and I think that amazing last note is around 19 very long seconds... :)

Happy, happy birthday, Barbra!

Scott Baio On Erin Moran's Passing: "You Do Drugs Or Drink, You're Gonna Die"

Scott Baio and Erin Moran

The Harrison County Coroner's Office and Sheriff's Department have issued a joint statement regarding the passing of former Happy Days star Erin Moran.

Her death was due to complications with stage 4 cancer.

The report included the fact that there were no illegal drugs in her system or found at the scene.

Her former co-star Scott Baio, however, wasn't slow to expect her passing was a result of past addictions.

Variety is reporting that during an interview with “The Bernie & Sid Show,” Baio admitted he was “not completely shocked” by his former co-star’s passing.

“I’m OK, a little shocked but not completely shocked that this happened. My thing is, I feel bad because her whole life, she was troubled, could never find what made her happy and content. For me, you do drugs or drink, you’re gonna die. I’m sorry if that’s cold, but God gave you a brain, gave you the will to live and thrive and you gotta take care of yourself.”

“I knew Erin well, over the last many years I have not spoken with her. She was just an insecure human being and fell into this world of drugs and alcohol. Again, I don’t know if that’s what killed her, I’m sure it was a culmination of years and years of doing it that might have had something to do with it. She just never found her way.”

“How do you help somebody that doesn’t want to help themselves? You try a couple of times and if they don’t want the help, I gotta go, sorry.”

Baio, a fervent Trump supporter, had a kinder, gentler message on Sunday morning:

Daily Dance: Ballet Men

Dancers Adam Bull, Christopher Rodgers-Wilson, Cameron Hunter and Cristiano Martino of the Australian Ballet talk about the highs and lows of a dance career, the athleticism and the work that goes into developing their beautiful technique.

NY Times Op-Ed: "Time Is Not On The Side Of Gay People" Living In Chechnya

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov
In an op-ed this morning, the New York Times challenges the Trump administration to provide stronger international leadership regarding the rounding up, torturing and killing of gays in Chechnya.
The crimes in Chechnya have presented the Trump administration with its first major test on this issue on the international stage. Last Monday, Nikki Haley, the American ambassador to the United Nations, issued a strong statement calling for a prompt investigation and accountability for the culprits.

“We are against all forms of discrimination, including against people based on sexual orientation,” Ms. Haley said. “When left unchecked, discrimination and human rights abuses can lead to destabilization and conflict.”

It would be encouraging to see Ms. Haley take on this cause with as much passion and perseverance as her predecessor, Samantha Power. Without American leadership, forging a global consensus that gay rights are human rights will take longer. Time is not on the side of gay people living in terror in places like Chechnya.

Even as reporting shows the situation growing more dire by the day, Chechen and Russian officials continue to deny the horrific events.

Over the weekend it was reported that Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has hopes to eradicate all gays in his country before Ramadan on May 26.

Web Series: "Daddyhunt The Serial" Season 2

As announced last week, dating app Daddyhunt has released a second season of it's adorable web series - "Daddyhunt the Serial."

The series gives a light-hearted, flirty view into intergenerational dating. Which is a fancy way to frame older and younger guys exploring their attraction to each other.

Cute banter, lots of smiles, and a pre-coital conversation about "old school/new school" dating practices along the way.

Starring Jim Newman, BJ Gruber, David M. Farrington, Michael Snipe Jr & Alan Kelly and Soundtrack by Shirley House.

Watch the four new episodes below. Check out the first season here.

Google Home Commercial Features Two Dads & The Morning Family Routine

Google Home features two dads and their kids getting ready for the day.

The ad announces a new feature - multiple users. So now, Google Home recognizes each member of the family and can keep track of each person's schedule and more, providing a more personal experience.

The spot also shows how practically every family is the same when it comes to the morning routine.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Naked John Cena & Nikki Bella Celebrate 500K YouTube Subscribers

Engaged couple John Cena and Nikki Bella promised to get naked for YouTube if they hit the 500,000 subscriber mark.

And guess what?

Even though John thinks it's "not a good idea" they do fulfill the promise.

However, when John drops his half of the 500,000 sign, things take a turn.

Click to watch below.

Round 1 Of French Presidential Election: Macron 23.7%, Le Pen 21.7%

Via The BBC:

The centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen have won the first round of voting in French presidential elections, projected results say.

Mr Macron won 23.7%, while Ms Le Pen won 21.7%, French TV says.

The two saw off a strong challenge from centre-right François Fillon and the hard-left Jean-Luc Mélenchon, according to the projections.

The pair now face a run-off vote on 7 May.

Most polls show Macron defeating Le Pen in the second round.

Food for thought: if we elected our president by popular vote, as in France, we would have President Hillary Clinton.

Las Vegas: AIDSWalk 2017 For AFAN

Time to walk!

I got a late start blogging today as I joined thousands of folks including Las Vegas headliners Tyson Beckford, the Chippendales, Human Nature, Melody Sweet (Absinthe), Carrot Top plus Congressman Ruben Kihuen and Coco Montrese (RuPaul's Drag Race) for the 2017 AIDSWalk which benefits AFAN (Aid for AIDS Nevada).

Penn & Teller again served as Grand Marshals for the annual event.

Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) was founded in 1984 and is the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in the state of Nevada.

Gorgeous day, gorgeous people, and a gorgeous goal - to help those affected by HIV/AIDS.

The Chippendales with current Celebrity Host Tyson Beckford

Human Nature revved everyone up with some tunes

The Chippendales, Penn & Teller, Carrot Top and Tyson Beckford

Broadway in the Hood sang from Dear Evan Hansen and RENT

In case you ever wondered how short I really am.
From L-R: James Davis, Tyson Beckford, me, RK Kelsey, Okewa Garrett

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Trump Wall 2.0 - Mexico Will "Eventually" Pay For Wall "In Some Form"

Donald Trump repeated over and over and over during the campaign that he would build a "big, beautiful wall" on the US/Mexico border, and Mexico would pay for it.

Welcome now to Trump Wall 2.0 where, according to a presidential tweet this morning, Mexico will "eventually" pay for the wall "in some form."

Got it?


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