So, I’ve done some investigating reporting into today’s Morning Man and uncovered the fact that he likes to take his shirt off a lot – at least for professional purposes!
All we have to say to you David Hull is thank you! David is currently appearing on The CW’s freshman musical series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend as a young gay man named White Josh.
But what’s especially cool is this cute, young stud has started a romance with a middle-aged lawyer named Darryl (Pete Gardner).
David previously had a recurring role on ABC’s The Middle.
He also has an extensive list of stage credits including the 2011 Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and the most recent revival of Wicked as well as the national tours of Wicked and A Chorus Line.
Drat. My weekend is booked up with an Anderson Cooper/Andy Cohen event on Friday night then the Family Equality Council’s Impact Awards on Saturday.
That means I won’t be able to catch the latest edition of Dennis Hensley’s always fun The MisMatch Game which is a parody of the 70s game show that I watched religiously (Brett Somers was my queen, Charles Nelson Reilly my king and I always loved when Fannie Flagg was part of the fun!).
Anyway, the show returns to the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre for two nights only: Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 at 8pm.
Host Dennis ‘Gene Rayburn’ Hensley will be joined onstage by a panel of some of LA’s most creative, hilarious, and demented comic minds.
The cast for Friday 3/11 is set to include Willam Belli as Jessica Simpson, Danny Casillas as Reba Areba, Dante as Jack Nicholson, Maile Flanagan as Danny Bonaduce, Rebekah Kochan as Pamela Anderson, and Amy Phillips as Teresa Guidice.
On Saturday 3/12, the scheduled cast is Julie Brown (role TBA), Nicol Paone as Arianna Huffington, Felix Pire as Ricardo Montalbán, Chris Pudlo as Juliette Lewis, Tom Lenk as Zooey Deschanel, and Craig Taggart as Bette Midler.
Cast members subject to change.Visit www.lalgbtcenter.org/theatre for updates or to order tickets. General admission tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at www.lalgbtcenter.org/theatre or by phone at (323) 860-7300. Net proceeds from all ticket sales will support the full range of free and low-cost programs and services offered by the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre is located at the Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place (one block east of Highland, just north of Santa Monica Boulevard), in Hollywood, 90038. Free onsite parking is available.
My friend Harlan Boll, who is Carol Channing’s longtime publicist, sent me a recap earlier today of what sounds like an amazing 95th birthday party over the weekend for the Broadway legend.
On Saturday, Miss Channing was feted in style as the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert presented Carol Channing’s 95th Birthday! In Celebration of a Broadway Legend.
It was a star-studded performance was produced and directed by Chad Hilligus with music direction and orchestrations by Steven Baker and choreography by Charlie Williams.
Seated in the front row of the beautiful McCallum Theatre, Miss Channing was treated to a retrospective of her legendary career featuring live performances, video clips and video tributes.
The presenters appearing live on stage to share their affection and recollections included Lucie Arnaz, Alan Cumming, Florence Henderson, Gavin MacLeod (who read a message from President Barack Obama) and Lily Tomlin.
Memorable performances from Miss Channing’s extensive career songbook were delivered by Laura Bell Bundy (I’m Just a Little Girl from Little Rock/Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes); Anika Noni Rose(Jazz Baby from Thoroughly Modern Millie); Eden Espinosa (You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Played the Palace from Showgirl); Thomas Lauderdale and Storm Large of Pink Martini (Calypso Pete from Show Girl); Tom Wopat (Razzle Dazzle from Chicago) and a show-stopping performance by 92-year old Carole Cook (Before the Parade Passes By from Hello, Dolly!) which received a standing ovation from the sold-out audience.
The evening concluded with a rousing rendition of Hello, Dolly! featuring eight Broadway dancers (Brandon Cournay, Adam Fleming, Marty Lawson, Gary Milner, Adam Perry, Keven Quillon, Ryan Steele and Robbie Roby), along with the entire cast and 28-piece orchestra.
As a microphone was brought into the audience, Miss Channing herself sang along with the cast on the last few bars to the delight of everyone in the house.
Video tributes came from: Dame Julie Andrews, Barbara Walters, Angela Lansbury, Whoopi Goldberg, Brooke Shields, Melissa Manchester, Valerie Harper, Kaye Ballard, Betty White, Kristin Chenoweth, Lee Roy Reams, Carol Burnett, Leeza Gibbons and former President Bill Clinton, as well as from the Broadway casts of She Loves Me, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miserables, Wicked, An American in Paris, Fun Home, The Phantom of the Opera, Jersey Boys, Spring Awakening, Matilda, Kinky Boots and The King and I.
In conjunction with the performance, the McCallum Theatre has established The Carol Channing Fund for the Arts to honor the legendary star’s passionate advocacy for the arts and education through the arts.
The Fund will help make it possible for the McCallum Theatre to continue to provide important education and outreach programs to students and educators in California’s Coachella Valley at the very highest level of excellence.
For information or to make a contribution, go to www.mccallumtheatre.com and click on “Donate Now” at the top of the homepage.
Donations may also be made by check, payable to McCallum Theatre and mailed to 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert, CA. Please indicate on the check and online that your donation is a tribute to The Carol Channing Fund for the Arts. Bottom two photos courtesy of my Facebook friend Patrick Rinn. Photo of Alan Cumming and Lucie Arnaz courtesy of Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill.
Coco Peru has just posted this message announcing that her Kickstarter campaign to raise $80,000 to film the Conversations With Coco TV pilot (with special guest Lily Tomlin) has been reached with six days remaining in the campaign. Coco writes: ‘WE DID IT! My Coco Puffs have never let me down! I am so grateful to each of you who got us past our goal! I am so overwhelmed by the generosity and support in wanting to see me succeed. I can hardly breathe right now and not even Tension Tamer is doing the trick!
I will be announcing some stretch goals soon, but for now, let’s all take a moment to recognize the 1,498 generous supporters who have taken this series one step closer to my dream. You are all simply incredible!My deepest thanks to all of you who have backed and shared my campaign! I hope to make you proud!
Carson Kressley, currently a judge on the new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, has revealed that he was once romantically involved with an NFL player.
Kressley wasn’t outing anyone when he shared the news with TMZ on Monday since the man he dated was Esera Tuaolo who came out publicly after his retirement in 1999.
Tuaolo, now 47, played defensive tackle in the NFL for nine years.
He kept his sexuality a secret during his playing days as has every other player in NFL history except for Michael Sam who came out prior to being drafted by the St. Louis Rams.
Sam was cut by The Rams before the start of the regular season.
Tualo played for the Atlanta Falcons, the Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers during his career.
Kressley gained fame as one of the five main cast members of the Emmy winning reality series Queer Eye For the Straight Guy which aired for five seasons on Bravo before the network became home to umpteenth Real Housewives franchises..
He is participating in the new season of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice – the first season without Donald Trump.
The Queen Latifah Show came and went after just two seasons and I don’t think I saw it once. But in search of some Wanda Sykes videos to mark her 52md birthday, I found some videos of Wanda guesting on Latifah’s show and on The Wendy Williams Show and thought I’d share them with you. Wishing a very happy birthday to this extremely funny – and so very cool – lady!
The Republican transgender reality star made her feelings clear about the woman who is vying to become the first female president of the United States on the season two premiere of her reality series I Am Cait,
Jenner, on a bus tour in Iowa with a group of other transgender women, was asked if she wanted to stop at the Democratic debate that was going on.
‘It’s the last place I want to be,’ Jenner said. ‘But I’m open. We need both sides and if we’re unfortunate enough get Hillary as our next president, we need her on our side. Although she won’t be – she couldn’t care less about women.’
Added Jenner: ‘She cares about herself.’
Jenner, 66, was asked which of the Republican candidates she thought would help transgender people and she said: ‘All of them. They don’t hate gays or trans people. They are more “I want a thriving economy so every trans person has a job.”‘
All major Republican candidates have expressed their stance against same-sex marriage and some have spoken out against transgender protections.
Sometimes, I feel like I’m not doing enough – that I’m slacking off as a blogger and giving in to things like sleeping. But as I went through photos of the past 12 months to mark the seventh anniversary of Greg In Hollywood, I see that I’m still getting out plenty! And, I’m having as good a time as I ever did. So here are some photos that I took (except for the ones I’m in!) as I was out and about doing what I do.
1. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi arrive at the GLAAD Media Awards 2. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Vanguard Awards 3. Channing Tatum and Matt Bomer in the LA Pride Parade in West Hollywood 4. With X-Men director Bryan Singer at book party at Michelle Clunie’s house 5. Nick Jonas at Outfest 6. Tab Hunter and Carol Burnett at Outfest 7. Dustin Hoffman at TCM Classics Film Festival 8. Caityln Jenner at screening of Tangerine 9. Charlie Carver interviewed by Alonso Duralde at Outfest 10. Jeffrey Tambor at season 2 premiere of Transparent 11. With Billy Baldwin at season 3 premiere of Hit the Floor 12. Jack Fallahee at GLAAD Media Awards 13. Miley Cyrus at Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Vanguard Awards 14. Ruby Rose at Evening With Women 15. With Van Hansis at finale party for The Eastsiders 16. Betty DeGeneres at HRC gala 17. Andrew Rannells at GLAAD Media Awards 18. With Peter Paige at Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing garden party 19. Lance Bass at Gay Men’s Chorus of LA’s Voice Awards 20. Julie Andrews arrives at TMC Classic Film Festival 21. Shirley MacLaine at at TMC Classic Film Festival 22. Ann-Margret at at TMC Classic Film Festival 23. With David Mixner after his one-man show at El Rey Theatre 24. Honoree John Cameron Mitchell at Outfest 25. Jason Collins at Outfest 26. Judith Light arrives at David Mixner’s show 27. Jesse Tyler Ferguson at An Act of God opening 28. Michael Urie 29. With The Fosters’ stars Gavin MacIntosh and Hayden Byerly at LA Pride 30. Days of Our Lives stars Guy Wilson, Freddie Smith and Christopher Sean at GLAAD Media Awards 31. Sarah Silverman at An Evening With Women 32. Fortune Feimster arrives at An Evening With Women 33. Laverne Cox at West Hollywood Halloween Carnival 32. Cheyenne Jackson at HRC gala 33. Danny Pintauro at Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Vanguard Awards 34. General Hospital star Ryan Carnes at HRC gala 35. With Steve Grand at Halloweenie event 36. Boy George performs at West Hollywood Halloween Carnival 37. George and Brad Takei at Gay Men’s Chorus of LA’s Voice Awards 38. With Drew Droege after performance of Golden Girlz: Still Alive 39. Isaiah Washington after Outfest screening of Get On the Bus 40. With Spring Awakenings producer Cody Lassen at opening night of LA run. 41. Leading men of Naomi & Ely”s No Kiss List at Outfest premiere 42. With Johnny Chaillott-Louganis and Greg Louganis at Marc Cherry’s house for private screening of HBO’s Back on Board: Greg Louganis.
Doing Greg In Hollywood is a habit I don’t plan to break anytime soon. It’s a crazy addiction really and I just can’t fight it – no use in even trying.
Since I am US correspondent forGay Star News, I have to squeeze in these blog posts in whenever I can and some days I’m more successful at this juggle than others.
It’s always been that way really since I launched Out In Hollywood, the predecessor to this site, in 2006.
I was an entertainment reporter and columnist at the LA Daily News and wanted to have a blog focusing on LGBT entertainment.
Editors were game but I still had to file my regular columns and stories.
That’s when the juggle – and the addiction – began.
Blogging freed me from the more formal style of writing I had done at the Daily News and before that at The Hollywood Reporter and for more than a decade at the Los Angeles Times (for three years at The Times I worked under Marty Baron who was played by Liev Schreiber in Spotlight which won the Oscar for best picture last week).
It’s been such an unexpected journey to go from being a young, ambitious and closeted reporter living and breathing hard news to finally coming out publicly as a gay man in my mid-30s and feeling compelled to transition first to entertainment and later to LGBT topics.
I’ve learned to try and follow my professional bliss which isn’t as easy as it used to be given the economics of journalism these days.
But Greg In Hollywood’s loyal readers allow me a nice slice of that bliss each day and I’m very grateful to all who visit this site.
Mary Wilson, the only member of The Supremes to last throughout all the group’s line-up changes over 18 years (from 1959-77) turns 72 today.
Thought I’d use the occasion to highlight some of the showtunes the group performed over the years on The Ed Sullivan Show and in a television special they did with fellow Motown group The Temptations.
This is the late 1960s line-up of Mary, Diana Ross and Cindy Birdsong and I just love the gowns, the wigs, the moves and most of all, the sound.
It really was magic.
Billy Dee Williams is in the news this weekend because he’s just been cast in a role in ABC’s upcoming remake of Dirty Dancing.
At 78, the handsome actor best known for his role as Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars film franchise just keeps on working.
And what what a body of work he has amassed since his film debut in 1959 in the film The Last Angry Man.
He rose to stardom after starring in the 1971 television movie, Brian’s Song in which he played Chicago Bears star football player Gale Sayers opposite James Caan. Then two years later he starred opposite Diana Ross in Lady Sings the Blues then would re-team with Miss Ross two years later in Mahogany.
Many other film and television roles have followed including playing district attorney Harvey Dent in 1989′s Batman, Berry Gordy in 1992′s The Jacksons: An American Dream, and Toussaint Dubois for General Hospital: Night Shift in 2007 and 2008.
One of my favorite screen pairings for Williams came in the 1984-1985 season of Dynasty when he played Brady Lloyd opposite Diahann Carroll’s glamorous Dominique Deveraux. These real-life high school classmates were delicious together. The pair reunited onscreen in 2012 in an episode of TV’s White Collar on which Miss Carroll had a recurring role.