Broadway has been very, very good to the talented Andrew Rannells.
In just over three weeks, he will be returning to The Great White Way to take over the lead in Hedwig and the Angry Inch from Neil Patrick Harris.
This will be Andrew’s fourth Broadway show.
He, of course, starred in the smash hit The Book of Mormon and got a Tony nomination and also appeared in Hairspray and Jersey Boys.
Here are a trio of Andrew’s musical performances:
Butch Walts played men’s pro tennis during an era dominated by Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe.
I remember seeing an occasional photo of him in the World Tennis and Tennis magazines I’d excitedly buy from the Waldenbooks at the Westminster Mall and wishing he’s be featured more because he was so damned cute.
Butch got a lot of attention because at the age of 25, at the height of his career, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He brought a lot of attention to the disease and showed that you can come back which he did.
Known for his explosive serve, the 6-foot-4 Walts won four singles championships and 14 doubles titles during his career.
“I think it was the best years,” Butch said in an interview a few years ago with Arizona Central. “McEnroe, Borg, Nastase, Connors; the next day you’d be at the water jug talking about them. There were a lot of great personalities. That was an awesome time in my life.”
Edie Windsor was far from the activist she would become at the time of the 1969 Stonewall Riots which marked the beginning of the modern-day gay rights movement.
‘When Stonewall happened, I was really this ignorant middle class lady who said "I don’t see why I have to be identified with those queens,"’ Windsor said in an interview posted Thursday by Marriage Equality USA.
But the woman whose lawsuit brought down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) soon realized how heroic the drag queens who took a stand against police raids were.
‘I mean those queens changed my life,’ she says. ‘And I saw them and I loved what I saw. It was the beginning of my sense of community.’
Windsor sued the US government when she was billed $363,053 in estate taxes after the death of wife Thea Spyer in 2009.
The case went all the way to the US Supreme Court and in June 2013, a majority of the court voted to gut key provisions of DOMA.
Windsor, 84, has seen some remarkable things happen since that landmark decision.
‘Suddenly the self-esteem is just flowing – I mean even these judges are saying we’re respectable. So we were coming out in droves and the more we came out, the more we saw each other and the more we loved and then more of us came out until we’re just this huge, joyous, loving community and I live in the middle of it and its great.’
Marriage Equality USA released the final part of Edie Windsor: In Her Own Words on Thursday in honor of the three-year anniversary of marriage equality in her home state of New York.
I don’t watch the show but I am intrigued by what I’ve been reading this summer about Big Brother houseguests Frankie and Zach.
Frankie is gay, Zach is supposedly not.
They are physically affectionate (very) and are now proclaiming to be in love with each other.
Here’s what show host Julie Chen tells EW: The chemistry between Frankie and Zach is wonderful to watch. It’s like no other bromance we’ve seen. It’s part Will and Boogie and yet at times you wonder if it could turn into a showmance. Frankie is extremely likable. He’s funny, smart and adorable. Zach is a character. He’s outspoken, bold, funny, good looking and enjoys being a bit obnoxious. Together they are very watchable.
Betty White is best known for her roles of Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rose Nyland on The Golden Girls and Elka Ostrovsky on Hot in Cleveland.
But another one of her memorable characters was that of the haughty Ellen Harper Jackson on a series of Family sketches of The Carol Burnett Show as the other daughter of Vicki Lawrence’s Mama character and sister of poor Eunice.
Here are two of the sketches that showcases the hilarious tension between the three characters.
Eric Stonestreet wasn’t having it.
The man who plays one of the most high-profile gay characters on television was at the White House Correspondents Dinner earlier this year when he encountered Rick Santorum.
Santorum, who finished second to Mitt Romney in the battle for the Republican Party nomination for president in 2012,happens to be one of the most high-profile opponents of gay marriage.
So Stonestreet was mighty surprised to have the former US Senator from Pennsylvania ask to be in a photo with him.
The two-time Emmy winning actor declined.
‘Rick Santorum wanted a picture with me,’ Stonestreet told Huff Post Live this week. ‘It was at a time when he was publicly saying, “Gay marriage, gay marriage (is wrong)” and I’m like, “You know, I can’t do it.”‘
Stonestreet added: ‘It was with him and his kids or something like that, and I said, “I’d be happy to take a picture with the kids, but I can’t just be in a picture with (Santorum).”‘
Stonestreet is set to begin his sixth season on Modern Family which has won the Emmy Award for outstanding comedy series each year that it’s been on the air.
The fifth season finale featured the wedding of the couple played by Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
I will stare at your genitalia until u feed me…. #dogpsychology
As you know, I saw Cher at Staples Center 18 days ago (but who’s counting!).
It was a fabulous experience and a wonderful show.
But for the first time at a Cher show, a lot of her hits didn’t make the set list and some of them like Heart of Stone, Take Me Home, After All, Save Up All Your Tears, Shoop Shoop Song and Song For the Lonely are among my very favorites.
A friend who saw Cher in New York says Heart of Stone and Shoop Shoop Song were performed there but apparently didn’t make their way to LA.
The other night I found myself scrolling YouTube and watching videos of those missing songs and thought I’d share some of them with you as you wind down your work week.
Don’t believe what you read – especially when the author is James Franco!
The prolific actor-writer-director posted a story written by “Dave Francock” that alleges Neighbors co-stars Zac Efron and Dave Franco are an item.
The elder Franco captioned the photo: “Effron and My brother, dating!!!!!! Congrats, boys! I’m so happy for you!!!”
Would be hot if it were true but the whole think is a prank.
I have a dear friend who is at ComicCon right now and attended a panel that included this handsome guy.
She texted me last night and demanded that I feature Travis Van Winkle as a Morning Man as soon as possible.
This soon enough for you Lorna?
Not that I needed much of a nudge. This guy is beautiful and has such a cool name!
Travis is 31 and is part of the cast of the new TNT series The Last Ship which last week got renewed for a second season.
He previously had a recurring role in The CW show Hart of Dixie and has done a slew of TV guest spots in recent years on such shows as 2 Broke Girls, Happy Endings, 90210, Raising Hope and Two and a Half Men.
Film roles include Transformers, Meet the Spartans, Friday the 13th and Accepted.
Our first glimpse of Will and Sonny in about a week.
Will confronts Sami about her vendetta against Abigail (“I have every intention of utterly destroying her life”) and tells her to back off.
Things get very heated, there’s yelling, a slap.
Just like old times.
Meanwhile, Sonny is also supportive and tells Abigail that just as Sami is going off the rails in the rage department, Abigail needs to dial back her guilt.
And then there’s this: After months and months of the dreadfully dull Jordan and Ben storyline, it turns out they are just running from their scary father? Jordan isn’t a murderer or even a jewel thief or even a shoplifter?
Love it when one celeb goes a little gaga when meeting another celeb.
It happened tonight when Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in the NBA, met Oscar-nominated actress Rosie Perez.
Jason excitedly posted this photo on social media and tweeted: I LOVE LOVE LOVE @rosieperezbklyn. Another pic from tonight’s @CBSNews #CivilRights panel discussion
First of all, happy 32nd birthday to Anna Paquin!
So the other night I was watching the True Blood star (and Oscar winner for The Piano) being interview by Larry King on the Emmy-nominated online series Larry King Now.
Paquin, married to co-star Stephen Moyer, was asked by the host: ‘Are you a non-practicing bisexual?’
Paquin replied: ‘Well, I am married to my husband and we are happily monogamously married.’
King: ‘So you were bisexual?’
Paquin: ‘Well, I don’t think it’s a past-tense kind of thing. It doesn’t prevent your sexuality from existing. It doesn’t really work like that.’
Paquin said she ‘just never thought it was a big deal’ to be a bisexual and she is happy to see more people being open about their sexuality these days.
‘I think it’s fantastic. … I do know the more people who are outspoken and advocate for same-sex unions and LGBT rights, I have to believe that that makes a difference and the level of ignorance and hatred becomes less acceptable.’
I’ve been to Lynda Carter’s dressing room to say hi after a few of her recent LA concerts and seen her up real close.
I can tell you she is just about the most gorgeous 63 year old on the planet.
Talk about aging gracefully!
She was beautiful then as Wonder Woman in the 70s and she is beautiful now as a singer touring the US. Music was always her first love but things like being a beauty queen and a TV star then raising kids got in the way at times.
Now it’s all music for this lovely lady who turns 63 today. Happy birthday Lynda!
Since I was forced to miss closing night of Outfest due to illness, I missed seeing Space Station 76.
This new trailer for the flick starring Patrick Wilson, Matt Bomer and Liv Tyler indicates that I missed a fun flick!
Out.com describes it as a mix between Spaceballs and Anchorman and says Wilson’s character is struggling with his bisexuality in this movie about a group of people living on a space station.
John Barrowman performed during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Wednesday and he made sure no one would forget it.
The Torchwood and Arrow star planted a big kiss on a male dancer during his performance.
This is a strong statement since 42 of the 53 countries competing in the games, the world’s third biggest multi-sports tournament, criminalize homosexuality.
You go John!
If you watch Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots on OWN, then you are already aware of this dreamy guy.
Gavin Houston portrays the gay character of Jeffery Harrington, a psychologist.
Gavin began his acting career in New York as a child appearing on The Cosby Show and in numerous commercials and print advertisements.
After graduating from the University of Florida, he landed roles off Broadway was hired on the old CBS daytime soap Guiding Light on which he appeared for three years on the soap.
Gavin then did guest spots on such shows as The Singles Table, Wizards of Waverly Place and Without a Trace and had a recurring role on General Hospital.
His film credits include Spy, Minkow and The Rum Diary opposite Johnny Depp.
This is really cool.
This past weekend, TV comedy icon, George Lopez caught a performance of Chico’s Angels in their current hit show Chico’s Angels 2: Love Boat Chicas.
The Angels are, of course, Kay Sedia (the pretty one); Chita Parol (the smart one) and Frieda Laye (the “friendly” one).
Also in attendance this past weekend was funny lady, Geri Jewell of The Facts of Life and Deadwood fame. She is pictured below with hottie cast member Duke Shoman.
In Chico’s Angels 2: Love Boat Chicas, the Angels go under cover on the high seas aboard The Love Boat to find out who is trying to kill super-star, Charo!
Chico’s Angels 2: Love Boat Chicas will run through August 17 at The Cavern Club Celebrity Theater (1920 Hyperion Ave, Silverlake, CA 90027 ). Shows are Thursday thru Sunday, plus Sunday Matinees. Tickets on sale now at www.chicosangels.com
Chico’s Angels: Love Boat Chicas was co-created and co-written by Oscar Quintero and Kurt Koehler and is directed by Koehler.
Portia de Rossi is going from Arrested Development to Scandal.
The lovely actress has landed a role on the hit ABC political drama which kicks off its fourth season this fall.
The news was broken not by ABC or by a publicist but by the Portia’s famous wife Ellen DeGeneres.
Ellen tweeted to her nearly 30 million followers: ‘So annoying when people brag on twitter & that’s why I’m not tweeting that Portia just signed on to do a top secret arc on Scandal. Oops.’
The show’s writers later confirmed the news with their own tweet: ‘We are so excited to have Portia de Rossi joining us this coming season.’
H/T: Rumor Fix