Saturday Briefs: A new “Glee” promo; Gavin Creel ends “Hair” run; Happy Birthday to Mitzi Gaynor!
ON BROADWAY: A lot of actors worry about whether coming out as gay will ruin their careers. Thankfully, they can look to talented folks like Neil Patrick Harris, Ricky Martin, Cheyenne Jackson, Chris Colfer, Sir Ian McKellen, Luke Macfarlane, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, TR Knight, Sean Hayes, Michael Urie and, thankfully, many, many more, to see that it can actually win you all kinds of new fans.
I had not really been familiar with Gavin Greel until he came out and now I find myself following his career and rooting for him to do well. Earlier this week, Gavin bid farewell to the West End production of Hair which opened in April at the Gielgud Theatre and closes tonight. He also played the role of Claude on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance.
After his final performance in London he tweeted: i’m amazed how a group of people could take me over, run me hard, & lift me so so high. my heart is full.i love you tribe. goodnight london.
I wish Gavin all kinds of luck with his next career move and hopes it brings him even more success!
CLASS ACT: I have to wish a happy 79th birthday to one of my girl crushes: the great Mitzi Gaynor!
The legendary star of South Pacific and a dazzling series of television variety specials in the 60s and 70s is someone who has been a delight to interview and see at various events in recent years.
The last time I saw Miss Gaynor was at the LA Tony Award Party in June 2009. I was sort of staring at her after we finished talking but not in a way that I wanted her to notice! She gives me a sideways glance and says: “You’re checking me out aren’t you!”
It was so funny! And great. She is great. We had also sat together at Florence Henderson’s 75th birthday concert earlier that year.
Mitzi had been retired from showbiz but after her husband Jack Bean died in 2006 (they were married for 52 years), she has since re-emerged professionally and been touring with a one-woman show.
She’s also been working on a memoir.
But don’t expect anything scandalous.
“You know when the National Enquirer calls me up, they want to know like a recipe for Hungarian goulash, that’s how sexy and salacious I am. I was a married lady for like all of my life.”