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Saturday Briefs: A new “Glee” promo; Gavin Creel ends “Hair” run; Happy Birthday to Mitzi Gaynor!

New Glee season 2 promos! Plus Jane Lynch in iCarly clip!In case you are counting the days, as I am, the season 2 premiere of Glee is on Tuesday, Sept. 21 on FOX at 8 p.m.
Can’t wait for the return of the evil Sue Sylvester, sexy Will Scheuster, adorable Kurt Hummel, the fabulous Rachel Berry, the diva Mercedes Jones, the studly Finn Hudson, the awesome Artie Adams and the lovely Quinn Fabray and all the rest!
The network is wisely building up the buzz with a series of promos giving us a little taste of what is ahead including the much-hyped Britney Spears episode on Sept. 28. (I’m pretty lukewarm on Britney as I am on Madonna. I just don’t get it).
Anyway, FOX called upon two of the stars of its series Bones to host the latest Glee promo: Emily Deschanel and Tamara Taylor.
Enjoy!

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!

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_T6KUQMKYPug/SqFAt2Y4MaI/AAAAAAAAA2M/tpOiNUgCIxw/s400/MitziGaynorB03.jpgCLASS 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.

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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.”

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  1. I’ve been following Gavin for a while now. Not only is he a super talented performer (get his new album ASAP!), but he is quiet the activist. He helped created Broadway Impact, a major force helping fight the good fight for marriage equality (even getting the entire Bway company of Hair to take a day off and travel to Washington, DC). Most certainly one to watch, one to support, and one to enjoy!

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