Wednesday, March 24, 2010
CHEERS! It was on Feb. 28, 2010, that theatergossip.com posted its first items: a clever theater quiz, including a question about the puppet cleavage in "Avenue Q"; a resentful tribute to Scarlett Johansson, who was being praised to high heaven for her performance in "A View From the Bridge"; our first Gossip Girl and Gossip Guy of the Week, Zoe Kazan (appearing in "A Behanding in Spokane") and John Pankow (playing Shakespeare in "Equivocation"); and a feature of dubious future called Running Lines, theatergossip's answer to Metropolitan Diary.
If you've missed any of the March items, there's still time to take a look at these (we've thrown in a few updates) and more:
At Dame Edna (above, with Michael Feinstein), our oldest Gossip Girl of the Week to date. The reviews for "All About Me," her show with Feinstein, may be tepid, but her version of Stephen Sondheim's "Ladies Who Lunch" is worth getting dressed and going to Midtown for. Let's hope Elaine Stritch has a chance to catch it. (Don't get me wrong. Stritch still owns the song and always will. But Dame Edna is now in a strong, unforgettable second place.)
At Sondheim, who is our oldest Gossip Guy of the Week so far. He turned 80 on March 22, as you may have heard if you have been paying attention to theater news at all. And just to cap off a week of tributes and celebrations and early previews for "Sondheim on Sondheim," they renamed a theater for him. Henry Miller's on West 43rd Street (where "All About Me" is playing) will soon be the Sondheim.
At Judith Ivey, our most recent Gossip Girl of the Week. A few days after that item was posted, Ivey opened in "The Glass Menagerie," and Charles Isherwood of The New York Times declared her work in it "surely the performance of her career."
At the admiring essay about fag hags, making memorable appearances in this season's first-rate, gay-themed plays. Among them: Andrea Riseborough (below, with her male co-stars) in "The Pride." In the 21st century, the play teaches us, she's a fabulous best friend to gay men. In the 1950s, she might have been married to one.
And at other items -- about Kathleen Turner, Larry Kramer, Paul Rudnick, Christopher Walken, Variety, the "Phantom" sequel and all those American winners (eat your heart out, West End!) at the Olivier Awards.
And more to come.
(Apologies, and thanks, to Gawker for the headline.)