Cocktail Friday: Large Marg — Mango Habanero Margarita

Posted on 27 Feb 2015 at 1:10pm

5 Mango_Habanero_MargaritaLast week was actually National Margarita Day, but we don’t need a reason to celebrate that. We have always liked our margaritas in Texas, and we like spicy drinks, and this is a perfect combo of heat and tequila, with a touch of fruit sweetness to give an island flair.

1¾ oz. Milagro Silver tequila

¾ oz. Orange Curacao

1 oz. mango puree

1 oz. sour mix

2 sliced fresh habaneros

4 drops of bitters

Making it: Pour all ingredients into a Boston shaker, blend, and strain into a salt-rimmed rocks glass; garnish with habaneros.


Sam Smith tickets on sale tomorrow

Posted on 26 Feb 2015 at 2:33pm

SamSmithSam Smith, the openly gay pop phenom who won an armful of Grammys earlier this month (including best song, record, pop vocal album and new artist), will be returning to North Texas this summer for a concert at the Verizon Theatre on Aug. 17. Tickets go on sale Friday, starting at noon. You can click this link at that time and get your seats!


Dallas memorial set for Nye Cooper on Sunday

Posted on 26 Feb 2015 at 11:04am

Cooper.NyeNye Cooper, the popular actor and wit who passed away Feb. 9 following a long illness, will be celebrated at a memorial service planned for this Sunday.

Cooper’s friend Sue Loncar, founder and artistic director of Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, organized the event, which will take place at her theater, the Greenville Center for the Arts, 5601 Sears St., at 6 p.m. on March 1. Cooper performed at the theater numerous times, from one of his productions of The Santaland Diaries to the Texas Trilogy to an off-stage role in Marvin’s Room.

“I hope everyone can come,” Loncar said. “There will be a time for anyone to share a story or a remembrance of Nye. And [there will be] an open bar in Nye’s honor … he would like that!”


WATCH: Bridget Everett’s ‘What I Gotta Do’

Posted on 25 Feb 2015 at 1:31pm

bridget on stoolIn the current edition, we have an interview with blowsy ‘hag comedian Bridget Everett, who’s as sex-obsessed as most gay men are portrayed to be. In the story, we mention her song “What I Gotta Do,” and if you haven’t heard (or seen) it, now’s your chance. Just have your earplugs in if you watch it at work.

And you can still get tickets to her show on Friday night at Sons of Hermann Hall.


Michael Sam gets drafted! … for ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Posted on 24 Feb 2015 at 12:11pm

He didn’t make the final cut for the NFL, but this morning Michael Sam found out he will be on a roster this spring. He’ll be one of the celebrities on the next season (its 20th) of Dancing with the Stars on ABC. The season begins March 16.

Sam will be paired with Peta Jane Mergatroyd on the hit reality show, which has been especially supportive of athletes; fellow former Dallas Cowboy Emmitt Smith even won one season.

Among the other contestants on the season are Patti LaBelle, Suzanne Somers and Rumer Willis.


Harvey Fierstein: The gay interview

Posted on 24 Feb 2015 at 8:10am

As Kinky Boots opens in Dallas, the flamboyant theater diva opines on Johnny Weir, Robin Williams and why we hate ourselves

Harvey Fierstein by Bruce Glikas

“I’m sorry,” Harvey Fierstein growls in his unmistakable Brooklyn gravel, “I gotta go on with my life.” And so, after our insightful 40-minute chat peppered with Fierstein’s true-to-form frankness, he does.

But for Fierstein, a revered Broadway legend known for an iconic writing répertoire that includes Torch Song Trilogy, La Cage aux Folles and, most recently, Kinky Boots, which opens tonight at Fair Park Music Hall courtesy of Dallas Summer Musicals, this isn’t just the Tony Award winner’s blunt way of concluding our extensive conversation. It’s a way of life.

Fierstein reflects on the past—  up for the “sissies,” what he calls his “legendary disaster,” and how his own “12 steps of happiness” inspired his latest Broadway smash — but the 62-year-old’s very much living in the present, and for the future.

And look for our one-on-one interview with Fierstein’s Kinky collaborator, Cyndi Lauper, in Friday’s edition, in print and online!

— Chris Azzopardi

Dallas Voice: I’m certainly not the first person to tell you that Kinky Boots is a massive hit. When you first began writing the musical, did you imagine it would become as successful as it’s been?  Fierstein: You know, you don’t. I’m really old. I’ve been around a really long time, and I’ve had — knock wood — an unbelievable run of hits, and I’ve had some horrible misses and a couple of in-betweens, but you go into all of them with the same heart.

I’ve done a couple for the wrong reasons. I did one to try and make money, which is really a very bad reason, and you make no money doing it that way. I’ve learned that lesson, and I would never do that again. But you basically go in for the right reason because you’re gonna spend years of your life involved with these characters, with these collaborators. And it’s not something you take on lightly if you’ve ever done it because, well, Kinky Boots took almost five years to write.

It’s clearly been a labor of love for you.  They have to be. That’s exactly why they have to be a labor of love, because from sitting down and starting work, which was a year or more before I even called Cyndi [Lauper, who wrote the music and lyrics], to the opening in Korea [last December], we’re now up to seven or eight years. It’s part of your life for the rest of your life.

Jerry Herman and I wrote La Cage 30-something years ago and we are still the parents of that show. We still have to talk about it all the time. So, to say, “Did you know it was gonna be a big hit?” No, you don’t know. You go in with the best hopes and the best intentions of doing something that will entertain, which is our number one job.

What’s a project you did for the wrong reasons?  Legs Diamond. I had a friend who was directing it. Peter Allen had AIDS and his best friend who was writing it for him, who was not a writer but a clothing designer, had AIDS dementia. My friend Robert [Allan Ackerman] called me up and said, “Look, will you come in on this? I know it’s a terrible idea — Peter Allen as Legs Diamond — but all we have to do is get Peter out there, let him shake his ass, sing a couple of numbers, and we can just cash the checks.” And I drank the Kool-Aid.


BREAKING: ATTPAC’s 2015-16 B’way season: ‘Beautiful,’ ‘Matilda’

Posted on 23 Feb 2015 at 7:31pm

Matilda Ripley Sobo

The AT&T Performing Arts Center announced its full line-up of five shows in its 2015-16 Broadway Series tonight, including the dates for the already-announced Matilda and another huge show set to play the following season.

Matilda (pictured), based on the children’s book by Roald Dahl and featuring a female character played by a man in drag, will kick off the season as expected, opening Sept. 23 and playing through Oct. 4, 2015. It will be followed by the return of Jersey Boys (Dec. 16-27), then the non-musical Love Letters (March 22–April 3, 2016), the return of the enduring hit Cabaret (May 25–June 7) and concluding with the current Tony-winning hit Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (June 7–19). Love Letters will feature the stunt-casting (typical of this show) of former Love Story Oscar nominees Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal in the epistolary romance.

In addition, last year’s Tony winner for best musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, will open in 2016-17 but, as with Matilda last year (and War Horse before that), we won’t know the dates until later.


Oscar recap: The good, the bird and the ugly

Posted on 23 Feb 2015 at 11:12am

OscarsAs expected, Birdman won the majority of the  big awards Sunday, taking best picture, director and original screenplay but there were some other notable results. as well.

For the second year in a row, a gay host Neil Patrick Harris (following Ellen DeGeneres) led the festivities. Unlike Ellen, NPH seemed not to read the audience well and many jokes bombed following a great opening number.

The best actress winner for Still Alice,  Julianne Moore, 54, became the first actress in history to win the leading actress Oscar while in her 50s. She also can claim another distinction: She won her Oscar directed by two gay men, who got their start in hardcore gay porn.

The adapted screenplay award went The Imitation Game about gay mathematician Alan Turing. The winning screenwriter, Graham Moore, gave a passionate speech about growing up “different” that read like an It Gets Better video … Though after he said he was not himself gay.  Hmmm.

Lesbian filmmaker Laura Poitras, who focused not just on Edward Snowden but gay journalist Glenn Greenwald, took the best documentary feature award for Citizenfour.

Foxcatcher, which implied a strange, homoerotic obsession by the murderous John DuPont (best actor loser Steve Carell),  walked away with no wins in five nominations, including a miss for the putty noses used to transform the actors.


Lyric Stage’s production of ‘Golden Apple’ becomes an official cast recording

Posted on 20 Feb 2015 at 3:51pm

Jay Dias

Last fall, Lyric Stage — which specializes in doing full-orchestra productions of classic American musicals from the golden era from the 1930s–’50s, staged the rarely-seen The Golden Apple, which closed after a brief run (125 performances) in 1954. When I saw it, I understood why it wasn’t a hit: The style still had a foot on the old operetta format which had lost favor, and its more forward-looking elements were still kind of edgy for 1954. The show, which marked Kaye Ballard’s Broadway debut, did get a cast recording of sorts: A 50-minute LP. That may sound like a lot, but The Golden Apple I saw ran about three hours, almost all of it sung-through. That means barely a third of the music actually was preserved for posterity … until, that is, Lyric’s version.

At four of the performances in Irving last October and November, the entire production was professionally recorded with the North Texas cast of 43 and 38 musicians. The recording will be released May 19 by PS Classics, according to The album will be executive-produced by the daughter of the composer.

This is another feather in the cap of Steven Jones and his musical director, Jay Dias. Dias in particular has diligently resuscitated many classic scores, including helping oversee a complete re-mastering of Frank Loesser’s famously incomplete notations for The Most Happy Fella, which he did with the consent and assistance of the show’s original star (and Loesser’s widow), Jo Sullivan Loesser. In 2013, he also directed the music to Pleasures and Palaces, a Loesser work that hadn’t been heard in nearly 50 years.

“It’ll be great to have the author’s work on this heard in its entirety,” Dias told me. And a great moment for North Texas theaterfolk, as well.


Cocktail Friday: Oscar cocktails!

Posted on 20 Feb 2015 at 2:02pm
The Selma 65

The Selma 65

The Oscars are Sunday night, and if you’re having a watching party, you might wanna share some of these recipes, inspired by some of the Oscar-nominated films.

The Selma 65. Inspired by the events portrayed in Selma set in 1965, this twist on the classic French 75 will be familiar and timely.

3/4 oz. Bombay Sapphire gin

1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice

1/2 shot simple syrup

Martini Prosecco

Brief History of Thyme

Brief History of Thyme

Making it: Shake together first three items with ice, strain into a champagne flute. Top with a splash of bubbly and stir lightly. Garnish with a lemon twist.

A Brief History of Thyme. Inspired by the life of physicist Stephen Hawking, author of the book A Brief History of Time, adds a savory component to the unlikely life of the ALS survivor portrayed in the nominated Theory of Everything.

1-1/2 oz. Caliche Rum

1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice

3/4 oz. pomegranate juice

3 sprigs fresh thyme

1/2 oz. triple sec, Cointreau or other orange-based liqueur

Agave nectar (omit for dryer taste)

The Moore Ginger Fizz

The Moore Ginger Fizz

Making it: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously until well-chilled. Serve in a chilled cocktail coupe; garnish with a thyme sprig.

The Moore Gin Fizz. Julianne Moore plays a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s in Still Alice (directed by gay couple Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer), but even she would find this simple concoction unforgettable.

1 part Dewar’s White Label whisky

3 parts ginger beer

Lime wedge.

Making it: Fill pint class with ice and add whisky. Top with ginger beer (or ginger ale) and garnish with lime.