Every time I see Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas of TLC, it makes me sad because it reminds me that third member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes is no longer with us. However, their story has been told many, many times before to the point where I don’t necessarily need to hear it again so I can bust out in tears around the part where Left Eye dies. In other words, please stop depressing us. Well, that’s not happening. However, this time they’re changing things up by bringing the drama to Broadway.
Ladies and Gentlemen, start saving your single dollar bills and prepare for the month-late Christmas gift none of us even knew we wanted. The movie about men who kinda dance naked and sexy, Magic Mike, is getting a third rinse and is being turned into a brand new musical set to premiere this November in Boston before heading to Broadway in 2020.
“What’s that, dear, I can’t hear you with the sound of you letting out a spoiled brat whine over having to do a job you were paid to do!” is what Dame Diana is obviously thinking in that picture.
Since mid-March, Lauren Ambrose was singing her vocal cords off as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady on Broadway 8 times a week (Tuesday through Sunday with 2 shows on both Wednesday and Saturday). But producers announced earlier this week that starting this weekend, Lauren will take the Sunday matinee off to rest her voice and the role of Eliza will be played by her understudy Kerstin Anderson. Dame Diana Rigg, who is made of pure iron and plays the non-singing role of Henry Higgins’ mother in the production, isn’t happy about that change and let everyone know. The other big story here is that this is some Broadway drama that doesn’t involve thee legendary La LuPone for once.
Ready or not, it sounds like America is getting a remake of West Side Story directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner. Broadway World reports that a casting call has gone out for the project, confirming long standing rumors that nothing is sacred.
My apologies to those of you who butt-birthed out a sparkly rainbow of excitement after looking at that headline and picture and thinking that Cyndi Lauper and Cher are going to star in a Broadway musical adaptation of a gay classic together. You know, like Showgirls: The Musical (Cyndi as Nomi, Cher as Cristal). Or Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?: The Musical (Cyndi as Baby Jane, Cher as Blanche). Or Death Becomes Her: The Musical (Cyndi and Cher alternating roles). As much as I want to see Cher’s Cristal sing out a riveting ballad called “You Are A Whore, Darlin'” to Cyndi’s Nomi, that’s a thing that will only exist in my dreams. They aren’t working together on Broadway and their projects are totally different. First up, Cyndi!