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A Mary Wickes Week Celebration! (#3): "My dear, dear Mary" - Letters from Broadway Royalty

A Mary Wickes Week Celebration! (#3): "My dear, dear Mary" - Letters from Broadway Royalty
My week-long celebration of character actress Mary Wickes continues today with a look at the letters of “Broadway royalty” sent to Mary. Included are letters from Angela Lansbury discussing problems with Sweeney Todd, Ethel Merman lamenting the death of her daughter to suicide, Richard Rodgers continually (and politely) turning Mary down for role after role... Read more »

"There's a touch of the homosexual in all of us": Bea Arthur's estate to fund LGBTQ homeless center

"There's a touch of the homosexual in all of us": Bea Arthur's estate to fund LGBTQ homeless center
“Lady Godiva was a freedom rider, She didn’t care if the whole world looked, Joan of Arc with the Lord to guide her, She was a sister who really cooked, Isadora was the first bra-burner,  Ain’t ya glad she showed up? (Oh yeah!) And when the country was fallin’ apart, Betsy Ross got it all... Read more »

Steven Shares Music (Week 2): "Overture" from Gypsy

Steven Shares Music (Week 2): "Overture" from Gypsy
“Curtain up, light the lights, we got nothin’ to hit but the heights!” Gypsy: A Musical Fable is widely considered the most perfect musical of all time, boasting over five new productions on Broadway since its premiere in 1959. The story of striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee and her overbearing mother Rose is one of... Read more »
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Classic Actress Ruta Lee's Impassioned Views on Social Justice or "Ruta for President 2016!"

Classic Actress Ruta Lee's Impassioned Views on Social Justice or "Ruta for President 2016!"
Who would have thought that a 24-year-old would find his exact ideals embodied in an 80-year-old? As I was scrounging around the simultaneous treasure trove and garbage heap that is YouTube, I decided to search a woman who I have adored since I was five and saw Scooby-Doo and The Ghoul School, in which Ms.... Read more »

"Open a New Window Every Day!": A Musical Theater Musing

"Open a New Window Every Day!": A Musical Theater Musing
“Open a new window, Open a new door, Travel a new highway, That’s never been tried before…” Those are the opening lines of “Open a New Window,” a song from Jerry Herman’s iconic musical Mame, starring Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur. The musical chronicles the adventures of Mame Dennis, a socialite and trend-follower, and her... Read more »