A Kinky kick in the pants

Dec 04

A <i>Kinky</i> kick in the pants

Kinky Boots is the kind of musical comedy that leaves no unpleasant aftertaste. There's no guilt in enjoying its pleasures, and though it's not exactly an emotional feast, neither is it empty calories. This is a well-crafted, tuneful show whose only aim is to entertain and uplift. It succeeds on both counts.

A huge hit on Broadway, where it racked up six Tony Awards and is well into its second year, Kinky Boots is based on the 2005 film of the same name, one of those distinctly British underdog feel-good movies they do so well over there. Harvey Fierstein, adapted the movie, Cyndi Lauper made her Broadway composing debut with the score, and Jerry Mitchell (last seen in these parts with the Broadway-bound Legally Blondereview here) directs and choreographs in his typically efficient, ebullient manner.

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Terrence McNally, catch him if you can

Jun 04

I wrote a feature on New Conservatory Theatre Center’s Some Men by Terrence McNally for today’s San Francisco Chronicle. You can read it here. Here are a few pieces of my interview with Mr. McNally that didn’t make it into the newspaper. In addition to Some Men opening this week at the NCTC, McNally has a few other irons in the fire: Last...

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What the Elle? Bailey conquers `Blonde’

Jul 22

The three remaining girls (from left), Bailey, Autumn, Rhiannon, face the judges one last time. B’bye Rhiannon. Photos courtesy of MTV. Well let’s just be thankful it’s over. MTV’s reality show “Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for Elle Woods” began seven weeks ago with 50 girls and, as the voiceover told us, “the...

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`Blonde’ reality getting puke-y

Jul 01

So now viewers aren’t the only ones hurling during MTV’s “Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for Elle Woods.” We’re down to six girls at the start of this week’s episode, and by the end of the dance audition, one of them is seen on her knees in a bathroom stall heaving up her guts. Classy. The girl with the upset tummy was...

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The horror of `Blonde’ reality TV

Jun 04

MTV Music Videos MTV Shows Entertainment News Thanks to my trusty DVR, I did not have to watch “Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for Elle Woods” when it aired on MTV on Monday. I can tell this one is going to be painful — but maybe in a “feel sleazy and need to take a shower after” way. You’ve got a bunch of hopeful...

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You can’t stop the beat!

Apr 03

Brooklynn Pulver (above center) is Tracy Turnblad in the touring production of Hairspray. Photo by Phil Martin Last summer, it was yet another musical breathing new life into the revival of movie musicals. This summer, it’s an actual, three-dimensional live musical happening before your very eyes. Hairspray, one of the happiest musicals around, is returning to...

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