And more from our Liz: Vampires cruise Alaska…”Mary Poppins” hits the 2,000 performances mark on Broadway… HBO celebrates Latino groundbreakers
“AS FAR as I’m concerned, being any gender is a drag,” said the singer Patti Smith.
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SPEAKING OF gender, “Dancing With the Stars” doesn’t care what you are, were, or plan to become. The show wants ratings and publicity.
To that end they have booked Chaz Bono to get down and boogie. Chaz has not yet completely transitioned, but certainly intends to, and certainly identifies himself and considers himself a man.
This will be a good thing for Chaz, emotionally — to feel more accepted. Chaz is nothing if not determined and unashamed. And, frankly, this will be a great way for Chaz to drop a pound or thirty. He is a big guy. (We worry about your health, honey!)
Look what “DWTS” did for Kirstie Alley!
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WELL, The Hamptons certainly didn’t allow Hurricane Irene to put a damper on late summer events. Tomorrow, Kelly Ripa, Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane preside over an all-new 3D version of Disney’s animated classic “The Lion King.” (Broderick and Lane were two of the great talents who lent their voices to the movie. Others include Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons and Cheech Marin.)
Disney and The Cinema Society are the sponsors. It happens at the East Hampton UA Cinema, on 30 Main Street. Food and drinks follow.
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AND WHILE we have things Disney on the brain — on Sunday, Broadway’s “Mary Poppins” celebrates its two thousandth performance, speeding toward its fifth anniversary in New York on November 16.
The six worldwide productions of “Mary Poppins” have grossed over $600 million dollars since 2004, when it premiered in London’s West End.
I know I fly against millions of fans of the movie, but the stage version of “Poppins” is so far superior to that 1964 film! And Julie Andrews’ Oscar for “Poppins?” Uhhhh….
Miss Andrews is a fabulous talent, a great woman and deserved Oscar recognition for other roles. She was nominated for both “The Sound of Music” and “Victor/Victoria.” But in 1964 Hollywood was going through spasm of guilt because Julie, an unknown quantity in films, had not been cast in the movie version of “My Fair Lady,” the role she originated onstage. (Box office favorite Audrey Hepburn won the plum role of Eliza Dolittle.)
“My Fair Lady” was a big hit, and Audrey was simply divine onscreen, but her vocals were dubbed (a crushing thing for her.) “Mary Poppins” was an even bigger hit, and of course, Julie needed no dubbing. The upshot was Audrey didn’t even receive a nod from Oscar that year, and Julie walked away with the little golden guy, perhaps as a “consolation prize” for not getting the chance to put her Eliza onscreen.
Miss Hepburn and Miss Andrews were super-gracious about the whole thing. Well, they were both rich and young and beautiful. What’s an Oscar, anyway?
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ALASKA is not generally thought of as a gathering place for vampires. Pause. No, no cheap shots at the Palin family. Although I suppose even mentioning them will be considered a “cheap shot” by fans.
Anyway, next June, vampire “fans” will converge on Alaska for something called “Vamps at Sea: A Vampire Convention.” The event takes place on Holland America’s Zuiderdam cruise ship, and will visit the ports of Juneau, Glacier Bay, Skagway and Ketchikan.
Along with rubbing capes with Dacre Stoker, the great- grandnephew of “Dracula” creator Bram Stoker — and the author of his own tome, “Dracula: The Undead” — guests will enjoy such merriment as The Vampire Ball, Team Trivia Contest, The Scavenger Hunt (my heart stops when I think what exactly they will be scavenging for!) and an auction. The proceeds from the auction go to — get this —the Blood Donor Division of the Red Cross.) Vampire scholar John Edgar Browning will also be lurking around, hosting a vampish film festival.
All the activities will only take place when the ship is at sea … never during port times. Uh, never during the daylight?
This is a private event — well, we know how much the undead value their alone time. Cruise fares start at $1,060 per person. But having lived for centuries, this is pocket change for smart vampires. Log on to www.VampsAtSea.com. Or call Linda Wolf 818-346-7003. I am assuming casket costs will be waived.
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ONE SEPTEMBER 26th at the Brooklyn Museum, photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders debuts his new exhibition “The Latino List.” This comprises 25 portraits of influential Latinos from the worlds of culture, politics, business and sports. This is something of a follow-up to the photographers acclaimed 2008 show, “The Black List Project.”
The night Timothy’s new show opens, HBO will also screen, at the Brooklyn Museum, a new documentary, also titled “The Latino List” and directed by Mr. Greenfield-Sanders. (Interviews conducted by Sandra Guzman and Maria Hinojosa.) This is a special event, but don’t worry, the documentary airs on HBOLatino on Sept. 28 and on HBO non Latino, on Sept. 29.