And more from our Gossip Girl: Chaz Bono — becoming a man
“ROCKY – A Knockout!”
Could this be a future headline in the Theater Arts section of newspapers and on the web?
Well, the other night I found myself in a very good orchestra seat (courtesy of producer Whoopi Goldberg), at the opening of Broadway’s “Sister Act.” This was certainly a special occasion, and I already wrote a rave for the show.
To my right sat the one and only Patti LaBelle, vastly talented singer, one of my favorite celebrities. She was dressed all in white chiffon, like a great gardenia. Behind me was the relatively new head of the Jujamcyn Theaters, the creative young entrepreneur Jordan Roth. A guy I just adore.
On my left, behaving like giggling teenagers, were two longtime pals of one another (and of me) – Julie White, who made herself famous as the obstreperous female agent in “The Little Dog Laughed,” and her friend from adolescence, Cady Huffman. You’ll remember this sexy broad, who starred in “The Will Rogers Follies” and “The Producers.” (These two veterans recollected that people sometimes thought they were “married” because when Julie and her husband had a baby, the two girls would wheel her about and people always thought she looked as if she were Cady’s child, with Julie as the nanny.)
And, right in front of me, was a very familiar silhouette — that of show biz star Sylvester Stallone. At the intermission, Sly told me he was there because the German backers of “Sister Act,” who had already been so successful with that musical, had invited him to look in. They are his hoped-for potential backers for a long a’borning musical of “Rocky.”
Sounds like a mighty good commercial idea to me. I can just imagine all those toned biceps and firm abs in trunks, dancing around onstage in the confines of an irresistible story of an aspiring heavyweight in Philadelphia.
Sly looks great. He snorts at the idea of personally being in a Broadway musical, but he does own most of the franchise and he reminded me that I helped him get “Rocky Balboa” (also known as “Rocky 6”) onto the screen when others were throwing up roadblocks.
Well, knowing these famous people is lots of fun, helping them occasionally is another thing; let’s just say I have seldom made any money from such enterprises. But money isn’t everything.
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HEY, RELAX! Next Sunday, Andy Rooney will be back on “60 Minutes.” I can tell you’ve been worried about that and missing him.
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A NUMBER of years back, Chastity Bono dropped the “tity” from her name and became plain old Chaz, the all-American transsexual guy who issued originally from the loins of the inimitable Cher and the late Sonny Bono.
Chaz is not happy that doctors have not quite mastered creating a functioning penis for transgender folks like him.
But, he now has a beard, muscles, a formidable stomach and finds himself with a ferocious sexual appetite. He is still living with his lesbian girlfriend who sleeps in a separate room, now that the gay girl she allied herself with has become, for most intents and purposes, an authentic male.
Chaz is no freaky loser. He will be seen soon chatting with ABC’s “Nightline” on May 9th. Chaz impressed reporter Cynthia McFadden with his determination to become an effective spokesperson for all those struggling with gender identity issues. The documentary that chronicles his transformation is titled “Becoming Chaz” and will debut on Oprah’s new channel on May 10th.
Even Cher, who first had to cope with a butch gay daughter and then a sex-change daughter-to-son, has come around. Cher was always honest that she found it all quite difficult — and surprised at how difficult she did find it!
Although Cher still slips and calls Chaz “her” at times, she has come to terms with the fact that the little blonde baby girl she used to carry onstage with her in the Sonny and Cher years, is becoming an M-A-N.
Chaz Bono is a very nice guy and he is definitely not what is wrong in the world.