Not knowing the history of the musical comedy Pageant, when I first heard about it I thought it was about drag pageants, like the 2008 documentary of the same name. But no, Pageant was a Off-Broadway hit in the early 1990s, essentially an ordinary, kinda low-rent beauty pageant in which the female contestants are all played by men. Judging by the current revival, the show is a charming, featherweight bit of fun, without much serious to say about gender: an irreverent but essentially innocent tribute to kitschy Americana. Which is just fine as far as I’m concerned.
Brilliant actor-dancer-singer Jim Dale started out in the last days of British music hall. Just Jim Dale, his retrospective one man show, has the earthy yet somehow breezy quality of music hall at its best. In the show, Jim gives us only the most entertaining highlights of an amazingly diverse life in show business. From music hall he went to rock and roll singing and songwriting – he wrote the lyrics to the huge hit “Georgy Girl” – to film and stage acting, to doing hundreds of voices for all seven Harry Potter audiobooks.
June is designated as Gay Pride month. Barack Obama even signed a Presidential Proclamation designating June 2014 as a celebration of LGBT Pride throughout the United States. However, no matter where you are in the country, some might try to steal your pride. At many gay pride celebrations across the country, protestors who claim to be Christians are likely to set up shop and tell you that being gay is wrong by passing judgement on your sexual orientation. I’m encouraging you today, don’t let anyone steal your pride. As a gay Christian myself, I’d even like to offer you advice to ensure that no one is able to steal your pride.