I’ve been living in Tennessee Williams land for the last couple of years, directing two of his lesser known plays, The Strangest Kind of Romance and Now the Cats with Jewelled Claws, the latter in its New York premiere. In the process I’ve formed friendships with a variety of Williams scholars, and a frequent topic of conversation was In Masks Outrageous and Austere.
Female strippers have had their stories told on the big screen several times. Showgirls and Striptease have shown the female perspective of adult entertainment dancing. Now it is time for the males to take action as Magic Mike shakes and slides its way towards movie theaters June 29th. Based on star Channing Tatum’s former life as a male dancer, the movie is directed by Academy Award winning director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) and features a bevy of hot Hollywood Hunks: Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four), Matt Bomer (White Collar), Adam Rodriguez (CSI: Miami), Joe Manganiello (True Blood) and Matthew McConaughey (The Wedding Planner). Tatum’s character, Magic Mike, strips at McConaughey’s club and also takes Pettyfer under his wing. Along the way the audience will see a relationship blooming between Magic Mike and Paige played by Cody Horn (The Office). It is the struggle between fantasy and reality that Magic Mike must deal with. Check out the trailer below and leave your comments. Are you excited to see this?
Capturing last night one click at a time
When Terrence McNally’s play Corpus Christi had its New York debut in 1998, it had endured a lot of protest and controversy. Having Jesus as a gay man in 1950s Texas did not bode well for several Catholics and there were anonymous bomb threats for the Manhattan Theatre Club, who wanted to remove the show from its fall schedule. McNally was also receiving death threats but New York’s artistic community bonded together to have an opening, which attracted 2,000 protestors outside of the theater. Flash forward to present day and Corpus Christi is still making an impact on the Catholic community.
So guys, the work week’s half-way there, but our thoughts are already turning to the dance floor. This week sees the return of 90s r&b/dance queen and newly-minted Reality TV star Toni Braxton as well as Euro dance trio Cascada.
“I Heart You” – Toni Braxton
La Braxton is back…and she wants you to dance! We’re told her latest has been penned by Toni herself, specifically with the dance floor in mind. She doesn’t disappoint, as her distinctive alto alternately seduces and growls over the bangin’ track. And now that she’s enjoying a popularity resurgence with the hit reality series “Braxton Family Values,” she could be poised to reclaim some of her earlier Dance chart glory. Despite releasing some terrific songs in the last ten years (including the most recent and vastly underrated “Make My Heart”), none of have achieved the chart dominance she enjoyed a decade ago. Let’s hope this marks a deserved musical upturn for Miss Toni Toni Toni.