Ah, Patti LuPone — always one with a colorful quote. To add to this list, here’s what the Broadway diva had to say in a recent Q&A about Streisand starring in an on-again/off-again movie adaptation of Gypsy, a show for which LuPone won the 2008 Best Actress in a Musical Tony Award: Any thoughts on… Read More Patti LuPone on Barbara Streisand in ‘Gypsy’
Yesterday, Broadway diva Patti LuPone was honored by The Drama League for, basically, being Patti LuPone. Fancy Broadway types, socialites (and the lovely SarahB, who volunteered at the event and blogged about it here) came together to honor the bawdy belter. New York magazine recently asked some of the attendees to share their favorite “meeting… Read More Patti LuPone will get you sh*tfaced
La LuPone. Loops. Actress. Singer. Mother. Patti. Diva. Bitch. Belter. Legend. Ah – Ms. Patti Ann LuPone. It was bound to happen. If you know anything about me (or have spent at least 30 seconds in my home), you know what a major LuPone fan I am. My respect for her work has led me… Read More Diva Friday: Patti LuPone
Remember Diva Fridays? I know — I can be neglectful at times. However, some recent casting news made me realize now was a perfect time to revive this blog series: Additional casting for the Chicago production of Billy Elliot the Musical has been announced. Tony Award nominee, Emily Skinner, will play the role of Mrs.… Read More Diva Friday: Emily Skinner
I have a new diva crush. She’s a fiery red head with a glorious soprano/belt who radiates poise, class and brains. She’s the thinking man’s ingenue. Why: it’s none other than Kate Baldwin. Sadly, I’ve never actually seen Ms. Baldwin perform on any stage before. The only real performance I’ve seen of this Northwestern alum is her… Read More Diva Friday: Kate Baldwin
In celebration of seeing Yeast Nation tonight, let’s talk about one of my favorite Chicago dramatic actresses: Barbara Robertson. Seven-time Jeff Award winning Robertson, who is featured in Yeast Nation, is one of those actresses whose work is so diverse, it’s almost impossible not to have caught her in at least a show or two… Read More Diva Friday: Barbara Robertson
Let’s turn our attention to the fabulous Carolee Carmello this Diva Friday. Carolee, along with Rachel York and Marin Mazzie, is part of a trifecta of Brodway divas who can play any role and do anything. They are all stunning women with leading lady presence, strong dramatic and comedic chops, and power voices. It’s no wonder… Read More Diva Friday: Carolee Carmello
Hello Readers! Herr Roberto is on vacation in Colorado Springs for a spell, and has asked me to fill in and contribute a diva tribute. As I adore the ‘Diva Friday’ series, I was happy to oblige~! My selection? The one and only… Marin Mazzie. (marinmazzie.com) The Mesmerizing Marin Mazzie is an astonishing singer. And… Read More Diva Friday: Marin Mazzie
Lets take a trip to over the pond to the West End for this week’s Diva Friday, shall we? Ruthie Henshall. She’s the brunette soubrette who can’t seem to land a hit show of late. I would compare her West End career to that of Bette Midler’s relationship with Hollywood: Supremely talented women, disappointing career… Read More Diva Friday: Ruthie Henshall
I’ve been slacking on my Diva Friday obligations. So, let’s bring it back with a bang and celebrate that black bodacious R&B beauty: Beyoncé. Beyoncé in full on Dreamgirls mode. And I’m seeing her tonight at the United Center! Excited! Like I need to tell any of you who she is. I’m a relatively new… Read More Diva Friday: Beyoncé
Let’s swing into the long weekend with my favorite bluesy cabaret chanteuse — Ms. Ann Hampton Callaway. She has a voice that melts butter, and then, with just a turn of a phrase, sizzles. She could fry an egg with her voice, essentially.
As I lay languishing for a leading lady to lavish with my literary laudations (don’t mind me, it’s been a long week), I got the following text from my friend Sarah: “Guess who’s Grand Marshal of the Pride Parade on Sunday? Alexandra Billings!” And so that was it. This Diva Friday, let’s rejoice the singular… Read More Diva Friday: Alexandra Billings
For my fourth installment of Diva Friday, let’s discuss the fabulous Dee Hoty, shall we? You want a leading lady with dazzling cheekbones and flawless poise? Dee’s your gal. Furthermore, she has a leading lady belt, and knows how to sell it.
For today’s Diva Friday, let’s celebrate diversity! After all, it is Pride Month. And I don’t know of any current leading lady musical actress more diverse than Rachel York.
Time for the second weekly column! See? I promise, and I deliver. (That said, next week’s column will be delayed. I’ll be in some remote area on vacation with questionable Internet connectivity. Pray for me.) So. Judy friggin’ Kuhn. She’s one of my first Diva crushes and was one of the most popular Broadway musical… Read More Diva Friday: Judy Kuhn