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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Dish of the Day #2484: Love of Chair Week

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Today's Dish is Logan Ponder.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Emmys think Darren Criss, RuPaul and Mrs. Maisel are all marvelous

The highlight of last night's 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards has to be the surprise marriage proposal by Glenn Weiss (whose direction of the 90th Academy Awards won him an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special). The audience went wild as his girlfriend joined him on stage to accept his engagement ring with a kiss. It was a very sweet and amusing moment.

Other highlights included standing ovations for Henry "The Fonz" Winkler (who won his first Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for HBO's Barry) and, of course, 96-year-old Betty White (who received her first Emmy nomination in 1951).

As for hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost, I enjoyed their opening monologue and jokes throughout the evening. But lowlights of the night included the "We Solved It!" opening number (which just wasn't that funny) and the appearances by Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen (whose lame attempt at humor was increasingly painful to watch - and I usually like them both). Also, the "In Memoriam" tribute left out some deserving TV stars, including Tab Hunter (who had his own series), Nanette Fabray (who won three Emmys), Dorothy Malone (Peyton Place), Robert Mandan (Soap), John Hillerman (who won an Emmy for Magnum, P.I.) and Robin Leach (Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous).

I give Che and Jost and the telecast a grade of B.

Last night's big winner was the Amazon series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which received Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Rachel Brosnahan), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Alex Borstein), and Outstanding Directing and Writing for a Comedy Series (creator Amy Sherman-Palladino became the first woman to win in both categories at the same Emmys).

Now here are the rest of the winners (including some from last weekend's Creative Arts Emmy Awards). And my nine correct predictions are the ones in pink:

#12: Make Your Own Groovy Music Playlist for 2000

The following songs from 1966 (from the 11th Groovy Music Playlist) will be moving on to Round 2:

"Along Comes Mary" - The Association
"Cherish" - The Association
"God Only Knows" - The Beach Boys
"Good Vibrations" - The Beach Boys
"Wouldn't It Be Nice" - The Beach Boys
"Eleanor Rigby" - The Beatles
"Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" - Cher
"Working My Way Back to You" - The Four Seasons
"Big Spender" - Peggy Lee
"Summer in the City" - The Lovin' Spoonful
"Dancing in the Street" - The Mamas & the Papas
"Monday, Monday" - The Mamas & the Papas
"Georgy Girl" - The Seekers
"Homeward Bound" - Simon & Garfunkel
"I Am a Rock" - Simon & Garfunkel
"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" - Nancy Sinatra
"When a Man Loves a Woman" - Percy Sledge
"You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" - Dusty Springfield
"You Can't Hurry Love" - The Supremes
"You Keep Me Hangin' On" - The Supremes

PLEASE NOTE: The next Groovy Music Playlist will be on Tuesday, October 2.

Now let's go back to 2000 when the following 66 songs were released (you can choose up to 20 of your favorites):

1) "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" - Christina Aguilera

Dish of the Day #2483: Love of Chair Week

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Dish of the Day #2482: Love of Chair Week

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Facebook sucks (but you probably already knew this)

So this morning I discovered that the cover photo on my DEEP DISH Facebook page was deemed objectionable (after having featured this pic for years), and now I'm blocked from using FB for SEVEN days. My patience is wearing thin with their increasingly insane censorship.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Friday, September 14, 2018

Remembering Marin Mazzie 1960 - 2018

I was lucky enough to see actress Marin Mazzie in four stage productions - John Logan's Riverview: A Melodrama with Music at Chicago's Goodman Theatre (1992), the national tour of The World Goes 'Round: The Kander & Ebb Musical (1993) and the Broadway musicals, Passion (1994) and Ragtime (1998). She received Tony Award nominations for the latter two as well as for the 1999 Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate. Other stage appearances include Big River (1985), Into the Woods (1989), Man of La Mancha (2003), Spamalot (2006), Enron (2010), Next to Normal (2010), Carrie (2012), Bullets Over Broadway (2014) and The King and I (2016).

Mazzie, who died Thursday at age 57, was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2017. She is survived by her husband, actor Jason Danieley, whom she married in 1997.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate her life and career.

Groovy Play Challenge #10: Angels in America

I recently enjoyed participating in the Groovy Musical Challenge on Facebook. So now it only seems fair to feature 10 plays that I fondly remember.

My 10th groovy play is Tony Kushner's two-part epic, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, which I saw on May 15, 1993 (Millennium Approaches), and November 24, 1993 (Perestroika), in the original Broadway production starring Ron Leibman, Stephen Spinella, Kathleen Chalfant, Marcia Gay Harden, Jeffrey Wright, Ellen McLaughlin, David Marshall Grant and Joe Mantello.

Dish of the Day #2481: Sock It to Me Week

Vote for your favorite Dish this week in the poll below (the winner will compete for the title of Mr. September). And if you haven't yet voted for the Dish of the Month: Mr. August, choose your man in the sidebar poll.

Today's Dish is Andrew Morrill.