Friday, December 23, 2016
The Groovy List, DEEP DISH and Cher wish you a groovy little Christmas
The Groovy List is a weekly Top 10 of recommended videos featuring pop culture (the next Groovy List will be on Friday, January 6):
1) Groovy Actor: Dick Latessa
Mr. Latessa, who died on Monday at age 87, won a Tony Award in 2003 for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance as Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray. He made his Broadway debut in the 1968 musical, The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N, and his other Broadway credits include Follies (1971), Chapter Two (1978), Passione (1980), I Ought to Be in Pictures (1980), Awake and Sing! (1984), Brighton Beach Memoirs (1985), Rags (1986), Broadway Bound (1988), Rumors (1989), The Will Rogers Follies (1991), Damn Yankees (1994), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1997), Proposals (1997), Cabaret (1999), Promises, Promises (2010) and The Lyons (2012). He also appeared on the daytime soap operas, The Edge of Night (1975-76) and One Life to Live (1997), and the 1989-90 NBC drama, True Blue. And his feature film credits include The Substance of Fire (1996), Stigmata (1999) and Alfie (2004). Below you can watch him perform in Hairspray with Harvey Fierstein, accept his Tony Award, and record the cast album of Promises, Promises with Sean Hayes.
2) Groovy Music: "Wonderful Christmastime"
Jimmy Fallon and The Roots join Paul McCartney and the cast of the new computer-animated film, Sing - Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Seth MacFarlane and Tori Kelly - for an a cappella rendition of McCartney's 1979 Christmas song.
3) Groovy Comedy Sketch: "Hillary Actually"
The always amusing Kate McKinnon plays Hillary Clinton in this Saturday Night Live spoof of the film, Love Actually.
4) Groovy Guy: Andrew Rannells
The actor, who is currently starring as Whizzer in the Broadway revival of Falsettos, is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
5) Groovy Gal: Annaleigh Ashford
The Tony Award-winning actress (You Can't Take It With You), who will star in the Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George (which begins previews on February 11), is interviewed on The Broadway Channel's Show People with Paul Wontorek.
6) Groovy Guy: Michael Park
The actor, who is currently starring in the Broadway musical, Dear Evan Hansen, is featured on The Broadway Channel's Role Call.
7) Groovy Comedy Segment: "It's Debra Messing, You Gays!!!"
Billy on the Street does a holiday edition of this popular segment featuring Emmy winner Debra Messing.
8) Groovy TV Preview: The Good Fight
Starring The Good Wife's Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo, this new series picks up one year after the events of the final episode. The cast also includes Rose Leslie, Delroy Lindo, Sarah Steele, Justin Bartha, Erica Tazel, Paul Guilfoyle and Bernadette Peters. The Good Fight will premiere Sunday, February 19, with a special broadcast on CBS, then move exclusively to CBS All Access.
9) Groovy TV Flashback: The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour
Below are a few segments of a Christmas episode of Glen's CBS series that originally aired on December 21, 1969, with his guests Cher and Andy Griffith.
10) Groovy TV Flashback: Cher
Below are a few segments of a Christmas episode of Cher's CBS series that originally aired on December 21, 1975, with her guests Redd Foxx and the Lennon Sisters.