Battle of the Broadway Stars #50: 1960-61 Season

Make Your Own Groovy Music Playlist for 2013

Remembering Doris Day 1922 - 2019

101 Groovy TV Movies: Hart Bochner in Having It All

I'm looking forward to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Groovy Giveaway: Jerry Douglas's Tubstrip

Today's Groovy Giveaway is one copy of Jerry Douglas's play, Tubstrip, a risqué comedy set in a gay bathhouse.

Tubstrip was a popular sensation when produced onstage in 1973-74 in the era of gay liberation and the sexual revolution. The play, often dismissed by mainstream critics but hailed as “funny, sexy, and important” by the gay press, ran for 140 performances off-Broadway, then toured to eight cities over nine months, and returned to Broadway starring the legendary adult film star Casey Donovan in the lead role. Despite its unprecedented success and acclaim, the play has never been published.

Along with the debut publication of the script of the play, this edition includes a foreword by Jordan Schildcrout titled “Tubstrip and The Erotic Theatre of Gay Liberation”, which examines the significance of the play as one of a wave of erotic gay plays (most of them forgotten or lost) that emerged between 1969 and 1974. This edition also features rarely seen publicity photos, posters and advertisements from the original production of the play.

Jerry Douglas, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, was pursuing a career in the legitimate theatre while also writing and directing “all male” films, including the classic The Back Row. He went on to have a major career in gay male pornography, directing numerous award-winning films between 1989 and 2007, such as More of a Man, Flesh & Blood, Dream Team and BuckleRoos.

Jordan Schildcrout is an Associate Professor of Theatre & Performance at SUNY Purchase.

Chelsea Station Editions, an independent publisher devoted to gay literature, will publish Tubstrip on June 1, 2019:

To enter to win this Groovy Giveaway, please email your name and address to Winners must have a US mailing address, and entries close at midnight on Monday, May 27 (CST).

Monday, May 20, 2019

#28: Make Your Own Groovy Music Playlist for 2013

The following songs from 1973 (from the 27th Groovy Music Playlist) will be moving on to Round 2:

"Sing" - Carpenters
"Top of the World" - Carpenters
"Yesterday Once More" - Carpenters
"Half-Breed" - Cher
"Time in a Bottle" - Jim Croce
"Sunshine on My Shoulders" - John Denver
"Desperado" - Eagles
"Killing Me Softly with His Song" - Roberta Flack
"Piano Man" - Billy Joel
"Daniel" - Elton John
"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" - Elton John
"Let Me Be There" - Olivia Newton-John
"Midnight Train to Georgia" - Gladys Knight & the Pips
"The Morning After" - Maureen McGovern
"Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" - Bette Midler
"Friends" - Bette Midler
"Jolene" - Dolly Parton
"Touch Me in the Morning" - Diana Ross
"Could It Be I'm Falling in Love" - The Spinners
"The Way We Were" - Barbra Streisand

Now let's go back to 2013 when the following 91 songs were released (you can choose up to 20 of your favorites):

1) "Tightrope" - Matt Alber

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Remembering Tim Conway 1933 - 2019

The actor, writer and comedian, who died today at age 85, won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for The Carol Burnett Show (1967-78). He also received two Emmys for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for Coach (1996) and 30 Rock (2008). Other television credits include The Steve Allen Show (1961), McHale's Navy (1962-66), Rango (1967), The Tim Conway Show (1970), The Tim Conway Comedy Hour (1970), The Tim Conway Show (1980-81), Ace Crawford, Private Eye (1983), Tim Conway's Funny America (1990) and On the Spot (2003).

Conway also appeared in many films, including The World's Greatest Athlete (1973), The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975), Gus (1976), The Shaggy D.A. (1976), The Billion Dollar Hobo (1977), They Went That-A-Way & That-A-Way (1978), The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979), The Prize Fighter (1979), The Private Eyes (1980), Cannonball Run II (1984), The Longshot (1986), Dear God (1996), Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) and Air Bud: Golden Receiver (1998).

Below I've selected some of my favorite Carol Burnett Show sketches to celebrate Tim Conway's life and career.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Remembering Doris Day 1922 - 2019

(image via eBay)

Back in 2009, I wrote the following about actress Doris Day, who sadly left us today at age 97:
Doris Day was my favorite actress as a child. I was always excited whenever the Dialing for Dollars Early Show (the weekday afternoon movie on TV) had a "Doris Day Week" featuring her films. Usually they would show her comedies with Rock Hudson and James Garner or my personal favorite, 1968's Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? I also enjoyed her CBS sitcom (1968-73) through its many incarnations as her character, Doris Martin, went from being a widowed mother to a swinging single career woman. As long as the actress sang "Que Sera, Sera" during the opening credits, I was happy to tune in every week. It wasn't until much later that I became familiar with her more dramatic work (Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much and the 1960 thriller, Midnight Lace) as well as her musicals (The Pajama Game). Doris Day was kind of the Julia Roberts or Meg Ryan (or a combination of the two) of the 1960s with all her romantic comedies, and I think both men and women found her appealing in her frequent role as a beautiful wife and mother with a sassy sense of humor. I know I did. We haven't seen much of Ms. Day since she retired from the public eye after her short-lived talk show, Doris Day's Best Friends, in 1985, and I miss her. But she will forever be a groovy gal to me.
Below you can enjoy my 90 Groovy Things about Doris Day on her birthday post from April 3, 2014, which I've updated with a few additional videos.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Battle of the Broadway Stars #50: 1960-61 Season

(find these posters and others at Movie Poster Shop and

The following stars of the 1972-73 Broadway season (from the 49th Battle) will be moving on to Round 2:

Jack Albertson (The Sunshine Boys)
Len Cariou (A Little Night Music)
Jill Clayburgh (Pippin)
Dennis Cole (All the Girls Came Out to Play)
Colleen Dewhurst (Mourning Becomes Electra)
Patricia Elliott (A Little Night Music)
Hermione Gingold (A Little Night Music)
Julie Harris (The Last of Mrs. Lincoln)
Glynis Johns (A Little Night Music)
Linda Lavin (The Enemy Is Dead)
Robert Morse (Sugar)
Jerry Orbach (6 Rms Riv Vu)
Debbie Reynolds (Irene)
John Rubinstein (Pippin)
Irene Ryan (Pippin)
Ben Vereen (Pippin)

Now on to our 50th battle, which takes us back to the 1960-61 Broadway season when the following 32 stars appeared on stage:

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

#27: Make Your Own Groovy Music Playlist for 1973

The following songs from 1989 (from the 26th Groovy Music Playlist) will be moving on to Round 2:

"Cold Hearted" - Paula Abdul
"Love Shack" - The B-52's
"One" - Bee Gees
"If I Could Turn Back Time" - Cher
"Just Like Jesse James" - Cher
"She Drives Me Crazy" - Fine Young Cannibals
"Don't Make Me Dream About You" - Chris Isaak
"We Didn't Start the Fire" - Billy Joel
"I Drove All Night" - Cyndi Lauper
"Cherish" - Madonna
"Express Yourself" - Madonna
"Like a Prayer" - Madonna
"Wind Beneath My Wings" - Bette Midler
"The Living Years" - Mike + The Mechanics
"Free Fallin'" - Tom Petty
"Thing Called Love" - Bonnie Raitt
"Don't Know Much" - Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
"This Time I Know It's for Real" - Donna Summer
"The Best" - Tina Turner
"Here and Now" - Luther Vandross

Now let's go back to 1973 when the following 108 songs were released (you can choose up to 20 of your favorites):

1) "Ring Ring" - ABBA

Groovy Giveaway: Say Yes on DVD

Today's Groovy Giveaway is three DVDs of Say Yes, a film written and directed by Stewart Wade (Coffee Date, Such Good People) and executive produced by Alan Reade of Text Engine Productions.

When Lily (Leah McKendrick) is diagnosed with cancer, her bisexual twin brother, Caden (Matt Pascua), moves in to help and ends up forming a strong bond with Lily's husband, Beau (Patrick Zeller). Lily makes the two men in her life promise to find happiness as a couple after she's gone. But can a straight guy really fall in love with another man?

The film co-stars Shari Belafonte (Hotel), Alexandra Paul (Baywatch), Alberto Manquero and Stefanie Estes.

Say Yes is available for purchase or rental on Amazon Prime and on DVD on Amazon.


To enter to win this Groovy Giveaway, email your name and address to Winners must have a US mailing address, and entries close at midnight on Thursday, May 9 (CST).

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

And the Tony Award goes to . . .

(find these posters and others at Triton Gallery)

Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth (Sweet Charity, Chicago) and Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple, Shuffle Along) announced the 73rd Annual Tony Award nominations this morning, and Hadestown received the most with 14 nominations. Below is a complete list of the nominees (with my predictions in pink). Tune in to the Tonys (with host James Corden) on Sunday, June 9.

Monday, April 22, 2019

101 Groovy TV Movies #88: Dinner at Eight

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Today I continue my list of 101 Groovy TV Movies Worth Watching with Dinner at Eight, which originally aired on TNT on Monday, December 11, 1989.

Produced by actress Shelley Duvall (The Shining), this updated remake of George Cukor's 1933 film stars Marsha Mason as the social butterfly wife of a New York shipping magnate (John Mahoney) who throws a dinner party. Her guests include Lauren Bacall as a romance novelist, Charles Durning and Ellen Greene as a ruthless tycoon and his wife, and Harry Hamlin as a fading Hollywood star.

Click here to see all the movies on the list so far.

Friday, April 19, 2019

101 Groovy TV Movies #89: Ladykillers

(press photos via eBay and

Today I continue my list of 101 Groovy TV Movies Worth Watching with Ladykillers, which originally aired as an ABC Movie Special on Wednesday, November 9, 1988.

Directed by Robert Lewis, the movie stars Marilu Henner as a police detective who enlists her rookie cop boyfriend (a pre-Melrose Place Thomas Calabro) to help catch a killer by going undercover as a stripper at a club called Ladykillers. The cast also includes Susan Blakely, Gary Hudson, Keith David and special guest star Lesley-Anne Down (as the club's owner).

Click here to see all the movies on the list so far.