Battle of the Broadway Stars #52: 2004-05 Season

Make Your Own Groovy Music Playlist for 2003

205 Groovy Gay Movies Worth Watching

101 Groovy TV Movies: Hart Bochner in Having It All

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

#30: Make Your Own Groovy Music Playlist for 2003


The following songs from 1963 (from the 29th Groovy Music Playlist) will be moving on to Round 2:

"My Boyfriend's Back" - The Angels
"Surfin' U.S.A." - The Beach Boys
"All My Loving" - The Beatles
"I Want to Hold Your Hand" - The Beatles
"Rhythm of the Rain" - The Cascades
"Ring of Fire" - Johnny Cash
"He's So Fine" - The Chiffons
"Sweet Dreams" - Patsy Cline
"Da Doo Ron Ron" - The Crystals
"On Broadway" - The Drifters
"Blowin' in the Wind" - Bob Dylan
"It's My Party" - Lesley Gore
"I Will Follow Him" - Little Peggy March
"Heat Wave" - Martha and the Vandellas
"Blowin' in the Wind" - Peter, Paul and Mary
"Puff, the Magic Dragon" - Peter, Paul and Mary
"Be My Baby" - The Ronettes
"I Only Want to Be with You" - Dusty Springfield
"Blue Velvet" - Bobby Vinton
"Anyone Who Had a Heart" - Dionne Warwick

Now let's go back to 2003 when the following 55 songs were released (you can choose up to 20 of your favorites):



1) "The Voice Within" - Christina Aguilera


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Groovy Giveaway: Kanarie on DVD



Courtesy of Breaking Glass Pictures, today's Groovy Giveaway is two DVDs of Kanarie, the award-winning, earnestly warm, occasionally heart-wrenching, masterful musical comedy from director Christiaan Olwagen.

Featuring music from Culture Club and Depeche Mode, Kanarie is the story of Johan Niemand, drafted during apartheid by the South African Army, whose love for Boy George and Depeche Mode lands him a spot in the SADF Choir called the ‘Canaries’. Against a landscape where law and religion oppress individuality, the Canaries go on a nationwide tour of the country, pushing Johan to reckon with his long-repressed sexual identity, while examining the effects of nationalism on the soul and the tender brotherhood among misfits, Ultimately, Johan is forced to find his own voice and learn to fly.

This "surprisingly fun" (Jude Dry, Indiewire), "winning combination of thoughtfulness and exuberance" (Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter) festival darling will be released on DVD and VOD on June 18.

To enter to win this Groovy Giveaway, email your name and address to deepdish73@gmail.com. Winners must have a US mailing address, and entries close at midnight on Thursday, June 13 (CST).

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Battle of the Broadway Stars #52: 2004-05 Season


(find these posters and others at Movie Poster Shop)

The following stars of the 2013-14 Broadway season (from the 51st Battle) will be moving on to Round 2:

Toni Collette (The Realistic Joneses)
Nick Cordero (Bullets Over Broadway)
Bryan Cranston (All The Way)
Tyne Daly (Mothers and Sons)
Michael C. Hall (The Realistic Joneses)
Neil Patrick Harris (Hedwig and the Angry Inch)
Ethan Hawke (Macbeth)
Andy Karl (Rocky)
Zachary Levi (First Date)
Marin Mazzie (Bullets Over Broadway)
Audra McDonald (Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill)
Idina Menzel (If/Then)
Jessie Mueller (Beautiful The Carole King Musical)
Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder)
Zachary Quinto (The Glass Menagerie)
Daniel Radcliffe (The Cripple of Inishmaan)

Now on to our 52nd battle, which takes us back to the 2004-05 Broadway season when the following 32 stars appeared on stage:
















Saturday, June 1, 2019

#29: Make Your Own Groovy Music Playlist for 1963


The following songs from 2013 (from the 28th Groovy Music Playlist) will be moving on to Round 2:

"Wake Me Up" - Avicii
"Brave" - Sara Bareilles
"I Hope You Find It" - Cher
"Take It Like a Man" - Cher
"Woman's World" - Cher
"Wrecking Ball" - Miley Cyrus
"Get Lucky" - Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams
"Bears" - Tom Goss
"All-American Boy" - Steve Grand
"Say Something" - A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera
"Brave" - Josh Groban
"Cups (Pitch Perfect's "When I'm Gone")" - Anna Kendrick
"Applause" - Lady Gaga
"All of Me" - John Legend
"Royals" - Lorde
"Roar" - Katy Perry
"Vocal" - Pet Shop Boys
"Just Give Me a Reason" - Pink
"Blurred Lines" - Robin Thicke
"Happy" - Pharrell Williams

Now let's go back to 1963 when the following 98 songs were released (you can choose up to 20 of your favorites):



1) "My Boyfriend's Back" - The Angels



2) "Be True to Your School" - The Beach Boys


Friday, May 24, 2019

Battle of the Broadway Stars #51: 2013-14 Season


(find these posters and others at Triton Gallery)

The following stars of the 1960-61 Broadway season (from the 50th Battle) will be moving on to Round 2:

Julie Andrews (Camelot)
Lucille Ball (Wildcat)
Richard Burton (Camelot)
Robert Goulet (Camelot)
Tammy Grimes (The Unsinkable Molly Brown)
Julie Harris (Little Moon of Alban)
Dean Jones (Under the Yum-Yum Tree)
Angela Lansbury (A Taste of Honey)
Paul Lynde (Bye Bye Birdie)
Elaine May (An Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May)
Mike Nichols (An Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May)
Laurence Olivier (Becket)
Joan Plowright (A Taste of Honey)
Chita Rivera (Bye Bye Birdie)
Dick Van Dyke (Bye Bye Birdie)
Nancy Walker (Do Re Mi)

Now on to our 51st battle, which takes us back to the 2013-14 Broadway season when the following 32 stars appeared on stage:


















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: http://www.chelseastationeditions.com/Tubstrip.html

To enter to win this Groovy Giveaway, please email your name and address to deepdish73@gmail.com. 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 julestyne.com)

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: