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Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Groovy List gets Kinky with Jake Shears



The Groovy List is a weekly roundup of groovy gay pop culture:

1) Groovy Gal: Jan Maxwell
The actress, who died February 11 at age 61, received five Tony Award nominations for her performances in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2005), Coram Boy (2007), Lend Me a Tenor (2010), The Royal Family (2010) and Follies (2012). Other Broadway credits include City of Angels (1990), Dancing at Lughnasa (1992), A Doll's House (1997), The Sound of Music (1998), The Dinner Party (2000), Sixteen Wounded (2004) and To Be or Not to Be (2008). She is one of five performers to have received a Tony nomination in all four acting categories. Maxwell also starred in the 2016 CBS series, BrainDead.

Below you can watch Jan Maxwell in Lend Me a Tenor, The Royal Family and Follies.





2) Groovy Guy: Vic Damone
The singer, who died February 11 at age 89, was best known for his hit recordings of "You're Breaking My Heart" (1949), "My Heart Cries for You" (1950) and "On the Street Where You Live" from the Broadway musical, My Fair Lady (1956). He was the host of two variety shows - CBS's The Vic Damone Show (1956-57) and NBC's The Lively Ones (1962-63). Damone also appeared in some films, including Rich, Young and Pretty (1951), Deep in My Heart (1954), Athena (1954), Hit the Deck (1955), Kismet (1955) and Hell to Eternity (1960). He was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960, and his five wives included actress Pier Angeli (1954-58) and actress Diahann Carroll (1987-96).

Below you can watch Vic Damone in Athena (with Debbie Reynolds), a 1962 episode of CBS's The Dick Van Dyke Show (as singer Ric Vallone), a 1964 episode of CBS's The Judy Garland Show, a 1966 episode of ABC's The Hollywood Palace (with host Elizabeth Montgomery) and the 1987 Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Perry Como (with Diahann Carroll).







3) Groovy Guy: Marty Allen
The comedian and actor, who died February 12 at age 95, was part of a comedy team with singer Steve Rossi from 1957 to 1968. They appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show 44 times and starred in the 1966 spy spoof film, The Last of the Secret Agents? They reunited for a series of shows and a tour in 1984-85 and performed together in Las Vegas from 1990 to 1994. Allen's other film credits include The Great Waltz (1972), Harrad Summer (1974) and A Whale of a Tale (1976), and he was a regular on the NBC game show, The Hollywood Squares (1966-80).

Below you can watch Marty Allen and Steve Rossi in a trailer for The Last of the Secret Agents?, on a 1967 episode of NBC's The Dean Martin Show, and as the Mystery Guests on a 1967 episode of the CBS game show, What's My Line?





4) Groovy Guy: Jake Shears
The Scissor Sisters singer, who is starring in the Broadway musical, Kinky Boots, through April 1, is a guest on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and on AOL's BUILD Series (with co-star Kirstin Maldonado).





5) Groovy Guys: Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef
The actor (who is currently starring in FX's The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) and his husband (who is a painter/artist) take Architectural Digest inside their LA home.



6) Groovy Duo: Debra Messing and Eric McCormack
TV's Will & Grace are guests on The Graham Norton Show.





7) Groovy Guy: Randy Rainbow
He performs his latest song parody, "Stand by Your Man (Donald Trump)".



8) Groovy Reunion: Sutton Foster and the original Broadway cast of Thoroughly Modern Millie
Enjoy highlights of the recent 15th Anniversary Reunion Concert of the 2002 Broadway production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, starring Sutton Foster, Gavin Creel, Harriet Harris, Kate Baldwin, Marc Kudisch, Darren Lee, Francis Jue, Megan McGinnis, Anne Nathan, Casey Nicholaw and Sheryl Lee Ralph.

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