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Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Groovy List enjoyed Pretty Woman: The Musical

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

1) Groovy Musical: Pretty Woman
Last night in Chicago I saw the pre-Broadway World Premiere stage production of the 1990 romantic comedy - and I enjoyed it. The book is funny, the music (by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance) features some groovy tunes and nice ballads, and director Jerry Mitchell keeps everything moving along nicely. But the main reasons to see this show are its two leads - the fabulous Samantha Barks (as Vivian) and the charming and handsome Steve Kazee (as Edward) - who have terrific chemistry together. And I could easily listen to them both sing the phone book. I also must mention Eric Anderson, who shines in his supporting role as Mr. Thompson the hotel manager, and the hunky Darius Wright, whose brief speedo scene goes by way too quickly. Considering it was only its fourth preview, this musical is in very good shape. It's light and fluffy entertainment done well, and I give it a grade of B+ (click here for tickets).

Below you can watch Steve Kazee, Samantha Barks and Jerry Mitchell discuss the show with the Chicago Sun-Times during the welcome press conference on February 26.

2) Groovy Guy: Sammy Williams
The actor, who died earlier today at age 69, won the 1976 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance as gay dancer Paul San Marco in A Chorus Line. Other Broadway credits include chorus roles in The Happy Time (1968), Applause (1970-72) and Seesaw (1973). He later went into business as a florist and designed floats for the Tournament of Roses Parade. After a long hiatus, Williams returned to the stage in 1998 and later toured in And the Winner Is, his one-man show about his experiences in A Chorus Line.

Below you can watch Williams (as Paul) in the historic 3,389th performance of A Chorus Line on September 29, 1983, when it became the longest-running show in Broadway history. I've also included two videos of Williams and the original Broadway cast on Donahue on March 26, 1990.

3) Groovy Guy: RuPaul
He is a guest on Ellen, and Jane Fonda honors him at his recent Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony.

4) Groovy Guy: Adam Rippon
The Olympic medalist is honored with HRC's Visibility Award as presented by fellow athlete Gus Kenworthy.

5) Groovy Guy: Darren Criss
The actor, who is currently starring in FX's The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden (and guest Patton Oswalt).

6) Groovy Guy: Sean Hayes
The Will & Grace star is a guest on Ellen.

7) Groovy Guy: Randy Rainbow
Randy Rainbow interviews Betsy DeVos in his latest video.

8) Groovy Duo: Bernadette Peters and Victor Garber
The stars of the Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! are guests on The View.

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