Friday, May 24, 2013
Say what you will about this busily patterned shirt, I can imagine it on a store rack, minus the horsehair epaulette, of course. But tin-foil shorts are a no-no. Remember, you are a handsome young man. You are not a baked potato.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Austin Mahone, the 17-year-old YouTube sensation, turned professional purveyor of silly love songs (and what's wrong with that, I'd like to know) has made it adamantly clear that he is completely, 100% heterosexual, and also that "people ask too many questions." Probably not the best response possible to the gay question, but I know how he feels. I, personally would feel very insulted if someone were to suggest that I was straight.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Here's what I've been doing for the past two months instead of blogging regularly: Rehearsing a musical. If you are in the Iowa City area and you've always wanted to see me play Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum, now's your chance, for the next two weekends.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Deanna Durbin has died at the age of 91. She was a huge star in the 1930s and 40s. How huge? Well, it's pretty clear that if it weren't for her, Universal Studios would not exist today.
It's a well-known story, but I'll tell it anyway. In 1936 MGM signed two 14-year-old girl singers, Miss Durbin and Judy Garland, and paired them in a short subject called Every Sunday. Deanna sang "opera" and Judy sang "swing.' According to one version of events, Louis B. Mayer told his minions to fire "the fat one," and Durbin was mistakenly let go. I don't really believe the story. It's abundantly clear from watching Every Sunday that neither of those girls could be considered fat, even by Hollywood standards. Nevertheless, MGM dropped Durbin's option and Universal signed her, put her in a movie called Three Smart Girls, and a star was born. Meanwhile, MGM didn't know what to do with Garland and her career took several years to get up to speed. Durbin remained Universal's top draw until her retirement in 1948. When she retired she really retired, no concerts, no comebacks, no retrospectives. .