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Looking back on an underrated Broadway Actress Anita Morris. By David Gomez A leggy red-head. A Broadway Gypsy. A Fearless High Belter. A Sex Symbol. All of these thing could be said of Anita Morris. She was Tony nominated for originating "A Call From The Vatican" in the musical Nine. Most people are fmailiar with Jane Krakowski's high flying acrobatic rendition, but Anita Morris was the first to put a signature stamp on this sexy tune. He shear costume was deemed too revealing for the Tony Awards telecast so she didn't get to perform this showstopper. Here is Anita navigating... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Crazytown
A blonde sixties starlet was a dancer, a diva, and a damn good singer too. by David Gomez (Songwriter, Actor, and Hullabaloo Dancer) I recently heard Joey Heatherton referenced on an episode of Mad Men and remembered how much I loved her. She's a hidden gem of a performer. Here is Joey Heatherton performing a number made by Michael Bennett at his prime. I love how 60's it is! Listen to her sing as well. It's a shame she was never on Broadway in a leading role. Here is Joey slaying and giving some crazy physical comedy. Now watch Joey... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at Crazytown
Rhonda Shear is a late night mistress of the movies who'll keep you Up All Night. By David Gomez (Composer/Lyricist/Night Owl) I came across this video clip and was completely charmed by the host of this show from the 1990's called Up All Night. I loved the way Rhonda Shear's voice would jump an octave when she said the title. I was addicted to hearing the way she said it so I entered down the youtube-rabbit-hole and found a bunch of amazing clips of Rhonda. She's the perfect blend of smart, sexy, and silly. She began on the pageant circuit... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Crazytown
Lotte Lenya was a one of a kind influencing Brecht, Weill, and even Dylan. by David Gomez (Composer/Lyricist) When we think of Lotte Lenya, the muse of German Musical Theatre composer Kurt Weill, we don't think about Rock Music. But I am here to offer some example's about how this lady with her childlike scraggly singing voice paved the way for Rock Stars to redefine the way we approach the American songbook. Lotte Lenya became an overnight sensation in the German production of The Threepenny Opera from her portrayal of Jenny Diver. She wasn't considered a great singer. And she... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at Crazytown
Grab a tropical fruit and cool off under a Hollywood palm tree with me and Carmen Miranda. by David Gomez (Songwriter and Fruit Enthusiast) To me she was "The Lady With The Fruit on Her Head" and I would impersonate her in the mirror with a towel turban on my head. I don't know how I ever saw or came across Carmen Miranda but I'm sure it was inevitable from all the musical VHS's I rented. Carmen Miranda's onscreen persona of a Latin Spitfire wearing fruit on her head and dancing is an enduring, if racially problematic Icon. Here is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Crazytown
Stay cool this summer with my series of forgotten Icons. By David R. Gomez (Composer/Lyricist and Diva Super-Sleuth) Pia Zadora receieved a special Golden Rasperry Award for being the worst star of the 1980s. But as I like to say, if they are not talking about you then you are doing something wrong. So let us talk about this woman who is the queen of camp. Pia was maybe not the best actress, but she was always serving big hair, hot body, and she would find a way to sing in almost every movie. Who can blow raspberries at that?... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Crazytown
Stay cool this summer with my series of forgotten Icons. By David R. Gomez (Composer/Lyricist and Pop-Culture Super-sleuth) When we think of Gay Icons we often think of them in reverent two syllable mantras. Patti. Gaga. Elaine. Judy. Liza. Eartha. Elton. Barbra. Hedwig. These people conjure up music, memories, and even counter cultural movements. But I often find myself looking on the edge of pop culture and finding people just as brave, funny, and unabashedly unique that give me a similar courage to live my life as an uncompromising individual. What about Nico? Zsa Zsa? Candy? Pia? Kate Bush? Georgiana... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Crazytown
Julie Wilson was a first rate NYC cabaret star and today I'm remembering her. by David Gomez A bona vide Broadway Diva nameJulie Wilson passed away recently but left behind an amazing legacy of Cabaret performances. Let's check them out together. She was an incredible interpreter of Sondheim. Her "Ladies Who Lunch" has some amazingly bold choices. She played Joanne on tour with Company in the 1970's! Here is another amazing performance by Julie Wilson. Brava Julie Wilson! DAVID GOMEZ hails from the prairie but made his way to NYC to snag a BFA MT from Pace University. He's currently... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at Crazytown
The heartbreaking actress, and the sultry singer was also quite the dancer! By David Gomez (Songwriter, Actor, and Triple Threat) Bernadette Peters is alive and well on the silver screen these days in Mozart and the Jungle. But I've been reminiscing to the days when she wasn't afraid to kick up her heels! Did you see those high kicks at 2:03?! Obsessed with funky Bernadette's riffs! And the fact that she's singing off stage or in a prerecorded muffled way to suggest she's ever inside that box thing. Here's Bernie getting her Ginger Rogers on! and finally here she is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Crazytown
Decades before the X Games, this little lady brought glamor to trick riding. by David Gomez (Songwriter, Actor, and One-trick Pony) I recently came across a video of a woman in a gold leotard doing pirouettes on a golden bicycle. Naturally, i had to know more. Her name is Lilli Yokoi. Here's anoter vintage clip of her performing. Look at that core work! She married a Sweedish hand-balancer but later divorced him when he had squandered their money. She retired to her native Japan and lived a quiet life in an elusive obscurity. DAVID GOMEZ hails from the prairie but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Crazytown
Julie stole the show at the Oscars last night...but what about those other times? by David Gomez (Actor, Songwriter, and Supporting Actress) Dame Julie Andrews is always the epitome of class and elegance. She can make Lady Gaga's name sound like it was ordained by the Queen of England instead of derived from the band Queen. And she knows how to stir up some winning awards show moments! Let's review! Julie loves award shows! Check out her and her bestie carol hamming it up at the Tony's! Let us not forget about when she was literally too classy for a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Crazytown
If every child learned the ABC's with Patti Labelle we could improve literacy rates. by David Gomez (Composer, Lyricist, and Fellow-Soul-Diva) Come with me back in time. So you're a child and your snuggled up in front of the television and your ready to become a literate citizen of the world. Miss Patti Labelle shows up on the screen. You are enraptured by her singing voice. I"m mainly obsessed that Miss Patti Labelle's vowel modifications make it next to impossible to learn the alphabet for the first time. Here is a transcription of her rendition. A. B. C. D. E.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Crazytown
Celebrating America's favorite past time through song and dance. By David Gomez (Composer, Lyricist and Aspiring Cheerleader) I've never been very into football. Once as a child I asked my parents if we could watch My Fair Lady on TCM instead of the big game. So I thought I'd look back on the moments of Musical Theatre which seem to have something to do with Football. There aren't many... We must include this campy classic from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Wasn't there talks of a Revival of this?! Can we get Reba back on Broadway in this show... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Crazytown
Cuddle up with these tunes to stay warm amidst the snow. by David Gomez (Composer/Lyricist/Snowbunny) New York is covered in snow and I'm avoiding hearing all of the Frozen references. So let's beat the cold together with this carefully constructed playlist. Let's start off with some Irving Berlin. For a folky snowy day: Who needs Idina, when you have Madonna? "Heathcliff, it's me I'm Cathy, i've come home! I'm so COLD, Let me into your window!" Nancy Sinatra was always trying to prevent Pnemonia in her career. Remember the movie Snow Day?! Remember Hoku?! Remember this song?! I do. Keep... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at Crazytown
A rare unseen clip from Vincent Minelli's cinematic masterpiece. By David Gomez (Paris Courtesean) Everyone is stoked about a lot of the new Broadway shows opening this spring, but I'm totally stoked for Gigi. There are some revisions to the revival which are sensitive to the now controversial source material that involved an underage prostitute. There was also a song in the movie called "Thank Heaven For Little Girls" which is thankfully no longer sung by an elderly french man. But there were some amazing moments that were cut from the original and thankfully they've been restored by the Punchy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Crazytown
Every Diva deserves her day so let's raise awareness about Sandy Duncan. by David Gomez (Champion of Old Ladies) I'd like to raise awareness about Sandy Duncan. She was mainly known for some TV sitcoms in the 1970's that didn't quite take off and she was also a two time tony nominated a Broadway Actress. She earned accolades for her turn as Peter Pan and rightfully so. Look at that physicality! That energy! That core-work! Who needs Mary Martin when Sandy is giving full-out dancer-first high kicks! If you're not sold on Sandy yet check her out with the Muppets.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Crazytown
Jane and I get ready to spend the holidays together. By David Gomez (Actor, Songwriter, 30 Rock Fan) Jane Krakowsi is the gift that keeps on giving. Here is my holiday playlist of Jane's Christmas Hits. Nothing says Christmas sincerity like Jane at a Christmas Tree Lighting! Here's Jane singing Santa Baby! Another salacious holiday ditty from Jane! Here's Jane as the ghost of Christmas past. Be prepared to be wowed with the joy of her stange brittish accent and subtle pole dancing. DAVID GOMEZ is a embarking on a journey to become an actor and a composer/lyricist. He is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Crazytown
This time of year I try to be thankful, and showtunes help me do so. By David Gomez (Actor, Songwriter, Fellow Pilgrim) There aren't many songs about thanksgiving....on your radar! But I've got a cornacopia of holiday showtunes that will help me survive the black friday commercialism and those taxing travels to see relatives. Here's my very thankful MT Playlist. "Thanks A Lot But No Thanks" - Delores Grey I'm always thankful for Megan Hilty's high stakes in "Thank Goodness" - from Wicked. "Mark's All Male Thanksgiving" - from Elegies Here's a that always makes me hungry and unspeakably happy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Crazytown
This amzing Youtube channel features spot on and absurd impressions of Judy Garland and Ann Miller. by David Gomez (Composer, Lyricist, Judy Enthusist) I first discovered the Punchy Player on Youtube during a Judy Garland kick I was going through. They overdub photoage of Judy Garland and other female celebrities of the Classis Hollywood film era. What happens when Judy and Liza go shopping for groceries? Check it out! Here's Judy rescuing Ann Miller from her own obsessive hoarding. I'm obsessed with the way Ann Milller says "Carn Cob Holders" and "Quartar Pounders!" It's completely addicting. Now, just in time... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Crazytown
This iconic number from A Chorus Line has had some crazy renditions! By David Gomez (Actor, Songwriters, and Sheila Type) I've always loved "At The Ballet" from A Chorus Line. It's so touching, and relatable, and so honest. Many words comes directly from the transcripts of the tapes of a bunch of dancers talking and sharing their true stories. Kelly Bishop's Tony Winning turn as Sheila also makes it exciting to revisit on Youtube! But this number is so specific and useful to the show that our of context it doesn't always quite succeed. The Glee version with Sarah Jessica... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Crazytown
The original music video, the Scopitone, delivers camp and craziness. by David Gomez (Camp Enthusiast) If you missed my earlier post about the history of the Scopitone click on this link and prepare to be amazed. Before Jessica Simpson put on the boots. Nancy Sinatra was inventing the music video! Here's Jessica Simpson's me crazy but I prefer the original! Sorry Jess! The Scopitone was more popular in France. Probably because they had these two amazing twins giving Side Show realness! This next one "I Cried For You" is full of strange hyper sexual juxtapositions. The music video's older... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Crazytown
You can't take Fosca anywhere...not even to a Duane Reade! By David Gomez (Actor, Songwriter, Sondheim Enthusiast) Being a fan of the musical Passion is complicated because Fosca is such a polarizing character and the score is so intricate. It takes a few viewing to get used to it. But Donna Murphy is so transcendent that falling in love with the show is totally worth it. But what if Fosca was walking around today? Would she find love? Would she go shopping? I went to Duane Reade at 3 AM with my squirrel friend Jeff Hembrock and this madness ensued.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Crazytown
by David Gomez (Actor/Composer/Lyricist) The Bechdel Test isn't complicated. To pass you have to be work of fiction in which two women talk to each other about something other than a man. I thought it would be fun to see which musicals would pass in terms of singing! Who passes?! For Good - from Wicked. Sisterhood. Skybirds. Friendship. Are all addressed in this final song of Wicked. "The Moon Trio" from Caroline, Or Change. "Love When Ever You Can" - from If/Then "Ohio" - Wonderful Town DAVID GOMEZ is a senior BFA Musical Theatre Major at Pace University embarking on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Crazytown
A local acting studio in Chicago has some demo reels that will make your jaw drop. by David Gomez (Composer, Lyricist, and Local Low Budget Actor) Everyone's trying to increase their Youtube presence right? Gone are the days when someone can open as a lead on Broadway and a star is immediately born. Well, if you're looking for new, upcoming talent. Look no further than this youtube video. Entrancing right? Not since "Hello, I'm Shelley Duvall" have I been so taken with a compilaiton of videos. Here's more! Corvette Williams better book that commercial! Ok, you've come this far you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Crazytown
This interview is mesmerizing and always leaves me speechless and ready to shop for curtains. by David R. Gomez (Composer, Lyricist, and Bargain Hunter) I'm passionate about many products. But I've never really gone as far as this woman. Why This is The Best Place to Shop For Curtains. "You can't go any place for curtains except this place!" "You would never get this for 9.99...that is impossible. That's the PROBLEM!" "When they saw my curtains, they all want these curtains...(whispers) they do!" "It's a good thing I don't work here...." I can't get over the way her voice is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Crazytown