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Julie Wilson on Monsters

Published July 13, 2017 by biggayhorrorfan

 

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Sultry cabaret legend (and Broadway performer) Julie Wilson joined the ranks of such acclaimed stage doyennes as Vivian Blaine, Gisele McKenzie and Patricia Morison when she appeared on the 1991 Monsters episode, A Face for Radio. All these grand dames of the dusky boards had horror credits to their names and Wilson was a welcome addition to the club.

Julie MortonHere as the clairvoyant Cassandra, Wilson tries to warn Morton Downey,  Jr.’s obnoxious Ray Bright about impending danger. Of course, Bright treats Cassandra with nothing but skeptism and scorn. Despite this hateful onslaught, Wilson allows her character to maintain the cool regality that made her a wonder of the song set and establishes Cassandra as someone with both compassion and a rigid will. Naturally, Bright’s cynicism eventually relegates him to the clutches of a Dick Smith inspired creature in the episode’s penultimate awakening. Still, the finest moments here, for terror freaks who like the horror mixed with a cup of class, belong to Wilson.

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Interestingly, the smoky Laura Branigan, a singer who possessed a much different style yet equally passionate fan base, also appears here as the woman who helps spell Downey’s doom.  All in all, it’s a twisted music lover’s wonderland.

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Music To Make Horror Movies By: Linda Purl

Published April 30, 2017 by biggayhorrorfan

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The dreamy Linda Purl survived a vicious attack from Michael Ironside’s misogynistic killer in the semi-classic slasher Visiting Hours.

Known for the more refined atmosphere of the stage and weepy television flicks, the eclectic Purl also is a cabaret singer of note. Here, her subtle yet commanding take on Kurt Weill’s My Ship proves to be a real winner.

Until next we meet at that dock of sweet aspirations….

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Sally Kellerman

Published March 5, 2017 by biggayhorrorfan

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One of the universe’s truly distinctive performers, Sally Kellerman went from playing a near victim in 1968’s The Boston Strangler to turning the tables in a series of alluring (and extremely conniving) roles in such 90s projects as Doppelganger (AKA The Evil Within) and Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance. Employing her charmingly smoky demeanor, she brought a level of sympathy and understanding to her take on a lesbian modeling agency director in the psychological television slasher Drop Dead Gorgeous (AKA Victim of Beauty), as well.

Kellerman, also a distinguished veteran of multiple musical theater projects, released her first album Roll With the Feelin in 1972. The classic cut Don’t You Feel My Leg wasn’t included on that collection, but it perfectly reflects this sophisticated lyrical temptress’ earthy cabaret style.

From Mash to Brewster McCloud to the blues, Kellerman remains unique.

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Review: Cabaret (Touring Production)

Published February 17, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

shannon cabaretAs the tortured Anna Morgan in The Ring, the lovely and versatile Shannon Cochran was best remembered for trying to rid the world of the evil that would come to be known as Samara. In the current touring production of the musical Cabaret, Cochran, bringing elegant resourcefulness to the role of Fraulein Schneider, again faces an oppressive force that threatens to destroy her.

The beating heart of Kander and Ebb’s legendary look at the last days of care free decadence in Berlin before the rise of the Nazi Party, the resigned Schneider, who runs an eroding boarding house with as much dignity as she can muster, has touched a chord in audiences for decades. Finding love, at long last, with Herr Schultz (the completely delightful Mark Nelson here), a happy go lucky fruit vendor, the stern Schneider begins to blossom onstage with girlish enthusiasm. But witnessing violent reactions to Schultz’s Jewish background causes the stricken Schneider to forgo her heart’s desire and opt for survival, one of the show’s most definitive tragedies.

Nicely, this production allows the beautiful Cochran to supply Schneider, generally viewed as a dowdy matriarch type, with an unaccustomed, slim regality. Taking cues provided from the song So What?, in which the Fraulein recounts the days of her well to do youth, Schneider may look like a former beauty queen, but Cochran fills her with so much weary humor and curt wisdom that she never appears out of place in her dreary surroundings. It’s a totally winning performance that adds much gravitas to the emotional ending of the musical’s first act. randy cabaret

Of course, Schneider is not alone in playing against type here. The sweet faced Randy Harrison, best known as Justin from Showtime’s Queer As Folk, is seemingly a far cry, temperamentally and visually, from the exotic quirkiness of Alan Cumming, an actor who has practically owned the role of the Emcee since Cabaret’s incredibly popular 90s revival. But Harrison’s take on the Emcee is authentically dazzling in its own right. Harrison brings a subtle flow to the proceedings while delightfully attacking the perverted joy and sexual deviance that are inherent in the part. Like Cochran, Harrison’s devotion to the role also makes his character’s fate all the more tragic. Ultimately, the poignant dashes of reality provided by these two powerhouse performers are this production’s truest strength.

Cabaret runs through February 21st in Chicago at The Private Bank Theatre, 18 W Monroe Street. For info on tickets and other stops on the tour: www.cabaretmusical.com.

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Celebrating Joel Grey!

Published February 1, 2015 by biggayhorrorfan

Cabaret

Cabaret


Things can look new again – even at 82! Oscar winner Joel Grey, well past his 7th decade, has officially come out and the world, for the past few days, has been abuzz with this (somewhat unexpected) news.

Best known for his musical performances in shows such as George M and Chicago, Grey, also, has a bit of a horror pedigree due to his appearances on such fright flecked television offerings as Night Gallery and Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. On Buffy, his portrayal of Doc, a seemingly kindly practitioner of dark magic, was one of the subtle highlights of the show’s 5th season.

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Buffy

Of course, even without those credits, Grey’s award winning portrayal of the ghoulishly comic Master Of Ceremonies in (the stage and screen versions of) Cabaret should have endeared him to terror fans, everywhere. A seeming precursor to Tim Curry’s Frank-N-Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Grey’s best known role is a wickedly impish delight. In fact, that glint in Grey’s eye makes one believe that this most theatrical creation could give you as much trouble in an alley as any quip quoting Freddy, lumbering Jason or revved up Mrs. Voorhees!

Well known as a photographer, as well, you can keep up with Grey’s visually enhanced activities at:
http://www.joelgreyphotographer.com/

…and, congratulations, Joel!

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