Strange Bedfellows

If my dating life is any indication, you know that I’m drawn to complicated relationships.  I have a gift for seeing the connection between implausible people.  For instance, Ellen DeGeneres will be given the Carol Burnett Award at the 2020 Golden GlobesCarol Burnett will receive the 2020 Stephen Sondheim Award from Virginia’s Signature Theatre.  This winter, Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company returns to Broadway courtesy of the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.  And Bernard B. Jacobs is…well, he’s dead.  Look, I didn’t say it was a perfect science.

Let’s try another one.  Earlier this month, a revival of the musical Mary Poppins hit London’s West End.  It stars Charlie Stemp in the role of Bert.  Charlie was last seen on Broadway playing Barnaby in the revival of Hello, Dolly!.  In that production, his partner in crime was Gavin Creel as Cornelius.  And back in 2006, Gavin Creel made his West End debut playing Bert in Mary Poppins.  See?  That one works – and nobody died (yet).

It was just announced that the Broadway musical of Tootsie will be closing on January 5th.  This does not bode well for the recently announced musical based on Mrs. Doubtfire, which is set to begin previews on Broadway in March.  Perhaps two high-profile musicals led by men in drag cannot co-exist on Broadway.  BTW, Mrs. Doubtfire will play the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, which…I can’t even go there.  But it does bear mentioning that the lead in Tootsie is played by Santino Fontana, who replaced Gavin Creel in Hello, Dolly! and for a time played opposite Charlie Stemp.

Kate Beckinsale has shot down rumors that she is dating Jamie Foxx.  “If that’s true, I’ve got a hell of a problem.”  Perhaps the media cannot tell the difference between Kate Beckinsale and Katie Holmes – neither of whom have appeared in drag or in a Sondheim musical.


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