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Tuesday
Mar212017

Adam's Call: A Very Sordid Wedding: A Real Homecoming

A few weeks ago I got to attend a special screening of Del Shores' A Very Sordid Wedidng, the lastest sequel in the Sordid Lives' saga. Right from the start, I felt as though, I had come back home to Winters, Texas. Despite a few cast changes, everything I love about the Sordid Lives brand was still there. Seeing "Latrelle," "Brother Boy," "Noleta," "Sissy," "Dr. Eve," "Wardell," "Odell," "Ty," "Juanita," "Vera," "G.W.," and "LaVonda" provided me with a sense of comfort that is the heart of Sordid Lives.

I love the way Del updated the script to include the passing of marriage equality. It was great how he progressed the show with this addition. Just like when Sordid Lives first started, the big theme was coming out and now all these years later, Del is still tackling the important issues faced by the gay community. It will be interesting to see what the next sequel will bring (Del, you see how I'm putting this out there already, that I want another installment?!?).

Bonnie Bedelia, Leslie Jordan, Rue McClanahan (portrait), Dale Dickey and Ann Walker in "A Very Sordid Wedding"But before we get that new film, let's walk down the aisle of A Very Sordid Wedding. Hands down the best part about this film was the way Del set it up. For those of us who were already fans of the Sordid Lives play/film/TV series, it's a real homecoming. For someone who has never seen anything Sordid Lives, Del has perfectly outlined who everyone is, what their relationship is to one another, and a brief history of their storyline.

So, let's throw some rice and celebrate this terrific film! "Brother Boy" is still in the mental hospital worshipping the late great Tammy Wynette, but this time around, he's added THE legendary Dolly Parton & Loretta Lynn to the mix. Leslie Jordan rocks it as "Brother Boy," keeping him living life on his terms and nobody else's. I have so much admiration for "Brother Boy's" courage to be true to who he is, despite all the teasing he gets. "Dr. Eve" is still tormenting "Brother Boy," but in a completly new and inventive way. Love Rosemary Alexander's portrayal of her! "Latrelle" is still learning how to accpet her son "Ty," but she's getting there. I feel she has come a long way since we last saw her. There is no other like Bonnie Bedelia (And the winner is....).

Leslie Jordan and Emerson Collins in "A Very Sordid Wedding""Noleta" is still enjoying her freedom from "G.W." and wanting to get laid by every man possible. At least this time, she has stepped up her game and gotten herself a real hunk! I just adore Caroline Rhea! She is such a great comedic actress and brings all her comedy tricks to this role. "Sissy" continues to quote the Bible while trying to accept the societal changes happening around her, but struggling. I do miss Beth Grant as "Sissy," but did enjoy seeing Dale Dickey back in the role. Then there's "LaVonda," played by the incredible Ann Walker. "LaVonda" has gotten herself in to a bit of trouble in this new tale, but as usual, she figures a way to get herself out of it. Ann just gets it and brings it all back!

Let's not forget "Juanita" and "Vera," played by Sarah Hunley and Lorna Scott respectively. There's not a moment when these two are on screen that laughter was not coming out of my mouth. Every scene with them was funnier than the one before! I couldn't get enough of them. "Ty" is still outspoken, making waves, changing people's minds. Kirk Geiger steps back into the role he originated, so it was nice to see him, but I did miss the depth that Jason Dottley brought to the role of "Ty."

David Cowgill, David Steen, and Sarah Hunley in "A Very Sordid Wedding""Wardell," "Odell," and "G.W." (played by Newell Alexander, David Cowgill, and David Steen respectively) all stayed true to their characters which added to that feeling of comfort and familiarity. 

I love the way Del paid homage to our dear Rue McClanahan (who played "Peggy" on Sordid Lives: The Series). Rue was such an integral part to the show, I definitely missed seeing her in this new story.

And no "Bitsy," meant no Olivia Newton-John. 

Whoopi Goldberg in "A Very Sordid Wedding"As for the new characters Del added into A Very Sordid Wedding, all of them integrated very well into the story. My favorites: "Billy Joe Dobson" (played by the sexy Emerson Collins), "Abernatha" (played by the one and only Whoopi Goldberg), "Kyle" (played by the delightful T. Ashanti Mozelle), "Hortense" (played by the divine Carole Cook), "Hardy" (played by the hunky Aleks Paunovic), "Jimmy Ray," (played by the ever wonderful Levi Kreis), and "Marty" (played by the hilarious Alec Mapa). 

There are a lot of twists and turns in A Very Sordid Wedding, which kept me on the edge of my seat. I was engulfed the whole time and didn't want the movie to end. That is all because of the genius writer that is Del Shores! One moment I was laughing, the next moment crying, then right back to laughing and a few jaw drops along the way. Not everyone can write so fluently, but Del can and always has!

A Very Sordid Wedding is just what the doctor ordered, especially in these trying unsettling times. A Very Sordid Wedding gives us the hope we are looking for. It shows us love will always win over hate. It's demonstrates that we can all grow and be more accpeting of others. It's a film that will leave a smile on your face long after it's over.

"A Very Sordid Wedding" CastAfter a sold-out premiere in Palm Springs last weekend, keep your eye glued to "Call Me Adam" as I will let you know of future screenings!

In the meantime, stay up-to-date with all things Sordid Lives at http://averysordidwedding.com and follow the film on Facebook and Twitter!

If you missed my interview with creator Del Shores and star Ann Walker, you can watch it here!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Friday
Dec092011

Olivia Newton-John Westbury Music Fair

Me, Olivia, and my parentsOn December 8, 2011, I had the honor of getting to meet one of my idols and heroes, the one and only Olivia Newton-John, whom I've had the pleasure of interviewing twice so far for "Adaumbelle's Quest." I got to meet Olivia after attending her concert at Westbury Music Fair on Long Island.

Made by Gail AndersonThis moment in time would not have been possible without the help of Michael Caprio who was so kind to set this up for me as well as allowing me to interview Olivia twice so far. I would have never made it to Michael without the help of Del Shores, who casted Olivia in his movie and TV Series "Sordid Lives," for it was Del who put me in touch wth Michael. But as it actually turned out, I was already connected to Michael because my friend Gail Anderson made a beautiful picture of Olivia and I swimming with dolphins and was able to get Olivia to sign it (through her friend Greg) before giving it to me for the holidays. So, THANK YOU to each of you for truly making a dream come true for me. I am so humbled and honored to have been given this very special opporutnity!

As for the concert, Olivia put on quite a show! She played an equisite selection of music from her 40-year career! From her country hits to pop hits to her current recordings, Olivia had the crowd enthralled and excited for the full 2 hours! Olivia also premiered her brand new dance song "Weightless" which is in the end credits of her upcoming movie "A Few Best Men" to be released in January 2012 here in the states (it has already been released in Australia). "Weightless" is an amazing song about being in love and Olivia rocked it! She has plans to release an album of all dance songs in 2012, so I really hope this song makes it on. Between "Weightless" and the dance remix of "Magic," I can tell, Olivia's dance album is going to be high energy and enjoyable!

Some of my all time favorite songs Olivia performed were "Sam," "Have You Never Been Mellow," "Deeper Than The Night," "Physical," "Xanadu," "Magic," "Suddenly," "Don't Stop Believin'," "Grace and Gratitude," and her signature closing song "I Honestly Love You." Olivia also did a great medley of some of her country hits including "Let Me Be There," "If Not For You," and "Jolene," as well as songs from "Grease."

What made tonight's "Grease" section so special was that Olivia dedicated "Hopelessly Devoted To You" to Jeff Conaway ("Kenickie") and Annette Charles ("Cha Cha DiGregorio") who passed away earlier this year. Olivia also paid tribute to her friend John Denver by singing "Country Roads," which she recorded early in her career. While Olivia remembered her friends, she also honored the fact that she has been living cancer-free for 20 years now! She talked about how she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and thought she was going to retire at that time, but during her treatment, she started writing all of these songs (which became my favorite Olivia album "Gaia: One Woman's Journey") and retirement never happened (thankfully for us).

In addition to the above, Olivia paid homage to musicians who inpsired her growing up and throughout her career. Many of those songs can be heard on Olivia's recent album "Portraits: A Tribute to Great Women of Song." In concert tonight, Olivia performed a rousing cover of "Send In The Clowns" and "Cry Me A River."

Olivia has such range! From her voice to her music style, it was great to hear it all. At 63 years old and 40-years of hits to go along with that, Olivia still has what it takes to capture an audience and put on one fantastic show! With just two dates left of this mini-tour, I would highly, highly suggest trying to catch Olivia (if tickets are even still available) either this Friday (December 9) in Atlantic City or Saturday (December 10) in Albany. If you miss this tour, be sure to keep your eyes out for her next one! It is SO WORTH IT!!