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Entries in Whoopi Goldberg (3)

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!

Tuesday
Jan312012

Sister Act The Musical: Still Fabulous Baby!

Tom Greenwald, Carolee Carmello, and MeFabulous baby, is still how I would describe "Sister Act: The Musical" on Broadway, which I saw for the 3rd time on Monday, January 30, 2012. What brought me back to this show, in addition to its feel good vibe, is the fact that one of my favorite performers, Carolee Carmello, is now in the role of "Mother Superior." Thanks to my friend Tom Greenwald, I was able to enjoy this wonderful show again (and a delightful dinner afterwards with him and Carolee)!

Patina Miller and Marla Mindelle, Photo Credit: Joan MarcusCompany of "Sister Act", Photo Credit: Joan MarcusIf you have never seen "Siter Act: The Musical," now is a great time to go and if you have seen it, now is a great time to return! The show is still as fresh as when I saw it almost a year ago. Everyone looks as if they are having a fun time! Based upon the blockbuster hit movie that starred Whoopi Goldberg, "Sister Act: The Musical" follows the same story line, but contains all new original music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater. Patina Miller, who leads the cast as "Deloris Van Cartier" (the role Whoopi Goldberg played in the movie) continued to hit all the right notes! Marla Mindelle still shined brightly as "Sister Mary Robert," everytime she was on stage, but when she belted her beautifully powerful voice in "Raise Your Voice" and her big solo number "The Life I Never Led," it was simply divine! Chester Gregory continued to be a joy to watch in the role of "Eddie Souther," especially during his solo "I Could Be That Guy." John Treacy Egan ("Joey"), Demond Green ("TJ"), and Ceasar Samayoa ("Pablo") all were still dynomite as the evil henchmen. They really got to show off their talents during their song medly and while Demond does have some terrific additional comedic moments throughout the show which he delivers equisitely. All the women who played the "Sisters" continued to be full of energy, spunk, and harmony. When they sang together, it was gorgeous sound in the air!

Carolee Carmello, Photo Credit: Joan MarcusCast of "Sister Act", Photo Credit: Joan MarcusThis review would not be complete without a paragraph dedicated to Carolee Carmello, who has taken over the role of "Mother Superior." Carolee is simply perfect! Carolee brings a fresh take to the role, not only with her acting, but with her angelic vocals that really took me to heaven, especially on "Here With In These Walls" and "Haven't Got A Prayer," her two big numbers. One of my favorite new moments in the show is right before Carolee sings "Haven't Got A Prayer," she removes her habit, which shows a real vulnerability to "Mother Superior." Carolee nailed that moment, adding much more depth and emotion to that song!

If you're looking for a fabulous show that will take you to heaven, then I highly suggest checking out "Sister Act: The Musical" at the Broadway Theatre in NYC (1681 Broadway, between 52nd and 53rd Street). Click here for tickets!

Wednesday
Apr202011

Sister Act: Take Me To Heaven

"Sister Act" Cast, Photo Credit: Joan Marcus"And with my sisters by my side" I was fortunate enough to attend the opening night performance of the new Broadway musical "Sister Act." This is my second time seeing the show already and let me tell you it's fun, fun, fun! Based upon the movie which starred Whoopi Goldberg, "Sister Act" the musical makes for a delightful and enjoyable evening of theatre!

Patina Miller, Photo Credit: Joan MarcusVictoria Clark, Photo Credit: Joan MarcusThe cast is energetic and quite talented! Patina Miller, who originated the role in London, is cast as "Deloris Van Cartier" (which Whoopi played in the movie) does a very fine job of filling some big shoes. Patina has what it takes to play this role and scores high on such songs as "Take Me To Heaven," "Raise Your Voice," "Sunday Morning Fever," and "Sister Act!" Adding to this great cast is Tony Award Winner Victoria Clark who is well cast as "Mother Superior" where she gets to showcase her phenominally wonderful vocals on "Here With In These Walls" and "Haven't Got A Prayer."

Sarah Bolt, Marla Mindelle, Patina Miller, Photo Credit: Joan MarcusDemond Green, Caesar Samayoa, Kingsley Leggs, John Treacy Egan, Photo Credit: Joan MarcusHidden, but featured, amongst the remainder of the cast are a few other equisitly talented perfomers who thankfully are given moments to shine and showcase their talents. First up is Marla Mindelle who plays "Mary Roberts." The vocals that eminate from Marla are so beautifully powerful that they could blow the roof off of the Broadway Theatre. Lucky for us, Marla gets to bestow her talent upon us twice with the song "The Life I Never Led." Next is Chester Gregory who plays "Eddie Souther" who's big number "I Could Be That Guy" shows off not only Chester's vocals, but his great dance moves as well. Then there is John Treacy Egan (from Mel Brooks' "The Producers") who gets to display his mesmerizing vocals and sexy dance moves on "When I Find My Baby." Demond Green gets the best one-liners and comedic moments throughout the show as "TJ." Finally Sarah Bolt who plays "Mary Patrick" gets many shining moments throughout the show on such songs as "It's Good To Be A Nun," "Sunday Morning Fever," and "Bless Our Show."

"Sister Act" Cast, Photo Credit: Joan MarcusAlena Watters, Rashidra Scott, Patina Miller, Photo Credit: Joan Marcus"Sister Act" will lift your spirits, make you smile, and most of all leave you singing many of the catchy tunes as you leave the theatre, which to me is the sign of a great show and a great score!

So "Raise Your Voice" and spend an evening with the cast of "Sister Act" at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway, between 52nd and 53rd Street)! Click here for tickets!