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Re: “More local boys (and girls) done good

And then there's East Bloomfield's gift to the gay porn world, the legendary Casey Donovan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casey_Donovan…

Posted by Fireball Junior on 03/22/2014 at 1:52 PM

Re: “More local boys (and girls) done good

I'm not sure these individuals performed before leaving Rochester, but these names quickly came to my mind:

Peter Breck - Big Valley TV show
Foster Brooks - comedian
Louise Brooks - silent film star
Renee Flemming - does opera count as theater?
Robert Forester -Medium Cool (acad. award nomination for supporting actor)
John Lithgow - 2 x supporting actor nominee; 3rd Rock From the Sun
Hugh O'Brien - Wyatt Earp tv series

Posted by Katherine Lubitow on 03/22/2014 at 12:29 PM

Re: “More local boys (and girls) done good

Wayne Barker, a Bloomfield High School graduate (1980 maybe?) was nominated for a TONY award for composing Peter & the Starcatcher.

Posted by Sarah Hudson Williams on 03/22/2014 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Interview: Local performer Evan Harrington returns to Rochester in "Once"

Several young performers have been on national touring shows. Alizabeth York (Gananda) was in The Music Man; Colin Nims (Gananda) was in Oliver; Tim Mitchum (Rochester) was in Lion King; Clay Thompson (Gananda) was in several tours and is in Matilda on Broadway. There are many many others too!!
- John Barthelmes (who had the privledge of working with each of those amazing performers)

Posted by JohnB on 03/21/2014 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Interview: Local performer Evan Harrington returns to Rochester in "Once"

I just saw Rob Campbell, Penfield High School Class of 1987, in the Broadway show ALL THE WAY. He plays George Wallace. Amazing actor and guy!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Campbell

Posted by Chey on 03/21/2014 at 8:29 AM

Re: ““RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 4: “SHADE! The Rusical”

Gia is the worst.

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Posted by Kara Austin on 03/20/2014 at 9:30 AM

Re: ““RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 4: “SHADE! The Rusical”

You're gonna read Gia for her style, and then post a picture of yourself wearing some god awful green shirt that shows your man boobs and looks like it came from Old Navy paired with Costco jeans? get your life.

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Posted by youtriedit on 03/20/2014 at 6:14 AM

Re: “More local boys (and girls) done good

Actress Hudson Leick (then known as Heidi Leick) wasn't born in Rochester but did attended high school at Brighton High (Class of '87). She went on to substantial success, mostly in television, as Callisto on Xena. As well as roles on Melrose Place, other popular series, and some tv movies . She also has a handful of film credits.

Posted by kc on 03/19/2014 at 7:51 PM

Re: “Interview: Local performer Evan Harrington returns to Rochester in "Once"

A huge 'Atta Boy' to Evan for not only following a dream but being a success at it. I just wish I lived a little closer to Rochester so I could see this show. Plus, it would be an opportunity to see an old high school friend, his father, Ken.

Dave Agusta
Greeley CO

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Posted by Dave Agusta on 03/19/2014 at 7:05 PM

Re: “More local boys (and girls) done good

J Michael Zygo. Williamson grad, SUNY Geneseo grad. Original concept of Once, NY MT ONCE, Original BROADWAY cast of ONCE...still going strong. Look him up. (I have given this information on more than one occasion)

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Posted by Teeple Bunch on 03/19/2014 at 6:00 PM

Re: ““RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 4: “SHADE! The Rusical”

Eric, I love your reviews! I'm out in Seattle and we watch the show every week at the Century Ballroom with Ben DeLa Creme, our local stage and drag luminaries, and sometimes Jinkx Monsoon! Thanks for covering both the show in such depth and your experience at the viewing parties with Darienne Lake. Last year Jinkx and Ben were on hand at the parties for Season 5. Hearing the gossip during commercials is my favorite thing...I wonder what each queen is saying all over the country on Monday nights!

Thank you for such lively reviews and recaps. I read four or five every Tuesday but yours is the most fun. I'm surprised there are so few great recaps online and I'm inspired by you to start my own mid-season!

Sincerely from your fan,
Rachel

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Posted by Vesper Martini on 03/19/2014 at 4:15 PM

Re: “More local boys (and girls) done good

Cass Morgan, Brighton High grad class of 1963 ( Sandy Balch)
Grew up in Rochester, has also preformed at GEVA many times. She is currently in the Broadway show BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY.

Cass Morgan Theatre Credits

The Bridges of Madison County [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2014
Marge
Memphis: A New Musical [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2009
Mama
Mary Poppins [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2006
Bird Woman
Ring of Fire [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2006
Ring of Fire [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 2005
The Immigrant [Off-Broadway]
2004
Ima
The Immigrant [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2004
Ima Perry
Tarzan [New York]
Workshop, 2004
Kala
The Capeman [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1998
Mrs. Young
Violet [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1997
Old Lady 1/Hotel Singer1/Old Lady 2
Floyd Collins [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1996
Miss Jane
Inside Out [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1994
Performer
Inside Out [Off-Broadway]
1994
Chlo
Merrily We Roll Along [Off-Broadway]
York Theatre Company Production, 1994

Beauty and the Beast [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1994
Mrs. Potts [Replacement]

The Knife [Off-Broadway]
1987
Angela
The Knife [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1987
Angela
Another Paradise [Off-Broadway]
1986
Hang on to the Good Times [Off-Broadway]
1985
Performer
La Boheme [Off-Broadway]
1984
Musette
The Human Comedy [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1984
Mrs. Kate Macauley (Standby)
Pump Boys and Dinettes [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1982
Rhetta Cupp
Pump Boys and Dinettes [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1981
Rhetta Cupp
Pump Boys and Dinettes [Off-Broadway]
1981
Rhetta Cupp
Gold Dust [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1979

Posted by LHS on 03/19/2014 at 1:33 PM
Posted by jason on 03/18/2014 at 11:58 AM

Re: “"RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 5 Reunion: The winner revealed!

"We were all rooting for you!"

LOL love the ANTM 4 reference!

Posted by Report on 03/18/2014 at 4:11 AM

Re: “New waves

Reading “Radio Waves (City, 3/12),” reminded me of how the game of “community radio” is played. As a former call-in show host on a "community" radio station (WITR, 12/91-1/92), I know how it will be played by these new "powers that be (Chuck McCoy, Mike Yates and Dave Sutliff-Atias)."

I was canned after only four shows, because management at WITR did not agree with my views.

Yates claimed that Radio MuCCC will "have a space for relevant and interesting talk, and a place for experimentation --- a place for voices that are underrepresented in the Rochester media."

He then said he will have no place for people who "aren't broadcasting hate speech."

In other words, whatever he may say to the contrary, he won't allow conservative views on his station.

If he does, either he or one of his hosts will control the dialogue so as to make one's opponent look like a fool, or there will be more than one person from the left who will gang up on that person.

McCoy argued "if you don't like someone, you can give your opinion, but no attacks."

Let's see how long it will take for a left-winger to attack a conservative and be chastised for it on McCoy's or Yates’ station.

It will be a longer wait than what would happen if the shoe goes on the other foot.

Effective talk-radio hosts (no names need be mentioned) entertain, inform, educate, promote an emotionally and intellectually honest discussion of the issues and events of the day, and provide a catharsis for listeners and callers.

How many “liberal hosts can do that?

Air America, which was carried years ago on WROC-950 AM, crashed in the ratings, because its hosts talked down to, and insulted audiences with the same bromides that their friends in mainstream media (Gannett, NPR, ABC, NBC, CBS, New York Times, etc.) pushed, despite their claims that their reporters were objective.

More importantly, the views expressed by conservative hosts have validated, and continue to validate, the concerns and fears of their listeners who have been long put off by establishment media organizations.

Complain all you want about signal strength.

Content matters, especially in talk-radio.

Apparently, McCoy, Sutliff-Atias and Yates are really not really interested in facilitating entertaining and informative talk programming, but are more interested in acting as shills for left-wing special interest groups (Hispanics, Blacks, LGBT, etc.) and, maybe, a mayor and a few of her cronies.

They should know enough people in town with like minds and enough money to buy and run a commercial station, on which they could promote their left-wing agenda.

However, they have sided with the government-controlled WXXI-1370 AM, in refusing to compete in the marketplace of ideas.

With that in mind, I would be more than glad to offer my services to managers at any station in town, and show them that the formula I mentioned in this essay can work on the local level.

I doubt there will be any takers.

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Posted by Bill Franklin on 03/15/2014 at 8:37 PM

Re: ““Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 3: The horror, the horror…

"And so, it was frankly bullshit when Adore ended up toward the bottom of the heap, but not lipsynching for her life this episode. Nothing about that scenario added up, except for the act that the producers clearly love Adore -- or at least they think that the viewers love her -- and so they want her to stick around for a while. But based on her lack of preparation for the challenge, her lousy job as team leader, and the fact that her runway look was the least polished of the Bottom 3, there’s no reason she shouldn’t have been lipsynching."

I was SO SURPRISED that Adore did not have to lipsynch that I totally blocked out this part of the show! Thank you for confirming this travesty of drag justice.

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Posted by Jerome James O'Neill on 03/13/2014 at 1:07 PM

Re: ““Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 3: The horror, the horror…

#TeamMILK

Posted by swaaarm on 03/13/2014 at 12:49 AM

Re: ““Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 3: The horror, the horror…

I so agree with you about Laganja pressuring Vivacious into excusing her for having put the bullseye on her back.

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Posted by drunken housewife on 03/11/2014 at 1:45 PM

Re: ““Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 3: The horror, the horror…

Eric, I am not from Rochester, but I love reading your posts every week. You definitely give the best recap of RPDR that I read online, and I especially love your cleverly placed opinions which are always on point!

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Posted by Kyle on 03/11/2014 at 2:28 AM

Re: “"American Idol" 2014: Top 13 Perform

I have been watching idol since the start. I must say this is the WORST Idol ever!!!!!!! OMG, it sucks so bad, that I have decided to delete it on my DVR and am switching to The Voice. Randy looks so high, or on mess or something and HCJr. Is funny but is wrong when he says best Singers on Idol.. Has he not seen the ones with with breakout Superstars like Fantasia, Ruben S., Kelly C,, and so on! I think Idol needs to have a better plan, next time around.

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Posted by Mary Zuniga on 03/07/2014 at 9:12 PM

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