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Standing Room Only, February 11 w/ Ed Asner

It's a fascinating combination: Julie Newmar and Ed Asner...

...in a reading of ONWARD, a new play by Christine Rosensteel

The ONE NIGHT ONLY show (Sunday, February 11th) is SOLD OUT, but maybe there's standing room? The champagne reception is at 5, the reading is 5:30, and at 6:45, Julie and Ed will autograph their books...Ed's "Groucho Historian" and Julie's "Conscious Catwoman Explains Life on Earth."

http://www.roadtheatre.org/onward-reading/ NoHo Senior Arts Colony, 10747 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

"Julie Newmar" being dragged to Broadway

"Julie Newmar" is being turned into a musical.

Well, "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar."

Carter Beane, who wrote the screenplay, originally thought of his drag queen story as being perfect for the stage. There was a snag. No, not in the stockings. In the main prop. The drag queens were going to travel across country in a car: "I started working on ‘To Wong Foo’ but couldn’t figure out how to put a car onstage. So I turned it into a screenplay instead.”

The movie, produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment in 1995, has grossed $50 million and with the history of drag musicals what it is ("Hairspray" and "Kinky Boots" both hits), now seems to be the time for Carter Beane and his husband Lewis Finn to get the music lyrics in place.

Talking to the NY Post's theater maven Michael Riedel, Beane said, "The songs are very Americana by way of Aaron Copland. There’s an opera vibe to it, and it’s very open-hearted.”

Time is a factor here. The Beane-Finn musical is in a "workshop" stage, with Santino Fontana taking the lead (Vida Boheme) originally played by Patrick Swayze. However, Fontana also has the lead in the musical version of "Tootsie" that's also being fine-tuned for Broadway.

If Fontana's "Tootsie" gets to Broadway first, would that doom chances for "Wong Foo?" Would the "Wong Foo" production wait for "Tootsie" to close before starting up with Fontana? The situation seems a bit too new for much speculation. Many shows never get past the "workshop" stage and make it to the actual stage.

For the real Julie Newmar, this would be the third time she's associated with a Broadway musical. Fans will of course note that "7 Brides for 7 Brothers" was a movie musical (and her singing voice was dubbed). "Silk Stockings" featured Julie as the ballerina, but didn't involve her singing. And in her breakthrough rule as Stupefyin' Jones (in "Li'l Abner") she stupefied without saying or singing a word!

Imagine...a stage scene like the one in the film...a view of Julie Newmar as a beautiful inspiration. It could happen. Why not? In the revival of "Li'l Abner," Julie's character rose from center stage, did a minute or two of dance steps, and exited to wild applause. Here, the real Julie Newmar could simply emerge to be admired by all, and to crown the beauty contest winner. Now that's the way to bring down the house! APPLAUSE, APPLAUSE.

JUDY and JULIE

"It could happen..." and it did.

The Petite Flower Giver-Goddess Judy Tenuta Tweeted a photo of herself with Julie. An added bonus, somebody dressed up as Wonder Woman.

What do they have in common? Well, they both defy Father Time. Julie continues to astonish people who meet her at personal appearances, Comic Con events, etc. Judy, I remember fondly when I was editing RAVE magazine, and it's a joy to say that she hasn't aged a bit. And she's still outrageously funny as ever.

Now you can POUNCE on the CATWOMAN

Well well. Who's groggy, with her legs slightly apart?

Was the Catwoman slipped a drug by Bill Cosby? Is she about to be groped by Al Franken, Jeffry Tambor, George H.W. Bush, Donald Trump, or any other "special bat villains?" No, no, no, this bit of wishful fantasy comes to us from the talented, inky fingers of Alex Ross, who is merely expressing wishful thinking. PS, if you notice, Catwoman is not sound asleep, she's only talking to somebody on the phone who is apparently boring her into a cat-nap. Alex Ross is a DC comics artist, and he's offering 21 x 21 limited edition canvas versions of this delightful piece...SIGNED by both himself and JULIE. The action takes place at the appropriately titled AMAZING GALLERY: Amazing Gallery, The Grand Canal Shoppes, 3377 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Suite 2245, Las Vegas, NV 89109. DECEMBER 9th 4-6pm. RSV required. Space is limited. Bring money. "Special appearance by the Batmobile" which is NOT going to EVER be serviced by the questionable grease monkeys at the LAcarGUY Body Shop in Santa Monica.

Paws and Applause - a Julie CatCon Clip

Here's Julie, about two minutes into this three minute clip posted by "THE ELLEN SHOW."

Ellen Degeneres couldn't make it to the cat convention, to check out the new products, but as a cat owner (three felines) and an investor in products available at PetSmart, she wanted to check it out.

Enter a flamboyant assistant, Andy Zenor, dressed up and ready to make a fuss. He went from fuss to non-plussed when he found Julie, the original Catwoman herself.

Andy quickly went from hunter to prey, as the Catwoman stalked him with her wicked sense of fun!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzDlO1oRMpE

Memorable Parties!

There were some fun moments in the offbeat cult films "Hysterical" and "The Maltese Bippy."

From the looks of these two pictures, there was even more fun at the press parties! Cropped out on the left was Troy Donahue, who turned up at the "Hysterical" proceedings. I'm not sure who was at "The Maltese Bippy" party. I met Fritz Weaver a few years ago, and mentioned the film

He smiled, not in recalling the film or Rowan and Martin, but in remembering the home-made brownies Julie brought to the set! "You bet your sweet bippy!"

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