Thursday, February 8, 2018

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

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

"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.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

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.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

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.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

COMIC CON - SATURDAY OCT 28th in L.A.

ONE DAY ONLY!

Come and meet Julie at Stan Lee's LOS ANGELES COMIC CON!

For more info:stanleeslacomiccon.com

Sunday, October 8, 2017

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

Saturday, September 23, 2017

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!"

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Bloomin' Beautiful. A view of the garden

In many parts of the country, the summer clothes are being put in storage. People are ready to take The Fall. The leaves will soon be dropping off the trees.

But in California, there's always flowers in bloom, especially in Julie's garden.

Back in New York, where Julie once had an apartment, the New Yawk phrase for telling a bunch of people to get lost is: "Be Gone, Yez."

In laid back California, everyone's welcome to take a look at the Begonias!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Julie Newmar Rose and ROSE MARIE

It's never too late. Rose Marie just opened her Twitter account. Rose Marie rivals Milton Berle for having the longest show-biz career. At 94, she's the subject of a new documentary film. She's promoting it on Twitter, along with photos from her career and her private photo albums. Like this shot with Julie!

Maybe she'll get a rose named after her, like Julie. And yes, Rose likes Julie! Both were born in August (Rose on August 15th, Julie on August 16th).

On this photo, taken a few years ago: "Wish I could say I was sitting down in this pic...used to think I was tall - maybe 'cause I was next to Morey so much!"

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Before Julie's Birthday - CATCON 2017

Come and see JULIE on August 12th, Saturday only.

She'll be appearing at the annual CATCON, at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Julie is a featured guest, and also on hand (some for both Saturday and Sunday the 13th) Ian Somerhalder ("Vampire Diaries"), Mike Bridavsky and Lil BUB, Moshow the Cat Rapper, Cats of Instagram, Pudge the Cat, Nala Cat, Kitten Lady, Aaron Benitez ('Aaron's Animals'), Jonathan Zurbel ('Catstradamus'), Michael Nielsen ('Monty Boy'), Oskar the Blind Cat, Simone Tipton ('Doc'), White Coffee Cat, and Luna Rose. Among others.

Seminars include: They Put the Special in Special Needs, The Furrocious Fashion Face-Off, Kitten Lady Tells All presented by ASPCA, Men and Cats: a Love Story, and The CatCon Awards.

It's all happening at The Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101.

Hours: Saturday, 9AM- 5PM; Sunday, 10AM - 5PM

Tickets: $30 per day for adults, $15 for children ages 5-12, under 5 free