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Watch The Reincarnated Dusty Springfield Sing Baby It's Cold Outside!

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If you haven't seen Forever Dusty yet then you are seriously missing out!

The off-Broadshow is FANTASTIC!!!

So when we heard that the stars of the show Kirsten Holly Smith and Christina Sajous recorded a version of Baby It’s Cold Outside and made a fun little Xmas video - we were in a frenzy!

And when we actually heard the song - it was more amazing than we even though it would be!!

Ch-ch-check it out by clicking PLAY directly (above) !!!

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Perez Reviews: Giant

Giant was one of the shows we were most looking forward to seeing during our extended stay in New York City, and it also ended up being one of our biggest letdowns.

Sigh.

They can't all be winners!

The musical, a stage adaptation of the iconic film/book, is currently playing at The Public Theater. It has music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa, whose Wild Party is one of our favorite musicals. Unfortunately, the songs are the Achilles heel of Giant. They are mediocre and meander. Barely memorable and not specific.

Set in Texas during the early 20th century, the musical fails to capture the sonic landscape of that era and area. What could have been a rich tapestry of Mexican, American, Mexican-American and Tejano songs instead was very average musical theater filler. Generic and uninspired.

And LaChiusa's lackluster score was not helped by the bookwriter Sybille Pearson's script. The show was long and it FELT long!

There were too many distractions and too many puzzling moments. "Why did they feel the need to do that?," we kept asking ourselves. Like when the protagonist's sister dies and then comes back in Act 2 to sing a duet with him.

REALLY????

That did not happen in the movie or book - and it didn't need to happen in the musical!

The one saving grace Giant has is its female lead. Kate Baldwin delivers a masterful and MUST-see performance in the Elizabeth Taylor role. Kate Baldwin is a superstar!!!!

We have literally seen AT LEAST over 40 shows since we've been in New York City, and Kate Baldwin in Giant delivers the most spectacular performance we have seen in anything - musical or play. She is not acting in this role. She is being. She is more than present! She's living and giving and transcending the tepid source material. If this were on Broadway, she would win the Tony!

And her voice! Oh, that voice! So exquisite! Soaring! Angelic! With bottom! And soul! STUNNING!

We recommend seeing Giant just for her performance alone! Baldwin is so good, in fact, that she makes everybody else look bad! No one rises to her level - or anywhere near!

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Perez Reviews: Murder Ballad

With a title like Murder Ballad, you'd expect that that show to be HIGH STAKES! Unfortunately, the musical currently playing at Manhattan Theater Club does not live up to its title. Complicated Love Story would have been a more appropriate title and worked more in the show's favor.

Murder Ballad has a lot going for it, but it also has a lot that hinders the production.

The choice to make the show completely sung through - like an opera - made it really difficult to connect with the characters and their motivations. If the show is ever done again, we'd strongly suggest adding a book!

The best thing Murder Ballad has going for it are the songs - by Juliana Nash and Julia Jordon. And for a musical, the songs being your strongest attribute is a really good thing! Having said that, though, while the songs are really really good - they did start to sound a bit the same. And, with no dialogue, the songs started to blend into one long song. In addition to adding dialogue, we'd recommend future incarnations of the show have a band with more instruments and different/better orchestrations.

The cast, featuring Will Swenson and Karen Olivo, all delivered solid performances. And, especially enjoyable was the direction by Trip Cullman and his use of the great and intimate theater space, as well as the choreography by Doug Varone.

If you're a fan of Jason Robert Brown and his sensibility and go into Murder Ballad with that in mind, then you will find the show a very enjoyable experience!

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Perez Encourages You To Vote - In Song!

Check out Vote, a hilarious song featuring Perez and the cast of NEWSical: The Musical (above)!

Such fun memories!

Like! Share!

Vote!!!

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Jake Gyllenhaal Lets An Englishman Enter Him During His New York Stage Debut!

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Bravo! Bravo!!

What a commanding opening night for the off-Broadway delight, If There is I Haven't Found It Yet!

OK, it's confession time. Admittedly, we haven't seen the play yet but, come on, Jake Gyllenhaal!! On stage!!

In our eyes, the handsomely charming thespian from Brokeback Mountain and City Slickers can do no wrong!

We wish we knew how to quit him, LOLz!!

Jakey G even busted out an English accent for his debut on the New York stage and, by most accounts, he was spot on!

Cheerio, guv'nor! Good show!

Ch-ch-check him and the other stars of the play out (below) as they take curtain calls and pose for post-premiere photos!!

[Image via Joseph Marzullo/WENN.]

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A Very NEWSical Affair

Perez Hilton NEWSical opening night Perez Hilton and the NEWSical cast

Monday night we made our professional New York stage debut in the award-winning off-Broadway musical NEWSical and it was…. a dream come true!

This whole experience could not have been any more of a pleasure and every single person involved with the show has made us feel so welcome and appreciated and part of their family.

It was a real treat to get to celebrate with lots of friends, including Cheyenne Jackson, Michelle Trachtenberg, Sia, Natalia Kills, Countess Luanne, Kelly Cutrone, Carson Kressley, Martin Kierszenbaum, Pia Glenn, Ryan Raftery, Randy Rainbow and especially Momma Perez, who was very proud of her son.

We came to New York City in 1996 to study acting at NYU and this is a full-circle moment for us!

We especially want to thank again Tom D'Angora, NEWSical's amazing producer, for having the vision and faith that Perez could not just do it but do it well. We will be forever grateful!

Perez is only in the show until October 7th, so if you haven't done so yet…

CLICK HERE to buy your tickets to NEWSical now!!!
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[Images via WENN.]

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Disney's Newsies - starring Perez!!!!!

Yes, it's really happening!!!!!

Perez! On Broadway! In Newsies!!!!

Check out the excitement - and dancing gay boys - above!!!

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