Archive | June, 2014

Ladies, What Can I Say? It’s Been A Fine Afternoon. Happy Thanksgiving. Thanks Again For Turning Me In For Murder.

29 Jun

We learn at a very young age to associate certain people and things with comfort and security. For me, it was a blanket that I would hold in my fist as I sucked my thumb. As I got older, I started associating other things with comfort: donuts, music, our cat, fried chicken (my Dad’s is the best) and, as a latchkey kid in middle school, certain TV shows. My attachment to certain movies, TV series and characters continues to this day – I am likely to watch “Clue” if I’m feeling a little down or just want something playing in the background as white noise, and if “The Golden Girls” or “Designing Women” are on TV, I will always choose them over newer, unfamiliar shows.

What does one do, though, when one’s go-to security blanket begins to fall apart? Betty White is the only remaining Golden Girl and the death of Dixie Carter (Julia Sugarbaker on “Designing Women”) in 2010 genuinely upset me. And last night we lost another, though not a designing woman at all. Last night, Emmy-nominated Meshach Taylor, who played Anthony Bouvier, the ex-convict who was “unfortunately incarcerated” on “Designing Women,” died at the age of 67.

The show was called “Designing Women,” but Taylor’s character – sometimes the only on-screen male in an episode – was as much a part of that show as Julia, Suzanne, Mary Jo, Charlene and the subsequent ladies who joined the cast. His Anthony was funny, smart, diligent, sincere, kind-hearted, hard-working and long-suffering – a fine role model for any man, in my opinion.

Of course, Anthony wasn’t his only success as an actor – many will also remember him as Hollywood Montrose, the flamboyant window dresser in “Mannequin” or from his recurring role on the TV series, “Dave’s World.” He also toured in Hair and made his Broadway debut in 1998 playing Lumiere in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast opposite Toni Braxton’s Belle.

According to CNN, during the run of “Designing Women,” Dixie Carter described Taylor as “a good man who is confident and strong. He’s absolutely grounded.” I’m sure he’d rather be remembered for that than his resume.

RIP Meshach Taylor 1947-2014

RIP Meshach Taylor
1947-2014

 

Stop The Presses! “I Used To Sell Merch!,” Says Roxie!

29 Jun

I know it’s been an unforgivably long time since I last posted anything, but I read this today and my first instinct was to put it here on the blog.

One so rarely ever hears of success stories coming out of the merch booths or the usher’s rooms or even from behind the bars at Broadway theaters (although Tony Award-winner John Lloyd Young, who won for Best Actor in a Musical for playing Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys, was once an usher himself, he rarely ever speaks of it). It’s an encouragement to know that one of us made it happen. It means there’s still a chance for this old MerchWhore, too.

Edit: Another success story that comes to mind is that of Ben Rappaport, who used to sell bottles of water and candy next to me at Shrek the Musical. Ben was the star of the television series “Outsourced,” based on the film of the same name, and he was also in the film “Hope Springs” with Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carrell. He now has a recurring role (Carey Zepps) on “The Good Wife,” as well. Congratulations, Ben!

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/actress-souvenir-stand-chicago-lead-role-article-1.1847979

Lindsay Roginski, who used to sell merchandise at Chicago on Broadway, will step into the lead role of Roxie on Monday.

Lindsay Roginski, who used to sell merchandise at Chicago on Broadway, will step into the lead role of Roxie on Monday.

 

Lindsay Roginski, who used to sell merchandise at Chicago on Broadway, will step into the lead role of Roxie on Monday.

Lindsay Roginski, who used to sell merchandise at Chicago on Broadway, will step into the lead role of Roxie on Monday.