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hollywood evans“Most ridiculous night of my life in LA so far.  At least I made it a year before getting arrested.” – Scott Evans updates his Facebook status.  The hunky actor (and brother of Chris Evans) was arrested when he allegedly attempted to purchase drugs from an undercover cop.  What those drugs were has not been released, but Scott was…on $10,000 bail.

hollywood“Most ridiculous night of my life in LA so far.  At least I made it a year before getting arrested.” – Scott Evans updates his Facebook status.  The hunky actor (and brother of Chris Evans) was arrested when he allegedly attempted to purchase drugs from an undercover cop.  What those drugs were has not been released, but Scott was…on $10,000 bail.

I recently attended the annual swanky holiday soirée thrown by this very magazine, Hotspots.  The party raised money for two community organizations – the Broward House and the Pride Center. This year, the folks at Hotspots really outdid themselves by staging the festivities in the Museum of Science and Discovery – providing revelers with a bit of education along with the usual libations (courtesy of Smirnoff, Kettle One, and Jonnie Walker).  I think the only ones who didn’t enjoy the party were the otters on display, who as you know, are instinctively frightened of bears!

A special guest was American Idol alum Kimberley Locke.  She was with the dashing David Sexton, who is co-producing Cabaret on the Bay with the Aventura Cultural Arts Center.  Kimberley called her first cabaret show “My American Idols”, which gave her a chance to pay homage to people like Judy Garland, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, and Whitney Houston.  The series continues with former Mouseketeer Lindsey Alley, cabaret star Carla Bordonada, and Sally Struthers.  For more info, go to www.AventuraCenter.org

I was also delighted to attend “La Boheme” at the Florida Grand Opera.  This timeless Puccini classic is performed with such regularity around the world, it can be taken for granted.  But with leads Ailyn Pérez and Arturo Chacón-Cruz, the production was anything but routine. In fact, from top to bottom the FGO assembled a cast that houses like the Met can only dream about. The rest of the season includes “The Magic Flute,” “La Sonnambula,” and “La Traviata” with performances in both Miami and Fort Lauderdale.  For a complete schedule and tickets, check out www.FGO.org

I’ve been wondering what’s going on with Streisand’s proposed remake of “Gypsy”.  She hasn’t mentioned it since Arthur Laurents’ death, although she did perform two of Mama Rose’s songs in her recent tour.  Back in March we heard that “Downton Abbey” scribe Julian Fellowes would be adapting the script.  She still plans to begin filming next year – and she’s likely to both star in it and direct it.  When asked by “Entertainment Weekly” if she was too old to play Mama Rose, she said, “What’s that got to do with anything?  How old do I look to you?  Age is a number.”  Like Babs, I often ask questions without waiting for an answer.  One thing you don’t have to wait for is Streisand’s thoughts on casting.  She’s said to be considering Lady Gaga as Louise, who would follow in the footsteps of Natalie Wood and Cynthia Gibb.  Well, there’s only so much you can do with “Little Lamb”.

Time for “Billy’s Holiday Gift Giving Suggestions”.  I’ve been a huge fan of comedian Christopher Titus long before his groundbreaking FOX sitcom.  The intelligence, care, and skill he uses when constructing a show is awe-inspiring – as is his fearlessness as a performer.  The DVD box set of his four comedy specials, “Get a Real Job, Numbnuts”, is one of my favorite things.  And right now it’s on sale at ChristopherTitus.com, where you can also listen to his hilarious weekly podcast and find out about upcoming live shows.

Last summer, I told you about a series of intimate concerts given by Patti LuPone at Provincetown’s Art House under the auspices of Seth Rudetsky, who also acted as interviewer and accompanist.  He’s taken the best bits from all four shows and created a unique concert video that clocks in at just under two hours!  I can personally attest to the amazing artistic quality of the performance because about 90% of it is taken from the show I was at. It’s probably the best LuPone concert ever captured on film.  If you know someone who is a LuPone fan, this is a perfect gift. You can get it at www.SethTV.com/patti.

The best gift I’ve been given so far is the interview Calvin Klein’s ex-boytoy Nick Gruber gave to the “New York Post”. It is a veritable cornucopia of revelations from an oddly-confident minor porn actor.  Although he reveals that CK got him a penthouse in the West Village and a 2011 Bentley Supersport worth a quarter of a million dollars, he insists that he never asked for anything and was not a user.  The relationship was chock full of give-and-take.  Calvin’s chef may have taught Nick the delicacies of cooking French cuisine, but Nick brought the designer to McDonald’s for his first Big Mac.  Calvin ordered it medium-rare – because McDonald’s is known for their Big Mac Tartare!

After Gruber was arrested for assault and possession, he went to rehab (which Calvin paid for) and realized that his love for CK was more paternal than romantic.  They broke up and Klein took back his penthouse and Bentley. Nick headed west and started writing his autobiography, “Obsession: My Life With Calvin Klein”. He’s now with another older man with money – which I’m sure is just a coincidence. John Luciano is the nephew of infamous mobster Lucky Luciano and is only 28 years older than Nick. John is helping Nick develop a reality show, which John claims will clear up the misconceptions about Gruber. “He’s a cross between Kim Kardashian and Honey Boo Boo.” Apparently I had a big misconception about Nick. Before this interview, I thought he was a moron. Then I read that John bought him a BMW motorcycle and Nick made sure that the title was in his name. He’s learning…

When I’m able to end with some (minor) celebrity skin, it’s definitely time to end yet another column. But that gives me an idea I’d like to run by Barbra. You know when the three old strippers show Gypsy how it’s done in “Gotta Get A Gimmick”? What if the trio was played by former notable Broadway Mama Rose’s? I’m thinking Patti LuPone as Mazeppa, Bernadette Peters as Electra, and Tyne Daly as Tessie Tura. Jason, pass this along to your mom. In the meantime, check out www.BillyMasters.com, the site that never comes up short.  If you have a question, you can always send it along to Billy@BillyMasters.com“>Billy@BillyMasters.com and I promise to get back to you before LuPone bumps it with a trumpet (which should be a breeze after what she did with that tuba in “Sweeney Todd”). So, until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

 

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