5 Things to Gush About: June 3-9

The Tony's, the Tony's, the Tony's! And "Tales of the City", Spice Girls, and more! See what's happenin' this week.
Be More Chill

Tony Awards: Get out your pom-poms, put on your tap shoes, and jazz up your hands: the Tony’s aka The Gay Superbowl airs next Sunday, June 9th. It’s usually the musical numbers from the Best Musical nominees that goose up the show; this year’s pack includes, yes, “Beetlejuice”, “The Prom”, “Tootsie”, “Ain’t Too Proud” (Temptations musical), and “Hadestown”. Sadly, “Be More Chill” by Joe Iconis only got nominated for Best Original Score. Still, they may include a number from it. Love Iconis! Here’s a sneak peek:

And here’s a bonus video of a Tony performance of one of my all-time favorite musicals, “Once”, starring Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti:

“Tales of the City”: I’ll do a longer article on this, but had to alert you about this sequel mini-series dropping June 7th on Netflix. This is the fourth series, coming 18 years after the last installment. Surprisingly, much of the original cast is back including Olympia Dukakis, Laura Linney, and Paul Gross. I’ve read the books, seen the musical version (well, the workshop), and waited in line to get Armistead Maupin’s autograph so I’m excited beyond belief for this new series.

Spice Girls on Tour: They’re back, this time without Victoria; what really counts is that Geri’s there. They’re making their way around the UK, with no word yet if they’re coming back to the U.S. Peter and I saw the 2008 reunion tour; yep, two middle-aged men amidst screaming women and their daughters. Here’s a video from that time, at the Victoria Secret Fashion Show:

“Black Mirror” Season Five: Dropping June 5th on Netflix. I have to admit, I’ve only seen the Star Trek take-off “USS Callister” from the fourth season because I’m a space-geek; now is a good time to catch-up with the rest of the series. This season features Miley Cyrus, Anthony Mackie, and Andrew Scott. Here’s the trailer:

“The Secret Life of Pets 2”: I missed the first one, but the promos for the new one are forcing me to want to see it. Will I get confused with the continuity? The best bit in the trailer is the cat jabbing its owner in the face. Yes, we can identify.

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