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Happy New Year

Looking back on this past year I was able to meet and interview some talented and amazing personalities in my column for Nunn on the Run.

Here is some great advice and quotes stars have said to me in 2010:

The Laughs

“How’s your cornholer?” (Lisa Lampanelli)

“I am sure you are much more of an expert than a married man or straight man, anyways.” (Kathy Griffin on blowjobs)

“I know that gays belong to Kathy, but any fall over, I’m going to take.” (Sarah Silverman)

“I have always forged my own unique path in the comedy and entertainment world” (Sandra Bernhard)

“I think my humor is a little dry.” (Katy Perry)

“I can’t do anything but tell a joke and steal a scene!” (Leslie Jordan)

The Tears

“You are going to make me cry.” (Chely Wright)

“You made me cry…” (Meredith Baxter)

The Hard Times

“Read my bio and you tell me…” (Belinda Carlisle)

“Oh, I will go there!” (Alexis Stewart)

“There are moments that are really and truly “make it work” moments.” (Tim Gunn)


“Well, first of all, don’t suck. Don’t be bad at it.” (Dan Savage on writing)

“Everything has to be used for something” (Amy Sedaris)

“Don’t say you are a fan of theirs. It automatically puts you in the fan category with the celebrity.” (Lady Bunny)

“Hold the tape recorder closer to my mouth.” (Perez Hilton)

Full of Questions

“Let’s make it happen.” (Ricky Martin on interviewing him)

“I will never forget that question.” (Natalie Merchant)

“I don’t really get that question.” (Ellen DeGeneres)

“I have no idea how to answer that question, let me get my husband on the phone.” (Carol Channing)

About Chicago

“I usually don’t party after the shows. But when I am in Chicago, who knows?” (Jake Shears)

“It is the only place that I actually had a job.” (John Waters)

“Chicago is my favorite city still and it looks gorgeous.” (Laurie Metcalf)

“I love Chicago.” (Pam Grier)

The G-Word

“Let the gays go wild!” (Patti LaBelle)

“I’m slightly under the radar and I do think part of that is because I’m gay.” (Rufus Wainwright)

“I’m very close to the gay community.” (Perry Farrell)

“I don’t define myself by only being gay just like I don’t define myself by only being Jewish.” (Nate Berkus)

“It definitely comes with some pressure.” (Adam Lambert)

“I think homophobia is really fucked up.” (Kate Nash)

“If there are gay men in the audience then you automatically get a great show.” (Joan Rivers)

On Obama

“He is not forcing anything but making decent strides and moving things in the right direction.” (Wanda Sykes)

“There’s just nothing that a person in that position can do now, because it’s just been bought and sold.” (Melissa Etheridge)

“I am really angry about the fact that a cultured, intelligent black man cannot say that he is for gay marriage.” (Mario Cantone)

The Icons

“It made me a lot of money. What about that?” (Olympia Dukakis on Moonstruck)

“I am a sucker for stories!” (Cyndi Lauper)

“Wouldn’t that be fun?” (Florence Henderson on hosting SNL)

“I say drag queen diet in the book because it sounds so good.” (RuPaul)

“RuPaul is just the most fabulous phenomenon.” (Lucy Lawless)

“Follow your dream and you can be who you want to be.” (Elton John)

Thanks a million.” (Lily Tomlin)

Those are just some of the highlights and big moments.  Looking forward to more exciting interviews with celebrities in 2011 Nunn on One!

Theatre Week

Fall has begun with an influx of shows for theatre buffs. Nunn on the Run attended a variety of offerings all in one week.

Collaboration presented 1001, which is based on The Arabian Nights with a modern twist. The Chopin Theatre was a little too grandma’s basement for me with the decor and stuffiness. Some audience members nodded off during the first act which is never a good sign and one gent brought a full bottle of Greek wine to keep awake! The cast had many nice moments but it wasn’t cohesive and need some cutting, so blame the director for any faults. Visit collaboration.org for showtimes and tickets.

Monday Night Live at Petterino’s ,150 N Dearborn, celebrated their third year with cast members from Billy Elliot. Denise McGowan (my former Entertainment Director from Navy Pier) and Beckie Menzie host every week a cabaret class act encouraging patrons to sing on stage. Excellent food for a special $19.95 per person three-course dinner and half price bottles of wine. You have to try the cheesecake and the complimentary valet parking can’t be beat in the busy downtown theatre district. Call 312-422-10150 to reserve your dinner and show!

Steppenwolf began its new season with Detroit full ensemble members such Laurie Metcalf,  her interview is linked here. The story is about two sets of neighbors and how they interact over the course of time with BBQs and other backyard activities. The cast carries the story of the complicated characters along to a boiling point. Cook up your tickets at steppenwolf.org. The Broadway Playhouse opened at the Water Tower Place, 175 E Chestnut, formerly the Dury Lane with a new modern look. Cast members such as Cesar from Billy Elliot and Barbara Robertson from Wicked were at the opening ceremony.

Broadway singer Sutton Foster held the first show at the Playhouse with a concert that was intimate and just the right length of time. She performed rarities from Shrek the Musical and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Her interview is linked here.

One of my favorites from the week was Rock of Ages at the Bank of America Theatre starring Constantine Maroulis (interviewed here) of American Idol fame. He did a great job of supporting the show. The vibe was fun and retro at the same time. Luckily the venue allowed drinking in the theatre to add to the party vibe with members from rock bands Styx, REO Speedwagon and Survivor sprinkled in the crowd to lift their lighters and watch the gang rock. Here is Jamie Ross from Bret Michael’s Rock of Love reality show who is Constantine’s manager. Visit BroadwayInChicago.com for tickets before they sell out.

Overall, a dramatic week that would make Shakespeare proud! Break a leg, thespians and watch for more shows on the way such as Working, The Lion King and Pandemonium.

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