The OutMuseum is the first LGBTQ+ arts and media virtual museum of its kind - available free to the public. Home to a combination of rotating and permanent exhibits centering themes, identities, and experiences which celebrate and commemorate the queer and trans communities we serve as an organization, the OutMuseum places the telling of our past, present, and future into the hands of those who have lived this past, are surviving its present and will be imagining a thriving future for it. Through short film collections, panels and roundtables, oral histories, and other multimedia within our slate of exhibits, this space offers the ability to foster discussions, increase access to art and information, and, most importantly, speak to histories that are regularly omitted from the record. Because what is history, if not storytelling? And it is all available for free!
Chapter 5: Mary Martin, Ethel Merman, Judi Dench, Gilda Radner, Jerry Herman
In chapter 5 of Old Show Queens, Gary Gunas and Billy Rosenfield reminisce about their favorite performances, including Mary Martin in Jennie, Angela Lansbury in Blithe Spirit, the ensemble of Godspell, and the West End’s The Inheritance.
In chapter 6 of Old Show Queens, the two reminisce about two short-lived shows they worked on (Legs Diamond and King of Hearts) and ponder why the making of musicals can be so difficult and so heartbreaking when the final product is so joyous.
In chapter 7 of Old Show Queens, Billy & Gary turn their attention to the great Stephen Sondheim. They discuss the original cast recording of Assassins, which featured a much larger orchestra than the original production did, and Billy recalls attending the original Broadway incarnation of th...
In chapter 8 of Old Show Queens, Billy and Gary turn their attention to a handful of legendary performers: Judy Garland, Carol Channing, Jerry Lewis, Barbra Streisand, and… Madonna. Watch to see what Channing gifted Rosenfield, why Lewis insisted on a clarinet player, and more!