It is a typically frantic morning in New York’s theater district, where this evening John Turturro will pay tribute of sorts to two collaborators past: Woody Allen, for whom he played a writer in Hannah and Her Sisters, and Ethan Coen, who cast the Brooklyn native in movies including Barton Fink, Miller’s Crossing, The Big Lebowski and O Brother, Where Art Thou. Yet Turturro will never take the stage.
You can’t catch The Gay from a toilet seat or from walking through The Castro, but listen to one too many Judy Garland ballads and who knows? It could be enough to turn you. At least, that’s what Connie Champagne is warning – and/or promising – in her new cabaret act, “Connie Champagne Sings Songs to Make You Gay.”