Updated January 2005
2004's BIG BANG
2004 was a great year, and the last few months may have been the best part!
In early September, on a windy afternoon in Schubert Alley in Manhattan's theatre district, I signed autographs for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS with Lesley Gore and Tom Hewitt, the star of "Dracula" on Broadway.
At the home of Mark Sendroff, Esq., I met Marilyn Maye one of the great singers.
If you've never heard her album "The Lamp Is Low," you need to listen to it.
Out of nowhere, I was cast as The Stepmother in "Cinderella" at The New York City Opera at The New York State Theare in Lincoln Center, where I had 3 gorgeous costumes, 2 great wigs...
...the biggest eyebrows in town...
and sometimes no costume (in my dressing room)!
It was great fun to look up at the five balconies in the massive auditorium from the famous stage. In the curtain call photo below, you can see Lypsinka 4th from the right in black and gold. At the end on the right are Dick Van Patten and Renee Taylor. 4th from the left is the international sensation Eartha Kitt.
During the run in November, Scott Wittman had a big birthday party at The St. Regis Hotel rooftop. Billy Crystal, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker and many other New York and Hollywood stars were in attendance. Here I am with Jenifer Lewis of Lifetime's "Strong Medicine" and our good friend Billy Gallo.
November was also the month the 8 page Bruce Weber spread in Paris Vogue with Daria Werbowy and Lypsinka hit the stands. Here are some behind-the-scenes shots with my own camera.
After "Cinderella" I headed to LA to do a benefit with The Trevor Project at the vintage Art Deco theatre The Wiltern. The event paid tribute to Megan Mullalley and Debra Messing. Also onstage were Betty Buckley and Allison Janney. Elvira and I did a musical number. Here we are with our two dancing boys.
On the same trip, Elvira and I went to the home of Tony Charmoli for his annual Christmas get-together
where we met Debbie Reynolds
Jane Kean from "The Honeymooners" on the 60s "The Jackie Gleason Show"
Phyllis Diller was standing on the curb waiting for her car when I drove up to Tony's house. Inside, I found out she was going to dinner with Rip Taylor, who is here with Debbie and Tony.
Back in New York, The New Museum of Contemporary Art (newmuseum.org) was having its opening night of the exhibition East Village USA. They chose this photo of me taken by Ande' Whyland at Wigstock, 1986, to put on the cover of their bulletin. The show runs into March 2005.
The new year has brought several new possibilities, including a project that Charles Busch and I have done, but we're not quite ready to tell the world about it. So stay tuned!
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Tammy And The Lyp
Caged and boxed celebrities
early 2000 antics
me and my infamous friends
fashion, fun and fanatacism
Chillin' with Puff Lyppy
Lypsinka and Faye Dunaway tete-a-tete at the 25th anniversary screening of "Chinatown".
At the premiere screening of "Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story."