T LOunge for April 25th, 2022

Posted on April 25, 2022

Luciens Bar and Restaurant – Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Darlings, after spending the weekend coughing and hacking and sniffling miserably, we woke up this morning to… feeling the exact same way, unforch. But the work must continue! We’ve got a few things to get off our phlegmy chest regarding drag finales and duchesses in silly hats and celebrities on red carpets, so you just sit there in today’s pretty little LOunge while we get to it.


Happy Birthday, Barbra Streisand! 27 Vintage Pictures of the Original Funny Girl
For a certain kind of musical theater fan, today is a very special day. First of all, Funny Girl opens at the August Wilson Theatre tonight, starring the irrepressible Beanie Feldstein and featuring Jule Styne’s immortal score. Second of all, in a truly magnificent coincidence—or, very possibly, not a coincidence at all—it is the singer, actor, director, producer, et al. Barbra Streisand’s 80th birthday.
Streisand, of course, led the original production of Funny Girl from 1964 to 1965 (and an Oscar-winning film adaptation in 1968), forging a Fanny Brice so completely her own that it took 60 years for the show to return to Broadway. After that, it was off to the races: an acting career that touched everything from zippy screwball comedies to swooning romantic dramas, three impressively varied directorial efforts, and approximately 9,000 chart-topping, Grammy-winning studio albums. (In 2014, she broke a Billboard record.)


Dakota Johnson Goes Romantic in the Newest Stills From Netflix’s Persuasion
Does the world really need another Jane Austen adaptation? As it turns out, yes. Having wrapped filming on Maggie Gyllenhaal’s take on the Elena Ferrante novel The Lost Daughter, alongside Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson has teamed up with another powerhouse female director, Carrie Cracknell, to adapt Jane Austen’s Persuasion for Netflix. A highly respected name in British theater, Cracknell has helmed productions at both the Royal Court and the Young Vic, and recently directed Jake Gyllenhaal in Sea Wall/A Life on Broadway. Persuasion will mark her film debut.


Why Are Katy Perry Hits Suddenly In This Season’s Scammiest Shows?
With “Roar” in WeCrashed and “Firework” in The Dropout, we investigate how the pop icon’s anthems became the soundtrack of hustle sagas.

What is it about Katy Perry songs that just make people want to scam? Two of this season’s hottest shows, Apple TV+’s WeCrashed and Hulu’s The Dropout, use the superstar’s pop anthems to soundtrack their scammy sagas—and add a complex layer to their characters.
In WeCrashed, WeWork founder Adam Neumann (Jared Leto) appears personally moved by Perry’s 2013 track “Roar.” Her belting “I’ve got the eye of the tiger” pierces the tension in the air as he’s escorted out of the building in the very first episode. And it returns in a flashback in episode 6, when we see Leto’s Adam discover the song on a private jet—and he’s instantly hooked.


How Claire Foy Cracked the Duchess of Argyll in A Very British Scandal
The star of the new Prime Video series explains the allure and challenges of the infamous English divorcee.

Originally I was like, “Oh, no. I don’t want to play someone who’s posh.” That was my original thought. And I was like, “I don’t think I can do that, really.” And then I read it and I was like, “Oh, she’s brilliant though.” And then I met Anne Sewitsky, who’s the director, and she wanted to make something really interesting and dark. And then I found out that she was thinking of Paul Bettany to play [Campbell’s husband] Ian, and I thought it would be an interesting and exciting thing to do. I was really interested in the story of a woman’s sexuality and how she expresses that and how that’s viewed by the outside.


In the Ecuadorian Amazon, Wituk Face-Painting Is an Act of Resistance
Nina, 28, is a member of the Kichwa Indigenous People of Sarayaku, an Amazonian village in eastern Ecuador. Families live in oblong homes situated on the banks of the Bobonaza River, in an area notable for its abundant biodiversity. The people subsist on fishing, hunting, and farming crops such as cassava and plantain. They have always realized the importance of balance and connection in nature. Their ancestors viewed the ecosystem as formed by three different ecological units: sacha (the jungle), yaku (the rivers), and allpa (the land). “When the scientific community or the activist community talks about climate change and the imbalance of the earth, our yachaks, or shamans, refer to the imbalance in the world that is created by human intervention,” Nina says. “My grandfather always said: ‘We have to respect Mother Earth’. If we do not know how to live in balance with her, and to respect and love her, there will be consequences. The spiritual beings and Mother Earth will protest.”


Attention Caviar Fans: One of Paris’ Chicest Restaurants Is Coming to New York City
Caviar Kaspia’s newest location is set to open in The Mark Hotel this fall.

Caviar Kaspia, the beloved Parisian restaurant, is coming to New York City.
Earlier this month, the restaurant, famed for its decadent caviar spreads and its rather high-profile clientele, announced its plans to open its first permanent New York location at The Mark Hotel in Fall 2022. The new opening will be the brand’s fourth, joining its other outposts in Dubai and Sao Paulo. According to Robb Report, there are also plans in place for locations in London and Los Angeles as well.
The chic restaurant located in Paris’s eighth arrondissement on the Place de la Madeleine, has been a celebrity haven since it first opened its doors way back in 1927 (coincidently, that’s the same year the building that now houses The Mark was built too). According to W Magazine, the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna, Beyoncé, and her husband Jay-Z have all stopped by for a bite.


Jean Smart Shares the One Role She’d Love to Revisit: ‘I Would Kill to Play a Part Like That Again’
Ahead of her Hollywood Walk of Fame honor, icon Jean Smart looked back at some of her incredible roles — including the one that put her on the map globally. In 1985, she joined CBS’ “Designing Women” as Charlene Frazier Stillfield, a role she held for five seasons.
The sitcom earned 18 Emmy nominations and catapulted Smart’s career — and she completely knows why.
“There weren’t a lot of shows that were just about women back then. Linda [Bloodworth-Thomason] is such a good writer that she made the characters so distinct from each other,” she says. “A lot of times, back in the day on sitcoms, you could practically all trade lines and nobody could tell the difference. The jobs are kind of all the same.”


‘Better Call Saul’ Star Julie Ann Emery on Return of Her Fan-Favorite Character and That Unexpected “Karen” Connection
“I find Betsy terrifying to play as an actor because the pocket for her is about six inches wide,” the actress says during an in-depth THR interview canvassing her work in the ‘Breaking Bad’ world.

After seven years, Better Call Saul is still keeping up with the Kettlemans.
Julie Ann Emery and Jeremy Shamos’ Betsy and Craig Kettleman have finally returned to the Breaking Bad universe on AMC in episode two of Better Call Saul’s sixth-and-final season, “Carrot and Stick.”
Originally, the white-collar criminals were only supposed to appear in a couple of season one episodes, but their roles quickly expanded once the cast and crew fell in love with the husband-and-wife crooks. When the first season eventually premiered in 2015, the audience followed suit as the suburban outlaws became fan favorites in no time.


‘Funny Girl’ Broadway Review: No Rain On Beanie Feldstein’s Parade, But Expect Some Drizzle
Beanie Feldstein is, it turns out, a perfectly fine choice for this Funny Girl, which is not to say she’s perfect, but rather that she’s on equal footing with a just-above-average musical that has always been dominated by several excellent songs and a legendary breakout performance that lifted the show – and its plodding 1968 movie adaptation – well beyond the sum of its parts.


Beanie Feldstein in ‘Funny Girl’: Theater Review
Ramin Karimloo and Jane Lynch also star in the first-ever Broadway revival of the 1964 Fanny Brice bio-musical, which made Barbra Streisand a star.

Feldstein has emerged as an irresistible screen presence in films like Booksmart and Lady Bird, and she was a delight in the supporting role of Minnie Fay in 2017’s blockbuster Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! with Bette Midler. But she has a lovely, light singing voice in a part that often calls for big-belt power, and she reads girlish, never quite selling the consuming hunger that propels Fanny to stardom in the early-1920s Ziegfeld Follies. Feldstein leans hard on the comedy with enormous charm, but she struggles to locate the raw vulnerability of Fanny in later years, as her marriage to inveterate gambler Nick Arnstein (Ramin Karimloo) falls apart.


How to think about masking on planes, trains, and buses right now
Even if there’s no official mandate, there are things you can do to make traveling and commuting a little safer.

The CDC still recommends people wear masks on public transportation, but ultimately it’s now up to airlines, transit authorities, and ride-hailing companies to decide whether to require masking — and it’s up to individuals to figure out, in the absence of those requirements, what they should do to protect themselves and others.
“I would certainly still wear masks on public transit,” said Katelyn Jetelina, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and the author of the Your Local Epidemiologist newsletter. “Not just for individual-level risks, but also to help those that are much higher risk, and for those vulnerable pockets in the community.”
Here’s why you should continue to mask on transit — even in the absence of a mandate — along with some expert tips for protecting yourself and others when you’re commuting or traveling.


How Disney found itself in the middle of a culture war
Disney doesn’t like conflict.
Conflict means taking sides. Conflict means making enemies. Conflict means personally defining what’s right and what’s wrong. None of those things are appealing to a company that’s ridden high-gloss inoffensiveness to become the richest and most powerful entertainment company in the world.
Yet, despite its immense financial power and commitment to deflecting confrontation, Disney has found itself stuck in a rather complicated one.


Five-tier cake extravaganza from the wedding of Queen Victoria’s granddaughter is recreated
Over 126 years ago, restaurateur and caterer Searcys, created the white extravaganza that was to become Princess Maud of Wales’s 1896 wedding cake. Adorned with leaves, flowers and chubby cherubs, the lavish explosion of design made its way into the pages of The Tatler, and into the mouths of the royal wedding’s high-society guests, including the monarch of the period, Queen Victoria.
The company’s founder John Searcy came out of retirement in a bid to create the wedding cake for the summer nuptials of Princess Maud. Granddaughter of the Queen and the daughter of King Edward VII (Prince Edward at the time) and Queen Alexandra, the young princess would marry Prince Carl of Denmark, the son of the future Frederick VIII of Denmark and Louise of Sweden on 22 July 1896.


Review: Broadway’s First ‘Funny Girl’ Revival Shows Why It Took So Long
Beanie Feldstein stars as the comic Fanny Brice in the show’s return after almost 60 years.

To rip the bandage off quickly: Feldstein is not stupendous. She’s good. She’s funny enough in places, and immensely likable always, as was already evident from her performances in the movies “Booksmart” and “Lady Bird” and, on Broadway, in “Hello, Dolly!” You root for her to raise the roof, but she only bumps against it a little. Her voice, though solid and sweet and clear, is not well suited to the music, and you feel her working as hard as she can to power through the gap. But working hard at what should be naturally extraordinary is not in Fanny’s DNA.


The Pavlova Begs for Improvisation
It’s easy to riff on this meringue-based showstopper: Top with whatever fruit you like, or dive into nostalgia with this cookies-and-cream version.

In 1905, the prima ballerina Anna Pavlova premiered a solo ballet created just for her, “The Dying Swan,” which she would go on to dance about 4,000 times before her death in 1931.
“It was a combination of masterful technique with expressiveness,” Michel Fokine, the piece’s choreographer, said of his composition in a 1931 interview for Dance Magazine. Mr. Fokine called the groundbreaking work “almost an improvisation.”
It is with the improvisational spirit of Pavlova’s performance that I approach my Pavlova (the meringue dessert, not the dancer). Egg whites, sugar and cream are an ideal blank canvas for nearly anything — including the Oreos in my pantry, which have a bitter, chocolaty essence that I adore.


What Frida Kahlo Kept in Her Bathroom
In 2005, two Mexican artists met across space and time

After artist Frida Kahlo’s death in 1954, her husband, painter Diego Rivera, blocked off two bathrooms in their home, La Casa Azul, on the condition that they not be opened until at least 15 years after his death.
In 2005, La Casa Azul, now part of Museo Frida Kahlo, invited fellow legendary Mexican artist Graciela Iturbide to photograph the space and the belongings inside.


Scotland Is Home to Fairy-tale Castles, Stunning Landscapes, and Charming Small Towns — How to Plan the Perfect Trip
The United Kingdom’s most northerly country is every bit as spectacular as you’ve heard.

With its stately castles, glass-like lochs, and voluptuous glens, Scotland has always been a showstopper. The country’s magic extends from its quaint small towns to the snow-capped peaks of its romantic, rugged Highlands to its dynamic modern cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh. It’s home to some of the best national parks in the U.K. and more than 900 offshore islands with extraordinary wildlife like regal red stags, majestic golden eagles, humpback whales, and massive salmon (not to mention the fabled inhabitant of Loch Ness, too).
The raw, poetic beauty of this ancient land — formerly known as Caledonia — is difficult to overstate. If you’re hoping to head to the U.K.’s ravishing northern nation, read on for our guide to planning the perfect Scotland vacation.






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