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I think we can all agree that Nathan Lane is one of Broadway's current great talents.  He can sing, he can act, he can dance, and he's gay:  He's exactly what Middle America (those GOP voters) are afraid of, and yet...he's fabulous.

A reporter once asked Lane if he was gay; he replied, "I'm 40, single and work a lot in the musical theater. You do the math." When he told his mother he was gay, she replied, "I'd rather you were dead,"[2] to which he replied, "I knew you'd understand."
http://en.wikipedia.org/...

His career has been stellar, and I refer you to the wiki linked above for a complete list of his hits and his awards, among them Tony, Obie, and Outer Critics.

Hosting the Tony Awards in 1996:

With Matthew Broderick and Susan Stroman on Inside the Actors Studio -- long but Inside the Actors Studio is always well worth watching:

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  •  Please do watch the clip from (24+ / 0-)

    Inside the Actors Studio.  It's terrific.

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 02:19:02 PM PST

  •  I once convinced Mr. Lane we had met (6+ / 0-)

    before.  It wasn't my finest hour but my aunt and her friends were thrilled to get to meet him.  As the song says, "There's no people like show people." lol

    I must end each and every day with a dose of a regularly scheduled Top Comments. A regularly scheduled Top Comments diary is a must for developing the calmness I need to get the required eight hours of sleep. - cohenzee

    by cohenzee on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 05:03:14 PM PST

    •  How did you manage that? (4+ / 0-)

      FWIW, I think he'd be a hoot to hang out with.

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 05:09:30 PM PST

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      •  When I go to theater, I'll sometimes (4+ / 0-)

        leave a note at the stage door for some of the stars.  Most of the time they will come out and and chat for a second.

        With Nathan Lane I did something a little scammy.  I used to go to a camp in NE CT that held fundraisers in Sept in which they would stage a big variety/sketch comedy show.  They bring up a lot of big names and a few campers each year to perform for the rich donors who give a lot of money.  I got invited a couple of times, but not when Nathan Lane was there.  He came the year after I stopped getting invites.  I sent a note backstage before The Odd Couple and told him we met up there.  We hadn't, but he didn't know that.  I go back to the stage door after the show and we all got brought up to his dressing room.  It was so cool, and he was very nice.

        I must end each and every day with a dose of a regularly scheduled Top Comments. A regularly scheduled Top Comments diary is a must for developing the calmness I need to get the required eight hours of sleep. - cohenzee

        by cohenzee on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 05:24:07 PM PST

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        •  Totally cool! (4+ / 0-)
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          I only went stage door once...and my friend had an invite or...well anyway, a backstage pass.  That was for Lily Tomlin's show in about 1986: The Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe.

          She's much shorter than I expected, and about as shy as I am, I think.

          To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

          by Youffraita on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 05:33:03 PM PST

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          •  I almost always go to the stage door. (3+ / 0-)
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            Unlike Movie and TV stars, Theater people are super nice and very accommodating with autographs and pictures.  Heck even Usher, when he was in Chicago, stopped to sign autographs for fans.  He has his entourage with him but still took the time.  The only reason I know that is because I was walking by after seeing another show.

            I must end each and every day with a dose of a regularly scheduled Top Comments. A regularly scheduled Top Comments diary is a must for developing the calmness I need to get the required eight hours of sleep. - cohenzee

            by cohenzee on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 05:40:12 PM PST

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            •  In their defense (4+ / 0-)

              Movie and TV stars are not any different from Theater people, they're all actors.

              With the larger exposure in their preferred mediums, they do run more of a "stalker" or "crazed fan" risk. You would be amazed at the lengths that some "fans" will go to in order to get access to their idols.

              Frankly, almost all TV & movie actors started off doing live theater, and many enjoy popping back and forth across mediums. There are different skill sets in use, none better than the others.

              I have worked with Lane on B'way. He is quite a personality indeed.

              "It's never too late to have a happy childhood." - Tom Robbins - Political Compass sez: -8.25, -7.90

              by ARS on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 07:10:23 PM PST

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              •  I have heard and seen first hand (3+ / 0-)
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                many of the things people do to try to get close to celebrities, both actors and athletes.  It's disgusting

                When I used the term Theater People, I was using it as people who primarily work in theater and are not as well known outside of it or even if they are well known TV or movie actors, still do significant amount of theater, a la a Nathan Lane or a Mathew Broderick.  Yes they are all actors and each medium takes different skill sets, but theater-goers are also a different type of people.  

                It's just my opinion, but I think the close proximity to the actors forces the audience to have more respect for the people they are watching.

                I must end each and every day with a dose of a regularly scheduled Top Comments. A regularly scheduled Top Comments diary is a must for developing the calmness I need to get the required eight hours of sleep. - cohenzee

                by cohenzee on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 09:24:30 PM PST

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                •  In my career (2+ / 0-)
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                  I have worked network TV, feature films, big time rock & roll, ballet, opera and have been happily ensconced on B'way for the last decade+.

                  Crazed fans are crazed - frankly, the travails of movie stars are pretty tame to what the rock stars have to endure.

                  As I've been lucky to see and interact with all manner of world class performers "behind the scenes", I don't understand the adulation.

                  When it comes down to it, all performers are just people - sometimes with frightening egos (you need to have that sort of drive to reach the heights) always with scary amounts of talent. Most are pretty "normal" when you get them away from the lights & cameras.

                  As in any random group of people, you'll get a handful of nasty backstabbers, but, buy and large, they're just like everyone else; Trying to do the best they can with what they have.

                  "It's never too late to have a happy childhood." - Tom Robbins - Political Compass sez: -8.25, -7.90

                  by ARS on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 06:42:05 AM PST

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                  •  Oh, ARS, here's where you nailed it: (0+ / 0-)
                    When it comes down to it, all performers are just people - sometimes with frightening egos (you need to have that sort of drive to reach the heights)
                    You certainly do.  I don't care which of the creative arts you are in -- everything/everyone is trying to beat you down.  If you don't have a scary ego, you're not gonna make it.

                    You might as well just cave and work in a restaurant.

                    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

                    by Youffraita on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 05:24:01 PM PST

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                    •  the difference is (0+ / 0-)

                      in how those who have the egos to drive themselves also treat others.

                      Some of the most amazing talents I've ever worked with have also been gracious, wonderful humans.
                      Others have been absolute a-holes, even to those who make their careers actually happen.

                      As I said - people are people. Most good, some not.

                      "It's never too late to have a happy childhood." - Tom Robbins - Political Compass sez: -8.25, -7.90

                      by ARS on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 06:58:50 PM PST

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  •  Love Nathan Lane (9+ / 0-)

    I saw him live in "The Producers" and "Addams Family." I've heard him interviewed about his love life, and he said he hadn't met the right guy to have a lasting relationship with. Here's hoping for happiness for you, Mr. Lane!

  •  Actually, I can't stand him. (1+ / 0-)
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    He is the overactor's overactor.  And not funny at all.

    I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 05:31:01 PM PST

    •  So don't go to see his shows (2+ / 0-)
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      and don't watch these clips.  'Nuff said?

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 05:34:18 PM PST

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      •  Hmm. (1+ / 0-)
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        I think we can all agree that Nathan Lane is one of Broadway's current great talents.
        So don't make statements like the above.  'Nuff said?

        I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

        by boran2 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 05:35:50 PM PST

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        •  IF you don't like him -- (1+ / 0-)
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          and clearly you don't -- then why did you invade my diary and shit all over it?

          Look: You don't like Nathan Lane.  Fine.  So go away.

          I don't invade your diaries and shit all over your opinions.

          To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

          by Youffraita on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 05:47:00 PM PST

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          •  I didn't shit all over your diary. (1+ / 0-)
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            Offering a different opinion is not the equivalent of shitting on your post.  That's how diaries work.  People offer opinions to the post.  Look, you could have ignored my statement and it would have been one comment out of many.   You have drawn attention to what would likely have been lost in the comments section.  

            Folks have made all kinds of comments in my posts including trashing one of my Saturday morning painting posts.  I didn't like it but that kossack was free to express his opinion in a civil manner.  If he couldn't, there would be no reason to post diaries.  Folks are free to express themselves as long as it's done in civil manner.  I didn't state anything about you personally, only about an individual that, in my opinion, receives attention that is out of proportion to his talent.

            I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

            by boran2 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 06:03:23 PM PST

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    •  He's good in shows that call for that type (3+ / 0-)
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      of acting, but there are times I have watched him and it does grate on you.  Perfect example was The Odd Couple.  The combo of him and Broderick both seemingly playing themselves rather than Oscar and Felix made the whole thing a farce.

      I must end each and every day with a dose of a regularly scheduled Top Comments. A regularly scheduled Top Comments diary is a must for developing the calmness I need to get the required eight hours of sleep. - cohenzee

      by cohenzee on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 05:35:07 PM PST

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    •  Club sandwiches (3+ / 0-)

      must have bacon, good mayo, sliced tomato and slabs of lettuce, three slices of your favorite bread, lightly toasted.

      Stack: bread, mayo,lettuce, turkey,bread, mayo, tomato, bacon, (mayo) bread.

      Push a little to flatten, add a long toothpick to each side, cut into triangles. Serve with big dill pickle, chips and or slaw.

      Best use of turkey, ever!

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

      by weck on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 06:37:49 PM PST

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  •  I love (8+ / 0-)

    to watch him, and I guess that's what it's all about!

    He has also been guest starring on The Good Wife lately.

  •  I get such a kick out of Nathan Lane! (9+ / 0-)

    Oh, granted that he's over-the-top, but that's part of
    his charm and appeal.

    [I know we're talking Stage here, and not movies, but... :) ]

    I just re-watched for the dozenth time:  The Bird Cage.
    Still makes me giggle, [and tear up a bit],
    and Lane is a big part of that.

    Great topic, Youffraita!

    •  Thanks, mama jo (7+ / 0-)

      I love movies, and especially love theater, and the acting skills for Broadway are not quite the same as for film.

      I mean, if you're in the cheap (nosebleed) seats on Broadway, you still expect a terrific performance, and part of that is projection...a sort of projection that really would be awful in a movie.

      Heh, and it's about time for me to rewatch Birdcage.  Great fun.  That's the one with Robin Williams, right?

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 06:17:18 PM PST

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      •  Yes, it's the one base on the French-Italian movie (7+ / 0-)

        La Cage aux Folles  [late 70's, i think.]

        Also hilarious in the movie:  Hank Azaria.
        Waaay over the top, but lol-funny.

        Absolutely right, in regarding to the different acting,
        stage vs. screen.  Last week I re-watched the film version
        of Hello, Dolly--which I Love on stage, but I gotta say
        the film version is kinda...  too much?

        Even tho Barbra was her usual fabulous self--the whole
        thing was just a lot to take in.  I've never seen Streisand
        on stage, but I kept thinking:  I'll bet she would have been
        so much better suited to play this on stage.

        Films and Stage--love 'em both, too, but most times
        all things are not equal there.  Altho I will admit that I'm
        very excited to see Les Miz, coming out next month!

    •  I agree MJ.................. (10+ / 0-)

      the Bird Cage was the first time I became aware of Mr. Lane.  Anyone who can hold his own when paired with Robin Williams has a great deal to offer any production or film.

      I never turn down an opportunity to see Nathan Lane.

      The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

      by cazcee on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 06:22:38 PM PST

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  •  LOVE him! I'll always remember Albert (7+ / 0-)

    and the pink socks with the suit!

    Thanks for the diary.

    Stonewall was a RIOT!

    by ExStr8 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 06:15:09 PM PST

    •  You're welcome! (7+ / 0-)

      I think he's the kind of old school talent that is just...well...perfect for the stage, if not the screen.  Someone who can appeal even to those of us in the third mezzanine, squinting down at the stage.

      Someone who can truly play Larger Than Life.

      And make it work.

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 06:23:05 PM PST

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  •  I {{{~♥~}}} Nathan Lane! (6+ / 0-)

    Have seen Nathan on various TV shows in the past, fell in love with him!

    Saw The Birdcage, fell in love with him!  Robin Williams was the perfect "straight man" to Nathan's sweet, campy, and oh, so lovable, Albert.  [Dang, but I so wish Nathan was related to me!]

    Saw The Producers on Hulu a few days ago, put it in my queue, and aaaaawaaaaay I went, fell in love with Nathan all over again!  I loved Matthew Broderick from his role in Ladyhawke many years ago, and he's a sweetie.  [If you can stand the crappy ads, The Producers is still on Hulu - I mute the darn things.  It'll be a while before it's pulled, I hope; I put it back in my queue and will be watching it again.]

    I suspect behind Nathan's theatre masks of campy ham and funny guy he's quite likely one of the nicest people a person could ever hope to meet, so I've wondered what he's like when he's not "on."  [Picture Roy Scheider in All That Jazz looking in the mirror "It's Show Time, Folks!"]

    Oh, did I mention I {{{~♥~}}} Nathan Lane?  :-)

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 07:09:15 PM PST

    •  Who (4+ / 0-)
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      doesn't love Nathan Lane?  Well, except for that asshat upthread...but most of us love him.

      I didn't pursue it, but apparently he did standup comedy early in his career & I bet those clips, if on YT, are hysterical.

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 08:01:40 PM PST

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  •  How much do I adore Nathan Lane? It's waaaay (2+ / 0-)
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    early, I'm on my first cup of coffee, and yours is the 1st diary I've recommended today, the "upthread asshat" notwithstanding. :)

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