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RuPaul’s Drag Race: 10 Queens Who Are Friends With The Judges

There have been many celebrities on the judging panel of RuPaul’s Drag Race, coming from several different walks of life and providing the show with varying types of expertise. From the series’ first season, RuPaul was already landing big names such as Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams and fashion designer Bob Mackie.

Related: RuPaul’s Drag Race: Every Season & Spin-Off Currently In Development

As Drag Race grew in popularity and more celebrities started to actually watch the show, we started to see stories of former judges actually becoming friends with the queens. What’s more, the franchise started to attract contestants that already had a significant following and important connections beforehand. Read below to find out which RuPaul’s Drag Race queens are friends with the judges who have been on the show!
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‘Rocketman’ and ‘Judy’: Transforming Taron Egerton and Renée Zellweger into Elton John and Judy Garland

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‘Rocketman’ and ‘Judy’: Transforming Taron Egerton and Renée Zellweger into Elton John and Judy Garland
Both “Rocketman” and “Judy” explore the darker side of super stardom for Elton John and Judy Garland: two incredible, legendary performers driven to addictions and other abuses in their search for love and happiness. And the remarkable transformations of Taron Egerton and Renée Zellweger as John and Garland, respectively, required creative makeup, hairstyling and costuming to pull off the spirit of their iconic appearances.

Makeup/hairsylist Lizzie Yianni-Georgiou achieved a grounded, recognizable look for Egerton’s John for the musical fantasy, allowing costume designer Julian Day to take more artistic license with the outrageous, glam wardrobe. By contrast, makeup/hairstylist Jeremy Woodhead reworked Zellweger’s face to approximate the 47-year-old Garland’s gaunt look, while costume designer Jany Temime needed to stylishly fit around the constraining posture of Zellweger’s emaciated, bird-like Garland.

“Elton gave Taron and [director] Dexter [Fletcher] carte blanche to not copy him or make a caricature,” Yianni-Georgiou said.
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‘Glow’ Costume Designer on Creating Bridesmaids Leotards, Borrowing a Bob Mackie Original

  • Variety
Beth Morgan received her first Emmy nom for the first television show on which she ever worked, “Deadwood.” Now, she is nominated in the period costumes category again for the costume design of Netflix’s “Glow.” Morgan is up for the second season finale “Every Potato Has a Receipt,” in which she got the chance to create a full set of bridesmaids leotards for a special stunt in the 1980s wrestling comedy. But not to be outdone, she worked hard to top herself in Season 3, when the characters went on the road to Vegas.

In the second season, the female wrestling troupe becomes much more comfortable in the ring and the actresses perform more complicated stunts. How did that kind of wear and tear affect the amount of doubles of costumes you needed?

It didn’t affect it as much as some shows because we don’t have stunt doubles.
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‘King Kong’, ‘The Cher Show’ Announce Closing Notices As Broadway Continues Post-Tony Culling

Two of Broadway’s more imposing figures are calling it quits: King Kong and The Cher Show have posted closing notices, the latest exits in the annual post-Tony culling.

Each production will play its final performance on Sunday, Aug. 18.

Though Cher star Stephanie J. Block and costume designer Bob Mackie won Tony Awards at the ceremony June 9, the wins apparently didn’t translate into a big enough box office boost to keep the beat going on. For the week ending June 23 – a prime week for the post-Tony b.o. benefits to make themselves known – The Cher Show grossed $858,578, about 58% of its potential at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Written by Rick Elice, directed by Jason Moore and starring Block, Teal Wicks and Micaela Diamond as Cher at various points in her life, the jukebox bio-musical opened Dec. 3, 2018, to mixed reviews, with most critics praising Block even when less than dazzled with the glitzy rest.
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Randall Christensen Dies: ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Costume Designer Was 60

  • Deadline
Randall Christensen Dies: ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Costume Designer Was 60
Randall Christensen, Emmy-winning costumer designer for his work on Dancing With The Stars, has died. Christensen died Sunday from complications of cancer, his talent agent confirmed to Deadline. He was 60.

Christensen worked on Dancing With The Stars for eleven seasons beginning in 2006. He won the Emmy that year for outstanding costume design for the show, and was a four-time nominee for the Costume Designers Guild Award for the hit competition dance series as well.

Born in South Carolina, Christensen, known for his transformative and iconographic dance and skate costumes, was proclaimed ‘the next Bob Mackie’ by designer Bob Mackie himself.

In addition to his work on Dancing With the Stars, Christensen’s gowns can be seen worn by Jennifer Lopez in the film Shall We Dance (2004) and Mary Steenburgen in the film Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005). His work also can be seen in the films Take the Lead
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Randall Christensen, 'Dancing With the Stars' Costume Designer, Dies at 60

Randall Christensen, 'Dancing With the Stars' Costume Designer, Dies at 60
Emmy-winning costume designer Randall Christensen, best known for his work on ABC's Dancing With the Stars, has died from complications due to carcinoid cancer, his business manager said. He was 60.

Christensen's work on the reality show began in 2006 and spanned 11 seasons, during which he designed iconic dance and skate costumes and was tapped as "the next Bob Mackie" by the legendary designer himself. He won an Emmy in 2006 for outstanding costumes and was nominated multiple times for the Costume Designers Guild awards.

Christensen's designs also were featured in films such as Shall We ...
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2019 Tony Awards: 24 records, milestones and fun facts about this year’s winners

Out of all the winners (and losers) in the 26 competitive categories at the 2019 Tony Awards, 24 stand out as particularly noteworthy when considered in the context of history. So what were this year’s most interesting facts, records and milestones? Check out the complete list of winners here.

Rob Howell is the first person to have won multiple design awards in the same night since Bob Crowley back in 2007. That year Crowley won Best Scenic Design of a Play (with Scott Pask) for “The Coast of Utopia” and Best Scenic Design of a Musical for “Mary Poppins.” This year Howell won Best Costume Design of a Play and Best Scenic Design of a Play, both for “The Ferryman.”

Bob Mackie (“The Cher Show”) is the first person to win Best Costume Design in a Musical for a show that wasn’t nominated for Best Musical or Best Musical Revival since Tim Chappel
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TV Review: The 2019 Tony Awards

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TV Review: The 2019 Tony Awards
The last time James Corden hosted the Tony Awards, the CBS late-night host was understandably subsumed by events onstage and off; not merely were his last bits on the Tonys stage, in 2016, occurring against the backdrop of a “Hamilton” sweep, but they were also happening in the wake of a massacre of predominantly gay people of color at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando earlier that morning. Corden’s presence on that broadcast was low-key and affirming; whatever one thinks of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s declaration that night that “love is love is love is love,” it was Miranda’s, and not Corden’s, voice that set the evening’s tone.

Corden, though as much or more a part of the actual broadcast this year, felt similarly absent from his second Tonys hosting gig, and not because he was swamped by events — or, at least, nothing particularly new. Given so many potential
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12 Tony Awards Surprises and Highlights, From Ali Stroker’s Win to Neil Patrick Harris’ Cameo (Photos)

12 Tony Awards Surprises and Highlights, From Ali Stroker’s Win to Neil Patrick Harris’ Cameo (Photos)
James Corden’s opening number

Tony-winning host James Corden started the show on the couch — which happened to be located center stage at Radio City Music Hall. And he followed with a live musical extravaganza, featuring the casts of just about every nominated show and playful teasing of television in favor of live theater.

Bob Mackie wins his first Tony

The three-time Oscar nominee picked up his first Tony Award for designing the bedazzled costumes for “The Cher Show,” a bio-musical about his longtime friend. “This is very encouraging for an 80-year-old,” he joked on stage.

Jez Butterworth goes off script

The playwright ditched the prepared description of his Best Play nominee, “The Ferryman,” to give a shout-out to his wife, nominee Laura Donnelly, who gave birth to their two children during the run of the show in London and New York (and whose family history inspired the Irish-set drama
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Tony Awards Winners List: ‘Hadestown’ Rules With Eight Wins, ‘The Ferrymen’ Garners Four

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Tony Awards Winners List: ‘Hadestown’ Rules With Eight Wins, ‘The Ferrymen’ Garners Four
Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown ruled the 73rd annual Tony Awards winning eight of the 14 awards they were nominated for including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical. The Sam Mendes-directed The Ferryman also won big winning four awards including Best Play and Best Direction.

Other big winners of the evening included Ali Stroker for her groundbreaking role in Oklahoma!, which also won Best Revival of a Musical. To add to that, Boys in the Band took home the trophy for Best Revival of a Play.

Acting accolades went to Bryan Cranston for Best Leading Actor in a Play for Network while The Waverly Gallery’s Elaine May took home the Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Play. On the musical side, Tootsie’s Santino Fontana won for Best Leading Actor in a Musical and The Cher Show’s Stephanie J. Block for the Best Leading Actress in a Musical.
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Bob Mackie ('The Cher Show')

'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Bob Mackie ('The Cher Show')
"They just always thought that it was too theatrical," the legendary fashion designer and costume designer Bob Mackie says of the way his work was regarded by the fashion world establishment, as we sit down at the offices of Rubenstein Communications in New York to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast. But now, at the age of 80, the man known as "The Sultan of Sequins" and "The Rajah of Rhinestones" — who, over the course of some 60 years in the business, dressed Judy Garland, Mitzi Gaynor, Carol Burnett, Cher, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, Tina Turner, Ann-Margret, Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler, Elton ...
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2019 Tony Awards predictions: Toughest 4 musical categories made easy

2019 Tony Awards predictions: Toughest 4 musical categories made easy
Plenty of attention is paid to the top races and acting categories at the Tony Awards. But if you are looking to do well in our prediction contest, you will also have to make smart decisions in the below-the-line categories as well. The four design categories often trip up Tony pundits, especially when there is no one show predicted to sweep. There is no single such juggernaut this season, which means upsets and surprises are likely. To provide some help with these tough categories, take a look at the analysis below before you make any final predictions.

Scenic Design

Flip a coin, because “Hadestown” and “Beetlejuice” are locked in a neck and neck race here. My gut says David Korins will win for having the “most” scenic design of any musical this season for “Beetlejuice.” It’s an immense set with moving parts, that perfectly captures a twisted Tim Burton vibe while keeping things fresh.
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2019 Tony Awards: ‘Hadestown’ will win 9 Tonys, ‘The Ferryman’ to take 6

2019 Tony Awards: ‘Hadestown’ will win 9 Tonys, ‘The Ferryman’ to take 6
“Hadestown” will win dominate the Tony Awards on Sunday (June 9), winning a whopping nine awards, including the coveted prize of Best Musical. On the play side of the aisle, “The Ferryman” will collect six Tonys, including Best Play and for scene stealer Fionnula Flanagan. (See the full list of predicted Tony Awards winners.)

Only two other new tuners, “The Cher Show” and “Tootsie,” will take home Tonys. The former will prevail for Stephanie J. Block‘s riveting portrayal of the music icon and for Bob Mackie‘s costumes, which recreate her signature looks. And the latter will win for Santino Fontana‘s reinterpretation of a role made famous by Dustin Hoffman and the updating of the Oscar-nominated script.

The lead acting awards for plays will go to a pair of veterans. The multi-hyphenate Elaine May will win her first Tony for her heartbreaking performance in “The Waverly Gallery” while Emmy
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Stephanie J. Block (‘The Cher Show’) will make Tony Awards history on Sunday

Stephanie J. Block (‘The Cher Show’) will make Tony Awards history on Sunday
Stephanie J. Block is the frontrunner to win Best Actress in a Musical at this Sunday’s Tonys for her dynamic embodiment of Cher in “The Cher Show.” However, Tony history is not on her side. You have to go back to 2000 to find a leading lady who won without her show at least being in contention for Best Musical or Best Musical Revival.

Heather Headley won for “Aida,” edging out Toni Collette (“The Wild Party”), Rebecca Luker (“The Music Man”), the late Marin Mazzie and future Tony record-setter Audra McDonald (“Marie Christine”). Collette, Luker, and Mazzie all headlined productions that competed for one of the top categories.

It was something of a shock when “Aida” was left out of the Best Musical category. Perhaps that snub built sentiment for “Aida” and its powerhouse star. Voters certainly disagreed with the nominating committee as the tuner took home an additional three Tony Awards.
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Cfda Awards 2019 Red Carpet Fashion: See Every Look as the Stars Arrive

Cfda Awards 2019 Red Carpet Fashion: See Every Look as the Stars Arrive
It's a fashionable night out for the biggest stars in New York City! In case you didn't already guess, it's time for the 2019 Cfda Awards where a number of prominent designers and celebs will step out for a fabulous evening event. Held at the Brooklyn Museum, the awards will be handed out by comedians Hasan Minhaj and Jessica Williams. As for who could end up winning big, we have a few ideas! Jennifer Lopez is set to receive the Fashion Icon Award while costume designer Bob Mackie will be awarded the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with Cher, Diana Ross, Bette Midler and countless other celebrities. As for Barbie, she will be honored with the Board of...
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Elton John Auction Includes Costumes and Birthday Collage from John Lennon

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Elton John Auction Includes Costumes and Birthday Collage from John Lennon
Some of Elton John's extravagant costumes from his rock 'n' roll heyday -- and a unique gift from John Lennon and Yoko Ono -- are hitting the auction block, and expected to fetch over $100k. Sir Elton's custom-made gold jumpsuit from his "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" tour in 1973 is among the showy items up for bid. That alone is expected to go for around $30k. It comes with a sown-in label reading, "Elton John
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Rocketman (2019) – Review

Hey hard-rockin’ film fans, better hope the sound system at your local multiplex goes well past eleven because it’s musical biography time once more. Sure popular musicians have been recreated on screen through the years, Surprisingly the lives of Al Jolson and Fanny Brice inspired two hit films and a couple of sequels (The Jolson Story begat Jolson Sings Again while the great Streisand starred in Funny Girl then Funny Lady). Ah, but late 2018, a little over six months ago rock and roll ruled the box office (and garnered 4 Oscars) with the story of Queen in Bohemian Rhapsody. And a fictional music flick, the fourth iteration of A Star Is Born, inspired by real performers and showcasing the acting debut of a current music superstar, grabbed a gold statue and lots of filmgoers. Plus earlier this year Netflix got into the act with a “biopic” of those heavy metal hellions,
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‘Rocketman:’ Watch Footage From Elton John’s Dodger Stadium Performance (Videos)

‘Rocketman:’ Watch Footage From Elton John’s Dodger Stadium Performance (Videos)
In “Rocketman,” Taron Egerton as Elton John steps right out of rehab, brushes himself off and then goes on stage to thousands of glistening fans at a concert at Dodger Stadium, smacking a baseball into the bleachers as he stands atop his piano.

Rocketman” is a jukebox musical fantasy that takes many liberties, bends the timeline and overall has a lot of fun. But Elton did play at Dodger Stadium during two shows on Oct. 25 and 26 in 1975. And he really did knock it out of the park in those performances.

The shows were a huge deal, as they were the first to be performed in nearly a decade at Dodger Stadium since The Beatles played there in 1966. According to John’s website, they were the largest performances by a single artist of their time, with more than 100,000 people in attendance across the two nights, “including Elton’s parents, relatives, office workers,
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Bob Mackie: My Life in 12 Dresses

Bob Mackie: My Life in 12 Dresses
Bob Mackie has been working with Cher for 50 years, helping define and redefine her style through all its dramatic changes. Naturally, Mackie is also a huge presence in The Cher Show, the Broadway adaptation of Cher’s life. Mackie’s ostentatious, intricate designs get their own runway show during the musical. The designer even got his first Tony nomination for his contributions to the show, for Best Costume Design.

Beyond Cher, Mackie has a long history of helping make some of the most iconic garments for several larger-than-life pop legends.
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Stephanie J. Block (‘The Cher Show’): ‘Ownership of myself’ playing ‘goddess warrior’ and pop icon Cher [Exclusive Video Interview]

Stephanie J. Block (‘The Cher Show’): ‘Ownership of myself’ playing ‘goddess warrior’ and pop icon Cher [Exclusive Video Interview]
“There has been more ownership of myself because I have been playing Cher,” reveals Stephanie J. Block. The Broadway veteran earned her third Tony nomination recently for playing the pop icon in “The Cher Show.” The unexpected opportunity has pushed the actress in surprising directions professionally and personally. Watch the exclusive video interview above.

“She has given me this extraordinary freedom,” declares Block. Cher views herself as a “goddess warrior” and apologizes for nothing. Embodying that mindset is a different experience than Block is used to, but has allowed the actor to hold back less. “When I step onstage, it really is a different creature,” she explains.

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Of course, beginning the show by rising out of the stage in an epic Bob Mackie costume certainly must help snap into the pop diva. Block has
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