"The grande dame of Broadway has entered the record books. Angela Lansbury received a Tony nomination for her work in "A Little Night Music." This marks Angie's seventh nomination. Her five previous Tonys tie her with Julie Harris for most wins - fingers crossed. Let's also give a shout-out to our buddy Levi Kreis, who picked up a nomination for his portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis in "Million Dollar Quartet." Congrats!
For somebody who is always on death's doorstep, Elizabeth Taylor sure does get around! Last week, the Dame was a guest of Prince Charles at a Buckingham Palace gala to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. The Prince announced that the college's new theatre would be named in honor of Richard Burton, and the Dame donated a bust of Burton that will be displayed in the new theatre's honor.
One of our favorite people, Leslie Jordan, FINALLY got to open his show "My Journey Down the Pink Carpet" off-Broadway and it was a smash hit. Of course, many of us got to see the show when it toured Florida in 2009. I actually went with a certain "Real World" alum when Leslie was at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The show has all the ingredients for a healthy run - a charismatic leading man, a terrific script, good producers (Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner), a good theatre (Midtown Theater) and reasonably priced tickets. What more could you ask for? He'll even be entertaining the masses throughout Pride Month of June. The show is scheduled to close on July 3rd, but have no fear. A little birdie tells me he'll turn up this summer at Provincetown's Crown and Anchor with his new show, "From Whence I Came." For details on all these projects, check out his website TheLeslieJordan.com.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes recently debuted as a song and dance team. Yes, the happily married couple took to the stage at "A Fine Romance," a benefit for the Motion Picture and Television Fund, with Katie warbling (I think that's the correct term) "Whatever Lola Wants" to a hapless Tommy, playing the non-singing and, let's be real, non-dancing baseball player Joe Hardy. Of course, this is a classic seduction scene and the pair sparked with sexual chemistry not seen since, well, since "Eyes Wide Shut." Aside from an awfully odd dance break that was most definitely not choreographed by Bob Fosse, there are two brilliant moments. First, Katie singing "Little Man" to the diminutive Cruise. Then she hikes up her skirt to show off her thigh and Tom looks like he's never seen it before - as if he couldn't recognize her nether regions in a police lineup. Of course, that's because he's quite a thespian. Yeah, that's why. You can watch the entire number on BillyMasters.com.
The New Miami Times broke a story that George Rekers, a 61-year-old Baptist minister, anti-gay activist and psychologist, had a bit of company on his recent trip to Europe - a rentboy (read: gay hooker). When confronted with the allegations, Rekers laughed them off saying, "I had surgery and I can't lift luggage - that's why I hired him." Yeah, and I had Jeff Stryker over to help me with some Sudoku!
Rekers claimed that halfway through the trip he discovered that his companion, "Lucien", was a rentboy. He said, "Like Jesus Christ, I deliberately spend time with sinners with the loving goal to try to help them." How pious of him. Lucien claims he was paid $75 a day, that he acted as translator when they were in Spain and that their only physical contact was "body rubs, once a day, in the nude." This Rekers guy is a regular saint!
This leads perfectly into a quick "Ask Billy" question from Jim in Massachusetts: "Any information on Stephen Colbert's hot shirtless cameraman on May 5th?”
Rekers was named "Alpha Dog of the Week" on "The Colbert Report." The Rentboy site was shown, causing Colbert to quip, "Folks, this is an honest mistake. Rentboy.com looks like a website where you hire bellhops. The men are all shirtless so you can see how big their bag-carrying muscles are. And there are even videos where these Rentboys show how good they are at grabbing and yanking things by the handle. In fact, Rentboy.com is where I got a lot of my crew. Like my new cameraman, Julian." Julian is actually sexy fitness model/actor/dancer Luke Guldan. Since I know you want more details (as well as a plethora of shirtless pics, videos and other assorted goodies which I'll post on BillyMasters.com), Luke is 23 years old, 5'9 and 185 pounds. As to his sexuality, when he was asked if he was married or single, he wrote: "Hmmmm, how do you answer that? Let's just say I'm not married." Under "Children," he wrote "N/A." Read between the lines, people.
When Rentboy is offering a clergy discount, it's definitely time to end yet another column. What the hell is happening to religion? We used to have Father Damien ministering to the lepers in Molokai. Now we've got Baptist ministers hiring hookers for trips to Barcelona! However, we did learn three important things from this story: 1) Jesus wasn't the only religious figure to like rub downs from hookers, 2) discretion costs more than $75 a day, and 3) some rentboys have passports! For this and other educational stories, check out BillyMasters.com, you're one-stop shop for all sins of the flesh. For your secular questions, drop a note to me at
and I promise to get back to you before I get struck by lightning (or a certain midget's attorneys). Until next time, remember, one man's filth is another man's bible.