THE LEADING MEN: Meeting Raul

By Wayman Wong
02 May 2005

WHAT EUAN IS DOIN’ THESE DAYS
Dori Berinstein’s "Show Business," which premiered April 25 at the Tribeca Film Festival, is a dynamite documentary that captures all the hard work, hilarity and heartbreak of putting on a Broadway musical. Sure to be one of our favorite films of 2005, it follows the fortunes of Avenue Q; Caroline, or Change; Taboo; and Wicked throughout the 2003-2004 season, leading up to the Tonys. If Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx embody two sunny young songwriters who found success, then Euan Morton, who lost his working visa after Taboo closed, represents the poignancy of a gifted artist who’s trying to find his footing in showbiz.

Morton, 27, says, "I love the film because I’m in it. (Laughs.) And Dori did a really good job. But it’s hard [for me] to watch it because it’s hard to look at those moments and know where it could’ve gone. The best thing about this is people go, ‘What happened to Taboo? It was such a nice show!’ But Taboo will never come back. It’s really done. So it’s nice that part of that was captured on celluloid. I’m going on holiday, playing tennis, writing an album. I’m quite happy to take a break from acting. I found it to be both exciting and heart-wrenchingly difficult. I don’t think I belong on Broadway. I’ve seen many better performers there. Meantime, I’m happy to work in a bar or a restaurant to pay the rent. I won’t be in the public eye for sometime, but God has given me a voice and I want to come back and make something of myself in the music world. Who knows what the future holds? I hope something bloody soon!" (Laughs.)

Before this great Scot flies home, he’ll appear at "Jamie deRoy & friends" on May 26 at 7:30 PM at The Encore, 266 W. 47th St. (212-221-3660). As for "Show Business," it hopes to open in New York later this year.

GOULET IS HAVING ‘THE BEST OF TIMES’
To quote A Chorus Line, "Robert Goulet, Robert Goulet, my God, Robert Goulet!" Yes, the legendary Lancelot of Camelot has joined La Cage aux Folles, and by Georges, the 71-year-old Tony winner can still thrill with his rich and resonant baritone. Goulet says he turned down the chance to do the original 1984 La Cage. "I thought I’d have to wear high heels and a dress and shave my mustache off, and I told them, ‘Go to hell!’ I thought they were offering me Albin, not Georges, and I would’ve been terrible. But now I’m having a great time with this cast. They’re all so damned talented. And Gary Beach is something special."



As for kissing his male co-star, Goulet says it wouldn’t be his first time. Back in 1960, "Moss Hart was directing this scene between Richard Burton and me in Camelot, and we’re supposed to come face to face. We had been drinking and I said to Richard, ‘Shall we kiss?’ And he said, ‘Alright … on the lips?’ Now I had never kissed a man before in my life, not even my father, but I couldn’t back down. We said, ‘Mr. Hart, could we show you the relationship between Lancelot and [King Arthur] so the audience will know immediately?’ He said, ‘By all means.’ Then Richard and I kissed. It took an hour and a half to get Moss off the ceiling. He made us do it again for [Alan Jay] Lerner and then for [Frederick] Loewe. Moss made us do it once more for the [chorus] kids. And everybody laughed, except two of the boy dancers cried."

For more information, visit www.robertgoulet.com.

WHERE THE GUYS ARE
There’s so much to see in New York: The phenomenal Farley Brothers are back with a merry new musical-comedy show called "From Here to Fraternity," playing May 5-7 at 8 PM at Rose’s Turn, 55 Grove St. (212-366-5438). . . . Multi-award-winning pop singer David Gurland has a Madonna complex, so his new act, "Neurotica," is full of material from the Material Girl herself. He’ll be playing May 6, 20 and 27 at 9:30 PM and May 12 at 7 PM at The Encore, 266 W. 47th St. (212-221 3960). . . . Norm Lewis, a Drama Desk nominee for Dessa Rose, is one of the coolest singers, and he’ll be "Just Chillin’" in a benefit for the Actors’ Fund of America: May 9 at 7 and 9:30 PM at Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. (212-239-6200).

Finally, thanks to everyone who bought tickets to "The Leading Men" benefit for Broadway Cares on May 30 at 7 PM at Joe’s Pub. It’s sold out, but a handful of $40 house seats might be released closer to the date, so keep checking TeleCharge (212-239-6200). John Tartaglia is hosting; Seth Rudetsky is the musical director, and Alan Muraoka is the director. And the lineup includes Tom Andersen, Scott Coulter, Tim Di Pasqua, Tom D’Angora, Brian and Ted Farley, Barrett Foa, Danny Gurwin, Cheyenne Jackson, Matthew Morrison, Jai Rodriguez, Christopher Sieber and Ben Strothmann.

Got comments or questions? E-mail me at waymanwong@hotmail.com.

Until next month, let’s hear it for the "boys"!

Wayman Wong edits entertainment for The New York Daily News. He has been a movie and theater critic for The San Francisco Examiner, a writer for The Sondheim Review and a Drama-Logue Award-winning playwright.