A Rosie by any other name...
By Michael Musto
Yes, I instantly delete. Have you ever been in a gay bathhouse?
No, but I�ve been in other places. I�ve been to [Latin tranny haven] Escuelita. John Leguizamo took me there for the first time, and I was dying. Remember Lady Catiria? She�d do �My Way� and take off all her clothes except her G-string and the tears would run down her face. I saw her show four times.
The Ritz seems an easy fit for you. But has the scope of your talent been fully realized?
The three top people who�ve recognized it are the ones I�ve done my best work with -- George C. Wolfe, Joe Mantello, and Peter Weir. Those three didn�t view me as one-dimensional. Peter Weir was from fucking Australia. He never heard of me. At my audition for Fearless, they said, �He�s not familiar with your work.� I said, �Yes! I�ve got this one in the bag!� But I got so nervous I had Montezuma�s revenge -- and the embarrassment and shyness all came flooding out and that�s how I got the part.
Before that, I read that you choreographed In Living Color. Did you work with the immortal J. Lo?
I�m the one that hired her, even though she tells everyone Keenan [Ivory Wayans] was. He didn�t want her because she was overweight and didn�t dance that well, but I said, �She has star quality.� He said, �Your job depends on it.� And I thought, Oh, shit.
Well, you turned out to be right on target.
I didn�t get fired.
By the way, there�s a porn star, Ryan Idol, in The Ritz.
I just found out! I said, �Joe, it�s so scandalous. Watch the porno guy get more press than anyone.� Do you know him?
Um, yes. He mysteriously fell out a window some years ago. I need you to find out why.
I�ll get the dirt!
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