ModFabulous: Things We Can't Wait For in 2007
Enough with all these end-of-year lists...you wanna know what's coming up, things you can get pumped about for the coming year. We've scoured our notes to find the cultural highlights of 2007, a list that includes Quentin Tarantino, Ian McKellen, Annie Lennox, Todd Oldham, and Taye Diggs. And yes, another Tom Stoppard play. To wit:
- Grindhouse - Tarantino and Rodriguez. A souped up car. And Rose McGowan with a machine gun for a leg. Hotter than tabasco.
- The Bourne Ultimatum - The best action franchise in Hollywood brings it home with a big finale.
- Sweeney Todd - Can you do Sondheim with non-singers? Sure. Will it be good? Let's see.
- Tracey Thorn, Out of the Woods - The most seductive voice in pop music comes out of a six-year hiatus with a new solo album, with tracks produced by forward-thinkers like Ewan Pearson, Charles Webster, Tom Gandey, Martin Wheeler and Alex Santos.
- Rufus Wainwright, Release The Stars - The new album by our favorite troubador will be produced by Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant. An early contender for Gayest Album of 2007.
- Annie Lennox, Title TBA - Annie leaked last month on her website that she's turned down live appearances with The Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake to focus on the new album...and possibly a 2007 tour. We're kvelling.
- Sir Ian McKellen in King Lear - We may skip Kevin Kline's Lear this spring entirely, just to wait for next fall's version by our favorite gay knight. A perfect marriage of performer and role.
- LoveMusik - Donna Murphy (Wonderful Town) and Michael Cerveris (Sweeney Todd) in a new musical about Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya...featuring Weill's classic song library. Is this what heaven feels like?
- The Singing Forest - Insiders are calling Craig Lucas' new play the next Angels in America. And when smart people through that comparison around, it makes our ears perk up.
- Argonautika and Rock and Roll - Chicago and London, representin' in 2006. Someone's got to bring these two to New York this year, right?
- Edward Scissorhands - Britain's bad boy of dance, Matthew Bourne, stages Tim Burton's timeless film as a ballet at BAM.
- Complexions Contemporary Ballet - Taye Diggs (yes, that Taye Diggs) choreographs a solo for Desmond Richardson, and Dwight Rhoden premieres a piece to the music of Marvin Gaye. Unmissable.
- Julie Atlas Muz - "Including post-mortem dance, ballet, mime, endurance exercises, burlesque and jazz, Muz will purposefully create the worst dance ever in hope that audiences will cheer at her tragic death." Don't laugh, she's an Ethyl Eichelberger Award winner and has been seen in the Whitney Biennial.
- Orfeo and Eurydice - Mark Morris directs, Isaac Mizrahi designs, and David Daniels sings. Needless to say, we've already got our tickets.
- The Pirates of Penzance - Tony nominee Marc Kudisch will chew through all scenery in order to play the titular pirate. He's got the bluster down pat.
- Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny - Okay, so this is actually happening in Los Angeles, but it's worth flying cross-country for: Audra McDonald and Patti LuPone in the Brecht/Weill masterpiece.
- Top Design - Can the producers of Project Runway strike gold in the interior design biz? Host Todd Oldham is a good start.
- Rome - The first season improved greatly from start to finish. With Caesar assassinated, it's time for all of the politics, sex, and lies to go into high gear.
- Untitled Glenn Close Project - The new FX legal series features Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan, Zeljko Ivanek and one of the greatest living actresses of our time. We are soooo there.
- Following in the footsteps of trailblazer Britney Spears, 2007 will see a flurry of celebrity genitalia photographed in live, living color. We hope the trend will start with Gael Garcia Bernal and George Clooney; we understand, however, that drunk George Michael will start if off before the week is out.
- More gay celebrities will come out. In a panic, more straight celebrities will come out as straight, usually by having sex with Lindsay Lohan and then giving the photos to People. At the end of 2007, the official count will make it clear that there are indeed more straight celebrities than gay celebrities, even if you double-count perpetually single, obvious heterosexuals like Queen Latifah, Hayden Christensen, Jodie Foster, Glenn Close and Victor Garber.
- MySpace will die a quick but horrific death, as its teenage users decide they are more interested in girls. Google, having conquered the internet, will start buying small African nations. Perez Hilton's lawsuit will stick, because there is a God and He smites the wicked. And Modern Fabulousity will continue to bore the everloving shit out of you on a daily basis.
Previously: Top Personalities of 2005
Tomorrow: The Best Films of 2006