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Friday, January 15, 2016

Video Beaverhausen Puts on The Ritz

The Ritz is a gay cinema classic that should appeal to just about everybody.

Based on the Broadway hit by Terrence McNally, it stars Rita Moreno (who originated this role on Broadway) as Googie Gomez, a third-rate Bette Midler-like  singer at a men's bathhouse. Treat Williams is also a treat in his original stage stage role.

The Ritz is a fictitious club based on the Continental Baths. Jack Weston, Jerry Stiller, Kaye Ballard and F. Murray Abraham are also in this.

Moreno is absolutely fabulous as an under-talented lounge act and she looks great in her role.

Directed by Richard Lester.

The movie was, of course, released prior to the AIDS crisis, which then kind of made it old hat. It's available now on dvd very recommended. Should be rediscovered.

So journey to the "pits" and enjoy! Hilarious!

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