by Buzzin' Lee Hartgrave on March 29, 2013

FANS OF COMEDY WILL REMEMBER FRANK THORNTON who is known as Captain Peacock in the TV series “Are You Being Served”, and a sequel (Grace & Favour). Thornton died (March 16, 2013) at age 92. He will also be remembered in “Last of the Summer Wine.” Thornton was a TV Actor, and one the most interesting and funny Guys on T.V, Film and stage. PBS thrived on the “Are You Being Served” series. It was funny then, and it still is enormously funny even today. In 1980, Thornton joined John Cleese in the BBC Television Shakespeare production of “The Taming of the Shrew.”

Thornton was hilarious as the caustic Floor Walker in “Being Served.” I Loved this quip… every time he said to the clerks in the department store: “Are you Free?” He died this month in Barnes, London. Yes, he was a “HOT TIX!”

THRILLPEDDLERS is bringing back the Ridiculous Revival of this coming weekend show called “Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Colma” — and I’m sure that you have all been through that. The Coma that is. Three of the original Cockettes: Scrumbly Koldewyn, Sweet Pam, and Rumi Missabu will perform in the production in San Francisco. The Cockette madness will keep you bent over with laughter as they bring to the stage “All singing, all dancing and all cardboard Cockettes. The were media darlings in 1971 — and now they are still adored as they whirled and twirled around the stage. Yes, they exerted great influence on the culture of our times, from glitter rock to outrageous fashions. Opens this weekend starting March 28. Yep, another “HOT TIX” IS ON THE BURNER!

RICHMOND ERMET has put on another rousing and fabulous evening to help the Aids foundation. This time around the Jersey boys danced, sang some beautiful fantastic songs and they did some really great comic skits. I loved the Jersey Boys. I hated it when they told the audience that this was the last outing for the Jersey Boys (at least for the awhile). I’m sure it will surface again in time in a tour somewhere.

Star Debbie Gibson was the main character on the stage — and the audience seemed hypnotized by the tightest dresses I’ve ever seen. How did she manage to walk around the stage without losing them? Maybe they were glued on. All in All, the evening was a terrific success. It always is – thanks to “Richmond Ermet.” The Marines Memorial is the perfect Palace for these shows. You feel so comfortable being there. And the Cast and band made everything seem so cozy. We need to thank executive Director Ken Henderson for the great job. And also, I can’t thank the Auctioneer enough. He has got to be the most enjoyable Auction guy that I have ever seen. No wonder he was able to warm the audience. He was able to gather up tons of Bucks. He is profoundly comic! Just as fascinating as the show. HURRAH FOR MORE ‘HOT TIX’. My picks are always the bests picks. Can’t wait for more.

The Photo of Lee Hartgrave Boy Reporter is by Jim Ferreira – Film Noir & Hollywood Glamour.



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Buzzin’ Lee Hartgrave is a longtime theater critic in the San Francisco Bay Area. His reviews appear each Friday in Beyond Chron.

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