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Olivia will appear on this Thursday, June 26th episode of Kathy Griffin's "My Life on the D-list" on Bravo. The episode of Kathy, Olivia and Carson Kressley from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy was filmed while Olivia was in Sydney for Mardi Gras in February 2008.
The CD will have a worldwide release on July 15. That release will have a photo of Olivia on the front cover, I am told. Olivia recently called the ONJCCA to say she "is keen to ramp up any promotion we can of the album" so it is happy that Only Olivia is continuing to help promote it in any way we can. From a press release:
“A Celebration in Song – Olivia Newton-John and Friends” will be available worldwide from July 15 through EMI records.
Poster created to promote the CD within Australia shown below
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Olivia Newton John wasn’t on roller skates when she opened her gay pride set with the theme from Xanadu -- but her crowd was definitely in a spin. “I’m proud to be here,” she yelled, shimmying around the stage, wearing a slick tuxedo suit and black sequined vest, looking like Madonna’s slightly older, friendlier sister.
Olivia Newton John kept a low profile after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, in the same week her father passed away. Subsequent financial woes and separation from her husband kept her out of the limelight for a stretch. But she’s been increasingly visible, playing Sydney Mardi Gras in February and recently returning from a fund-raising walk along the Great Wall of China, trudging 200 kilometers in 21 days to raise money for the Olivia Newton-John Breast Cancer Center in Australia.
Her closing night Gay Pride L.A. show came ahead of the June 24 DVD rerelease of Xanadu and the July 23 launch of Logo’s Sordid Lives series in which she stars. Based on Del Shores’s 1996 play and 2000 film, the series brings us Newton-John as a mulleted, ex-con bar singer named Bitsy Mae Harling.
There were no mullets (onstage, at least) on Sunday -- just classic pop hit after classic pop hit, with Newton-John performing four songs from her two most beloved movies: Xanadu and Grease. When she launched into “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” a thousand queer voices rose in the air in a collective “But, now -- there’s nowhere to hide, since you pushed my love aside!” and when she donned a cropped leather biker jacket for “You’re the One That I Want,” West Hollywood knew all the words, roaring the immortal “You better shape up, cause I need a man … who can keep me satisfied!”
Newton-John, who splits her time between Los Angeles, Australia, and Florida, showed off some rather impressive aerobics moves during “Physical” and encouraged the audience to chime in “it’s a bitch” during her rendition of the Sordid Lives theme song.
Statuesque blond Australian singer Delta Goodrem (also a cancer survivor) stepped onto the stage for a syrupy duet, and Newton-John wiped tears from her eyes after performing the title track from her most recent album, the spiritually inspired Grace and Gratitude.
After performing an a cappella encore, she retreated backstage to the tents and kept smiling for a good half hour while dozens of well-wishers -- including drag queen and Pride MC Momma and a young man in a wheelchair wearing an “Olivia” T-shirt -- lined up to get their photos taken with the star.
I found my way up to the legend and congratulated her on the show, mentioning the Xanadu DVD rerelease this month. “It’s being rereleased?” she said, blue eyes widening. “That’s great. I had no idea! You know, when we filmed Xanadu, I had no idea it would ever be this big. It was difficult to film and certainly wasn’t a critical hit when it first came out.”
Why was it difficult to film?
“Well, the script left a lot to be desired. It was being rewritten every day during shooting, and the director (Robert Greenwald) wasn’t someone who loved music. He even said that. The street dancing [choreographed by Kenny Ortega] was incredible, however. Way ahead of its time.”
I asked her why she thinks gay people connect so strongly with her, and she laughed. “I don’t know! Because I’m still around?” She talked about a group of gay fans who follow her to every single show she plays around the world. “They’re so loyal!”
Maybe they love her because she’s a survivor, I venture? “I’m not a survivor … I’m a thriver,” she said. So how did she cope when, 15 years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer in the same week her father died? She wasn’t even able to attend her father’s funeral because she had to have surgery. “I compartmentalized,” she shrugged. “I had to put my father’s death in a drawer because I couldn’t cope with that and the breast cancer at the same time. So I don’t think I properly mourned him for a quite a while. It really was a stressful time.”
We didn’t discuss her daughter’s anorexia and the disappearance of her boyfriend Patrick McDermott (who, according to an Australian tabloid, was recently sighted in Mexico).
Instead, I closed with a question that has been on my mind for many, many years -- did Sandy go all the way with Danny, after flying up in to the clouds with him in Greased Lightning?
“Actually, we didn’t go very far,” replied Newton-John, matter-of-factly.
MAKING A GOOD THING BETTER
As if L.A. Pride isn’t exciting enough, Olivia Newton-John will make her first performance as the festival’s entertainment headliner. The singer/actress discusses her upcoming performance, recent projects, and her gay icon status.
BY JEREMY KINSER
Whether gays and lesbians see Olivia Newton-John’s trans-formation from squeaky clean to liberated Sandy in the blockbuster film version of Grease as a parallel to their own coming out is a matter of conjecture, but there are few among us who won’t confess to having had a crush on the singer at some point during adolescence. Newton-John was already an engaging and ubiquitous presence on the pop charts and the small screen when her starring role in Grease catapulted her to superstar status. Her follow-up film Xanadu, while not a critical or commercial success, has since attracted a devoted cult following and its title song has become a gay anthem. In the years since, Newton-John has had numerous other career triumphs including her megahit “Physical” and a starring role in yet another cult film Sordid Lives and survived a well-documented battle with breast cancer. Not one to rest on her laurels, Newton-John recently completed a three-week walk across the Great Wall of China to raise funds for the cancer and wellness center that bears her name and will release a new CD next month. As if this isn’t enough, the thrush will dust off her acting chops when she reprises her role as the country-singing lesbian ex-con Bitsy Mae Harling for Sordid Lives: The Series premiering July 23 on Logo. Oh, yes, and she’s headlining L.A.’s Pride festival on June 8.