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‘Gwyneth Goes Skiing,’ then gets sued in U.S. premiere of hit two-man comic musical about the brouhaha

U.S. PREMIERE THEATER A hysterical musical about that infamous lawsuit, Gwyneth Goes Skiing, makes its stateside premiere — at Park City, where the story began.

There was that Gwyneth Paltrow trial that followed a skiing accident at Deer Valley Resort in 2016. The lowly retired optometrist fallaciously claimed “permanent traumatic brain injury, four broken ribs, loss of enjoyment of life,” while Gwyneth “lost half a day of skiing.”

“We haven’t heard from Gwyneth, but we have heard she has a great sense of humor,” explains co-creator Linus Karp, who plays the Oscar winner. “The show is full of love and celebration for her, and we’re big Gwyneth fans. We’d be gagged and gooped to welcome her along.”

We owe our thanks for the premiere to Matthew Prince, owner of The Park Record, who sought out the show after its hit London run and sponsors the show at the Egyptian Theatre, where sell-out shows are anticipated.

Originally staged by the unashamedly queer Pleasance Theatre Trust of London, Gwyneth Goes Skiing is sure to be an outrageous time at the theater. Audience members are the jury, deciding who’s guilty and who’s gooped. A lawyer is played by a hand puppet. Gwyneth’s daughter Apple is played by… an apple.

►May 16-24, parkcityshows.com

LITTLE SCREEN Ah, dating! That glorious and unpredictable period of a single person’s life that is an absolute necessity if being coupled up is an end goal. But, let’s be honest: Dating has only gotten more complicated and is more incongruous as ever.

A new comedy series, Danny Will Die Alone, dives deep into the hellscape of being a single gay man trying to find love in 2024, including all the twists and turns that we gay men face in our quest for love.

Loosely based on creator Jack Tracy’s own dating life in New York City, the nine-episode series stars Tracy as recently single Danny as he navigates his way through all of the unhinged flakes, fakes, and bots that are infiltrating today’s gay hookup apps.

Tracy explains how his private life may reflect the Danny character. “I go on dates now, and this show comes up as something in my life, and they ask, ‘Are you going to make an episode about our date?’ And my answer is, ‘It depends. Are you going to do something crazy or treat me horribly?’ If so, you’re game,” he says.

If it’s just a normal date; I have no reason. You have to give me a reason to make an episode. You have to do something wild — then you get an episode.”

Season 2 debuts in the fall.

► now streaming, dekkoo.com

Patrick Wilson performs in
‘Great Performances: Rodgers
& Hammerstein’s 80th Anniversary.’
PHOTO: TRISTRAM KENTON

THEATER ON LITTLE SCREEN The collaboration began with Oklahoma! Following were 34 Tony Awards and 15 Academy Awards. Chronicled in Great Performances: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 80th Anniversary, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II revolutionized Broadway by integrating music and dance with well-crafted storylines to create a cohesive new form of musical theater.

► May 31 on PBS, pbs.org/gperf, and the PBS app

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