The Bay Area Reporter
By Roberto Friedman
OT hasn’t heard from our old pal Marc Huestis for some time. The intrepid ex-impresario is now living much of his life semi-retired in a cabin perched high atop the Sierra Nevadas. But we were happy to receive his communique that excerpts of his 2009 extravaganza Sparkle, Patty, Sparkle! will be featured on Criterion’s Blu-ray release of the camp classic Valley of the Dolls. It features 16 minutes of the late great Patty Duke being queried by bon vivant Bruce Vilanch at the Castro Theatre. Huestis confides, “I always wanted to be an extra! Criterion’s Blu-rays are the gold standard. I’m pleased as punch that a little of my legacy of 20 years at the Castro lives on!” Well, sparkle, Marc-ie, sparkle! So heat up the lasagna and get out the booze and dope: this spectacularly remastered Blu-ray hits the streets on Sept. 27.