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Uncle Walt Is Spinning in His Cryogenic Chamber: Distorted Diznee at The Laurie Beechman Theatre

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August 23, 2016 0

Review by Bart Greenberg ~ Distorted Diznee is definitely one show you will never see performed at The Magic Kingdom. However, in various incarnations, it has been holding forth for over four years at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Loud, vulgar, energetic, funny, and did I mention loud, it is squarely aimed  at the late night audience seeking some naughty entertainment to keep their drinking company.  The assembled are a highly mixed crowd (selling out the space on July 29 when we attended),  ranging from gay couples to girls’­night-­out groups to a few unlucky straight men with dates who  were, of course, zeroed in on by the aggressive performers for their humiliation and the  audience’s amusement. The enthusiastic and energetic cast of four drag artists impersonates a wide range of Disney  heroines and villainesses (the only masculine character to make a brief appearance is  Belle’s Beast). Belle, Ursula, Mary Poppins, Pocahontas, Snow White, Cinderella and Mother  Gothel, among others (performers embody three characters each) are some of the familiar  figures to dance, fly and swim across the stage while lip­syncing to a wild range of songs, both  Disney and otherwise. The entire show is lip-synced except for the spoken welcome at the beginning and wrap-up at  the end. For the roughly seventy minutes in between, it is a mix of Disney soundtracks, pop rock  divas and Broadway belts. Much of the humor derives from the odd juxtapositions of the  characters and the songs coming from their mouths: Pocahontas offers up the “Proud Mary” as  she sings about “rolling on the river,” Tiana and her Frog Prince offer up a melody connected  with a very popular puppet amphibian, and Mother Gothel blends her number, “Mother Knows  Best,” with the declarations from the most famous stage mother of all times. A few of the songs  are also original material: Ariel bemoans a missing body part that has nothing to do with her  legs – and no, I cannot be more specific here. The costuming throughout, mostly recreating the animated designs of the films, is glamorous  and beautifully detailed. The choreography is spirited, challenging and especially impressive  when embodied by the Amazonian Brenda Dharling. This is not to spurn the other enthusiastic  participants­­ Bootsie Lefaris, Pixie Aventura and Holly Dae. A caveat: The show is very loud. Relentlessly LOUD. If you possess sensitive ear drums, this  may not be the night out for you. However, if you have a taste for the raunchy and the  outrageous, do check these dizzy drag queens. Distorted Diznee next returns to The Laurie Beechman Theatre downstairs in the West Bank  Café on Theatre Row (West 42 Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues) on September 2 at  […]

NiteLifePerson of the Week CONTEST!!

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August 22, 2016 0

CONTEST!!!  Win tickets to a cabaret show or a bag of cabaret CDS!  The NiteLife Person of the Week is THE CABARET SCENES READER…reader/supporter of that magazine and its up-to-date website, www.CabaretScenes.org They are having a […]

NiteLife Person of the Week: Jimmy Webb at 70

Cabaret
August 16, 2016 0

By Rob Lester This week marks songwriter/performer Jimmy Webb‘s 70th birthday.  On the eve of Webb’s 70th, Brian Gari, who’s usually singing/playing his own creations took to the Metropolitan Room stage to lovingly honor one of […]

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  • Uncle Walt Is Spinning in His Cryogenic Chamber: Distorted Diznee at The Laurie Beechman Theatre

    August 23, 2016 0
    Review by Bart Greenberg ~ Distorted Diznee is definitely one show you will never see performed at The Magic Kingdom. However, in various incarnations, it has been holding forth for over four years at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Loud, vulgar, energetic, funny, and did I mention loud, it is squarely aimed  at the late night audience seeking some naughty entertainment to keep their drinking company.  The assembled are a highly mixed crowd (selling out the space on July 29 when we attended),  ranging from gay couples to girls’­night-­out groups to a few unlucky straight men with dates who  were, of course, zeroed in on by the aggressive performers for their humiliation and the  audience’s amusement. The enthusiastic and energetic cast of four drag artists impersonates a wide range of Disney  heroines and villainesses (the only masculine character to make a brief appearance is  Belle’s Beast). Belle, Ursula, Mary Poppins, Pocahontas, Snow White, Cinderella and Mother  Gothel, among others (performers embody three characters each) are some of the familiar  figures to dance, fly and swim across the stage while lip­syncing to a wild range of songs, both  Disney and otherwise. The entire show is lip-synced except for the spoken welcome at the beginning and wrap-up at  the end. For the roughly seventy minutes in between, it is a mix of Disney soundtracks, pop rock  divas and Broadway belts. Much of the humor derives from the odd juxtapositions of the  characters and the songs coming from their mouths: Pocahontas offers up the “Proud Mary” as  she sings about “rolling on the river,” Tiana and her Frog Prince offer up a melody connected  with a very popular puppet amphibian, and Mother Gothel blends her number, “Mother Knows  Best,” with the declarations from the most famous stage mother of all times. A few of the songs  are also original material: Ariel bemoans a missing body part that has nothing to do with her  legs – and no, I cannot be more specific here. The costuming throughout, mostly recreating the animated designs of the films, is glamorous  and beautifully detailed. The choreography is spirited, challenging and especially impressive  when embodied by the Amazonian Brenda Dharling. This is not to spurn the other enthusiastic  participants­­ Bootsie Lefaris, Pixie Aventura and Holly Dae. A caveat: The show is very loud. Relentlessly LOUD. If you possess sensitive ear drums, this  may not be the night out for you. However, if you have a taste for the raunchy and the  outrageous, do check these dizzy drag queens. Distorted Diznee next returns to The Laurie Beechman Theatre downstairs in the West Bank  Café on Theatre Row (West 42 Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues) on September 2 at  [...]
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Bistro Bites Review – Sant Andrea Cafe

May 29, 2016 0

Article: Michael Barbieri ~ Pride. Pride in traditional recipes. In imported, authentic ingredients. In precise preparation and elegant presentation. This is what you’ll find at Sant Andrea Cafe. That, and absolutely fabulous food! Located at […]

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Video of the Moment

Singer, actress and 2015 MAC Award winner, Stacy Sullivan sings “Come Away With Me/September In The Rain” at the April 3, 2016 edition of Everything Old Is New Again LIVE at NYC’s Metropolitan Room. Video courtesy of Cabaret Scenes.

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Barbara Leavy (September 11, 1936 – August 14, 2016)

Cabaret Throwback

Cabaret Throwback

Julie May Wilson (October 21, 1924 – April 5, 2015) was an American singer and actress. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical in 1989 for her performance in Legs Diamond.

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National Cabaret & Broadway News

  • Rumer Willis, Emma Dumont Starring in Thriller ‘What Lies Ahead’ 23 Aug 2016 20:40 Variety.com Rumer Willis and Emma Dumont are starring in the thriller “What Lies Ahead,” which has started principal photography in Kentucky. Rob Gardner is directing from a script by William J. Viglione in which Dumont’s character and her boyfriend’s sister, …
  • 'California Dreamer' Jazz Master Vibraphone Virtuoso Bobby Hutcherson Passes Away at 75 23 Aug 2016 20:04 Politics Daily By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, August 22, 2016 The jazz world lost a legend on Monday, August 15th when 75-year-old vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson passed away at the home that he built in northern California, losing his long fight against …
  • Cindy Crawford Steps out in a White Sundress 19 Aug 2016 22:22 ABCNEWS Cindy Crawford Steps out in a White Sundress Cindy Crawford is seen here in Malibu, California, Aug. 17, 2016. Lazic/Borisio/INFphoto.com Liz Hurley Relaxes In Her Trailer Elizabeth Hurley is seen in a photo posted to her Instagram account, Aug. 17, 2016. …
  • Rumer Willis Spreads Lounge Love 19 Aug 2016 20:20 Pollstar Rumer Willis announces her “Over The Love Tour (A Post Modern Cabaret).” The trek kicks off in October with stops in Denver, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Dallas.Willis will also perform her lounge style set two nights in Las Vegas and four nights in …
  • Vintage photos: Showgirls and dancers of yesteryear 19 Aug 2016 18:00 Houston Chronicle Photo: Graphic House, Getty Images Members of The Rockettes precision dance company backstage at the Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, New York City, circa 1950. They are wearing fur-trimmed costumes for a Christmas show. On the far right is dancer …
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