Leslie Jordan — one of the more recognizable faces in popular entertainment– has had a journey towards stardom with one of the quirkier and most varied career trajectories of recent years. Winning an Emmy for his role as Beverly Leslie on TV’s Will and Grace, the actor-comedian brings his new show Exposed to Manhattan’s Metropolitan Room on West 22 Street on Wednesday, July 12 at 9:30 PM and two shows the next night, Thursday, July 13 (7 PM and 9:30 PM).
According to his press bio, Jordan’s arrival in Hollywood back in 1982 “was the starting point, with $1500 sewn into his clothing by his steel magnolia mother and, after a brief career as a jockey, Jordan has enjoyed the full show-business spectrum: the lean days, the bumps in the road, the acclaim, reaching the pinnacle of television performing with award recognition, the ensuing victory laps, followed by an alarming and unexpected down slope, the dangers of being type cast or stereotyped, the challenges to remain “current” and “relevant” in a rapidly changing world of technological advancement, and the ever- present threat of being “put out to pasture” by a youth-obsessed culture and industry.”
Through it all, Leslie Jordan has remained constant, relevant and – above all – funny! His ability to take it all in stride has kept him moving onward, upward and forward! He has enjoyed strong reviews for his original stage plays (My Trip Down the Pink Carpet, Stories I Can’t Tell Mama, Fruit Fly), and supporting presence in one of Hollywood’s most prestigious, message-minded films of the last decade (The Help, 2012). His off-Broadway musical theatre debut was in 2011 (The Lucky Guy). His defining role as Brother Boy in the cult film Sordid Lives evolved into a well-received prequel on the Logo Channel.
As the celebrated author and star of his own HBO Special (Pink Carpet), Leslie Jordan remains sought after as a guest on television shows (TV Land’s The Exes, Fox’s Raising Hope, Disney Channel’s Shake It Up!, and ABC’s The Neighbors, and a star turn in the third season of FX’s instant classic American Horror Story opposite Hollywood heavyweights Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson and Francis Conroy. Additionally, he recently appeared as a cast member/house occupant in the smash reality competition Celebrity Big Brother UK.
Leslie Jordan has conquered the international stage with runs in Mexico, Canada and the U.K., and remains an in-demand mainstay as a stage /film performer, voice-over artist, fundraiser, spokesperson, out artist, equal rights activist and all around Southern Baptist celebutante.
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