Posts Tagged ‘Helsinki Hudson’

Queer & Campy Whodunit: “Nasty Drew & That Harder Boy: The Mystery of the Family Jewels” [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, April 15th, 2016
Nasty Drew and That Harder Boy. Photo by John Goddard via The Broadway

“Nasty Drew and That Harder Boy.” Photo by John Goddard via The Broadway

By Larry Murray

Not to be missed on Sunday (April 17) at Club Helsinki in Hudson is Nasty Drew & That Harder Boy: The Mystery of the Family Jewels which is a “queer and campy whodunit” written and produced by Chris Harder parodying the classic Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries beloved by baby-boomers. This co-production of GayHudson.com and BigGayHudsonValley.com features some of New York City’s hottest names in burlesque, drag and circus performers. The show will also play ar Canvas in Poughkeepsie at 9:30pm tonight (Friday, April 15) and 9:30pm on Saturday (April 16) at the Rosendale Theater in Rosendale with a final Greater Nippertown performance at 7pm on Sunday (April 17) at Club Helsinki in Hudson.

It does seem a shame that a Berkshire venue like Mr. Finn’s Cabaret run by Barrington Stage, or the Garage Club at the Colonial run by the Berkshire Theatre Group couldn’t join this consortium of venues for affordable entertainment directed at the LGBT community.

Sporadically on view at New York City’s Laurie Beechman Theater off and on through Sunday, May 15, this live theatrical parody of teen detective novels of a bygone era co-stars two of burlesque’s hottest performers, Chris Harder and Nasty Canasta, in an evening that blends comedy, mystery, drag and stripping. The cast and crew makes their way to neighboring Hudson, delighting the region’s lovers of unconventional theater, not to mention the LGBT community.

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Charles Busch in Catskill & Hudson Before Opening in “Cleopatra” in NYC [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, February 19th, 2016

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By Larry Murray

Following in the footsteps of Sarah Bernhardt, Tallulah Bankhead, Claudette Colbert, Vivien Leigh and Elizabeth Taylor, Charles Busch will soon give the world his own original, outrageous and majestic take on the fabled Egyptian queen, Cleopatra. History will never be the same. In his newest show, directed by longtime collaborator Carl Andress, the performer will take to the stage at the Theater for a New City in NYC with his unique interpretation of the fabled Egyptian queen in “Charles Busch’s Cleopatra,” running from March 25-April 17.

Prior to that, the tireless Busch will return to Greater Nippertown for performances at the Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill at 6pm on Saturday (February 20) and at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 7pm on Sunday (February 21). For this visit, Busch will present a special sneak preview of another new show, The Lady at the Mic, which will have its official world premiere in late February as part of the acclaimed Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series. In this show, Busch – a two-time MAC Award winner, Tony nominee and recipient of a Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement Award – pays tribute in song and word to four cabaret legends (Julie Wilson, Mary Cleere Haran, Elaine Stritch and Polly Bergen) plus Joan Rivers, all of whom were close friends. For this special event Busch will be backed by a trio of musicians led by long-time musical director Tom Judson.

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Hedda Lettuce’s “Lettuce Rejoice” @ Club Helsinki on Sunday [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, December 11th, 2015
Hedda Lettuce

Hedda Lettuce

Hedda Lettuce, the self-described “world’s first and premiere eco-friendly drag queen,” brings her annual holiday show, “Lettuce Rejoice!,” featuring her patented blend of poised characters, startling satire and original music, to Club Helsinki in Hudson on Sunday (December 13) at 8pm.

Hedda’s holiday cabaret includes such favorites as “Here Comes Tranny Clause,” about a mean tyrant that ruins Xmas; the classic song, “Sleigh Ride,” turned into a gay man’s quest for sex on Grinder; and “Do You Hear What I Hear” rendered as “Do You Think That He’s Queer,” about a fag hag desperately seeking a sexual relationship with a gay man.

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Charles Busch Brings “That Boy/That Girl” to Club Helsinki [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, September 4th, 2015
Charles Busch on stage. (photo: Stephen Sorokoff)

Charles Busch on stage. (photo: Stephen Sorokoff)

After three sold-out engagements, Tony Award nominee Charles Busch – the author of the hit Broadway play, “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” and legendary drag star of such films as “Die, Mommie, Die!” and “Psycho Beach Party” – returns for his annual Labor Day weekend engagement at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Sunday (September 6) as part of the Helsinki on Broadway cabaret series presented in association with Showstoppers New York.

Be sure to also read this article that Busch wrote for Berkshire on Stage on how he devised the perfect costume for his appearance.

His all new show “That Girl/That Boy” features Tom Judson on the piano and promises to be an evening of glamour, music, gossip, comedy and general mayhem…

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Charles Busch Returns to Club Helsinki, Aug. 31 for “Pretty in Pink” [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, August 29th, 2014

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After two sold out engagements at Club Helsinki in Hudson, Charles Busch, Tony Award nominee for his hit Broadway play, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife and legendary drag star of such films as Die, Mommie, Die! and Psycho Beach Party, returns for a third engagement to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday (August 31) at 8PM as part of the Helsinki on Broadway cabaret series presented in association with Showstoppers New York.

Back with brand new stories, brand new songs and brand new gowns, the fabulous, flamboyant and forever fascinating Charles Busch is not to be missed in a rare appearance in these parts. His all new show Pretty in Pink features Tom Judson on the piano and promises to be an evening of glamour, music, gossip, comedy and general mayhem! As an author his plays include The Lady in Question, Red Scare at Sunset and the long running Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.

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From “Six Feet Under” Lauren Ambrose Goes Western @ Helsinki Hudson [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
Lauren Ambrose

Lauren Ambrose

Lauren Ambrose, perhaps best known for her dramatic role in the black comedy “Six Feet Under,” brings her latest musical project, the Northeastern Western Swing Explosion, to Club Helsinki in Hudson on Friday (May 30) at 9pm. She last appeared there in 2011.

The band, a kind of super-group comprised of members of many of the region’s top Americana bands, specializes in performing danceable renditions of beloved Western swing classics by the likes of Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys.

Although highly respected as an actress, Ambrose, who lives in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, is in fact a trained opera singer who studied voice and opera at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, Mass.

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It’s Time for Fun with the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Winter Cabaret @ Club Helsinki [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, January 24th, 2014

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Winter Cabaret

What is a bindlestiff? Colleague Gail Burns taught me that is the name given to the little bag of stuff a hobo carries on his stick. It is also – in these parts – a way of having a really good time with just a few props and odds and ends. As much about cabaret and music as political satire, street theatre and circus arts, it’s a lot of fun with New York City roots. And it’s coming to Club Helsinki in Hudson on Saturday (January 25).

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Helsinki on Broadway Comes to Hudson Valley with Faith Prince and Jason Graae [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
Jason Graae (l) and Tony Award winner Faith Prince (r) recently seized the stage with the premiere of their new show The Prince and the Showboy – to an adoring packed house – and are on their way to Hudson, NY for Helsinki on Braodway’s debut.

Jason Graae (l) and Tony Award winner Faith Prince (r) recently seized the stage with the premiere of their new show The Prince and the Showboy – to an adoring packed house – and are on their way to Hudson, NY for Helsinki on Braodway’s debut.

There is an enticing array of Broadway notables on their way to Helsinki Hudson in nearby New York. The venue is already home to adventurous music programming in a delightful setting that also offers drinks and dining, and it’s about to diversify even more. It will soon become known as a little bit of midtown Manhattan that just happens to be far from the Great White Way, smack dab between the Berkshires and the Catskills.

The new Sunday night series kicks off with Faith Prince and Jason Graae on August 26, and continues into the fall with Brent Barrett (September 9) and Dee Hoty (September23). The appearances are presented by Club Helsinki Hudson in association with Showstoppers New York. Club Helsinki Hudson is in Hudson, NY, an easy trip from Northwest Connecticut and the Southern Berkshires, and a doable jaunt from Albany, Southern Vermont and Berkshire North.

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