You are cordially invited to HRC Showcase Theatre on April 22 for a staged reading of Up from Stardom, by Lawrence DuKore.
Lawrence DuKore has had success as a playwright, screen writer, television writer, novelist, and lyricist. He began his career with the Richard Pryor film, Greased Lightning. His television play, A Mistaken Charity, was produced for PBS/American Playhouse and was nominated for a Writers Guild of America award for best dramatic writing. Mr. DuKore is a member of both the HB (Herbert Berghof/Uta Hagen) Playwrights Foundation and the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Workshop. His plays have been produced regionally (CentreStage, Greenville, South Carolina; Jewish Ensemble Theatre, West Bloomfield, Michigan, etc.) and off-Broadway. His play, Stained Glass, premiered off-Broadway at the award-winning Metropolitan Playhouse.
Nellie McKay as “A Girl Named Bill” (photo by Bob Boilen)
Cabaret-rock singer-songwriter Nellie McKay brings her uniquely eccentric blend of pop, rock, jazz and hip-hop to Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Sunday (January 22). This time out, McKay will be featuring songs from her musical biography, “A Girl Named Bill: The Life and Times of Billy Tipton,” a mid-20th century jazz musician and bandleader who lived his adult life as a man, although he was assigned female at birth. “A Girl Named Bill” was named one of the Best Concerts of 2014 by The New York Times.
The multi-talented Nellie McKay made her smash debut a decade ago with her groundbreaking double-CD, Get Away from Me, showcasing her eclectic musical reach and her dazzling lyrical wit (which extended to the album’s title, a subtle play on the breakthrough album by a somewhat similarly inclined pop-folk jazz singer named Norah Jones).
McKay has released six full-length albums, including Normal as Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day and My Weekly Reader, featuring music of the 1960s, produced by Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick.
You can always count on Club Helsinki in Hudson to come up with some pretty spiffy – and unusual – holiday offerings, and this year is no different.
Once again the holiday-funk spectacular Holidelic – the brainchild of Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, producer, actor, dancer and Springsteen bandmate Everett Bradley – will usher in the holiday season at Club Helsinki with a two-night stand on Saturday & Sunday (December 10 & 11).
So how can you top that? With an encore show with Hedda Lettuce, the self-described “world’s first and premiere eco-friendly drag queen,” who brings her annual holiday show, “Lettuce Rejoice!” featuring her patented blend of poised characters, startling satire and original music at 7pm on Sunday, December 18.
“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.
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.
I drove over to Hudson last Sunday to meet a friend for a pizza at Baba Louie’s (it was delicious) and check out the Photographyshow at Carrie Haddad Gallery. Haddad typically focuses on painting, but her gallery (the longest-standing in Hudson at 25 years old) has always shown photography as well, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to enjoy a contemporary showcase for the medium.
We were not disappointed, as the exhibition featured a wide array of traditional and postmodern styles, ranging from Jerry Freedner’s bucolic Catskills landscapes to Newbold Bohemia’s tacky domestic dramas and Gail Peachin’s clever, tiny cutouts.
The show includes 12 artists but gives the lion’s share of space to the duo Kahn & Selesnick, whose elaborately detailed fantasies have evolved from neo-antique sepia prints to richly colored inkjets. Just a few of K&S’s new works are monochrome, and those work very well, but here we see mostly color among the 20 images presented and, frankly, it is a bit distracting. That’s because the pictures still evoke timelessness, yet the coloration in most of the prints is noticeably 21st-century.
Kilborne’s Lavender Blues has been praised as “a fantastic way to tell history” and “the best kept secret that needs to be public.” The Lavender Blues is a showcase of pre-war queer music. It is music history. It is queer history. It is women’s history. It is entertainment. It is life.
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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