I had the best time tonight seeing "The Vaudevillians" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City. This dynamic duo, comprised of Jinkx Monsoon (Season 5 winner of RuPaul's Drag Race) and composer/musician Major Scales, were so much fun and cleverly witty! I have been to many shows, but "The Vaudevillians" definitely are at the top of my favorites. They knew the meaning of entertainment.
Combining some of their biggest hit songs with stories of their life, death, and relationship, "The Vaudevillians" displayed what true showmanship is. Both Jinkx and Major have great great voices. The vocal range of Jinkx is unreal. She has pipes that can really blow! Major's voice was all his own. He sounded great with Jinkx and magnificent on his own. To combine their voices with their impeccable comedic timing, man, I had to keep pinching myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming. I was in awe of their talent the whole night!
The songs they sang were some of today's biggest hits, but thankfully, they performed them in their original form with their original intention (to fully understand that, you have to go see their show), for these were all songs from their catalog of music stolen by popular artists such as Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Gaynor, Britney Spears, ABBA, and Janis Joplin. I am still relishing in the fantastic arrangements "The Vaudevillians" created for their music. I hope they will release a CD of these amazing creations they call songs.
I felt so lucky to be part of tonight's audience because tonight, the show was being filmed for future distribution on DVD (stay tuned to Call Me Adam to find out when that release will be). This is one DVD, I'm definitely going to pick up, but it can't' fully replace the experience of seeing them live in person. With a sixth extension just announced, I suggest clicking here for tickets before November 19, when "The Vaudevillians" will pack-up their bags and hit the road to Australia, Boston, and next summer in Provincetown, MA!