Seat Filler: NYC Theater Guide for July 2010
BY Brandon Voss
July 06 2010 2:55 PM ET
In creator Eugene Pack’s long-running hit Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words, which regularly plays uptown at the Triad, a rotating roster of cool celebrities reads from the deliciously ditzy memoirs of more self-important stars. Joining regulars like Kristen Johnston and Rachel Dratch for the show’s extra-queer gay pride edition June 26 at the Gramercy Theatre, Bruce Vilanch channeled Star Jones, and John Cameron Mitchell somehow took on Touch Me: The Poems of Suzanne Somers with a straight face. Mario Cantone and B.D. Wong, who should have their own show on Bravo, teamed to relive a fling between Geraldo Rivera and Liza Minnelli as told in Rivera’s Exposing Myself. Cheyenne Jackson, whose tight jeans also inspired gay pride in the crowd, brought to life a hilarious passage from Don’t Hassel the Hoff.
Hot and hot-messy off her triumphant turn in Whatever Happened to Busty Jane? Los Angeles-based drag diva Jackie Beat returned to New York City for gay pride with her latest solo show, Jackie Beat: In 3-D! June 25 and 26 at the Gramercy Theatre. Rocking an exceptionally gaudy rainbow-colored frock for the occasion, Beat, whose powerful voice was in top form, once again blew me away with her cleverly irreverent pop song parodies. Though I was too drunk to retain a lot of details and much too busy laughing to jot anything down, I’m pretty sure she tweaked “Tie a Yellow Ribbon” to celebrate ’70s hankie code and converted Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” into inches of length and girth. But no one present will soon forget “Homosexuals,” her attack on too easily enchanted Lady Gaga fans, set to the tune of “Alejandro.”