The Kinsey Sicks, San Francisco's own a cappella drag queens, will take a little longer to get to New York City, the subject of their last show New York or Bust. In light of recent events, Dragapella Starring the Kinsey Sicks delays its inauguration of the Upstairs at 54, a new performance space at Studio 54, until Oct. 17. The new opening night is Oct. 24.
Performing together for five years, the Sicks' previous productions have included Sicks Appeal, The Balled Sopranos: At Home with the Kinsey Sicks, GreatesTits and Motel-Sicks. The group's twin CDs, "Dragapella" (1997) and "Boyz 2 Girlz" (1999), feature the new a cappella classics "Don't Be Happy? Worry," "Beaver," "AZT," "Titanic: Why Does Celine Go On?," "I Will Swallow Him," "Baby Dyke," and the Yiddish classic, "Papirossen," among others.
Kinsey Sicks (named for the Kinsey Report on sexual behavior, which defines a six (or, in this case, sicks) as a person who is completely homosexual) are Ben Schatz, Irwin Keller, Maurice Kelly and Chris Dilley. Their alter-egos are, respectively, Rachel, Winnie, Trixie and Trampolina. Schaltz wrote the song parodies and originals, while Keller and Dilley arranged the music.
Tickets are $50-$55. Upstairs at 54 is located at 254 West 54th Street. For reservations, call (212) 239-6200. The Kinsey Sicks are on the web at http://www.dragapella.com.
— By Christine Ehren