The Kinsey Sicks delayed their Off-Broadway debut by a few weeks, but Oct. 24, they're ready for their close-ups. Dragapella Starring the Kinsey Sicks not only marks the San Francisco-based a cappella drag queens' first time in New York, but also inaugurates Upstairs at 54, a new performance space at Studio 54, the home of Cabaret.
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