We all thought Lypsinka was a drag queen who lip-synched to recorded dialogue and songs for comic effect. Ah, but back in the summer we also learned that Lypsinka is Harriet Craig. That's the title of a show which featured the actoress in her first speaking role, based on the 1950 movie Harriet Craig, which starred Joan Crawford.
Speaking of the production, Lypsinka said in a statement, "I've received so many cards and letters from broken-hearted fans who were unable to procure tickets to our little entertainment. They've asked -- nay, begged - me to reassemble our tattered troupe and tell our tale once more. Who am I to argue?"
And so Lypsinka is Harriet Craig returns to Mother (yup, that's the name of the theatre) in New York, Jan. 29-March 8, with an official opening Feb. 8. The Off-Broadway semi-musical twice extended its sold out initial run.
Lypsinka is Harriet Craig! follows a ruthless wife and her quest for a clean house and a well-run life. Drag singer Varla Jean Merman, cabaret veteran and currently a stand-by for the role of Mary Sunshine in Chicago, plays Harriet's put-upon younger cousin Claire. Merman is the creation of Jeffery T. Roberson. John Epperson is the creator and star of all Lypsinka productions, which include numerous stage appearances, modelling, film and benefit work.
Also in the cast are Jay Rogers (When Pigs Fly), Stephen Pell, Colleen O'Neill and Russell Scott Lewis. Kevin Maloney directs and is artistic director of TWEED (The Wildest Entertainments Ever Devised), the producing organization behind Lypsinka is Harriet Craig! This presentation is part of the TWEED Fractured Classicks Series, a series of theatrical events that present staged versions of popular contemporary American films and plays.
For tickets ($25) and information on Lypsinka is Harriet Craig! at Mother, 432 W. 14th St. (212) 539-7585.