By Michael Gioia
31 Jul 2013
Monsoon stars alongside composer and musician Richard Andriessen in The Vaudevillians, which has been extended three times through Aug. 29 at The Laurie Beechman Theater. The Vaudevillians was originally planned as a one-night engagement.
Here's how the show is billed: "Throughout the 1920s Kitty Witless and Dr. Dan Von Dandy toured speakeasies and burlesque theaters through the United States as The Vaudevillians, wowing audiences with their edgy, original music. Unfortunately, one day, tragedy struck. While touring through Antarctica, they were victims of a devastating avalanche and were buried under two tons of sleet and snow - instantly freezing them alive. But thanks to Global Warming, they recently thawed out only to discover that pop artists of various decades had stolen their music and passed it off as their own. Much to their shock and chagrin, songs including 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun' (which was originally about the Woman's Suffragette Movement), and 'Drop it Like it's Hot' (which was originally about the invention of the electric iron) had become hits for lesser artists. Now, at long last, they are taking to the stage to reclaim their songs, performing their music as originally composed."
"I have always been more drawn to the classic side of drag, the side of drag that emulates, imitates, innovates and preserves the old Hollywood, brassy Broadway, razzamatazz side of drag," Monsoon told Playbill.com. "I think there's something to be said for each of these songs when it is performed (either live, or lip synched) by a drag queen. They take on a new life and a new meaning. Innuendoes are exposed where they weren't originally intended. It's a way to give an old song new life, new cultural relevance and a new audience."
Here are Monsoon's favorite drag standards and why they made her list. For more information on The Vaudevillians, visit SpinCycleNYC.com.Continued...