The Gay 90's Musical, a 1997 hit in Los Angeles, will receive its Canadian premiere at Tallulah's Cabaret of The Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, Toronto's main gay-lesbian-alternative venue. The 21 performance engagement will begin Jan. 19.
The show, a production of the non-profit Toronto Association of Gay & Lesbian Arts, Recreation and Culture (TAGLARC), brings back musical comedy revue to Toronto, absent for over a decade from the local cabaret scene which flourished during the 1970's and 80's.
The Gay 90's Musical communicates contemporary views of gay and lesbian life and love through song and sketch, with parodies of such gay icons as Streisand, Cher, k.d. lang and even Canada's internationally acclaimed Cirque du Soleil. Illustrating the realities, humor and pathos of living an alternative lifestyle, witty barbs are taken to such latter-day topics as gays in the military, phone sex, and other "parables on human sexuality," The show is authored and composed by 20 performer-writers, notably Holly Near and the legendary Billy Barnes.
Director Kevin Sheard's all-Canadian cast includes Sarah Martyn, Lori Kalamanski, Suzette Araujo (of Famous People Players renown), Evan Tsitsias (on leave from Toronto Truck Theatre's long-running "The Mousetrap"), recent Sheridan College Theatre Dept. discovery Tony Rauchberger and Robert Tremblay.
For tickets and information, call ( 416) 975-8555. --By Alan Rubin