Trans Voices Cabaret, the downtown concert series featuring transgender and gender non-conforming musical theatre performers, will return to the Duplex November 3 in celebration of its one-year anniversary. Conceived, directed, and produced by transgender actor Donnie Cianciotto (Southern Comfort), the series has been generating buzz since debuting at the Duplex a year ago—playing to sold-out audiences at every performance.
The concert will be captured by filmmaker Ania Augustowska as part of a forthcoming documentary about Cianciotto’s life. Cianciotto conceived Trans Voices Cabaret in response to the lack of performance opportunities available to many trans men, trans women, and non-binary singers, who also find themselves overlooked during the casting process.
“It’s very exciting to have the film crew here to shoot Trans Voices Cabaret on our one-year anniversary, and because it will be the last thing we shoot for this documentary,” said Cianciotto. “It’s been a labor of love for three-and-a-half years that has covered not only my experience in my medical transition, but my transition from running a community theater cabaret show in Arizona, to landing a role in an off-Broadway musical and moving back to New York City, and eventually creating Trans Voices Cabaret. I couldn’t be more proud of how far I’ve come since we started shooting, and I’m thrilled to be able to wrap the shoot with a Trans Voices Cabaret performance.”
The November 3 presentation marks the sixth Trans Voices Cabaret in New York City. Set to perform are Cianciotto, Maybe Burke, Salem Corwin, Kristofer Eckelhoff, Jordan Ho, Kat Griffin, Anessa Marie, Jacob Michael, Ianne Fields Stewart, Julian Wolfe, Hannah Corwin, Stevie Goughner, Nina Kaufman, Morgan Sullivan, and Jillian Mitchell.
The concert series blends classic show tunes with contemporary musical theatre songs and original music.
Tickets ($10 in advance, $15 at the door) are available at theduplex.com. The Duplex is located at 61 Christopher Street, New York City.