Wednesday, April 21, 2010

My Trip Down the Pink Carpet

"A television veteran best known for his Emmy-winning “Will & Grace” role as Beverley Leslie, impish nemesis to Megan Mullally’s Karen Walker, Mr. Jordan is unequivocal about which side of the queen divide he comes down on."

David Rooney writes:
Gay kids emerging from their cocoons these days can tune into any Bravo reality show to find an assortment of potential role models. But a few decades back, kinship ran thinner in popular culture.

As Leslie Jordan suggests in his disarming solo show, “My Trip Down the Pink Carpet,” at the Midtown Theater, there was Truman Capote, Charles Nelson Reilly or Paul Lynde. “I was faaascinated,” reveals Mr. Jordan of those gay celebrity forefathers. “Deeply repulsed, but faaascinated.”

While gaydom now embraces a full gamut of subsets, in Mr. Jordan’s pithy assessment the heady disco days of the 1970s had “queens and butch queens,” distinguishable by their dance-floor moves.

Watching the silver-topped, 4-foot-11-inch star execute both styles with pitiless accuracy is among the more hilarious moments of his show, heightened by tart commentary in his flowery Southern drawl. READ MORE
“Leslie Jordan: My Trip Down the Pink Carpet” continues through July 3 at the Midtown Theater, 163 West 46th Street, Manhattan; (212) 352-3101,

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