I Was The Tin Man Last Night

Categories: Judy Garland

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Da Musto, DeBarge, de Haas

Playwrights Horizons was filled to capacity for The Night of 1000 Judys, a combo concert/comedy show benefiting the Ali Forney Center.

Host Justin Sayre--who's sort of Oscar Wilde meets Whoopi Goldberg--was hilarious, with his offhand monologues about the need for Judy Garland worship (and any other topic that popped into his fertile mind).

The singers were stupendous--Karen Akers, Molly Pope, Tonya Pinkins, Jessica Molaskey, Darius de Haas, Bridget Everett, Summer and Eve, Ashley Brown, Daniel Reichard, Howard McGillin, Colleen McHugh, and Nellie McKay. Each one delivered a Judy number with power, wit, and extraordinary skill.

And in between their showstopping homages, we acted out a sardonically retold version of The Wizard of Oz--written by Sayre--in which Dorothy knew she wasn't in Kansas anymore because there were no bigots in sight.

Erin Markey was the wide-eyed Dorothy, Frank DeCaro was the dandy lion, Dan Fishback was the slow-witted scarecrow, Flotilla DeBarge was a sass-talking Glinda ("Get your skinny white ass back to Kansas, girl!"), Murray Hill was the imperial Wiz, a greenish Jenn Harris played the scary wicked witch, and Sayre narrated as the scampy Toto, who said the Twister was scary, "but no scarier than when you people run the vacuum."

And I?

I was the scarecrow, who said nasty shit to Dorothy like "A gingham dress? I can smell the poor on ya!"

I wore a sparkly silver jumpsuit I just happened to have in my closet, and we kicked it.

Thank you, Judy. Your memory is still helping the homeless gay kids.


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Musto
Musto

Thank you. Thanks for coming.

Peter Neofotis
Peter Neofotis

Michael you were great ! Everyone was great! What a great night. 

Gyps
Gyps

She's one of the bigger no-shows in town. Not the first time.

Jlafalce
Jlafalce

I was there, the show was fabulous, but what happened to Andrea McCardle, she was on the program, but a no show.

Corine
Corine

Wish I knew about that event. ;-) Musto you are the gayest tin man ever. YOU look fab. Corine

anonymouse
anonymouse

That suit is fabulous. And so versatile.

Blissbaby
Blissbaby

Nothing sport of triumphant all around. Congrats to Ali Forney Center.

Jean
Jean

Love your look! This sounds so amazing.

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