What is “Outlandish,” exactly, these days?
For Matt Farber, the producer of the live-performance series that bears that name, the test for deciding which entertainers would be invited was “Are they visually colorful and provocative or as individuals are they gay-ish? They all have strong connection to the LGBT community, but crossover to the general theater audience.”
Toward that end, this sophomore effort kicks off Jan. 20 with Broadway performer Jackie Hoffman, followed by YouTube star Randy Rainbow Jan. 26-27, drag actor Coco Peru Feb. 17, filmmaker John Waters Feb. 24 and drag comedians Dixie Longate March 3 and Miss Richfield 1981 on March 17.
“I wanted a mix of comedy and music … that had a show, per se,” Farber says. “And I wanted men and women and men dressed as women. All six share and pass that test, if you will.”
Here’s what Farber has to say about each act in the “Outlandish” series.
Jackie Hoffman in “What Ever Happened to Jackie’s Emmy?”
“She is the embodiment of the word ‘outlandish.’ She’s a Broadway star and comedic character actress who has a unique act. She’s a cabaret darling in New York City, but most people know her as Mamacita in the [FX miniseries] ‘Feud,’ where she played Joan Crawford’s maid. Her act is amazing, and there is a lot of dish about losing the Emmy and stories about being on the set with Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon. She does this part where she’s basically performing as Lady Gaga, but an old Lady Gaga with a walker and everything. She is outlandish.”
“Randy Rainbow Live!”
“His live re-creations of the Trump takedown music videos are awesome. But I think the best part of the show is getting to know him. He does a Q and A with the audience. He is so creative, people just want to be around him. He’s also a magnificent singer. It’s a live experience of the material that you know mixed in with storytelling and getting to know Randy Rainbow as a person.”
Coco Peru in “The Taming of the Tension”
“This is a brand-new show. Coco is the consummate monologist with stories and songs, and the audience laughs and cries. It is truly a theatrical arc with a whole range of emotions. I was blown away by it. Everyone is going to really love this new show. It’s a real theater piece.”
John Waters in “This Filthy World – 2018”
“He is an amazing storyteller and provocateur. With this live show, he brings you inside the world of film and the history of film. He has a lot of access to celebrity, and he’s a creator [who] is iconic in the film world. He is the pope of trash.”
Dixie Longate in “No Instructions”
“Everyone knows Dixie Longate as the most successful Tupperware lady. That Tupperware party is the highest-grossing off-Broadway tour, I believe in the last 10 years. His real name is Kris Andersson, and he lives in Fort Lauderdale now. He did the show at the Broward Center a few years ago, but I saw Dixie on a gay cruise doing a show that wasn’t Tupperware-related, and I suggested she do piece like that. This is a brand-new show, so she’s probably still writing and producing as we speak.”
Miss Richfield 1981 in “Born Again”
“She’s the greatest. I’m her manager, so I’m allowed to brag. There is no one better at making the audience a part of their show. She’s structured improv. That’s what people come back for time and time again to see. People don’t realize … because it’s a provocatively edgy thing to be in drag, that she’s actually family-friendly. She doesn’t ever curse. There’s nothing involving sex. People tend to think of drag queens as [having] dirty [acts]. She’s actually doing TV series on TruTV this winter. She’s more Mrs Doubtfire than anything else. The subject this time is religion … and in her own way she brings everyone together in a world where religion has divided us.”
“Outlandish” runs Jan. 20-March 17 at Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW Ninth Ave., in Fort Lauderdale. Shows begin at 8 p.m. Individual tickets cost $30-$100. Series passes for all six shows cost from $180 to $387. To order, go to OutlandishFL.com.