Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Applause! Applause! Review of Paige Turner: She Came Upon A Midnight Clear at The Laurie Beechman Theatre by Dr. Thomas Robert Stevens

This review of Paige Turner: She Came Upon A Midnight Clear at The Laurie Beechman Theatre was written by Dr. Thomas Robert Stevens and published in Volume X, Issue 6 (2016) of the online edition of Applause! Applause!

Paige Turner: She Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Written & Directed by Paige Turner (Daniel Frank Kelley)
Starring Paige Turner
Special Guests: Sutton Lee Seymour (Prescott Seymour),
Jackie Cox & James Mills as Carol Channing
The Laurie Beechman Theatre
407 West 42nd Street
New York, New York 10036
Reviewed 12/9/16  

Paige Turner, the Showbiz Spitfire and the best new thing to come into the Drag Scene in quite a few years, is back with a high-energy, upbeat, funny, entertaining Holiday Show with talented special guest stars, impressive costumes, crisp choreography, and witty political commentary. Finished for the season, The Three Queens intend to take off from Newark Liberty International Airport for a vacation: Paige is heading to Palm Springs while her two misfit sidekicks, Sutton Lee and Jackie, plan to spend their vacation in Honolulu so they can hang out with Don Ho (good luck with that!).  They were able to purchase very inexpensive airline tickets on TWA (Trump World Airlines) ("They were practically giving them away!") but due to inclement weather, the airline has indefinitely suspended all flights to anywhere tropical, or gay-friendly. One of the ladies observed, "You could hardly tell a storms-a-coming." While stuck at the airport, they meet Carol Channing (impersonated by James Mills), who is still quite upset about the upcoming revival of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler. They try to pass the time while waiting for the storm to pass. TWA Flight 666 to Honolulu doesn't appear ready to fly anytime soon. TWA Flight 1313 (Mockingbird Lane) seems to offer more promise.

An eclectic mix of Christmas songs are performed including Step Into Christmas, California Winter, Mele Kalikimaka, Never Fall In Love (With An Elf), Hard Candy Christmas, My Favorite Things, The Little Drummer Boy, We're A Couple Of Misfits, Momma Who Bore Me, All I Want For Christmas Is You, and It Came Upon A Midnight Clear. Shopping for her Elf, Paige discovered there was a Junior Department at Hudson News. Sutton Lee Seymour sang parody lyrics for a number of songs and Jackie Cox explained why she doesn't like Trump. She's opposed to building a wall because she's done without a 4th wall for years, and she's opposed to a Muslim ban because she is concerned about where she will be able to get her Halal Meat. Sutton Lee and Jackie are looking forward to getting laid in Hawaii. Sutton Lee is considering "paying someone to make him mine" while Paige uses an app to hook up with someone at the airport. As reported, "she came upon a Midnight Clear in the lower-level bathroom." 

Paige Turner: She Came Upon A Midnight Clear is a fast-paced, enjoyable musical sleigh ride with hilarious parodies and relevant, funny videos. The gowns that were worn were particularly impressive and color-coordinated. It's a tight, well-constructed show guaranteed to entertain you. While the Divas of the Night didn't all end up where they intended to go, at least the audience appreciated the fact that on this cold winter's night, they were where they should be. Tickets cost $22.00 (with a $20.00 per person food/drink minimum at all performances). For reservations, call 212-352-3101 or visit www.SpinCycleNYC.com  

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