Electile Dysfunction: The Kinsey Sicks for President!
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Metro's poor service (closing doors of my train before I could exit at Metro Center to transfer to another train), I didn't get to see the play. It might have been very good, but I'll never know. Lesson: Dont' trust Metro when you need to get...continued
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Feared as much: could not compete w/"Oy Vey in a Manger." In my experience, commissioned works rarely achieve pinnacles; had I known Theater J had commissioned this piece, I'd have gone with my instincts and stayed away. For once I agree w/The...continued
Quotes & Highlights
Watch The Kinsey Sicks’ campaign video as they bid for the Republican nomination.
“If you haven’t made the acquaintance of The Kinsey Sicks, it’s high time you did…. Uproarious… brilliant… hilarious… authentically joyful.” —The Washington Post
“The hottest ticket in town … taking the cabaret world by storm … voices sweet as birdsong.” —_The New York Times _
*Humble Beginnings. *
The Kinsey Sicks began in 1993 as a group of friends who went to a Bette Midler concert in San Francisco dressed as the Andrews Sisters. Assuming they’d be among many drag queens, they found themselves to be the only ones (other than Bette, of course). They were approached that night to perform at an upcoming event. Their reply – “we don’t sing” – was quickly disproved when they realized that all of them had musical backgrounds. They began singing and harmonizing that night, and the seed for the Kinsey Sicks was planted.
*Becoming a Phenomenon. *
In July 1994, the Kinsey Sicks drew a large and enthusiastic crowd at their first public performance on a street corner in San Francisco’s Castro District. Since then, the Kinsey Sicks have produced and performed full-length theatrical productions around the country in such prestigious venues as the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, the Nordstrom Recital Hall in Seattle, the Broward Center in Ft. Lauderdale, the Hobby Center in Houston, the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen and the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles. Their earliest shows, such as “Sicks Appeal,” “Sicks-Tease,” “The Balled Sopranos,” “Motel Sicks: A Dragapella Summer Vacation,” “Everything But the Kitsch ‘n’ Synch” and “GreatesTits,” all premiered at San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theatre Center. Their more recent musicals — “I Wanna Be a Republican,” “Condoleezzapalooza,” “Oy Vey in a Manger,” “Wake the F@#k Up America” and “Each Hit & I” have toured internationally and have drawn the attention and devotion of unexpectedly diverse audiences.
Off-Broadway and Las Vegas. *
In 2001, the girls produced and starred in the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway hit, “DRAGAPELLA! Starring the Kinsey Sicks” at New York’s legendary Studio 54. That production received a nomination for a Lucille Lortel award (the Off-Broadway Tony) as Best Musical and a Drama Desk nomination for Best Lyrics. In 2006 the girls wowed audiences with a much- coveted extended run at the Las Vegas Hilton. The show was ranked by critics as one of the best shows in Vegas, and heralded by reviewers as “a feast for the eyes, the ears and the funny bone.”
*Recordings, TV and Print. *
The Kinsey Sicks have recorded six CDs: Dragapella, Boyz 2 Girlz, Sicks in the City, I Wanna Be a Republican, Oy Vey in a Manger: Christmas Carols and Other Jewish Music, Sicks! Sicks! Sicks! and their latest and most objectionable offering, Each Hit & I. They have been profiled on national television, including “20/20” and “CBS Early Show with Bryant Gumbel,” and were the subjects of a lengthy cover feature in the arts section of The New York Times. (That article is posted on this website as well.)
The Kinsey Sicks are the subjects of two feature films: a concert film, “I Wanna Be a Republican” and a behind-the-scenes documentary, “Almost Infamous,” chronicling the adventure of the group’s extended run at the Las Vegas Hilton.