Whoopi Fakes It in Drag Revival
After 30 years, Legends!—the infamous Broadway-play-that-wasn’t—will finally be making its debut on the New York stage.
While the original, ill-fated touring productions featured such starlets as Carol Channing, Joan Collins, Linda Evans, and Mary Martin as aging rivals parading around in furs, the PETA-friendly revival will feature Whoopi Goldberg and drag legends Charles Busch and Lypsinka in some pretty spectacular faux furs. Hmm—the productions that used real fur never made it to New York, but the fur-free production has … weren’t we just talking about curses?
How, you may ask, did this production get to be so animal-friendly? As PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews explains, “When Lypsinka heard about all the mink that was going to be used in the show, she asked PETA to help make sure that the fur was as fake as the leading ladies.” Dan introduced the producers of Legends! to Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs, and the rest is fabulous costuming history.
This one-night-only revival of Legends! opens and closes tonight in New York’s Town Hall, and the proceeds will benefit Friends in Deed, a crisis center for people with life-threatening illnesses. If you happen to be in the New York area and want to help out a good cause—and see some truly ravishing leading “ladies”—tickets may still be available through the organization’s Web site.
Written by Amanda Schinke