Well, if you ever want to get away. There’s a city called Canyonville, Oregon. They do have a Burger King, a fantastic casino with all kinds of fun, and they have a gas station! There’s a show here that features a few friends of mine, and it’s here thru January 3, 2010. The show is called Dreamgirls, and it features four female impersonators, Alex Serpa, Denise Russell, Lawanda Jackson and Coti Collins. Kevin Wiley and I flew into Portland Saturday evening, went to Darcelle XV that night, and also went to Embers. Saw lots of drags (pics below). On Sunday morning, we drove 3 hours south on the 5 freeway to Canyonville to catch the 2pm and 7pm show of Dreamgirls. We’ve been here over 24 hours now, and we had a great time visiting with the drag gang. We toasted to our lost friend Bobby Etienne and also welcomed Denise Russell to our drag show family. Denise will begin her run in Lake Tahoe the first week of February in my show Carnival Cabaret. The cast and I are very excited to have Denise come on board. My main master of ceremonies GYPSY will be retiring at the end of the year. Patrick Ross and Denise Russell will share MC duties beginning February 1, 2010 in Lake Tahoe.
Bobby Etienne, (anita baker, tina turner and diana ross impersonator) a former La Cage Aux Folles cabaret performer and veteran of Moulin Rouge and numerous cabaret shows in Paris, passed away on Saturday, November 7. I got to know Bobby very well the last couple of years. He was a great story teller of his past career and has performed for almost everyone he ever impersonated. He was good friends with all the kids in the gang, and he will truly be missed. He paved the way for many in the female impersonator industry and was a veteran and legend of our time. He was too young to go, and he will be missed by us all. I’ve embedded a video Bobby made on his computer about his career. He asked me to put it on the internet last year, and so I did. He will be remembered now forever. Rest in peace Bobby, say hello to Hunter.
Kevin and I will head back to Portland, Oregon tomorrow/today Tuesday morning, and fly out to Tahoe in the evening. Hope life is treating everyone very well.
Kevin and I had a successful trip and are very pleased and excited to have Dennis on board to join our cast in Lake Tahoe. Welcome Denise/Dennis!
Bobby Etienne passed away Saturday, November 7, 2009.