The Kinsey Sicks to Celebrate 20th Anniversary with Show at Castro Theatre, 12/28
The Kinsey Sicks, America's Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, are celebrating their 20th anniversary on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at the Castro Theatre (429 Castro Street, San Francisco). The evening will feature the San Francisco premiere of their new musical comedy, America's Next Top Bachelor Housewife Celebrity Hoarder Makeover Star Gone Wild!, as well as guest appearances and a sashay down memory lane, all in glorious 4-part harmony. Tickets are $40 and $25 and are available for purchase now at www.CityBoxOffice.com or by phone at 415-392-4400.
Since their conception at a Bette Midler concert at San Francisco's Civic Auditorium in 1993, The Kinsey Sicks have not only made hundreds of thousands of people laugh with their clever, raunchy (and sometimes politically charged) lyrics, but have also provided a comedic and musical soundtrack for the social struggles and cultural change of the past two decades. In celebration of their history, The Kinsey Sicks will be joined by special guests, including Maurice Kelly, who originated the role of Trixie in The Kinsey Sicks and performed with the group through 2001. Following the performance, The James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center of the San Francisco Public Library will present a discussion with the members of The Kinsey Sicks, to be moderated by librarian, performer and President of the California Library Association, Deborah Doyle. The HorMel Center will also present a 20-year retrospective exhibition on The Kinsey Sicks in early 2014.
In the evening's performance of the reality TV mash-up, America's Next Top Bachelor Housewife Celebrity Hoarder Makeover Star Gone Wild!, we find Rachel, Winnie, Trixie and Trampolina in the jungle, trying their best to score at challenges that involve singing, dancing, dating, dieting and, of course, large insects. Will they win? Will they stay together? Will they withstand the pressure? Will they sing on key for once? And, of course, what would any reality show be without a production number in Yiddish?
The Kinsey Sicks were, in fact, contestants in Season III of "America's Got Talent." Their first performances brought standing ovations from the audience and gushing praise from the judges. One performance was featured as the theme footage for the pre-season trailer. However, once show producers caught wind of the Kinseys' brand of politics, flavor of humor, and Rachel's personal hygiene, they were cheerfully shown the door, and the footage of their performances was never seen.
"America's Next Top" brings the group's firsthand knowledge of the reality show experience to bear, poking fun at the onstage unreality and backstage surreality of the genre. And, of course, all in glorious 4-part harmony!
The performance boasts some of The Kinsey Sicks' best music of these last two decades - both wicked parodies and objectionable originals - plus some brilliant new songs about stardom, contentment and the hunger for fame. London's QX Magazine says about "America's Next Top": "Wonderfully crude and exceptionally clever parodies with intricate wordplay. . . served up as a cappella four-part harmonies that dazzled. The girls work together expertly, with fluid dialogue and seamless delivery. At times I found myself wondering if any of the vocal gymnastics were actually coming from another backing source, such was the standard of quality."
The Kinsey Sicks formed in December of 1993 in San Francisco. Since then, they have written and performed scores of musicals, starred in their own Off-Broadway show at New York's legendary Studio 54, toured internationally, recorded 8 albums and been the subject of 2 feature films. Their fan base is extensive and remarkably diverse - including people of all ages, genders and religions (and several political positions). The New York Times praises their "voices sweet as birdsong" and Variety calls them "one act that should not be missed." The San Francisco Chronicle says, "Their mangling of hit songs hits genius level." Read more about them at www.kinseysicks.com.