Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for TRINKETS at Gene Frankel Theater
Trinkets, an original musical set in New York's historic meatpacking district will premiere at the Gene Frankel Theater for a limited run in August. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below!
Created & directed by Paul E Alexander, this new show follows the story of a group of drag and transsexual prostitutes who interact with patrons of an underground Meatpacking district nightclub. Mother, an influential 90's performance-oriented nightclub which was located on East 14th Street is the inspiration for the club. As the characters encounter the obvious struggle of life on the street, they discover that by working together they are strongest as a family.
The story follows DIVA, a veteran prostitute who takes STRAWBERY, a new 'ingenue' under her wing to show her the ropes. When the police drive through, the potential of arrest causes the girls to split up and two of them take shelter in the nightclub where Strawberry meets and falls in love with a rich internationally known artist, but his friend tries to break them up unsuccessfully. Meanwhile, the street veteran is dealing with a tragedy that Trinket, the owner of the club helps her get through in a true Judy Garland & Mickey Rooney put on a show scenario. Alexander uses old Hollywood plot devices married to the real life despair of the old meatpacking district to tell a New York story that's unlikely to happen in today's gentrified city.
With 19 original songs, Alexander weaves these encounters into a raw and uplifting story that will be performed by some of New York's legendary and rising drag and trans performers. In addition to Alexander, music composers are Laurent Caillat, Eli Escobar, Rami Ramirez, Samuri-NYC (Kevin Aviance, & Uri Dalal). Choreography by Antyon LeMonte. Mr. Alexander directs.
A preview will be staged on August 2nd with regular performances on Aug 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 16 at 8PM & Aug 5, & 12 at 2PM. Gene Frankel Theater is located at 24 Bond Street, New York. Tickets are $30 at Brownpapertickets | 212 777-1767.
Cast of TRINKETS Front: Gail Thacker, Paul E Alexander 2nd row: Kevin Aviance, Kita Updike, Mercedes Torres, Jay Knowles, Honey Davenport, Antyon LeMonte, BurgAndy Williams, Justin Law 3rd row: Tony Stinkmetal, Tyler Waage, Jasmine Ellis, Isabel L