|Marti Gould Cummings // photo by Michael Block|
Show: Stage Fright
Queens Seen: Marti Gould Cummings (@martigcummings)
The Venn diagram of theater fan and Drag fan has a pretty giant overlap. So when you find a way to unite the two, the queens get excited. Cue Stage Fright. Every Monday at Therapy, Marti Gould Cummings and Bradford Proctor, on the keys, take the crowd on a fun journey of live music with a special guest from the theater community. To kick off 2018, Marti welcomed Tony winner Nikki M. James to the stage. Sitting front row center for this exclusive show, Stage Fright is the only place you can see your favorite stars sing the songs that made them famous, for free! Part drag show, part talk show, Marti’s ability to balance the kooky entertainment with serious topics keeps the show stimulating. Having met at a political fundraiser, it was clear that Marti and Nikki were going to have an easy, breezy chat. Nikki sang “Sal Tlay Ka Siti”, a song from The Book of Mormon, for which she won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Marti is a natural as a talk show host thanks in part to the comfort and ease she has. Stage fright who? It’s a night of fun and games, literally, as Marti invites audience members to play a round of Heads Up. It was Team Shade Queens with Marti and Brita Filter, out of drag, took on Team Nikki with Nikki and my pal Cole Smith, also known as Nicole Onoscopi. Team Nikki did defeat Team Shade Queens in this rousing game of Broadway rapid fire.
If you find yourself at Stage Fright, expect nothing but a good time. And make sure you have a Marti-tini or three while you’re at it. They’re dangerously good.