Former Cirque star Edie won’t let show closure drag him down
Somewhere in the seismic changes of the pandemic, we caught up with a 12-year-old Cirque du Soleil star who won’t be reopening her show.
Or, his show, in this case.
Edie, as it is called on stage, and Christophe kenney away, was posted with the rest of “Zumanity” to New York-New York in November. To never get knocked down by the brooches (or 6-inch heels), the great drag character thrives in “Faaabulous” at Notoriety in Neonopolis. The shows are at 8 p.m. on Friday.
Kenney and partner Jamie Morris (also co-star of “Puppetry of the Penis” at the Erotic Heritage Museum) have developed a terribly funny and vocally satisfying dragster showcase. The singers all sing the novelty number series.
The main cast (stage names, all) is Edie, Vita Summers, Sandra “SanSan” Santigold, Soleil, Dusty Muffin and JuneBug (all recognizable on the drag scene). The accompanying dancers are, Taylor Bradley, Curtis Goodman, Joe Rivera and Eric Lehn. The swings are Kitty delmar and Jessica to catch.
It might not be the multi-million dollar spectacle that “Zumanity” was on the Strip, but there is something to be said about sheer talent, smart use of resources, and manageable overhead. And, not to stress the obvious, this courageous production is still on stage.
A while ago we asked the imposing drag artist a few questions, forging a dream in downtown LV.
Johnny Kats: “Zumanity” has been shutting down for some time. What goes through your mind when someone mentions the show, or the Circus in general?
Edie: I do not know. I have to move on. I was so comfortable for so long. The fighter inside of me says, “What’s the next gig? This part of my brain kind of reopened, being a solo artist but also for a group of people. It’s a little more intense.
Kats: What is the biggest challenge in the development of the show?
Edie: Spread the word. To be frank, that’s not my expertise here. We earn just enough to pay for the casting. I haven’t been paid yet, myself, not once. We need to hire someone to help us spread the word. I’m used to playing, not wearing all hats. But I am up to the challenge. Bring it on.
Kats: It is difficult for a small capacity show to get brokers to sell tickets when you only play once a week.
Edie: If you see me standing on I-15 in a drag, with a sign saying, “Faaabulous tonight at 8 am!” ” – do not laugh.
Kats: Do you have projects outside of “Faaabulous?
Edie: I’ve written a new show, “Las Vegas Showgirl: Unleashed,” which will be touring the East Coast in August. This is how Edie got to Vegas, how she got to the Circus, and how the show ended eight months after a pandemic. It’s life after the Circus. It’s light and fun, but I want the audience to know the truth. That’s what happened, and it was really bad.
Kats: How did you find out that “Zumanity” would be shutting down?
Edie: We were at a Zoom meeting and we were told it was just a COVID update, and we thought there was this little light at the end of the tunnel, and then it was, the show closes and in two weeks your health insurance is gone. We were completely shocked, and I will say how shocked we were.
Kats: What is your long term vision for “Faaabulous” in Las Vegas?
Edie: I want it to be a full-fledged show, five or six days a week. I want him to be popular. I want people to feel good when they leave the building. I want this to be a major show in Las Vegas. I know we have some serious competition, with the return of ‘Ru Paul’s Drag Race’ (at the Flamingo Showroom), but I think there is room for Ru Paul’s TV, the lip-syncing show and the other with real song and stupidity.
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