Sophisticated Ladies with Miss Vodka Stinger and The Martha Rayes
If it’s elegance you’ve been missing, boozy chanteuse and New York drag star, Miss Vodka Stinger is back with her rakish twosome, The Martha Rayes, to deliver the goods. They make their triumphant return to Feinstein’s/54 Below with Sophisticated Ladies, a night that’s guaranteed to be brimming with Brylcreem, spats, and diaphragm carrying cases. For their seventh engagement at “Broadway’s Living Room,” Vodka & The Martha Rayes have challenged themselves to stage a show comprised of only the most refined and upmarket numbers. In other words, an evening for the true sophisticate.
Rooted in the swank, eclectic nightclub culture of 1950’s/60’s New York City, this act hearkens back to the nightlife of yesteryear when you could see a baby Barbra Streisand at The Bon Soir on West 8th Street, Kay Thompson in The Plaza’s Persian Room, or Dorothy Loudon at the Blue Angel on East 55th. Musical director, Frank Spitznagel is at the keys for this 70-minute extravaganza that is equal parts American Songbook and esoteric special material. For those who want to bring back the bygone Manhattan, for those who can think chic, urbane, with just a touch of the profane: come catch wise. The Sophisticated Show is the well-bred drag act you didn’t know you needed.