Jewels of Paris, “Revolutionary New Musical Revue”

Posted: March 24, 2015 in HIGH queer art

March 12 – May 2, 2015

Inspired by the artistic revolution erupting in Paris nearly a century ago, Jewels of Paris is a time-traveling tuneful testament that revels in love, life, artistic, social and sexual change – seen through the eyes and ears of Parisian luminaries including Pierrot, Picasso, Cocteau, Josephine Baker and even Marie Antoinette. Revues… (a combination of song, dance, spectacle and sketches), originated in Paris in the late 19th century and soon traveled to Broadway via the Ziegfeld Follies. The revue genre is a Thrillpeddlers specialty. Paris is a wonderful window for viewing our own lives in ever & rapidly -changing San Francisco, lovingly referred to as the “Paris of the West.”

Original Music by Scrumbly Koldewyn

Book By Scrumbly Koldewyn, Rob Keefe, Alex Kinney and Andy Wenger

Directed by Russell Blackwood

Musical Direction by Scrumbly Koldewyn

Choreography by Noah Haydon

“Revolutionary New Musical Revue” from classic troupe offers infectious tunes, lusty energy, punchy Pierrot. By Marke B.

From Mark B.

The Thrillpeddlers are direct descendants of the Cockettes, SF’s classic acid-awash, drag-theatrical anarchists. (Scrumbly Koldewyn, a member of the original Cockettes and a certified local treasure, wrote much of the propulsive, operetta-pinching Jewels of Parisscore, which he performs on piano throughout.) That means there’s plenty of sparkling costumery, campy classical references, big musical numbers, inventive shoestring sets, gender-blending galore, utterly disarming — and welcome! — sincerity, groaner puns, and gorgeous bare bodies displayed frankly and joyfully.


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