Take four extremely talented male singer/actors — a conceited counter-tenor, a booming bass-baritone-second tenor, a lyric baritone, and a show tunes tenor — paint their faces with gorgeous make-up, don them in dresses, and top them with wigs and you have the makings of America’s favorite Dragapella — The Kinsey Sicks.
Celebrating their 30th year, the comedic a cappella quartet will bring their original and parody tunes to Salt Lake at the Masonic Temple on South Temple. Audiences love their bawdy humor, sharp-tongued wit, over-the-top drag, and smart dialogue.
Started in 1993 when five professionals — lawyers and professional activists — went to a Bette Midler concert dressed as the Andrews Sisters. They were approached that night by a woman who asked them to perform at her upcoming 50th birthday party, to which they said, “we don’t sing.” They then figured out all of them had previous musical experience.
From their first public concert on the street corner of San Francisco’s Castro and Market to performing arts centers, music venues, and comedy festivals around the world, an Off-Broadway play, a film, a documentary, and an extended run in Vegas, they have gathered a devoted following.
And their schtick has staying power.
“Only one a cappella group has remained steadfastly lewd, crude, and rapturously reviewed,” wrote the Huffington Post. “Legendary for their succulence, sarcasm, and style, the Kinsey Sicks can easily shock and awe unsuspecting audiences … Rollicking … [They] never fail to bring down the house.”
During a show they called “Oy Vey in a Manger,” a reviewer gushed: “The Kinsey Sicks don’t suck.”
Alright, he continued with: “(as acapella singers and drag divas). They are faaabulous. Think of the best of “Ballet Trockadero,” or “The Cockettes,” or “Tranny Shack” or any other of the most celebrated and gaymous (gay famous) performing troupes you can recall. None have produced better work than this “dragapella” ensemble.
Oh but wait, it gets better.
“And the material? Their arrangement and performance of Schubert’s “Ave Maria” could not be improved upon by members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. But I doubt that the Mormons would have adapted the lyrics as ‘I Ate Maria,'” wrote Theatrestorm reviewer Charles Kruger.
Kinsey Sicks is coming to Salt Lake to raise funds for Flourish Bakery — a community committed to changing lives one pie at a time.
“Across the United States, the collateral consequences of drug addiction and incarceration followed by relapse and returning to jail have damaged the lives and livelihoods of individuals, families, and entire communities,” event chair Ed Turner said. “In 2017, a diverse group of faith leaders, culinary and substance use rehabilitation experts, and community members in Salt Lake City, Utah, came together and developed an innovative solution to these complex social problems; a paid internship program that fosters hope, healing, and accountability while simultaneously teaching the art and skills of professional baking to those recovering from substance use disorders with a history of incarceration. The first group of interns began the program in 2018. Flourish is the only ‘Second Chance’ long-term recovery, workforce reentry program in Utah.”
Of the show, Turner said, “The Kinsey Sicks are so much more than a cabaret act. The Masonic Temple is much more than a theatre. And Flourish is much more than a bakery”
The show is Friday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at the Salt Lake Masonic Temple, 650 E S Temple St. Limited parking and entrance in the rear. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Tickets are $35 if purchased before the show and $50 at the door. Purchase tickets at flourishslc.org/pages/events