PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI – Thrillpeddlers Extends Hit Show Through April 9th

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

THRILLPEDDLERS announces – again! – another extension of their brilliant production of PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI. The award-winning madness begins Saturday, January 22nd at The Hypnodrome (575 10th Street), playing through Saturday, April 9th. What started as a two-month limited engagement in June 2009 has turned into an amazingly successful “only in San Francisco” theatrical phenomenon. The original score by Scrumbly Koldewyn is knocked-out on an upright piano by the one-and-only Scrumbly Koldewyn. The man is brilliant. He is in the guise of “Ilse”, a propriortess. A Madam. It’s soooo ’30s Gone Naughty. It’s like you’re on the backlot of Warner Brothers, on a set designed by some mad queen going for: Over-the-top Chinese Cathouse, Bangles AND Beads. And lots of Pre-Code skin. The voluptuous and vocally divine stage and cabaret star Leanne Borghesi can be seen as “Petrushka”, a role she alternates with other San Francisco celebrities – Veronica Klaus and Katya Smirnoff-Skyy. Fans of the Cockettes will remember that it was disco diva SYLVESTER who originated the role of “Petrushka”. And always with the best ensemble in town, PEARLS will feature the talents of Michael Soldier, Arturo Galster, Steven Satyricon, Valentine, Birdie-Bob Watt Leigh Crow and Flynn DeMarco.
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Ste Fishell, Bobby Singer, Russell Blackwood, and Jim Toczyl
PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI – Production photos by David Wilson

An original musical by Link Martin (book/lyrics) and Scrumbly Koldewyn (music), PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI is the centerpiece of Thrillpeddlers’ 2nd annual Theatre of the Ridiculous Revival, and marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of The Cockettes. This gender-bending theatrical troupe not only originated this show, but exerted a profound influence on the culture of our times, from the phenomenon of midnight movies to glitter rock stars – such as David Bowie and the New York Dolls.

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Kegel Kater & Nancy French — Steven Satyricon & Eric Wertz

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KIM LARSEN and VERONICA KLAUS

Directed by Russell Blackwood, PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI is a comic mock-operetta about white slavery, opium dens, and miscegenation set in the colorful world of 1937 Shanghai. Link Martin parts the bamboo curtain, his politics swept aside by his love of the mystery and intrigue of the Orient. Placing his story at the crossroads of good and evil, his exotic “old sin town” is filled with singing sailors, whimsical whores, foolish immortals, handmaidens and henchmen, all taking their places in streets teeming with a mix of foreign aristocrats, opium addicts, and gangland slave-trade czars. It’s been The Best Show In Town for a long time.
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Russell Blackwood (center) with Eric Wertz, James Toczyl, Kara Embry and Lanny Baugniet

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Seán Martinfield
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Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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