VICE PALACE: The Last Cockettes Musical – Opens April 29th

Thrillpeddlers presents a revival of the 1972 musical at the Hypnodrome
A Limited Engagement! Previews begin April 22nd

Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Following the record-breaking 22 month run of the award-winning production of Pearls Over Shanghai, Thrillpeddlers announces the revival of the 1972 musical revue extravaganza, VICE PALACE: The Last Cockettes Musical. The production plays at San Francisco’s Hypnodrome Theatre April 22nd through July 31st. The show is part of the fourth annual Theatre of the Ridiculous Revival. With book by Martin Worman and music composed by Scrumbly Koldewyn, Vice Palace was originally performed by The Cockettes during Halloween 1972 at the Palace Theatre in North Beach. This version has been extensively revised by composer Scrumbly Koldewyn with additional material from other Cockettes productions. VICE PALACE: The Last Cockettes Musical plays Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm and Sunday at 7:00 pm.
Click here to order tickets on-line: VICE PALACE: The Last Cockettes Musical

Photos, David Wilson

VICE PALACE: The Last Cockettes Musical is loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death.” Thrillpeddlers new adaptation stylistically imparts “much of the beautiful, much of the wanton, and much ot the bizarre!” while also giving a nod to the early 1960s films of Frederico Fellini, specifically “La Dolce Vita” and “Juliet of the Spirits”. VICE PALACE was originally written as a vehicle for Divine and actress Mink Stole (best known as stars of cult-director John Waters’ films), and The Cockettes.

Flynn DeMarco & Bonni Suval — Birdie-Bob Watt & Leigh Crow
Photos, David Wilson

The Cockettes were a gender-bending theatrical troupe who not only originated these outrageous shows, but also exerted a profound influence on the culture of our times, from the phenomenon of midnight movies, to glitter rock stars and outrageous fashions. Originally produced as a “Nocturnal Dream Show” and performed at midnight at the old Palace Theatre in North Beach on Halloween weekend of 1972, VICE PALACE was the fabled and fabulous Cockettes’ final stage presentation. The Thrillpeddlers revision will feature selections from other Cockettes shows including “Les Etoiles du Minuit,” “Journey to the Center of Uranus,” and “The Circus of Life.”

Thrillpeddler and San Francisco favorites will be featured in this new production, including: Leigh Crow (Divina), Flynn DeMarco (Goldoni), Birdie-Bob Watt (Vagina Dentata), Steven Satyricon (Niccolini), Eric Tyson Wertz (Bella), Ste Fishell (Tonio), L. Ron Hubby (Sylvia Koscina), T.J. Ladies and Gentlemen (Paulo), James Toczyl (Polo), Russell Blackwood (Lucretia), and making his Thrillpeddlers debut as Ricciolini is 
Joshua Devore. Best known as former porn star Tober Brandt, Mr. Devore (aka Brandt) was named Best Fetish Performer at the 2009 GayVN Awards (Gay Oscars). Directed by Russell Blackwood, musical direction by original Cockette and composer Scrumbly Koldewyn. Scenery by James Blackwood, costumes by Kära Emry, lights by Nicholas Torre, sound by Chris Paulina, and make up coordination by Kegel Kater.

JOSHUA DEVORE (a.k.a Tober Brandt)
Photo, David Wilson

Previews run April 22nd – 24th. The show opens Friday, April 29th. There are no performances Independence Day weekend (7/1–3). Thrillpeddlers’ Hypnodrome Theatre is located at 575 10th Street, near Bryant & Division.
Click here for performance dates and to order tickets on-line: VICE PALACE

The Hypnodrome’s “interactive audience-invading” Shock Boxes are themed loveseats (Heaven and Hell, The Pharaoh’s Tomb, and The Asylum of Shock), that offer the same opportunity for illicit trysting that was once a feature of the Parisian Theatre du Grand Guignol – thanks to a sheer curtain that can be drawn to conceal the goings on inside each private booth.  A “Shock Box” couple can see the show, but the show cant see them!  In the “Turkish Lounge” for two, couples may bask in decadent languor and kick back among oriental carpets and silken pillows while enjoying the show.

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
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 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:

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