Sean Martinfield Arts Contributor
New Conservatory Theatre Center presents the San Francisco Premiere of The Tom Judson Show by Tom Judson. The show will run at 8:00 Wednesdays through Saturdays from May 2–12. All performances will take place at The New Conservatory Theatre Center (Walker Theatre), located at 25 Van Ness Avenue, near Market Street, San Francisco. Tickets are $28–$41 each, and are available at the NCTC Box Office (415) 861-8972, or online at: NCTC.org.
Tom Judson has performed his new cabaret show on both coasts. It was standing room only for a recent gig at The Metropolitan Room in New York City. This leg of The Tom Judson Show has been retooled specifically for the New Conservatory Theatre Center and will include a program of songs to celebrate spring. Getting back to his musician roots, Tom’s new show is reminiscent of the sparkling entertainments that were once found at every smart supper club in Manhattan. Utilizing the skills that landed him on Broadway, Tom croons at the piano in a vintage tuxedo and sings an eclectic selection of songs ranging from well-known standards to some surprising obscure gems. With material ranging from Harold Arlen to Alan Cumming to Victor Herbert, Tom peppers the musical selections with anecdotes and stories about some of the celebrities he’s crossed paths with during his career. Directed by Michael Schiralli, The Tom Judson Show is an evening of song and story so entrancing that Michael Musto writing in the Village Voice insisted, “Let’s get this man a show at the Carlyle or the Algonquin. I’m serious!”
Tom Judson has appeared onstage as a singer, musician, actor, and as an object of lust and adoration: “Gus Mattox”, GayVN Award-Winning adult film star. He has composed music for the off-Broadway production of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, the film Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan, and for TV’s Sesame Street. Tom has written songs for actress/singer Ann Magnuson, playwright and actress Lisa Kron and many more. On occasion he has been accompanist and second banana to drag chanteuse Varla Jean Merman. Tom appeared in the Broadway show Cabaret, the National Tour of 42nd Street, and many off-Broadway and regional productions including the world premiere of Terrence McNally’s Some Men. His one-man show Canned Ham has been touring the country for the past two years. Also an author and columnist, Tom recently published Laid Bare, a collection of his essays and magazine columns.