Tomorrow! Productions presents a sexy seasonal XXX-travaganza in song
By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka
San Francisco’s original “musical comedy cabaret porn star” and award-winning lyricist and performer Tom Orr (Dirty Little Showtunes!, I Feel A Thong Coming On!, A Crass Act!) appears in an evening of merry musical mayhem and hunky holiday hijinks – for consenting adults only!
Written and performed by Tom Orr, chestnuts won’t be the only things roasting in his satirical assault upon all things associated with the yuletide season. Tom gave me the skinny on just how naughty and nice he intends to be.
Tom: This is going to be the best Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Solstice Pageant ever! Perhaps the First! The First ChristmasHanukahKwanzaaSolstice Pageant ever. But it’s certainly going to be the best one in San Francisco this year. It has been thirty-nine and a-half years in the making. I’ve never actually done a Christmas show. At the Eureka Theatre, where I spend a lot of time with 42nd Street Moon, the slot was available. The Eureka offered it to me. I jumped at it because I’ve always wanted to do a Christmas show. I have pulled-out all the stops. I have festooned the theater into a Winter Wonderland. This one is “Tom Orr & the Angry Grinch In Jingle Bell Jock!”
TOM ORR – Jingle Bell Jock!
Tom: I also have special guests who will appear throughout the run. Tonight it’s Carly Ozard, who was voted “Best New Cabaret Performer in 2008″. She will be doing her new cabaret show, Bewitched, Bothered, and Bi-Polar on my closing weekend, the 9th of January. I’m giving her the 7:00 slot and bumping myself back to 9:00. Saturday, it’s Russ Lorenson – a big cabaret name in town. He will also be coming back on New Year’s Eve for two shows with me and Connie Champagne and Carly Ozard. Sunday it’s Giana DeGeiso. She’s a musical comedy performer who is moving to New York. This is a final Farewell, San Francisco appearance. And that’s just this weekend!
Seán: Tell me about the decorations. Where do they come from?
Tom: I have been saving this stuff for years! I am of the belief that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. So, I pride myself in always coming under budget when I do a show. I see something on the sidewalk – I paint it – It goes in the show. I raided a friend’s basement and cleared-out all his Christmas stuff. I’ve been doing set and prop design for the last year and have discovered that – on the Scavenger List of Life – I can find anything in the Mission for a dollar. I have been scouring the City for all sorts of Christmas kitch. I’ve spent the last few days transforming the theater. I’ve got a Christmas tree and a Hanukah bush. There’s a little manger scene. I’ve got a TV showing It’s A Wonderful Life. And the Angry Grinch at the piano. I’ve got all the bases covered.
Seán: What’s the movie-rating on this show?
Tom: I’m going to call this one, “NC–17”. It’s 18 and over. I’m billing it as a “Child-Free Zone”. Most people like Christmas until there are children around. And then Christmas turns into a nightmare. So, this is a nice way to escape. It’s just Adults Only. I’m not getting all-the-way naked. I have a lot of friends who love my work, but they’re kind-of bashful and just don’t want to see that. So, I decided to keep the clothes on. It will still be sexy and suggestive, of course.
Seán: Let me in on the material. What have you re-written for the festivities?
Tom: I’m really proud of this show. I’ve got an Alternative Nutcracker Suite with a song each for Hanukah, Kwanzaa and Solstice, and I’ve got a song about “nothing” for the Agnostics. It’s a Tom Orr / Tchaikovsky collaboration. I took the actual Nutcracker themes and wrote lyrics for the Holidays. Then there’s a whole sequence in Act II called, “Forget About The Toy”. I use “Waiting around for the girls upstairs” from Follies for a story about a little girl who won’t go to sleep on Christmas Eve. Then in the morning she discovers that not everything on her toy list has been delivered under the tree. She throws the grand mal seizure tantrum in Toys R Us to end them all. It’s very cathartic, very therapeutic to do that sequence. I use two songs from Thoroughly Modern Millie, “Forget About The Boy” and “Gimme, Gimme”.
Seán: Is this the debut for these two numbers?
Tom: Yes! It’s their World Premiere – written specifically for this production. I’ve got a fun number for the opening that sets the tone for the evening called, “Something dirty going on” from Best Little Whorehouse. Then my year-end wrap-up tribute to dead celebrities, a tribute to the current vampire craze, and an encore performance of “Bitch Slapped” [based on “Witchcraft”] with new celebrities that have been getting on my nerves.
Tom: I’ve decided it’s my new signature song. I’m going to have it in every show and just keep updating it with new references.
Seán: How long is the run?
Tom: Four weeks. I’m doing four shows a night for four week-ends through January 10th. The other thing that’s special about this show is that I’ve taken the leap and established myself as a new production entity – Tomorrow! Productions. And I’m already planning my summer show – for my 40th birthday – around Pride time. It’s going to be called, “This Is Not The Tom Orr Show”. It’s not about me, it’s about my fabulous guest stars.
The Eureka Theatre is located at 215 Jackson Street near Battery in the Financial District. Jingle Bell Jock! runs 8:00 pm Thursday – Sunday, now until January 10, 2010 (No Performances 12/24 & 12/25) 10:30 pm New Year’s Eve Show with special guest Miss Connie Champagne
. General Admission $20.
For more information: 415-374-JOCK
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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”, which is being prepared for publication. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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