HOT GREEKS – Now through June 27th at the Hypnodrome

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Thrillpeddlers reaches again for the gold in its current revival production of HOT GREEKS, now at the Hypnodrome until June 27th. Fans of M.G.M. college musicals and the big-band sounds of the 1940s will delight in the clever score devised by Martin Worman and Richard “Scrumbly” Koldewyn for the Cockettes original 1972 production. Set in the diaphanous dust of the Peloponnesian War (431 to 404 BCE) and with a slight nod towards Aristophanes’ sexual comedic hit from 411 BCE, Lysistrata, Athens U takes on the team from Sparta State to battle it out (between the goal posts) to determine which are the hottest Greeks in the land. In an age that precedes the modesty of fig leaves, the 4-hour benefits of viagra, and terms like “couch potatos” – the guys are way-up with team spirit! Wishin’ and hopin’ on the sidelines are Lysistrata, Pandora, Clitoristra, Mata Dildoes and a horror of Hellenic cheerleaders. Bolstering strength and support, along with lots of legal almost-naked almost boy-butt, is a trio of columns: Doric, Corinthian, and Ionic. Enter star Quarterback Pendulum Pulaski (Will McMichael) who – no matter the ramblings of the Oracle of Delphi (the Hot Twat of Tangier) – saves the game and his reputation as the “Scarlet Helmet Boy”. HOT GREEKS is Varsity Drag gone Grand Guignol. Click here to order your tickets on-line: Thrillpeddlers.com

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Michael Soldier and the Thrillpeddlers’ Hot Greeks.
Photo, DavidAllenStudio.com

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T.J. Buswell, Michael Phillis, and Bobby Singer
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Will McMichael as “Pendulem Pulaski”
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HOT GREEKS is paired with a dazzling floorshow of musical selections from other seminal Cockettes shows including: Tinsel Tarts In A Hot Coma, Journey To The Center Of Uranus (JCU), and Vice Palace (VP). Divine and Mink Stole who are best known for their work in John Waters’ films were featured in these shows and debuted such chestnuts as ”A Crab On Your Anus Means Your Loved” (Divine - JCU), and “No Nose Nanook” (Mink – VP). Hot Greeks is part of Thrillpeddlers 3rd annual Theatre of the Ridiculous Revival, which will play in repertory with performances of the long-running hit musical, PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI. Originally produced as a Nocturnal Dream Show and performed at midnight at the Palace Theatre in Chinatown in San Francisco, Hot Greeks was the fabled and fabulous Cockettes’ only other scripted book musical besides Pearls Over ShanghaiHot Greeks is directed by Russell Blackwood, and original Cockette and composer Richard “Scrumbly” Koldewyn serves as Musical Director. The revival cast includes Connie Champagne as “Clitoristra” and Birdie-Bob Watt as “Professor Myron”.

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Connie Champagne with (clockwise from top) Will McMichael, Jeka Chernoble,
Kegel Kater, Ste Fishell, and L. Ron Hubbie
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Richard “Scrumbly” Koldewyn (composer and musical director) and Russell Blackwood (Director and Mata Dildoes).
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Click here to order your tickets on-line: Thrillpeddlers.com

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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”, 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: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.


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