Produced by Theatre of the Ridiculous and Absurd
October 8 - 11, 8 pm
By Link Martin
Directed by Keith Russell
Musical direction by Jim Lansing
Music by Richard (Scrumbly) Koldewyn and additional lyrics by Pamela Tent
Featuring Karen Paurus, William Manoski, Hector Chavarria, Alan Tse, Jac Pau, Dana Bogema, Lee Engele, Rhonda Lauri, Tracie Hodgdon, Mayda Miller, Adam Dykes, Jesse Foote, Melody Mendis, Donald Orth, Jesse Frankson, Cat Hammond, Ryan Leusink, Jaws Land, Michelle Bohacek, and Tommie Riley
PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI:THE COCKETTES MUSICALis based loosely on John Colton's scandalous 1926 Broadway play The Shanghau Gesture later transformed into a deliriously decadent art deco film noir by Josef von Sternberg in 1941, PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI:THE COCKETTES MUSICAL is a gender bending comic mock-operetta about white slavery, opium dens, and miscegenation set in the colorful world of 1937 Shanghai. He places his story at the crossroads of good and evil, his exotic "old sin town" is filled with singing sailors, humorous whores, foolish immortals, handmaidens and henchmen, all taking their places in streets teeming with the mix of foreign aristocrats, opium addicts, and gangland slave-trade czars.
With a cast of over 22, costumes a-plenty, and a score of original songs, this production of PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI is the most eye-popping and toe-tapping in the history of the Twin Cities, with the scent of intoxicating perfume, poisonous flowers, opium, and sex ozzing from every scene. Performers will bring to life the whimsy and the madness that were the "all singing, all dancing, all cardboard" Cockettes.
The famed COCKETTES were a gender-bending theatrical troupe who not only originated this show, but exerted a profound influence on the culture of our times, from the phenomenom of midnight movies to glitter rock stars (such as David Bowie and the New York Dolls) and their outrageous fashions. PEARLS is a psychedelic musical inspired by sin-soaked Old Shanghai, Asian classic films of the 30's such as Shanghai Express with Marlene Dietrich and Busby Berkeley movie musicals from Hollywood's Golden Age.