The Cumberland Theatre is pleased to announce the return of the Golden Gays of NYC to the theatre for a special show to celebrate Cumberland Pride Weekend. This year the gals will be teaming with the award-winning Bette Midler and Winnie Sanderson tribute artist Jennica McCleary, who appeared at the Cumberland Theatre last November with Winnie’s Rock Cauldron Cabaret – a tribute to the character in the film Hocus Pocus.
The Golden Gays NYC (GGNYC) burst onto the scene in 2017- first at RuPaul's DragCon
then at the famed Rue-La-Rue Cafe. What began as a flash mob extravaganza has skyrocketed to sold-out engagements, tours, and cruises all over New York City and beyond. In the summer of 2018, their hit musical "Hot Flashbacks" premiered to rave reviews Off-Broadway at Theatre Row. The Golden Gays NYC (GGNYC) burst onto the scene in 2017- first at RuPaul's DragCon then at the famed Rue-La-Rue Cafe. What began as a flash mob extravaganza has skyrocketed to sold-out engagements, tours, and cruises all over New York City and beyond. In the summer of 2018, their hit musical "Hot Flashbacks" premiered to rave reviews Off-Broadway at Theatre Row. The Golden Gays NYC stars Jason B. Schmidt (as Dorothy), Andy Crosten (as Blanche), and Gerry Mastrolia (as Rose) along with Musical Director, Mason Griffin.
Jennica McCleary is an award winning Bette Midler and Winnie Sanderson Tribute Artist and was the first woman tapped by Disney to portray the iconic character created by Midler. In 2015 she debuted in ‘The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular’ (a now viral video) at The Magic Kingdom in Orlando, FL and has also worked for Pattycake Productions and Legends in Concert. She has been featured on MTV, VH1, Entertainment Tonight and was featured in The Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Bash on Freeform.
The show will play for just two performances: Saturday, July 13th at 2:00 pm and Sunday, July 14th at 8:00 pm. The evening will feature three distinct shows for one price. The opening will be a flashback journey to Bathhouse Betty featuring McCleary and pianist Mason Griffin. The Divine Miss M tribute will give audiences a Betteducation (tm) of their favorite Miss M music and banter!
Next, the Golden Gays NYC will take the stage as favorite pals and confidants Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose must travel down the road and back again across America to find Sophia. The hip old grannies take a musical journey through The Golden Girls’ favorite game shows! Lucky audience members will become contestants, interacting directly with the cast, while competing to become the next #TokenSophia.
Finally, McCleary is back as favorite soul sucking sirens of Salem, Winifred, Sarah and
Mary Sanderson, return to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Hocus Pocus in a brand new theatrical rock concert! An evening filled with music and parodies covering many decades and genres, the Sanderson Sisters will close the evening with singing, dancing and comedy. This show may not be appropriate for younger children.
The end of the show will feature a grand all-star finale with all the performers. After the show, a meet & greet option is available to audiences and there will be an after party in the theatre’s lobby. Tickets are on sale at www.cumberlandtheatre.com. Those purchasing their tickets before July 1st will receive a notable early bird discount.