Be Bad this Summer at the Crown


EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday August 8, 2014

May West warned, "When I'm good, I'm very good. When I'm bad, I'm better."

Now you may be buying back-to-school supplies, but summer isn't over yet. So be a little bad and treat yourself to a show at the Crown and Anchor, because August is packed with delightful divas and decadent dudes.

As part of her current national tour, with live shows booked in various cities around the country, Sandra Bernhard brings her own one-of-a-kind live show, "Sandy Land," to the Crown and Anchor in Provincetown, Sunday, August 10 and Monday, August 11.

The actress/singer/comedienne kicked-off her 2014 tour in early January, right after bringing 2013 to a riotous close by performing a five night sold-out stint at New York City's famed Joe's Pub over New Year's Eve. The show sharply blends theatre, rock-n-roll and stand-up with a little burlesque & cabaret.

The New York Times described Bernhard as a "living, breathing bonfire" and applauded the show, calling it "an angst driven, foul-mouthed, poison-laced joy ride that banks and careens frenetically through the worlds of fashion, celebrity, rock, and religion."

Her first one-woman show, the groundbreaking "Without You I'm Nothing," ran for 6 months off-Broadway in 1988 and served as inspiration for the film and Grammy-nominated album of the same name. And the critically acclaimed "I'm Still Here... Dammit!" opened off-Broadway in 1997, moved to Broadway a year later, and was filmed for an HBO special.

"A performer of stunning originality. Funny but foxy, super smart and slightly mad!" (WCBS) Bernhard's live performances are a thrilling hybrid of stand-up comedy and rock 'n roll, a raucous mix of political satire, pop culture commentary and cabaret. "The experience is like hanging out with a hip and funny friend who never fails to lift you up with her outrageous freedom." (Los Angeles Times)

"When choosing between two evils, I always like to pick the one I've never done before." And Mae West's fans know there wasn't much she didn't do.

Now Sharon McNight does Mae West... live and on stage.

Since Miss McNight received her Masters of Arts degree from San Francisco State College in nineteen... none of your business, she's had six, critically acclaimed, three-month tours of Europe including performances in Germany, Switzerland, Belguim, France, England, and the Netherlands; recorded six albums and created the role of Diva in "Starmites" for which she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress In A Musical.

"Why don't you come up and see her sometime?" How about August 10-12 at the Crown Cabaret.

Mae West also said, "When you got the personality, you don't need the nudity."

But in the case of the all male revue "Maxx Men of Manhattan," August 13 and 14 at the Paramount, a little flesh doesn't hurt.

This "Chippendale like," Vegas style revue features some of the hottest men in Manhattan, and more importantly it's made just for men. These Hunks perform some of the most amazing feats and stunts on stage to fulfill every guys fantasy. Enjoy them all during the show then pick your favorite for after the show. "They've been in more laps than a napkin."

"It's not the men in your life that matter, it's the life in your men." So get the VIP seating close to the stage with lap dances and a "'Cruise' After Party" to follow.

"When women go wrong, men go right after them," but you can't go wrong with Linda Eder is one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time and whose diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz, at the Paramount Aug 18 and 19.

As the tragic character "Lucy" in the musical "Jekyll & Hyde," her Broadway debut, Eder blew the roof off New York's Plymouth Theatre each night as she belted out signature songs "Someone Like You" and "A New Life." She was nominated for a Drama Desk award for that performance, and it secured her spot as one of America's most beloved singers and dynamic live performers.

Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote, "What do we mean when we use the word perfection? The question arises every time I watch the pop singer Linda Eder."

Broadway lovers will know they've hit the jackpot when Donna McKechnie and her friends Andrea McArdle and Faith Prince hit the Paramount stage August 24 and 25 in "The Leading Ladies of Broadway" with Musical Director John McDaniel, the final event in the "Broadway Series."

Andrea McArdle was the youngest Tony Award nominee ever when she charmed audiences as that lovable orphan in "Annie", beginning a fabled career. Donna McKechnie's "bright and brassy" voice (The New York Times) lit up the stage in "Promises, Promises" and "Sweet Charity." And Faith Prince breathed new life into Broadway revivals of "Guys & Dolls" and "Bells Are Ringing" with "sublime vocal virtuosity" (Newsday). Pianist and musical director John McDaniel (from the "Rosie O'Donnell Show") accompanies at the piano.

After experiences like these "you'll feel like a million." Go for it, but take Mae West's advice, "one at a time."