Turtles snap back with Joan Rivers

Posted on 15 Oct 2008 at 9:59am

OK, we have a new blog interface, which I hate, and I couldn’t log on for, like, a week, which I’m only saying to explain why I’ve waiting until today to sing the praises of Joan Rivers. She appeared in all her foul-mouthed glory on Monday night at the Meyerson, and all of you who did not make it a sell-out (how did that happen?) were out of luck.

Joan got nearly as many groans as cheers … not because she wasn’t funny, but because even a mostly gay audience couldn’t quite believe how far she would go. Fart jokes from a 75 year old? OK, we can deal. But some were so filthy they can barely be repeated. (Example: Joan mocked the sign language translator when she stepped onstage. “How are you going to do this?” she asked. “What’s the sign for c*nt?” she asked… “and is that the same sign you use for Naomi Campbell?”)

Just as wonderful was the Turtle Creek Chorale itself, which has roared back with beautiful music and a frolicsome sense of fun that wasn’t as much in evidence during the more sober spring concerts. They were joined by Denise Lee and Liz Mikel, who did fantastic show tunes (Lee “Home” from “The Wiz,” Mikel a breathtaking “Send in the Clowns” from “A Little Night Music”) alongside the Buddy Shanahan Trio. If this is any indication of what we can look forward to from the chorale this year, get your season tickets now.

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