CampBiz – June, 2012

Philip Hooser brings back ‘The Woman’ to the Fishtank
In his stunning one-man tribute to the classic 1939 black-and-white film The Women, which every gay man knows should be a rite-of-passage film, Philip Hooser will entertain us again June 1-4.

The show’s press release reports: “It is funny, inspiring, quick, witty and there is only one weekend to see not the movie The Women, but a stunning recreation/tribute by Philip “Blue Owl” Hooser. Not seen since its Late Night Theatre premiere in 2004, this one-man show (with a whole lot of lady parts) will resurface at the Fishtank Performance Studio.

“Hooser portrays nearly 100 characters, all women, with the help of quite a few hats. … The story revolves around New York City’s 1 percent, as gossip ruins the marriage of Mary Haines with a little help from her frenemy Sylvia Fowler and, of course, Crystal Allen, the girl behind the perfume counter who has her hooks in Mary’s husband.

“It’s your gay aunt’s Jungle Red — not the pitiful remake. Known for dialogue that drips with venom, this movie is a significant piece of gay history and Hollywood gossip — all of which will be revealed, from the feuds to the injury, from the Lavender Mafia to the uncredited screen debut! So, if you can’t see the Spiderman musical, you still might see an actor die on stage.”

Performances will be at 8 p.m. June 1-4 at the Fishtank Performance Studio, 1715 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. To pre-purchase the $12 tickets, visit:

Pride weekend
The long-awaited 2012 Pride festival is upon us. The activities abound, not only over the June 1-3 festival weekend, but also the week before the festival. Look for the entire Pride schedule at and in the article from the May issue of Camp at

This year, for the first time, Camp has published a special Gay Pride Bar Guide. Just flip over your print copy of Camp to see it. Lots of activities are scheduled in our favorite bars this weekend, and several bars also are organizing a “Purgatory Pub Crawl” on June 30. Check out the details in the separate article in the Gay Pride Bar Guide section.
Missouri Gay Rodeo Association
Our next big event after the Pride Festival is the 19th annual Show Me State Rodeo held over the Labor Day weekend by the Missouri Gay Rodeo Association (MGRA). Many cowboys and cowgirls travel from other states to participate in this serious rodeo competition. Yet it’s also a weekend of great fun, with non-horse events, camp drag events, with food and drink provided in a great venue.
19th annual Show-Me State Rodeo
Friday, Aug. 31 – Sunday, Sept. 2
Lone Wolf Ranch Arena and Training Center
22801 State Line Rd.
Cleveland, Mo.
MGRA 18-Hole Golf Scramble
The MGRA has been hosting events around town in advance of this year’s rodeo, and there will be many more to come. The next event on the schedule is a golf outing on June 30. Here are the details:
Four-person team. Check in at 8 a.m. June 30.
Teetering Rocks Golf Course
12040 E. 86th St.
Kansas City, Mo
Entry fee $70, includes green and cart fee.
Email your team information to Angela ( or call 816-510-2188.
MAGLCC kick off on May 31
We featured the Mid America Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce as our cover story in the May issue of Camp. In case you missed the story, you can read it here: They are hosting their kick-off reception on May 31. Special guests will be Donald J. Hall Jr., president and CEO of Hallmark, representing the first founding corporate partner; Justin G. Nelson, co-founder and president of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce; and other leaders from the Kansas City business community.
MAGLCC kick-off reception
5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 31
1701 Walnut St.
Kansas City, Mo.
Gays + politics + 4-part harmony
Spencer Brown, known as Trampolina in the Kinsey Sicks or as Daisy Buckët to her Kansas City fans, tells us that the Kinsey Sicks have just released their newest musical offering, _Electile Dysfunction_, and as Brown reports, “It’s an album sung in glorious four-party harmony with big wigs by America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, The Kinsey Sicks!”
New Musical ‘Harmony, Kansas’ to premiere in San Diego
Former Heartland Men’s Chorus singer Bill Nelson, who now resides in New York, wrote and told us that his musical, Harmony, Kansas has been added to this season of the Diversionary Theatre in San Diego. We first covered this in the March 2011 issue of Camp. Here’s what the theater reports in its press release:

“Harmony, Kansas (book and lyrics by Bill Nelson, music by Anna K. Jacobs) is a lively and soulful new musical about community, acceptance and the importance of finding your true and authentic voice. … With a lively, soulful score, Harmony, Kansas tells the story of Heath, a gay farmer making his way in a rural community where homogeneity rules. When his city-born partner, Julian, talks him into joining a spirited group of gay guys who meet once a week to sing, Heath discovers a love for making music and a kinship he didn’t expect. But his world is turned upside down when the group considers performing in public, threatening everything that matters to him, including the life he’s made with the man he loves.”

Nelson conceived and wrote the book for the musical with composer Jacobs. The two have a shared love of choral music and the sense of belonging and camaraderie that choruses provide. Nelson sang with the Heartland Men’s Chorus of Kansas City, Mo., after college.

“Because of that group,” Nelson said, “I now know that a feeling of community—any community—is nourishing and vital. And that’s something I wanted to write about.”

The press release states: “Using a book of interviews with gay Midwesterners called Farm Boys: Lives of Gay Men from the Rural Midwest by Will Fellows as source material, and a joint road trip across the state of Kansas helped Jacobs and Nelson connect with the landscape, small towns and the people. Inspired by folk and country music, the score … has a rural flavor … and of course gorgeous harmonies.” Jacobs describes the musical as “lively, soulful and romantic—like a vast Kansas landscape right at sunset.”

Directed by James Vasquez, Harmony, Kansas will wrap up the 2012 season with performances June 14-July 22. Tickets will go on sale to the general public in late May. Previews, at $25, are June 14-22. Opening night, at $50, is at 8 p.m. June 23. Tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday matinees are $38; Monday, Thursday and Sunday evenings are $36. Performances run through July 22 at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., San Diego.

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