Why This Drag Homage To Whitney Houston Is Anything But Camp
Huffington Post - 6 months
New York actor-singer Kevin Smith Kirkwood can trace his passion for the stage back to one woman: Whitney Houston.
“Ever since I was a skinny, little, black gay boy singing in church, dreaming of one day performing myself, I was infatuated with Whitney Houston,” Kirkwood, who can currently be seen in Broadway’s “Kinky Boots,” told The Huffington Post. “To me, she represented tremendous talent, grace, beauty, poise, class and definitely success. Since I was always a high belter as a kid, it also made her voice the one to emulate.”
On Aug. 31, Kirkwood will take his enduring love of Houston to an entirely new level in “Classic Whitney: Alive!” The show, which plays Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York less than a year after its premiere, begins with a simple premise: Houston, who died in 2012 at age 48, is reincarnated in the body of Kirkwood to deliver a retrospective, one-night-only concert of her greatest hits in the present day. The evening is billed as
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