Friday, September 07, 2007

A Successful FLIP FLOP

On the Monday, August 27th, I sang at an incredible benefit at Sidetrack for the About Face Youth Theatre Project.

We raised $9,000 for the gay & lesibian youth theatre. WOOHOO!!

The show was called FLIP FLOP because men sang women's songs and vice versa.


Here's me and the brilliantly talented Beckie Menzie and Honey West! Ain't we cute?

When Amy Matheny told me the gimmick to the show - - men singing women's songs and all that - - I thought, "Yeah, and?"

I mean, if you've ever seen me perform or heard me sing, you know that I've been singing women's songs since age 7 when I took my father's t-shirt, pulled the neck down just below my shoulders and did the Olivia Newton-John track in both "Summer Lovin'" and "You're The One That I Want" from GREASE, much to the horror of both of my parents.

And I knew there would be power ballads sung by both men and women from the cast of WICKED, SPELLING BEE, the Marriott Lincolnshire production of THE PRODUCERS and so on, so I really had to pull out my "A Game" here.

So, what did I end up singing? "Poor, Unfortunate Souls" - - Ursula, the Sea Witch's song from THE LITTLE MERMAID. Pat Carroll, eat your heart out.

I did all the dialogue leading-up-to and in-the-middle-of the song. And y'all, I was a hit!

Not that you can tell that "I was a hit" or that I was singing "Poor, Unfortunate Souls" or that I was doing anything other than having a conniption fit from these event photos.


As you can tell, I'm very subdued when I sing...

...very subdued...

Oy...

8 comments:

dirk.mancuso said...

Oh. Em. Gee.

It's no secret how much I love THE LITTLE MERMAID or that Ursula is my favorite Disney villain (I have a signed Pat Carroll Ursula print), so I am fucking KICKING myself for missing you perform.

I bet you were incredible.

In related news, you're pretty cute. But I'm sure you already knew that.

Stephen Rader said...

Dirk - I'll sing "Poor, Unfortunate Souls" for you anytime you like!

And thanks for calling me "cute." I wish I had the self-esteem to always think I was cute, but hearing that I'm cute from a cute boy such as yourself always makes me feel good!

P.S. You have a signed Pat Carroll Ursula print?!?!? I think I'm in love...

Palm Springs Savant said...

oooo you go gurl. wish I were there to hear you. I miss your voice. when oh wne will you record?

Stephen Rader said...

Rick - I do need to record, but I just don't know what to record and I haven't the slightest idea how to go about making it happen. I should put some effort into it, though. Soon.

You're sweet to say that. Thank you. And Happy Birthday!

Master Aaron said...

You do REALIZE, Rader, that I worked this entire number up before I knew you did it? I'll never get those three weeks back... Thanks for doing yet another sweet thing for the community. And thanks for havin' good teeth 'cause, honey, if you're gonna holler like that, you need the molars to back it up!

Stephen Rader said...

Master Aaron - I think we should have an "Ursula Off!" We'll both sing "Poor, Unfortunate Souls" and see who the REAL sea witch is!!! :)

Master Aaron said...

I would never hurt you that way, honey. (grin)

Stephen Rader said...

Master Aaron - Can you imagine the amount people would pay to see our "Ursula Off?" Can you imagine?!?!?!