RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars is back on our TV sets and that means sickening looks and jaw-dropping lip syncs. But for any fan of the series, seeing these girls perform live is an experience all its own, and one that cannot be missed. Alexis Michelle, the highest lowbrow chanteuse in New York City, has a show for every fan to enjoy this summer at the legendary Public Theater music venue, Joe’s Pub.
Alexis, who made it all the way to the Top 5 on RuPaul’s Drag Race season 9, knows how to perform. Her set will include rousing numbers from the catalogues of Barbra Streisand, Kay Starr, and Dionne Warwick.
Not only that, but Alexis will also be performing original numbers with her longtime collaborator Brandon James Gwinn, a Drama League-nominated composer-lyricist and performer. Robbie Rozelle, a celebrated entertainer, director, and writer will be co-writing and directing the show, so talent will be showing out in spades.
James Will McBride, who is producing the show, knows that audiences will want to see Alexis as a theatrical queen; however, there’s a lot more to look forward to with her act.
“We all talk about Alexis being a ‘theatrical’ or a ‘Broadway’ queen, which she is, but she's also continuing a tradition of drag cabaret that she's inherited from icons like Danny La Rue and even living legends like Charles Busch or Harvey Firestein. And she's doing it in a fresh, hilarious way. Not many people are brave enough to do a lounge act now. She's giving you full-on, unashamed camp with a lot of heart and a lot of humor,” McBride teases.
Joe’s Pub has it all, from food and drink to an engaging and bluesy venue, so there’s something for everyone when they attend a show. Known for its cabaret and modern dance shows, Joe’s Pub prides itself on being an independent, non-profit music venue that helps support all artists in every stage of their career.
And it’s the perfect venue for Alexis. When asked how the performance space fits in with her set, Alexis gets sentimental about how long she’s wanted to perform there.
“My theatrical identity is ever present, but sometimes I like to mix things up and we’re definitely doing that with this show. There will be some theater music but it’s also gonna be a kind of 60s/70s variety show or lounge act…but downtown and cool. And what’s more downtown, cool, theatrical than The Public and Joe’s Pub? I’ve dreamed of doing a show here for a long long while,” Alexis shares.
As Alexis embraces her “hot Broadway girl summer,” so will everyone in attendance at her show. So, for anyone enjoying the chanteuse on RuPaul, make sure to check out her live show in New York this June.
Alexis Michelle plays Joe’s Pub at Astor Place (425 Lafayette Street) on June 27 and 28. Tickets and information are available at publictheater.org/productions/joes-pub/2023/a/alexis-michelle/.