Posts Tagged ‘stage performing’

Another Great Film Review

March 1st, 2011 No comments

Hi Robbie…

the famous Drag Queen - Sheila Wolf

nice to see you in the outtakes of the movie.  i wanna see you next in drag tooo *lol*…
honey i love this fucking perfect view on our business. I don’t have to earn my money with my drag thing but if i have to.. i would go to key west and perform in Sushi’s bar…
a great entertainment, a senseful look and a funny way to show what we do.

I saw many drag films.. be part of some TV documentaries and playing a few music videos in the last seven years .. but the main thing i love in drag is to meet people like YOU and SUSHI.
That’s the reason why i do drag and burlesque.. and thats the reason why i would rate your film as gorgeous as i can. The world need films like that… !!

Two years ago a movie called Queen Raquela wins the Queer film festival in Berlin.
i am goin’ to the queer film festival in Berlin on this friday… and maybe you can send this movie to the jury next year. That could be a perfect situation to meet us here 🙂 …

i will let you know when the review is online… !!
can i publish some stills of this film?


Miami Intl. Film Festival Screens Drag Queen Film

May 19th, 2010 No comments

wow…check out this link  some good news on the drag queen film

Drag Queen Film Accepted

Drag Queens as Role Models ??

March 6th, 2010 No comments

RuPaul ...role model ...not !

Ru Paul a Questionable Black Role Model?
By Editors

The principal of a South Los Angeles elementary school is apologizing to parents for allowing students to carry photos of RuPaul, O.J. Simpson and Dennis Rodman in a parade celebrating Black History Month.

“Unfortunately, questionable decisions were made in the selection of noteworthy African-American role models,” Lorraine Abner wrote Thursday in a letter sent to parents of students at Wadsworth Avenue Elementary School. “As the principal, I offer my apology for these errors in judgment.”

The photos of RuPaul, Simpson and Rodman were mixed in and among pictures if more traditional role models including President Barack Obama and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Three teachers were suspended for three days without pay and are now on paid administrative leave while the Los Angeles Unified School District investigates the incident, district spokeswoman Gayle Pollard-Terry told The Los Angeles Times. The teachers, all men, have first, second and fourth grade classes

Simpson is currently serving a nine-year prison sentence for robbery and kidnapping in Nevada. In 1995, he was acquitted of killing his ex-wife and her friend. RuPaul is a drag queen and host of RuPaul’s Drag Race while Rodman has gained notoriety for his bad boy behavior.
The district is investigating “why the teachers believed these were appropriate instructional choices for first-, second- and fourth-graders,” Pollard-Terry said, She said the principal did not approve the list and is trying to figure out who did.


Comments by Robbie Hopcraft

I just couldn’t pass this one up. You have got to be kidding me!!  What is wrong with these teachers? Are they smoking crack or something else?  These three are definitely part of black history, but if the lesson was on role models, well, someone really blew it here!! I mean drag queens are not the best of role models to be using as examples for our kids. I think Ru Paul is great as a drag queen and she or he may be a wonderful person, but I just can’t see the logic in holding up a drag queen as a role model.  whoaaaa is me !!

Get The Drag Queen Film

March 4th, 2010 No comments

Gassy, Sushi, Samantha and Robbie (the director)

Come see an eye opening, fun and entertaining film about the lives and experiences of a very diverse group of Drag Queen performers in Key West, Florida.

This documentary film goes into the world of drag queens and brings to the audience insight into what drag queens are all about.  The film gives real perspective into the personalities behind the drag queen persona.

The drama behind their stories will draw the audience in and make them want to know these talented and creative men who men who dress up in woman’s clothing and perform.  The film makes the viewer aware of different lifestyles that make up our society and allows for a greater sense of understanding, compassion and acceptance of others who are quite different that most of us.

Drag Queen Fashion….Really? …

February 28th, 2010 No comments

Well now , here’s something a bit different that what the talented drag queens of key west would bring to the stage. But then, it takes all kinds of talent to make the world go round baby…and this can’t compare to what the drag queens, inspired by the designs of Sushi – the design queen of this bunch of drag queens, would ever wear on stage when performing..

this is fashion ?? i'm not so sure !

Last night’s The A*Muse fashion show by Richie Rich in New York was quite a sight to see. Richie, who is the better  half of the outrageous design team Heatherette, brought the aesthetic and the models he’s famous for using to this show too, and while there’s not a ton for us to look at here, it at least looks… crazy?

 Pamela Anderson, Amanda Lepore, Tinsley Mortimer, glitter, spandex…  This is fun, and some good fashion photos, but not a whole lot of talent going on here.  Enjoy !!

Drag Queens Take The Bus!!

February 26th, 2010 No comments

London — Kathryn Hoffman

My face still hurts from smiling (and singing)!!

How do you transform a cult classic where one of the main characters is a giant pink bus into a stage production? Well, friends, the brilliant minds of the West End have done it with “Priscilla: Queen of the Desert.”

Michael was already in London, so Carol and I grabbed the express into Waterloo last night, and we went to the thea-ta!  From the opening strains of “Never Been to Me” where the three “real” singers descend slowly from the ceiling in their 3-foot high wigs and strapless sequin costumes (one of them was a big girl, so I give points right away) as Tick/Mitzi strips out of his man clothes and becomes an over-the-top drag queen right before your eyes, I knew I was gonna love this. Mother would have loved it too.

The same costume designer who won the Oscar for the movie did the designs for the show, and she’ll win the Tony too. More wonderful songs than the original soundtrack and absolutely outstanding performances. Musical number after musical number after musical number. And big costume changes with each number. And men who look like they’re wearing those muscle-y Halloween costumes, but they’re not! Remember “Shirl” whom Bernadette drank under the table and the ping-pong princess? They’re all here!

Then even after I GET that there’s a giant bus on stage, open on one side so you get full interior scenes, HOW are they going to transform her after the horrible “f— you faggots” graffiti into the pink
princess?  I won’t say, but it works. About a million different ways!

Confetti bombs and audience members dancing on stage (to “Thank God I’m a Country Boy”) and feathers everywhere. Even the giant glittery shoe on the top of the bus with Felicia atop it singing opera while her parachute-sized scarf trails behind… .

Drag Queen Film Premiere at the Tropic Cinema

February 22nd, 2010 No comments

The premiere film screening of “Audience with the Queens” at the Tropic Cinema in Key West, Florida on wed. Feb 17th was absolutely fantastic. The weather was very brisk for Key West, it’s usually nice and warm during the winters here, but this year has been an extreme exception. I was freezing cold while heading to the theatre on my scooter. My beret pilled down over my ears, scarf wrapped around my neck, gloves on my hands, and my girlfriend hugging me on the back, we arrived with a little frost on our noses.

The STARS make an entrance to the Theatre

The place was buzzing with excitement, lots of people were lined up to get tickets, and there were many already inside the theatre. The drag queens led by the star, Sushi, made their grand entrance with the camera rolling. The other drag queens, Samantha, Gugi, Gassy and Deja’ all looked fabulous and had big smiles on their faces as they posed and made clever remarks to each other and to all within earshot. They are so witty, and the banter that goes on amongst them is really quite the show in itself.

 The theatre manager told me the screening was SOLD OUT in advance, so all who were still in line to get tickets were very disappointed. The best part of that is the film “Audience with the Queens” is playing at the Theatre for the entire week so the ones who missed out on opening night will still be able to see the film.

 The film profiles a very diverse group of drag queens who live and perform onstage here in Key West at the 801 Cabaret Club on Duval Street. The group is led by Sushi, the drag mother to many and the beauty and brains who makes the show go for these drag queens. Sushi makes the schedule and hosts many of the shows herself and she the one who has to give them hell If they screw up, or in some cases, get drunk and don’t show up! The film gives the audience some perspective on what a drag queen is and what they’re all about. They are an interesting subculture to explore and I know I’ve certainly learned much about them and in doing so have come to enjoy them very much !

The film stars make there appearance

 The theatre GM asked me to speak for a few minutes before the screening and give my perspective on why and how I came to do this particular film. It is a good story, but that’s for another day. I spoke before the film screened and talked a little of how I came to get the idea for the documentary and how I got involved with this group of drag queens.

One of the “stars” of the film, Destiny, passed away during the making of the film. She’s still a very prominent part of the film. After her death we filmed her funeral but I haven’t yet added that footage to the film. It was a sad day but drag queens have a different perspective on how to have a funeral.  Destiny’s dad was in attendance for the premiere, and in my remarks from the stage about the film, I dedicated the screening to “Destiny and her dad”. The only way I knew her dad was there was Destiny’s niece, who I met at the funeral, came up to me before the film started and told me. After the screening I made sure I met Destiny’s Dad and we had a nice conversation about his son. It was a very touching ending to a great evening.

The film screens at the Tropic for an entire week. Starting Feb 17th with two shows a day.  I think I’ll end here and continue this a bit later

Drag Queen Film Screens at the Tropic Cinema

February 20th, 2010 No comments

What:  the film screening for  “Audience with the Queens

When: starting today – Feb 19th and continuing all next week

Where: Tropic Cinema, Key West

Tickets: Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton St  Box office 305 295-9493

The documentary filmed right here in key west by Robbie Hopcraft, it tells the story about several of the drag queens who live and work in Key West.

what the boys wear when they be girls

 Starring the amazing Sushi, the film profiles the lives of 6 drag queens of the 801 Cabaret. It’s very entertaining and will give you reason to both laugh and cry.

 The film made its Key West premiere screening debut on Wed. Feb 17th at the Tropic Cinema and was SOLD OUT well in advance. Many who showed up intending to buy tickets at the door were disappointed to find out they the premiere was entirely sold out!!

The GOOD NEWS is that the film “Audience with the Queens” will screen for the whole next week. It begins tonight, Feb 19th and will have 2 shows a day for the next week

arriving at the premiere

 Call the Tropic box office for tickets and show times at 305 295-9493 or go online to

 Robbie Hopcraft

305 304-1609

Drag Queen Film Screens at the Tropic Cinema

February 18th, 2010 No comments

Last night was the premiere screening of the acclaimed documentary film that profiles several of the drag queens who live and perform in Key West, Florida. The name of the film, “Audience with the Queens” is both produced and directed Robbie Hopcraft.

Gassy, Sushi, Samantha and Robbie entering the Theatre

The debut local screening at the Tropic Cinema was SOLD OUT two days before the show opened and many tourists and locals alike, who wanted tickets, stood in line to see if any who bought tickets didn’t show up to claim them. But everyone who bought tickets showed up and the film didn’t disappoint anyone. At least not that we’re aware of anyway !!

The Drag Queens who star in the film, led by Sushi, all came dressed to the nine’s. Samantha, Gugi, Gassy and Deja were all looking glamorously wonderful. RV Beaumont who also stars in the film was the only one of the group who didn’t make it to the premiere. RV has had a bout with Cancer and is still undergoing treatments and was apparently too tired to make it to the film. What a shame that happened to RV. The same thing happened when the film screened at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. RV couldn’t make it for the same reason. It makes us all sad that RV wasn’t able to make the screening again. 

Sushi's Mom Nobi looking like a star!!

Sushi’s mom Nobi came to the screening looking very chic in her new outfit. She was accompanied by Sushi’s boyfriend Jeff Kuchin who does the light and sound for the drag shows at the 801 Cabaret Club in Key West.

The film was a huge success and everyone was happily talking about how much they enjoyed it. The screening of the film will be extended for an entire week so hopefully many others will get a chance to see and enjoy it

Growing Up a Drag Queen

February 11th, 2010 No comments

The first time I wore women clothes was when I was six. I was hanging out with my mom on a lazy Sunday afternoon while my dad was out. She let me try on her evening gown and carry my favorite glittery purse of hers. As I pranced around on her bed, I playfully dubbed myself “the nightgown chicken.” In Cantonese, “chicken” is the slang for “prostitute.” My mom was cracking up. We both had so much fun. I remember I really enjoyed playing a character… being someone whom I’m not. She only let me do it that once; maybe she thought I enjoyed it to much.

Aaaw what a cute little drag queen

As a kid growing up, I was obsessed with female vampires and witches. I thought they were the most beautiful and scary characters, and I wanted to be beautiful and scary. I had a childhood ritual of putting myself to sleep by imagining myself as different characters. Very often I would become a vampire or a witch and make up some adventures until I fell asleep.

All during high school, I was obsessed with effeminate boys. I tried to befriend every effeminate boy in my grade. My best friend was reasonably effeminate, though he was too handsome to be picked on. Then there was this one boy that everybody picked on and gave him the nickname “Woman.” I thought he was so hot, so I really worked hard to be his friend. I was attracted to his effeminate beauty, his pale and flawless skin, his perfectly chiseled features, and his persecuted status. Much to my sad surprise, “Woman” got married and turned out to be straight.

The idea of wearing women clothes didn’t come up again until my sophomore year in college. It was the day before Halloween. I thought I had never dressed in full drag before, and it was about time. I shopped for a dress, a pair of flats and some make-up supplies. With a nightlong of anticipation, I bounced out of bed the next morning with excitement. I put on make-up, wore my dress and flats, and off I went to school. As I walked to school, no one seemed to even notice I was in drag. I could totally pass as a woman!

Shocking people was just instant gratification for me. I felt empowered being able to totally subvert people’s expectations. I had a blast going to school in drag. At night, I dressed up as a witch and went to a Halloween party. I grew my hair out, bought a bright floral print dress for the occasion, and bought my first pair of heels. The reality was I was on the top on the world without even knowing it. I was delirious. I was proud. I was out. I was queer. I was celebrating my life the way I wanted to and no one could stop me.

This is a familiar story for many young boys who are gay and want to express themselves and show their effeminate side. Some have the courage to show it and do, but many feel repressed and never feel comfortable, brave, or confident enough to do so.

Well, on a different note, let me tell you, that’s definitely NOT the case with the boys and men who perform in dresses in Key West, Florida at the 801 Cabaret Club on Duval St. There are some talented and amazingly creative performers that work the stage in the nightly drag queen shows at the Cabaret. Led by the amazing drag queen Sushi, the girls put on two shows every night to the delight of the locals and tourists alike who frequent the club. These boys are definitely “out” of the closet and love dressing as drag queens with all the makeup, high heels, big haired wigs and very lovely and creative dresses. These drag queens know how to perform and the audience loves it. 

A new award winning documentary film called , “Audience with the Queens” and produced and directed by Robbie Hopcraft has recently been released that tells the story of 6 drag queens who live, work and perform in Key West, Florida. The film delves into the lives and psyches of these men who perform on stage and who are very active in the community. You can read about the film by going to the film’s website: