Phantom of the Oprah is a neo-victorian parody of all things pop. It’s a hilarious satire of our lives today and tomorrow. Using original music, long lost rock anthems and some very popular standards, Phantom of the Oprah doesn’t pretend to be anything more than it is. … A DAMN GOOD TIME!
Mixing elements of Burlesque, Vaudeville, Silent Movies, Broadway Musicals, Rock Operas and Television, From the moment the curtain goes up, Phantom of the Oprah becomes a giddy collage, a glorious “mash up” of theatrical songs and styles that only Ryan Landry and The Gold Dust Orphans could dream up.
Phantom of the Oprah stars the mighty Afrodite as “The Phantom” and the internationally known singing sensation, Varla Jean Merman as Christine. Miss Merman has appeared in her sold out solo show around the world including the Sydney Opera House, Australia as well as Carnegie Hall. She has made numerous television appearances including a recurring role on All My Children as well as special appearances on Project Runway and Ugly Betty and will soon be starring in her own solo stand-up special on the LOGO network. She has been called “Hysterically funny!” by The New York Times. We think that it’s safe to say that they know what they’re talking about.
Phantom of the Oprah is not for prudes or purists. It is simply a welcome flight of fancy into an alternate reality that is sometimes silly, sometimes serious but always fun!
Phantom of the Oprah is directed by Larry Coen and is choreographed by Samantha Brior Jones. Book and lyrics by Ryan Landry. Costumes by “The House of Champayne”. Sets by Mike Brisbois. Color by DeLux. An RKO Radio Picture.
The Gold Dust Orphans start the 2010 season withPhantom of the Oprah which will be presented at Machine from February 26th through March 28th with performances on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm and Sunday Matinees at 5pm.