Miss Richfield 1981 & The Kinsey Sicks at The Palm

It’s drag comedy is at its best, as Miss Richfield 1981 makes her Palm debut, Feb. 11th – 24th. And Dragapella Quartet – The Kinsey Sicks return for a second engagement with two new shows, Feb. 9th – Mar. 1st.

Dedicating her life to the friendly citizens and responsible merchants of her hometown of Richfield, Minnesota (“where butter’s a spice and gravy’s a beverage”), Miss Richfield 1981 is fast becoming one of America’s national treasures. This Midwestern maven is winning over theater audiences all over with an interactive format that combines homespun warmth and edgy improv, leaving audiences in hysterics. In her all new show, Miss Richfield  lowers the ‘Cone of Silence’ and discusses everything we’re taught we’d better not talk about, incorporating hilarious videos, twisted sing-a-longs, and a healthy heap of audience interaction. Family problems, medical issues, politics, religion…we’re only as sick as our secrets, so anything goes!

Miss Richfield 1981, is the alter ego of creator Russ King. A 1981 graduate of a Richfield, MN high school, King created the character on a whim when he and a friend attended a Miss America party in 1996, as Miss Little Rock and Miss Richfield and they were a big hit with the crowd. King developed the character over the years, and now Miss Richfield’s live performances have received critical acclaim. The New York Post recently declared Miss Richfield 1981 as “the must-see act in Provincetown”, and The Chicago Sun-Times describes Miss Richfield as “Garrison Keillor meets Mary Tyler Moore”. Miss Richfield’s national appeal also includes riotous appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Today on NBC, Cake Boss on TLC, and, most recently, as a television spokesperson for Orbitz and the City of Philadelphia. Miss R. is also a headliner for Atlantis Events cruises and resort vacations, the largest LGBT vacation company.

Returning for a second engagement at The Palm this season is Dragapella Quartet – The Kinsey Sicks with two shows, ‘America’s Next Top Bachelor Housewife Celebrity Hoarder Makeover Star Gone Wild’ which will play Feb. 9 – 26 and their new show which will makes it’s debut at The Palm, ‘Chicks with Shticks’, playing Feb.12 – March 1.

When they began in 1993, they were a group of refugees from successful careers as professionals and activists. Member Ben Schatz (Rachel) is a Harvard-trained civil rights lawyer, former Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, and one-time presidential advisor on HIV issues. In 2004, the group was joined by actor/singer/designer Jeff Manabat, who is responsible for Trixie’s inordinate glamour and soaring counter-tenor, as well as the entire group’s hot couture. And beginning in October of 2008, the Kinsey Sicks added the hilarious and talented Spencer Brown (Trampolina), a Kansas City-based actor and singer. Newest cast member Nathan Marken, a lyric baritone, is tickled pink to drop the bass with the Kinsey Sicks, having first been exposed to them in the early 2000’s as a young music student. Marken will replace the retiring Irwin Keller as Winnie in future shows.

In America’s Top…, a brilliant reality TV send-up, we find America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet in the jungle, trying their best to score at challenges that involve singing, dancing, dating, dieting and, of course, large insects.The Kinsey Sicks were, in fact, contestants on ‘America’s Got Talent’. America’s Next Top… brings the group’s firsthand knowledge of the reality show experience to bear, poking fun at the genre’s blatant manipulation of the contestants and audiences alike – but, of course, all in effortless 4-part harmony! This show boasts some of the group’s best music – wicked parodies and objectionable originals – plus brilliant new songs about the ethics of stardom. This show will play Feb.  9 – 26. Please check the link below for specific dates, showtimes and tickets.

In Chicks with Shticks, the group will premier more than 20 brand new songs throughout the month of February in the group’s most interactive show yet! Every night features a different combination of memorable musical numbers, and for the first time ever, YOU determine the fate of every one of them! Which songs will you vote to save? Which songs will you vote off the island? Come more than once to hear new numbers each time and to banish others! Be among the first to experience the songs that others will be complaining about for years to come! Note: there will be special prizes (and surprises!) Chicks with Shticks will play Feb. 12 – Mar. 1. See link below for specific dates, showtimes and tickets.

Also currently playing at The Palm is the third installment of Paco Ojeda’s ‘Happy Birthday Series’ with a tribute to singer-songwriter Carole King, with special guest performers Kim Kuzma and Joëlle Rabu. One performance only on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 4:00 p.m. Also returning for a second run is ‘Greater Tuna’, starring Tracy Parks and Chaz Weathers, playing Feb. 10 – Mar. 30. And drag comedy icon Miss Coco Peru is now playing through Feb.15.

The Palm is well-known for bringing top notch, cutting-edge entertainment to Vallarta. Inside you’ll find an intimate, completely refurbished 90-seat cabaret with outstanding sound and lighting, creating the ambiance of cabarets from days gone by. Shows are scheduled seven days per week with two different shows nightly through April, 2015. The Palm also offers matinees at 4:00 p.m. on selected shows.

The Palm is non-smoking (a patio is provided for smokers) and is located at Olas Altas #508, in Zona Romantica. Tickets may be purchased online 24 hours a day, and at The Palm’s Box Office, open 11:00-11:00 daily. A full calendar of performances, information and online tickets are available at www.ThePalmPV.com. You can also find the Palm on Facebook at The Palm Cabaret and Bar.

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