She didn’t exactly wear blue velvet, but bluer than velvet was the night for Lauren Molina, half of the popular duo The Skivvies. With her equally dyed-in-the blue counterpart Nick Cearley, the pair put on a “Halloween Hootenanny” last week at the Green Room 42. Dressed in little else than their actual skivvies, the pair was decked in blue body paint and glitter. They opened their show with a parody mash-up from Songs for a New World and Guys and Dolls: “Songs for a Blue Wave” and “Get out You’re Rockin’ the Vote.” Afterward, they told the packed audience that they were dressed as blue waves—a suggestion they hoped would sweep the nation on Tuesday’s Election Day. (While it was not as big as many Democrats hoped, it still marked a significant shift in the system.
Jack Skellington (Dan DeLuca) from The Nightmare Before Christmas showed up to sing “This is Halloween” and “Jack’s Lament.” Other notable characters made an appearance including an impressively made up Conor Ryan as the White Walker from Game of Thrones. Frida Kahlo (Isaac Cole Powell) added some Sondheim satire with “Finishing the Brow”—a twist on the well-known show tune from Sunday in the Park with George. The Statue of Liberty (Vasthy Mompoint) delivered a message of social activism with her “Lady Liberty Medley.” The badass songstress wailed on guitar at one point, wowing an already enthusiastic audience.
Although the Skivvies expected the Spice Girls to show, only Posh (Ellyn Marsh) could make it—“Historically, Posh was the worst singer so she only sang the bass line,” Marsh deadpanned before launching into more Spice Girls repertoire. Embarrassed, she left the stage—only to return moments later dressed as an eggplant. “I didn’t understand the assignment here,” she admitted. “I just dressed warm and thought that eggplant was a spice.” “No,” Cearley replied, “an eggplant is neither a spice nor a chili pepper.” Marsh agreed. “Standing up here, I’m realizing that it’s probably not going well again.” Marsh composed herself and, with the Skivvies sang Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under the Bridge.” Damn! Could that aubergine sing!
Tamika Lawrence wowed the crowd with a medley of Red-themed songs including Sting’s “Roxanne”, Alice Ripley brought her usual eccentricity to “Science Fiction Double Feature” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Lesli Margherita had the audience in stitches with a politically correct rendition of Cher’s “Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves.”
Despite the ghoulishly good line up of talent, Cearley and Molina left some spotlight for themselves with “Suddenly Seymour” from Little Shop of Horrors, David Bowie’s “Life on Mars” and a cover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic.”
For more information on the Skivvies, visit Skivvies Upcoming Shows.
Upcoming Shows at The Green Room 42 include
Natasha Yvette Williams Nov. 12th at 7 PM.
Brad Cole and Kate Ferber Sing The James Taylor Songbook Nov. 14th at 7 PM
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