Legendary New York drag queen and cheese stick enthusiast, Lady Bunny, is teaming up with Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka to reboot Wigstock. Lady Bunny is the founder of Wigstock, a seminal NY drag event that started way back in 1985, when most of the contestants on Rupaul’s Drag Race weren’t even zygotes.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the one-day event will take place on September 1st so if you were considering getting tickets, you’re probably already S.O.L. (that’s Shit-out Of Luck for those of us who had functioning genitalia in 1985).
Here’s the flyer for the event which will feature “over 70 queens ‘n freaks” and takes place at the newly developed rooftop venue at Pier 17 in Manhattan.
It’s a delightfully old-school flyer, but make no mistake: This event is corporate as hell.
Lady Bunny is executive producing the reincarnated show with Harris and his husband, David Burtka, alongside Oscar-winner Bruce Cohen, uber manager Jason Weinberg of Untitled Entertainment and Matador Content. Pride Media, which owns LGBTQ publications The Advocate and Out, is producing and handling production and partnership sales. Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the world’s first HIV/AIDS service organization, is on board as well as Wigstock’s nonprofit partner.
Still, with Lady Bunny at the helm, we should expect at least a few filthy, low-down, dirty, busted up, stank nasty queens buzzing around (aka, my favorite kind of queens). Mother Ru may have cornered the market on pageant girls, fishy queens, and coy double entendres, but Lady Bunny comes from The Divine School of Filth. She’s less tongue in cheek and more tongue in ass cheek.
Lady Bunny said of the event:
“There couldn’t be a better time than now to honor the legends of Wigstock, who paved the way for drag culture’s current popularity, by bringing back an outrageous and unapologetically entertainment-rich show. Our list of performers is a veritable who’s who of drag queens, including classic NYC-based favorites who were fixtures at the original Wigstocks, newer NYC queens, members of the bourgeoning Brooklyn drag scene and previous winners of RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
Hopefully Pearl Liaison can manage to put herself back together, spiritually and emotionally, to get out there and have some fun!