“It’s based on my book that was published in 2014 by Simon and Schuster. It’s not an autobiography per se. It doesn’t cover everything. It’s essays and stories, not chronological, about my childhood, my growing up, show business. So, when I was doing promotion for the book, rather than going into typical promotion outlets such as bookstores and libraries, I decided we should do it in theaters, because that’s my wheelhouse. We put together something that included stories from the book, interspersed with songs. When I was doing it in New York, a couple of Broadway producers, both of whom I knew—Susan Dietz and Elaine Krauss—came forward and said, ‘Let’s develop this. This could be a real play.’ We started working on it in New York with Billy Porter, who was directing. All of a sudden, the book transformed into this show in which I am playing multiple characters. It has original songs. And when we produced it in New York, it got such a great response. I think the title is perfect because I am of that tradition of showbiz. It’s all the things that I love about performing, about being in this industry and the things that inspired me. Yes, I am a ham. And since LA is my home, it is so perfectly correct that I do the show here. Billy [Porter] directed it in New York and I am working with the brilliant Ken Sawyer here at the LGBT Center. Of course, I am working with my forever musical director, Todd Schroeder, and I am very happy about the original songs we have included in the show. In fact, your readers can listen to one of my favorite songs from the show, written by Todd and me, right now.”
Julio Martinez-hosted Arts in Review—celebrating the best in theater and cabaret in the Greater Los Angeles area—airs Fridays (2-2:30pm) on KPFK (90.7FM). On Friday, Jan 29, Julio welcomes actress Maureen Teefy (Fame), discussing Teefy’s one woman show, A Subject for a Short Story, performing at Solofest 2016 at the Whitefire Theatre on Jan 31.