A Sneak Peek at Joey Arias Performing Billie Holiday


Joey Arias is performing a tribute to Billie Holiday at REDCAT under Disney Hall this weekend and you should go. The New York musician, whom the theater describes as a “cabaret singer, performance and drag artist,” gives everything he’s got to channel the late blues singer. Watching him slip into character is like witnessing a séance. I was lucky enough to catch a preview performance at Brookledge on Tuesday. The private theater at the home of the family behind the Magic Castle was buzzing with talent as always and it was a thrill to see Arias accompanied on piano by his longtime collaborator Kristian Hoffman. They even brought out dazzling Prince Poppycock to perform Klaus Nomi songs. The first time I saw Arias was at REDCAT accompanied by the puppets of Basil Twist, who was recently awarded the MacArthur genius grant. This show does not include puppets, but does feature gowns by Thierry Mugler. Go see this genius show.