Queer and campy whodunit in Hudson: “Nasty Drew & That Harder Boy: The Mystery of the Family Jewels”

Nasty Drew and That Harder Boy. Photo by John Goddard via The Broadway

Nasty Drew and That Harder Boy. Photo by John Goddard via The Broadway

Not to be missed on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at Helsinki Hudson is Nasty Drew & That Harder Boy: The Mystery of the Family Jewels which is a “queer and campy whodunit” written and produced by Chris Harder parodying the classic Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries beloved by baby-boomers. This co-production of GayHudson.com and BigGayHudsonValley.com features some of New York City’s hottest names in burlesque, drag, and circus performers. The show will also play Poughkeepsie on Friday night, April 15th  at Canvas (doors @ 8p, show @ 9:30p) and Saturday night, April 16th in Rosendale at the Rosendale Theater (doors @ 9p, show @ 9:30p), with a final area performance on Sunday night, April 17th in Hudson at Club Helsinki Hudson (doors @ 5p, show @ 7p).

It does seem a shame that a Berkshire venue like Mr. Finn’s Cabaret run by Barrington Stage, or the Garage Club at the Colonial run by the Berkshire Theatre Group couldn’t join this consortium of venues for affordable entertainment directed at the LGBT community.

Sporadically on view at New York City’s Laurie Beechman Theater off and on through May 15, this live theatrical parody of teen detective novels of a bygone era co-stars two of burlesque’s hottest performers, Chris Harder and Nasty Canasta, in an evening that blends comedy, mystery, drag, and stripping. The cast and crew makes their way to neighboring Hudson, New York, delighting the regions lovers of unconventional theatre, not to mention the LGBT community.

Nasty Drew & That Harder Boy: The Mystery of the Family Jewels begins when Lady Dubois’ family jewels are mysteriously snatched. Teen detectives Nasty Drew and that Harder boy must team up to take down the brazen thief. Using a tangle of polyester weave as their first clue, Nasty and Harder peel their way through a long list of seedy suspects in this alternately erotic and comic thriller.

The show is written and is directed by Chris Harder. In addition to Nasty Canasta, it also stars a rotating roster of performers including Honey Davenport (Miss’d America 2014), Tigger! (the original King of Boylesque), Bastard Keith (burlesque emcee extraordinaire), Fancy Feast (Miss Coney Island 2016), Alexis Michelle (So You Think You Can Drag winner 2014), Ben Franklin (hula hoop hunk and acrobat), Pearls Daily (“Nude nobility” — Time Out), FiFi Dubois (Miss’s America 2015), Poison Eve, Mr. Gorgeous (Mr. Exotic World 2014) and newcomer Trixie Phillips. Just who will join them in Hudson is not yet known: you will have to wait and see. The production is sponsored by Leathernecks Tattoo and the BGSQD book store in NYC.

CHRIS HARDER (That Harder Boy) is a NYC based burlesque performer and producer. Known as “The Raunchy Romeo of Burlesque,” Harder has stripped, shocked, and entertained in nightlife for the past 7 years and toured across the US and around the world with stops in L.A., San Francisco, New Orleans, Key West, London, Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Brussels, Stockholm, and Amsterdam. Named “Best of the Naked City” by the Village Voice in 2011, Harder was awarded “Best International Male Performer” at the 2012 London World Burlesque Games and was also an American headliner for the 2015 Vienna Boylesque Festival. Find out more and #getHARDER at http://www.HARDERburlesque.com.

NASTY CANASTA (Nasty Drew) is frequently hailed as a genius of the neo-burlesque scene. A “burlesque queen” (The NY Times) and Runner Up at the 2010 Miss Exotic World Pageant, Nasty is host and producer of Naked Girls Reading NYC and an associate producer with Wasabassco. A full-time burlesque performer, producer and costumer for the past decade, Nasty draws on her years of experience in the theatre to create acts and shows that combine tease and titillation, humor, spectacle and theatricality. She teaches private and group burlesque classes, has performed across the US and in Canada and Europe, and worked as a snake charmer and contortionist with the world-famous Coney Island Circus Sideshow in Brooklyn, NY.

For reservations in The Helsinki Hudson Restaurant or in the club call 518.828.4800
For the most up to date concert information visit helsinkihudson.com

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  1. Pingback: Direct from NYC, Nasty Drew and That Harder Boy Coming to Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY | Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County

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