FOF #2442 – Go Honey West

Jan 27, 2017 · 15170 views
Honey West. photos: Randy John, John Cardone. Hair & Makeup: Velicity Metropolis.

Honey West. photos: Randy John, John Cardone. Hair & Makeup: Velicity Metropolis.

The success of the 1994 Oscar Award winning film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which told the story of three drag queens making the trek across Australia’s outback, helped ignite a modern style of drag filled with campy, self-deprecating fun and trans inclusivity.

The film was turned into a Tony award winning Broadway musical and now our local Pride Films and Plays is putting it on featuring Honey West who, as far as we know, is the first trans actor to play the role of the grand dame, Bernadette.

Think pink: Tuesdai, Jill and Rebecca transform Honey West into a glitter goddess in Pride Films and Plays production of "Priscilla Queen of the Desert." Photo: John Olson.

Think pink: Tuesdai, Jill and Rebecca transform Honey West into a glitter goddess in Pride Films and Plays production of “Priscilla Queen of the Desert.” Photo: John Olson.

Joining us today is the lovely Honey West, who has been a hit on the cabaret circuit since her debut in her 1990 one-woman show, A Taste of Honey.

Listen as we chat with the legendary Honey West about her adventures in comedy, musical theater and the early days of LGBT radio.

A walk down LGBT Chicago theater: Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Diva Diaries and the Wizard of AIDS.

Her longtime friendship with Transparent actor Alexandra Billings.

What’s Oprah’s friendship like with the raunchy transgender actress Chili Pepper?

Oprah Winfrey hangs out with her longtime gal pal Chili Pepper. Photo: Candace Jordan.

Oprah Winfrey exchanges Christmas presents with her longtime gal pal Chili Pepper. Photo: Candace Jordan.

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