Dear Constant Reader,

A couple of years ago we were asked to open for The Devil’s Carnival movie. You can read all about it here. At that time we knew next to nothing about the movie, but tried to pick an act with the right feel. After a few minutes into the movie, I said to Scratch “‘Creepy Doll’ would have been perfect.” So, I was delighted when we learned the second movie, Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival, was coming to The Coolidge Corner Theatre and their tour manager contacted us to open again and specifically requested “Creepy Doll”.

Last night, Scratch & Devora packed up the creepy dollhouse and headed over to The Coolidge. I was tagging along as stage kitten/Wrathskeller promoter/person who really wanted to see the movie.

We thought we were in Theatre 2 upstairs, where there are wings, which were kind of necessary for the act. Turns out the movie was massively oversold and they moved it into the much larger Theatre 1 downstairs. The staff were fabulous and found us a three-panel screen to make a temporary wing, as well as helping to heft the dollhouse up onto stage (there’s a ramp to the stage in the Theatre 2…).

The performance was a little rocky on the tech side. We had to make some last minute adjustments with the dollhouse and the wrong song briefly got played at the wrong time, but Scratch & D.D. took it in stride. I thought they did a great job and so did the audience, judging from the number of compliments in person and on-line.

Here’s the first picture I found of Herr Bücher and The Lost Girl, snagged from Broke Horror Fan

The movie itself was quite good, even better than the first one. I’d recommend seeing it, especially if you’re a fan of disturbing musicals. This episode, as you might expect from the title, mostly takes place in Heaven. I just loved the look of it. It had a very 1940’s Hollywood feel, but there were these unsettling, but terrifically designed, totalitarian posters all over. I felt like the slinky black dress I was wearing for the evening, while not so Carnivalesque, fit in pretty well with Heaven’s nightclub. I think my favorite song was “Hoof and Lap” (I’m a sucker for German cabaret), but there several very good ones. After the movie, there was a brief Q&A with the creators and it was disconcerting to hear Lucifer’s voice come from Terrance Zdunich’s completely human face.

Totally worth not getting to bed until 2AM. Even if it does mean a less than coherent missive today.


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Late Night Fun

Dear Constant Reader,

Yesterday was gorgeous here in Boston, sunny, clear, and just warm enough. Scratch decided it was just the right day to put in an arbor to support the grapevines that are taking over the back fence at Stately Babydoll Manor and escaping. Somehow this planning involved lunch at a little deli with enormous sandwiches. As we were enjoying them on the patio, Scratch got a call.

Short version — The Devil’s Carnival was playing at The Coolidge Corner Theatre and they wanted an burlesque act to open things up. Yes, I would. How about a fan dance? Back to Stately Babydoll Manor to prepare (with a pause for the installation of the grape arbor).

I thought the best fit for the creepy carnival theme from my fan dance repertoire would be “Toccata und Fuge in D Minor”. You know it: it’s the Phantom of the Opera organ music. I spent the afternoon rehearsing it.

As the show was at midnight, and I’m not much of a night owl, I took a nap. Upon rising and starting to get ready for the show, Scratch had decided, having seen clips of the film, that the fan dance was not the best fit and I should do “Macker Messer”. (It was my opening act for The Wrathskellar last year). Well, never let it be said that I’m not flexible. I put away my fans and packed up my “Mackie” costume (top hat, tail coat, switchblade, &c.)

I must say the screening was an impressive event. Many people there had seen the film before (and were singing while they waited) or were fans of Repo! The Genetic Opera (from the same creative team) and there were lots of costumes. Once the regular ticket holders were let in (there was a private Q & A for some VIPs first), the theatre filled up fast and things got started.

Their adorable MC introduced Scratch who introduced me. I’m always a little worried about “Mackie” out of context. It’s so deadpan and pretentious, and the song is in German. Scratch gave it the proper warm up: “Are you ready to be ignored by a beautiful woman?” And away we went. The crowd loved it.

Now we could relax and enjoy the festivities, like a short film about the making of Repo!, a costume contest with some pretty elaborate entries, and a Q & A with the creators.

The movie itself is quite good and so are the songs. It would definitely appeal to fans of The Wrathskellar. Although it is obviously a carnival while we are a cabaret, there’s a kinship in the aesthetic. In fact, when handing out leaflets afterward I told people just that: “It has a similar feel, only more boobs.”

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