Tuesday May 26, 2009
Mark your calendars! Boybar, the fondly remembered East Village gay club that launched and nurtured the careers of dozens of drag queens during the late 1980s and early 1990s, is having a reunion!
The get-together is a benefit for the Ali Forney Center (which provides services to homeless queer youth) and is scheduled for September at Mr. Black.
Matthew Kasten, who served as ringmaster of the Boybar “Beauties,” is flying in from Los Angeles (where he works as a show-biz wig designer) to reprise his role as master of ceremonies.
Matthew with pre-supermodel RuPaul (who performed occasionally at the club)
The list of entertainers is still being assembled, but the confirmations include the most famous alumni of all, actress Candis Cayne.
Candis back in the day
The Beauties are sure to sign up quickly for this high-profile and nostalgic event. We'll betcha anything the cast includes Sweetie, Connie Girl, Perfidia, Raven O, Princess Diandra, Codie Ravioli, Mona Foot and Miss Guy.
Mona Foot was a youthful snarler
Boybar was famed for its elaborate theme shows, group numbers and electrifying displays of lipsynching. It should be a hoot and a half to see what the queens come up with!
Time to start the diet and make the Botox appointments!
(All photos from Matthew Kasten's Facebook account.)
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