(Leather Life column published in Lavender Magazine, Issue #254, February 18, 2005)
The Black Guard of Minneapolis always puts on a fabulous show as part of their annual Black Frost run. This year’s 28th edition, produced by the fabulous Allison Brooks and starring the members of the Black Guard, was presented Saturday, Feb. 5 on the stage at the Brass Rail.
The all-lip-synching-all-the-time show’s soundtrack included numbers by Eartha Kitt, Liza Minnelli, Doris Day, Elaine Stritch, Counting Crows, Alan Jackson, Weird Al Yankovic, Barry Manilow, and even Tony Orlando and Dawn as well as numbers from Hairspray, Company and The Wiz.
Karl Keturi sings Counting Crows’ “Ordinary Superman.”
Ladies and gentlemen, Miss Caroline Knipple.
“You’re Timeless to Me,” a cute number from Hairspray that presented the dizzying spectacle of a man dressed as a woman lip-synching to the voice of a man dressed as a woman. That doesn’t often happen.
“Might as well face it, you’re addicted to spuds.”
Miss Caroline Knipple performs Eartha Kitt’s “I Want to be Evil.”
Ralph Schmitt: “Boop-boop-a-doop.”
Tom Weiland performs “Big Boy Toys,” Aaron Tippin’s hymn to trucks.
“Que Sera Sera”: Black Guard president Mike Delorme as Doris Day.
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Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana” with before-and-after Lolas.
Bruce Gohr getting friendly with the audience.
Ralph Schmitt performs “Ring Them Bells” from Liza With a Z.
P2052057.jpg—“I’d like to propose a toast.”
P2052058.jpg—“Here’s to the ladies who lunch/Everybody laugh.”
P2052063.jpg—“Does anyone still wear a hat?”
P2052070.jpg—“I’ll drink to that!” (or) “And one for Mahler!”
Miss Allison Brooks performs “The Ladies Who Lunch” by Elaine Stritch from Company.
Allison Brooks: “With my champagne tastes and your beer-bottle pocket . . .”
Ralph Schmitt, backed by the entire company, performs the inspirational “I Know Where I’ve Been” from Hairspray.
“Believe in Yourself” and “Home” from The Wiz.
Everyone joins hands for Abba’s “The Way Old Friends Do,” the Black Guard’s traditional ending number.