Got wood? Gold Dust Orphans’ ‘Pornocchio’ is the classic fairy tale for adults

DSC_0043

 

In Pornocchio, Ryan Landry’s musical adaptation of Pinocchio, it’s not the little wooden boy’s nose that grows when he lies. Aside from that transgression, this adults-only laugh riot remains fairly true to its inspiration.

The Gold Dust Orphans always have irreverent, groan-inducing humor and gender-bending to spare in their theatrical arsenal. Toss in big musical numbers, sparkling (often skimpy) costumes, tap dancing and an ensemble so seemingly wholesome they’d rather play dead than bawdy and you’ve got quite a show.

Landry fully embraces a Broadway musical sensibility with a rousing opening number and subsequent parodies from blockbusters like Jesus Christ SuperstarSweeney Todd and Chicago. Clad in attire ranging from “Italian chef” — red & white checks and big white hats — to nearly naked, six tremendously talented singer/dancers deliver sizzling performances with fantastic vocals and impeccable execution of Merry Death’s impressive choreography.

As the Blue Fairy, Olive Another dons a pretty white dress to prove yet again that nobody gives good booze-fueled, coke-snorting fairy like this Orphan mainstay. Her lounge singing debut, complete with a backup band, is among the show’s finer moments.

Liza Lott returns to her roots with a brash, surprisingly Bohemian-style performance as Mrs. Minnelli, the evil genius behind “Mrs. Minnelli’s Travelling Porno Show.” Brooks Braselman goes similarly over-the-top in a snippy, delightful turn as Jiminy Cricket.

Grace Carney strikes a fine balance with Pornocchio, maintaing an air of innocence even during the puppet’s sluttiest moments, while Joe Bissell trots out “Hedwig”-like chops as Limpwick.

In lesser hands, there might be some implicit discomfort in a tawdry send-up of the classic fairy tale. Fortunately, the Gold Dust Orphans make it feel like a slightly naughty, grown-up version of dressing up and putting on a show. It’s true, I cannot tell a lie.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MAP: New York City Street Closures August 22,…

The Percy Sutton Harlem 5K and NYC Family Health Walk-a-thon and Pakistan Day Parade and Fair will cause traffic delays and street closures in New York City this weekend. Plan…

International

U.N. nuclear inquiry on Iran seen making slow…

The U.N. nuclear watchdog appears to have made only limited progress so far in getting Iran to answer questions about its suspected atomic bomb research, diplomatic sources said on Friday,…

National

Violence-weary Missouri town sees second night of calm

By Nick Carey and Carey GillamFERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The violence-weary town of Ferguson, Missouri, saw a second straight evening of relative calm on Thursday…

National

Journalist James Foley's parents, after call with pope,…

The parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, on Friday called for prayer and support to free the remaining captives held by Islamic…

Television

Recap: 'The Knick,' Season 1, Episode 3, 'The…

The third episode of Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick" finds Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen) meeting an old flame and other characters embracing self-destruction.

Music

Webcast: Watch Polyphonic Spree live on Sunday Aug.…

Polyphonic Spree singer Tim DeLaughter sits with Metro Music Editor Pat Healy for a chat and then the big band performs live. It begins on Sunday at 9:30 pm

Movies

Matthew Weiner on directing 'Are You Here' and…

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner discusses his movie "Are You Here," his history writing comedy and the tiny movie he directed in 1996 you can't see.

Movies

Michael Chiklis on his football past and 'When…

Michael Chiklis remembers playing football in high school and how that prepped him to play a coach in "When the Game Stands Tall."

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Tech

Siren: A new dating app that puts women…

Online dating can be brutal, especially for single women. Noting that many women hate wading through inappropriate messages and photos, two tech entrepreneurs decided to…