Wannabe drag stars feud ast they try to make it to the top of the NYC nightlife scene in new musical comedy.
Thursday, May 18 at The Laurie Beechman Theatre
SHIRLEY U. JEST and NOMI SAS will present their drags-to-bitches comedy THE OTHER GIRL at The Laurie Beechman Theatre for one night only, Thursday, May 18 at 7pm. Tickets are $22 and may be purchased at www.SpinCycleNYC.com, or by phone at 212-352-3101. The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located inside the West Bank Cafe at 407 West 42 Street (at 9th Ave.). Please note that there is a $20 food/beverage minimum at all performances at this venue, with a full bar and a full dinner menu available.
In THE OTHER GIRL, our plucky showbiz hero, Shirley U. Jest, is fresh off the bus from the Midwest and ready to do whatever it takes to make it as a drag star in the big city. However, she's not the only girl vying for the spotlight. Nomi Sas has come to conquer the scene, playing by her own rules. Shirley is about to find out that performing drag in New York isn't all it's cracked up to be. Shining on stage can be tricky when you're standing in the shadow of the other girl.
SHIRLEY U. JEST hails from the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. Holding a degree in music education, she got her start at Broadway Sessions as their rising star. Since then, she's been singing and dancing in dresses all over the city. When she isn't hustling in auditions, she regularly performs in the West Village while writing and performing her own material. She won her first title as New York's Next Top Drag Queen 2016 where she developed her first cabaret. She is also a 2016 GLAM award nominated queen for Breakthrough Artist and a finalist for the local Lady Liberty competition.
NOMI SAS is a Tampa Native and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre. After pounding the pavement she got her start at New World Stages' So You Think You Think You Can Drag (winner of Miss Congeniality). She was also 1st runner up to Shirley U. Jest as New York's Next Top Drag Queen 2016. With a career in personal training, she continues to gypsy around NYC nightlife with events benefitting Broadway Cares, AIDS Walk NY, and Trinity Place Shelter. Regional credits: Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Ogunquit/ Gateway Playhouses), Cabaret (the Secret Theatre), La Cage Aux Folles (FIPAP). @doyounomisas
BRANDON JAMES GWINN (accompanist) is the composer and co-lyricist of Cotton Candy & Cocaine, Queer. People. Time., and Underwear A Space Musical which premiered in the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival and was an invited production at the 2012 American College Theatre Festival. His music and lyrics for Matchmaker Matchmaker I'm Willing to Settle premiered at the American Repertory Theatre in Boston and the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Brandon is also the composer and co-lyricist of the New York Theatre Barn Commission Small Town Story which received the National Alliance of Musical Theatre Writer's Residency Grant, was a finalist for the Richard Rodgers Award. A critically lauded singer-songwriter and music director, he has arranged and played shows in Beijing, LA, San Francisco, Miami, and in New York at Feinstein's, Birdland, Joe's Pub, 54 Below and on Fire Island. He has been an artist in residence at Ars Nova and is a 2015-2016 Dramatists Guild Fellow. MFA from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.