My Trip Down the Pink Carpet
My Trip Down the Pink Carpet – Theater Review
From small-town USA to the pink carpet of Hollywood — My Trip Down The Pink Carpet tells the unlikely tale of one of America’s true comic icons. Raised in a conservative family in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Leslie Jordan boarded a Greyhound bus bound for L.A. with $1,200 sewn into his underpants and never looked back. His pocket-sized physique and inescapable talent for high camp paved the way to a big career in commercials and on television. Along the way he immersed himself in writing for the stage, and his one-man testimonials have become cult hits. But with success came dangerous temptations that threatened his career and life. With hundreds of television shows, films and commercials to his credit, Leslie has become a familiar face on the entertainment scene. He is the 2006 Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his delicious portrayal of “Beverley Leslie” on “Will and Grace.” Television audiences will also remember
My Trip Down the Pink Carpet stars Leslie Jordan in a one-man show. Many people recognized him from Will & Grace and other TV shows. He is a pixie of a man, and the first half of his event is him being cute about being a diva and about drag queens and discos and his life, and then he tells stories from about Cloris Leachman and Megan Mullally and the awards he’s gotten and his growing up. But the most wonderful part is really the last five or ten minutes, where he really talks about his father and growing up gay and Southern and feeling that there was no role models, and he’ll break your heart. This is really a lovely show. It’s brought to you by Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner, and it has all the heart that you would expect from those two. You know five stars. Let’s give it five stars.