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posted Friday, December 24, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 52
Phoenicia and Vic
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Phoenicia and Vic

by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On December 20, Phoenicia (Wade Madsen) and Vic (Victor Janusz) performed their annual holiday show, Phoenicia and Vic at the Holiday Lounge in the West Hall of Century Ballroom (915 E. Pine St.). The two day only cabaret and comedy show ran on December 19 and 20 with a full house each night.

'It's like throwing a brick of human flesh. Its smushy and kind of odd feeling,' said Phoenicia after hurling a large fruit cake at an audience member. Phoenicia also kicked a shoe off into the house, hitting an unsuspecting woman.

Phoenicia, a drag queen, and Vic, a pianist who currently plays piano for Arnaldo! Drag Chanteuse, and has played at events for Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and President Barack Obama, performed multiple Christmas medleys, 'My Favorite Things,' 'What the World Needs Now,' and many original songs written by Victor or by the two of them together, including: 'I'm Dreaming of a New Boyfriend' (to the tune of 'White Christmas') and their own version of 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town' which they turned into a story of how Phoenicia was taken prisoner by 'Master Claus' and kept in a sort of oubliette for six weeks.

The duo also dedicated 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' to a certain Muslim friend of theirs who was arrested by a plethora of police officers on his way to the Portland Christmas tree lighting ceremony on November 26 - the audience received the joke well.

As the show unfolds, Phoenicia tells a story of a childhood Christmas in the traditional cabaret style which is actually quite entertaining. She comments on Vic's singing, saying: 'Are you all right? Did your finger get stuck in the key?'

Before the ten minute intermission, Cherdonna, of Cherdonna and Lou, did a quick performance where she transformed into a reindeer on stage - pretty cool.

Paris Original, the best thing to happen to boylesque since Waxie Moon, also performed.

Paris' number was absolutely beautiful. He came onto the stage in a tutu dancing to the sound of a music box. As his number began, it seemed that he was just a figure atop a music box until he began to come alive as his movements became more fluid.

As a performer, Paris Original is simply dazzling. This professionally trained dancer has the raw talent and showmanship to take him to Broadway and beyond - if you haven't seen him yet, make a point of it.

Overall the show is good cabaret. The two have been doing their holiday show for many years and it shows. Janusz writes many of his own holiday songs, most of which involve getting or being drunk during the holidays.

Phoenicia is fun and energetic, and encourages audience participation by throwing various things at them. Before the show, she personally dressed up candy canes to give to audience members.

'If you're allergic to cats, you should keep that thing away from your face,' she warned the audience as she flung candy canes. 'I can't tell you why.'

The only downside to the show, at least for me, is Phoenicia's high pitched voice, which I found to be just too much at times.

If you want to catch the holiday show again, you'll just have to wait till next year. It's the perfect show to take mom and dad to if they're coming to Seattle to visit for Christmas.

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