The final attendance numbers are in for “Gayland” at The New Orleans Fringe Festival.
Over the four performances, 591 people saw the show.
The biggest night was Saturday night, at 194. The risers seat 150 people, so that means 44 people were standing on the sides or sitting on the floor in front of the stage an Saturday.
Thanks so much for coming, everyone!
Sunday night, we played to a very full house, and the cast was in a playful mood with lots of ad libs. Probably the audience favorite was from Lesley De Martin, as she hurried her class offstage at the end of Mismatch Mercy Mission, “Come on, this is Fringe. We only have an hour!”
When it was over, we popped champagne, exchanged hugs, and posed for the group photo:
The “Gayland: The Musical,” cast, crew, and creators.
Left to right: Doug Therrien, Lori DeLeon, Spencer Doyle, Charles Kohlmeyer, Dilyara Shiderova, Dave Hurlbert, Scott King, Christopher St. John, Ivan Griffin, David Kaplinsky, Christopher Thompson, Kathleen Westfall, Chard Gonzalez, (second row) April Mok, Joe Furnari, Nick Shackleford, Brittany Scofeld, Lesley DeMartin. Not pictured: Swamp DeVille (sets) Veronica Russell (costumes)
Photo by Sandy Mustard, 11-24-13.
Saturday night, we ran past “sold out” and up towards the Fire Marshall limit for Marigny Opera House. People were packed into every available niche. A visitor from OffBeatMagazine tweeted this pic featuring Ivan Griffin’s showstopper performance of “Im a Real Man.”
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The venue added as many extra chairs as possible, and then squeezed in a few people SRO, so we were well over 150. Great energy from the audience, which really kicked the performers into high gear. It was a great show!
“I was told that this play was going to be, “The must-see of Fringe Festival,” and upon seeing it on opening night, I have to agree.”
– Kelly Crawford
NoDef Staff Writer
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Lori DeLeon is bringing a host of characters to life, including Grace, the ungay activist, and an evangelical lesbian preacher. Come see her at the Fringe Festival In New Orleans, November 20-24.
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Ivan plays two guysy-guys, one gay and the other ungay, and he brings the perfect voice to the anthemic “I’m a Real Man.” Come see him at the Fringe Festival In New Orleans, November 20-24.