Two Sydney drag legends, Miss 3D and Cindy Pastel, are re-uniting for a Judy and Liza tribute show.
It has been nearly three years since the pair last shared a stage, and to mark the return, they have planned an elaborate extravaganza devoted to Judy Garland and Liza Minelli.
Just weeks away, the pair are deep in preparation mode. Pastel admitted that the 1964 documentary Judy and Liza live at the Palladium has been on heavy rotation, while Miss 3D was drowning in swathes of fabric while trying to Singer up some final costumes while speaking to Sydney Star Observer.
It’ll be really good for the old school queens who remember them and it’ll be good for the young ones who don’t know anything about Judy Garland, Pastel said, adding with mock horror, Those people do exist. I had a guy the other day who didn’t know who Shirley Bassey was! I think it’s time for me to become the old school nanna and teach people some of these things.
It’s going to be a lot of fun and we’re putting everything into it, though of course the nicest thing is that we’re back together again, because we’re great old mates and it’s just been hysterical – we forget the same things, we do a routine and finish and then it’s like, well do you remember what we just did? No, not really.
There is a touch of nervousness about it according to Miss 3D, though there is also a sense that the show was supposed to happen. Miss 3D happens to share a birthday with Judy, which also happens to be the date the show was confirmed. The date of the show is also the night the moon falls in Aquarius.
Coincidence? Written in the stars? Perhaps, but if not, there’ll be enough sequins to out-bedazzle the entire Milky Way.
It does seem like things have just come together, 3D said, when we found out about the show I did a big drag clean up of the back room and found this old vinyl of Judy and Liza at the Palladium, that I didn’t even know I had, and now here I am busy making a rainbow costume.
The pair have performed together in a Cabaret show before, but this will be the first time that either of them have taken on Judy Garland.
At the Albury we did Bassey and we did Dusty but we were never really like the Americans who impersonate those people so well, 3D said.
We more or less interpret their music in the showbag way rather than trying to be a perfect Liza or a perfect Judy impersonator. We still like to present Cindy Pastel and Miss 3D doing those characters rather than trying to get into their skin and be them.
And if anyone’s expecting intricate choregoraphy, forget it, Pastel added, the box-step and the sunshine, that’s our motto for dancing, but we’re going to look pretty and whatever happens we’re going to have a lot of fun. We want to get those tired old queens, who are just sitting around moaning and groaning about how drag’s this and that, to come along and remember what we once had but also realise that it’s still here, so why can’t we continue it?
info: Miss 3D and Cindy Pastel will perform together at the Oxford Hotel on Wednesday August 5. To pre-purchase tickets go to moshtix.com.au or poloandsupper.com.au.