Pauline Girland is a sensational solo performer. This spectacular Cross-Dressed “Drag Show” is at home on The Big Stage, Club, Casino or Cruise Ship level but special versions are a superb choice for Bachelorette, Wedding and Private Parties, too.
Price Range: $ (phone number hidden)
Gig Length: 10 - 360 minutes
What to Expect
And that translates to: 10 minutes to 6 hours.
Typically a ten minute appearance would be considered a "cameo" and would feature about 3 songs in one costume set. No frills... You provide a good sound system (and I will have a sound check) and lights. This is my bottom line. If it's a special occasion that I value and there is no sound system I will bring a portable one of my own.
A 4 - 6 hour engagement is the "Full Monty". Typically this would be an all-night dance-based event featuring dance oriented performance numbers. The Pauline Girland Show is your best choice. The Show's resident, top-flight DJ will lay down the groove, The Light Man will dazzle you with a customized light show and Pauline will bring the extra excitement, the flow and emcee. Everything in this format is coordinated to flawless perfection. Upon request (and this will cost you a little extra) live musicians (typically a percussion section), singers and dancers (pretty bodies that move and do it well) will further raise the excitement level. The "Full Monty" is not cheap but favorably compares to similar acts - and it's novel, spectacular and easy to accommodate. (However, it's not a circus extravaganza.)
Upon a very special request Pauline will elevate her otherwise mildly erotic stage act to a little-more-than-mild...
The Pauline Girland Show is a full scale musical theater performance where club, rock and cabaret gloriously co-exist. It can be nearly old-fashioned or bordering on erotica. It's a fast moving, well choreographed extravaganza where music smoothly blends with occasional Eddie Izzard / Monty Python style comedy.
The Show is not necessarily a solo affair. It's usually supported by a sound-artist (who will double as a DJ) and, upon request, a number of other supporting performers.
Even though in its full-size form it could fit Madison Square Garden, in its “compact” size it's also perfect at more intimate, personal events.
The Pauline Girland Show is a fabulous choice as a drag show at a Bachelorette Party, as a transvestite performance at a Wedding Party (if something mildly kinky fits the plate...) or a cross-dressed musical cabaret spectacle at High-End Private Parties and Corporate Events.
Though the show is definitely a "gender-bender" (the main male performer morphs into a female character for each set of music) it differs from the usual "drag queen" or "female impersonator" acts in some subtle ways. There is no crude vulgarity and obscenity. (Okay, I'll put some in if you request it..)
It's not about impersonating certain celebrities, performers or characters. (There are thousands of such acts – and they are good at it...) It's about creating a new, unique, alive character for each musical set that will become one with the music from then on. (And there is only ONE of this kind of a Show...)
Pauline sings and performs each piece live, real time; also plays guitar and bass and, if called for, is joined by The Team: a creative DJ who also operates the main sound mix and the light show; a gaffer (pro lighting technician) as well as other musicians and dancers.
Here are some custom-tailored, specific shows:
The Basic Bachelorette Drag Show
These popular events tend to be in the low-medium attendance category.
Accordingly, the basic show will default to Pauline's solo, multi-character performance with some tongue-in-cheek t i t i l l a t i o n.
A sound-artist works together with Pauline, who is also the in-show DJ.
(If additional, professional DJ services are required he (she) will be your best choice, they come with the package and they are phantastic; spinning both theme-specific grooves and other, most in-demand dance styles. Extended DJ-hours will only slightly raise the price).
The Basic Bachelorette Drag Show can be modified and extended – we are very flexible. Ask for specifics about the show, the themes, the performance options and we'll be glad to provide details and design the best to coordinate with your ideas to entertain your guests the most.
(Hint: the first half of the the eternally classic movie Rocky Horror Picture Show is a riot-performance in Pauline's adaptation. It drags in everybody, it's playfully sexy - any all-girl crowd will love it).
The Basic Wedding Party Drag Show.
The Wedding is still the most important event of our life. If you are a little adventurous and daring you may want to try a hilarious presentation fully centered on the theme of Marriage and The Wedding itself. It can be “proper” (within reason...) or quite bold (and we mean b o l d) but never, never crude or in bad taste. The natural flow of the show will include some old-fashioned and some rather daring (and, by virtue, funny) numbers; your guests will sway, laugh – and blush...
(A good consultation is advised... We can work out details to please - but still, mildly excite - most everyone. A full program-layout of this specific show is also available).
For this event, being a larger attendance category, a medium-sized troupe is recommended, 4 to 7 including Pauline. The cost will go up slightly with more performers involved but the Show will also go up, even disproportionately. For extended extra DJ services (DJs come with the show) see above (Bachelorette).
A Little Background
Mr. Girland's background includes theatrical works; several years on New York rock scene; running a top level jazz club and producing artists for major label record companies (Universal). He has also written a gender-bender musical revue for Broadway, “Happysillysexy”.
Additional Booking Notes
The basic show runs about 90 minutes (or two sets of 40 - 45 minutes each). It's constructed to begin and to end in a true musical theater fashion. It will leave you fully satiated – but you may find yourself asking for more. The basic show can be reduced to a short version (10 to 30 minutes) or expanded to cover a full night's dance/performance event (4 to 6 hours).
The main show can also be converted into special, theme-specific sub shows. At the moment, these special shows are: “The Bachelorette Party Show”; “The Wedding Party Show”; “The Very Sexy in-and-out-of Drag Show”; "Studio 54”; and “Schoolgirls”.
The standard Pauline Girland show is best performed on a stage (or equivalent - like a fair sized, acoustically good room or hall without a stage); it uses advanced sound, light and multimedia features; it also uses an onstage “dressing screen” behind which the costume changes are done in real time, as well as other stage props and, if called for, provide room for supporting musicians and dancers. Both down-sized (low budget) arrangements, which eliminate some of the above props, and super-sized (high budget) arrangements can be worked out.
La Passione – Shirley Bassey
Sex Machine – James Brown
I Feel Good – James Brown
Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
I'm A Boy – The Who
Lola – The Kinks
Second Hand Rose – Barbra Streisand
Brand New Key – Melanie
I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow
You Spin Me Round – Dead Or Alive
Songs from Studio 54
The Rocky Horror Picture Show - special blocks and numbers
Originals from “Happysillysexy” (Show – LP Album)
Originals from “Blend” (LP Album)
Originals from “Sex Is Holy” (LP Album)
Influences & Inspiration
The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Eddie Izzard, Hedwig, Monty Python
To be discussed
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