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Anthony Fett: Gayer than Christmas

| December 20, 2017

Anthony Fett

Gayer Than Christmas

The Duplex, NYC, December 13, 2017

Reviewed by Chris Struck for Cabaret Scenes

Anthony Fett

If you’re looking to have almost too good of time at a show with plenty of Christmas cheer, than check out Anthony Fett’s Gayer Than Christmas. Promising to be twice as gay and twice as Christmasy as the year before, Fett delivered plenty of both.

He started off pretty Christmasy with “Jingle Bells,” with the talented Jason Wetzel joining on piano, straight from his gig at Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular. But, Fett stepped it up a notch when he was joined by Josh Bardier. Dressed in elf costume-esque candy cane tights, with Fett in a shimmering gold tail coat and Bardier in an identical silver version, they upped the Christmas ante with a stellar medley of Christmas classics, including “Silver and Gold” (Johnny Marks).

If you thought that the show would stick to Christmas standards and more red and green, you’d be in for more unexpected twists. Fett’s “Vacation Medley” began with Aneudy, a male stripper in a Speedo, giving him a lap dance, to up the “gay” factor, to “Blue Christmas.” That moved into Ashley Monique Menard dressed in a sarong for the Hawaiian-themed “Mele Kalikimaka,” and Jayson Kerr, garbed in traditional African dress, for “The Little Drummer Boy.” Bill Goffi was solid on the guitar for the medley as the group finished with “Feliz Navidad.”

Perhaps having had enough of the chaos, Fett brought it back to a more traditional feel by bringing up an old friend, Allison Semmes, for the age-old classic “The Christmas Song” (“Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”). If the duo had only sung that song, this show would have been a success. They paired well, and Semmes simply has an angelic voice. (Not to mention, what says Christmas more than chestnuts roasting and old friends?)

The surprises, though, were not over yet, as Santa (Maria Gentile) made an appearance to make wisecracks and sing “Here Comes Santa Claus.” When everyone finished caroling, I was sure that I had gotten plenty of Christmas and gay. Not sure if Fett could pack any more of either into his show, but we’ll just have until wait for next year!

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Category: Cabaret Reviews, New York City, New York City Cabaret Reviews, Regional

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