iTom_shuffle - A Musical Comedy Cabaret for Consenting Adults Only
Since 1997, award-winning San Francisco lyricist-playwright-singer-dancer-actor-comedian and "musical comedy cabaret porn star" Tom Orr has been entertaining Bay Area audiences with his smart, satirical parodies, i.e. "Dirty Little Showtunes!", his critically-acclaimed, crowd-pleasing cult hit revue that's had successful runs in San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Houston & the 2006 Minneapolis Fringe Festival. A native son of the San Fernando Valley, he is making his Los Angeles debut after 15 years of professional theatre on both coasts.
Variously called "the Lenny Bruce of musical parody" and "the love child of Al Parker and Dorothy Parker," Orr is known for baring all (or nearly all) in his bawdy burlesque turns in Dirty Little Showtunes!, Howard Crabtree's Whoop-Dee-Doo!; his previous solo act, Of Me I Sing, Baby!; as "The Perky Little Porn Star" in Naked Boys Singing! (2000 San Francisco and 2001 Provincetown casts); as well as for his quirky quick-change character work in G-rated fare such as Mack & Mabel, Li'l Abner, One Touch of Venus, Pardon My English, Plain & Fancy, Shopping! The Musical, Simply Sondheim: A 75th Birthday Salute and Trog!
He most recently made a splash in the infamous shower scenes of the hit Take Me Out at SF's New Conservatory Theatre Center, where iTom_shuffle will appear in Summer 2008.
As a relative newcomer to the adult film industry, known as Tom Lazzari, he was nominated for a 2006 GayVN Award, the industry's "Oscar," for his scene in TitanMedia's "Closed Set: Titan Stage One." Successfully conquering an unfortunate crystal meth addiction three years ago, Orr/Lazzari has become an outspoken advocate in the fight against speed use in the gay community, writing songs about his recovery and contributing his time and talents to a variety of outreach campaigns, including the Stonewall Project and www.tweaker.org's "Hot Sex Without Crystal? Hell Yeah!" and Better World Advertising's "Resist Meth" sites.
Now, with dozens of dirty little ditties in his risque repertoire, Orr has built a new show, iTom_shuffle, made up of his best, raunchiest and bawdiest Broadway bawdlerizations, with provocative parody lyrics set to familiar melodies from such shows as Wicked, The Producers, Annie, Oklahoma!, Hello, Dolly!, Gypsy, Disney & more, all with a XXX twist!
With biting wit and sharp social commentary on everything from gay marriage to the crystal meth epidemic to prurient takes on sex, leather, drag and porn, iTom_shuffle will amuse and arouse for two weekends and eight performances only at Theatre Asylum in Hollywood.
HEAR WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT iTom_shuffle:
"From the opening, 'Good Evening, Im Tom Orr,' to 'Goodbye, Tina,' and beyond, the songs in Tom Orrs latest cabaret show [iTom_shuffle] are witty and naughty and great fun for an X-rated audience! ... You neednt have a thorough knowledge of Broadway musicals to enjoy Orrs tunes (maybe you should turn in your Gay Card, though), but it helps. ... Taking the Gypsy 'Some People' song and turning it into a lyrical lambaste against uber-technology is sheer genius! ... I love the way [he] homosexualizes the otherwise hetero songs. ... Tom Orr doesnt just sing; he acts; he pantomimes; he characterizes, trivializes, dramatizes, and sodomizes. He illuminates, elucidates, and explicates. ... Theres something here for everyone. Something that each audience member can relate to and laugh over. ... One thing for sure Tom Orr puts the 'sin' in 'sincere.' So leave the kiddies safely at home, playing with their iPods, and shuffle on over to The Garage for some dirty little ditties in The City!"
Sister Dana Van Iquity, San Francisco Bay Times
"Finally! Tom Orr is bringing back cabaret the way it should be!"
Shawn Ryan, finalist "America's Got Talent", Herbst Theatre headliner
"Wow, Tom, what a fabulous show! Whew! There's some pretty wild stuff in there, and it was really ... edgy ... and my husband Rick was saying that that's what good theatre should do, ya know: to talk about things, important and difficult things, and put them out there and think about them and then laugh about them. Great stuff, Tom! And the rest of the night after was [whistles] ... ya got us both all riled up!"
Maureen McVerry, cabaret chanteuse, "Verry McVerry" - via voicemail
"Tom, I just had to thank you for the wonderful show tonight [Fri., Aug. 17th]. After a long week of work, it really was an invigorating and creative experience. You have a terrific energy about you and I know that you put a lot of time, heart and thought into the show. I will recommend your show to others. Keep up this work. Much appreciation!! Thanks also for sharing your [recovery] story. I think that your message hit others by your songs and words!!" Kevin Thomas, SF, CA - via email
AND HEAR WHAT THE PROS HAVE SAID ABOUT TOM ORR:
"Truly impressive ... remarkably skillful ... [Orr knows] how to set up a joke, and how to make it pay off, as well as how to spring surprises on the listener. Furthermore, there is substance behind the jokes, a quality rare in camp song writing."
Stephen Sondheim, New York, NY
"Expertly crafted, beautifully done ... wonderful!"
Gerard Alessandrini, creator of "Forbidden Broadway," NYC, NY
"What else can I say except, 'Hooray!'?"
Craig Lucas, playwright/director, New York, NY
"Tom Orr is the Lenny Bruce of musical parody."
David Koch, director/producer, Seattle, WA
6320 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|