Nasty Drew & That Harder Boy: The Mystery of the Family Jewels will kick off a three city tour of Poughkeepsie, Rosendale, and Hudson this April. Curious what it’s all about? Here’s nine essentials facts you need to know before you experience this queer & campy comedy.


Q: Is it a Burlesque Show? Is it a Play? What’s This Show All About?

A: Drag. Burlesque. Circus. Quite simply, spectacular live TALENT. The story of The Mystery of the Family Jewels is woven together into a quick-witted scripted play that features performances from some of the hottest stars of NYC nightlife. With two acts and an intermission, this is a full blown theatrical production.


Q: Who’s in the Cast?

A: The show includes a cast of eight performers. Get a sneak peek at them on Facebook.

  • Chris Harder (Star of HUNG With Care, “Best International Male Performer” World Burlesque Games)
  • Nasty Canasta (reigning “Cheese Queen of Coney Island”)
  • Fancy Feast (“Miss Coney Island 2016”, “Miss Bushwick Burlesque 2014”)
  • Ben Franklin (co-creator of 2 Ring Circus)
  • Honey Davenport and Fifi DuBois (both of whom hold the title of “Miss’d America” 2015 and 2014 respectively),
  • Bastard Keith (the pioneer of burlettiquette)
  • Pearls Daily, a talented singer and rising star in the world of burlesque.


Q: So if it’s a Burlesque Show, Will They Be Taking Their Clothes Off?

Yes, but in that seductive performance way. With a mixed male and female cast, we hope you’re not shy because there will be a little something for everybody.


Q: Where Are the Shows Happening?

Friday night, April 15th in Poughkeepsie at Canvas (doors @ 8p, show @ 9:30p)
Saturday night, April 16th in Rosendale at the Rosendale Theater (doors @ 9p, show @ 9:30p)
Sunday night, April 17th in Hudson at Club Helsinki Hudson (doors @ 5p, show @ 7p)


Q: Where Do I Purchase Tickets?

Tickets for all of the shows are available online at General admission tickets are just $20 each with no annoying online fees. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of each show, but space is limited so we recommend that you purchase in advance.


Q: What About Those Wigs?

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You can thank the one and only Steven Perfidia Kirkham for those. Perfidia’s creations are legendary in nightlife and legit on Broadway (Hedwig!) as well as crowning many a RuPaul Queen too!


Q: What if I Get Thirsty?

Don’t worry there will be beverages available from the bars at each location and all the venues will let you bring your drinks into the show.


Q: Why Should I Go?

Because live entertainment is amazing! Dozens of people have committed countless hours to creating a truly unique experience that Big Gay Hudson Valley and are proud to bring to the Hudson Valley.


Q: How Can I Help?

Please help to spread the word! Invite your friends, surprise them with tickets, plan a weekend around one of the three shows. You can even share this link on social media! The more the merrier, right? Help our community to grow by staying engaged and connected.


Thank you & we can’t wait to see you at the shows!

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