Bridgett Everett, is about to star in the show of the same name at the Soho Theatre in London from Monday 18th- Saturday 30th July. We caught up with her before the first performance to ask her how she feels about her UK debut.
What can audiences expect from Bridget Everett?
The show is part comedy, part cabaret and part rock, featuring sequins, tits and money notes. It's like a party you didn't know you were invited to but don't want to leave.
Fred Armisen, Flea, Patti LuPone, Marc Shaiman, Peaches, and Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters) so please tell us about these artists.
Patti is my queen. She's the ultimate Broadway queen. I've sung with her a couple times including a duet at Carnegie Hall. Two dreams coming true in one night. Marc is an incredible writer and musician and I still can't believe I've had the chance to write songs with him and perform them live! Fred is one of the funniest, warmest and delightful comedians I've seen. We sang Pure Imagination together. It was really lovely, as was he. Flea joined me on stage and it was just the two of us. I brought a barely there little something for him to wear. He was totally game and there is no one like him. I've been watching Jake since he started in downtown NYC. He's one of my favourite live performers. I looooove the Scissor Sisters. And peaches. Peaches is a goddess and the nicest person in the world. Getting to sing with her was like floating on a cloud of puppies, kittens and chardonnay: EPIC.
You have been described as 'raw and riotous' by the New York Times- so how much do you agree with it?
I'd say it's pretty accurate. I have a great time on stage and go 100 miles an hour and I don't stop until everyone in the audience is having as much fun as me.
You recently starred in the Broadway show Rock Bottom, so what can you tell us about this?
I did rock bottom at the Public Theatre (which is actually an off-Broadway house) right across the hall from Hamilton. They commissioned me to write a new show and collaborate with whomever I wanted. So I asked Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (Hairspray, and the upcoming Mary Poppins sequel) to write some songs with me. I also asked Matt Ray and Adrock (from my band, The Tender Moments) to write a few songs with me. It's an auto-biographical rock and roll ride with babies, whipped cream and some tender moments.
This is your UK debut, so how excited are you to perform in front of a British audience?
I'm super excited! I've long loved the UK and have been waiting for the right time to do some shows. I have a lot of friends who have come over to do shows and loooove the Soho Theatre. I'm ready for the adventure and will give it everything I have and more.
Where is your favourite place to perform?
Wherever I am is my favourite. I'm so grateful to get to do what I love for a living. Every night is exciting and each show is like a great first date.
When did you first realise you had a gift for comedy?
Well, my family is really funny and I'm the youngest of 6. I've always just tried to keep up with the rest of them!
What is next for you?
I'm doing some movies and working on a new TV show. And I'll keep touring until the knees give out and I can't stand up anymore!