The talented Tommy Femia usually impersonates Judy Garland, but nowadays he’s doing Norma Desmond, sorry Norma Doesmen, in the raunchy spoof of that title at the Abingdon Theatre.
Swathed in feathers and twirling his arms, Femia emits lines like, “Cocaine isn’t addictive. I should know. I’ve been doing it my whole life!”
Which reminds me: Aren’t we lucky that Mae West turned down the role of Norma Desmond in the original Sunset Boulevard?
And that Claudette Colbert hurt her back and had to drop out of playing Margo Channing in All About Eve the very same year (1950)?
The result: The two biggest gay classics of all time!