Previewed 27 January 2011, Opened 3 February 2011, Closed 19 February 2011 at the Apollo Theatre in London
Leslie Jordan present's his autobiographical one man show My Trip Down the Pink Carpet in London for a strictly limited four week run
Leslie Jordan, that small man and giant scene stealer, is one of the funniest men in America. In My Trip Down The Pink Carpet he has created an outrageous tell-all that weaves together a hilarious collection of true life stories from small-town USA to the pink carpet of Hollywood. Filled with comically overwrought childhood agonies, dangerous temptations, and revealing celebrity encounters - My Trip Down The Pink Carpet delivers a laugh-out-loud take on Hollywood, fame, addiction, gay culture, and learning to love oneself.
Leslie Jordan is best known for his role as Karen Walker's (played by Megan Mullally) pretentious rival 'Beverley Leslie' on the hit series Will & Grace. For that role he received an Emmy Award for 'Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series' at the 2006 Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
"My introduction to the magic of Hollywood had taken place in a darkened motion picture theatre in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1959," says Lesie Jordan. "My mother took me to see Darby O'Gill and the Little People. I was barely four years old, but I stared wide-eyed at the big screen and did not move or make a peep for an hour and a half. On the ride home, I stood in the back seat and boldly began to belt out the theme song at the top of my little lungs: "Oh, she is my dear and darlin' one. Her eyes are sparklin' full of fun..." I remembered most of the words. And what I did not remember, I made up. In 1982, I stepped off a Greyhound bus at the corner of Vine Street and De Longpre Avenue in downtown Hollywood. I had twelve hundred dollars sewn into my underpants. I had a tiny suitcase. And I had dreams. I had dreams as big as the California sky! You see, back where I grew up in East Tennessee, there were lots of hills and lots of foliage, but when I stepped off that bus, all I saw was sky. Bless my sweet, simple heart! I had no idea what I was up against. Bear in mind that 1982 was years before The Ellen De Geneses Show. It was years before Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Queer as Folk, and Will & Grace. Foremost in my mind as I stepped off that bus was: It might not be a good idea to let anyone know that I am a homosexual. I decided I was going to make a real effort to 'butch it upb and hide any signs that I was a Big Homo... So how did this self-conscious young man, who stepped off the bus in 1982 riddled with shame and inner homophobia, become a silver-haired, confident, openly gay man?... Well, this is my trip down the pink carpet. These are my stories. These are my songs.
"Eight years ago Elaine Stritch, at 77, electrified the Old Vic with a solo, confessional, anecdotal show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty, which was about her life, loves, career, drinking and rehab. She held the bare stage alone, but I remember thinking that it was a play rather than a lecture: storytelling, conflict and a satisfying shape. It was given that shape by a master hand: John Lahr. Now Leslie Jordan , best known in the UK for his camp-but-closeted Southern Republican character in Will & Grace, creates his own autobiographical show. Sometimes you feel a slight Lahr-deficit, a bagginess, but not often. This too is, in its way, a play. Jordan powers through a story of gay confusion and redemption-through-showbiz with dazzling physical comedy and impressions, not least of himself at his most absurd. And he does it with irresistible charm, glee and heart... Mainly, he is his own target: affectionate self-mockery is not easy to pull off, but he does it and excludes nobody from its riotous warmth." The Times
My Trip Down The Pink Carpet is written and performed by Leslie Jordan and directed by David Galligan. It transfers to London's West End after a successful season in New York in 2010.
My Trip Down The Pink Carpet with Leslie Jordan in London at the Apollo Theatre previewed from 27 January 2011, opened on 3 February 2011 and closed on 19 February 2011.