Sandy causes rescheduling to Nov. 16

Screen, stage star heads to Camden - SHOW POSTPONED

Oct 20, 2012
Danny Pintauro, pictured back in his “Who’s The Boss?” days, will made quite another impression in “Mommie Queerest.”

Camden — Canceled flights, flooding and several stranded “Mommie Queerest” cast members have lead to the rescheduling of the parody of the cult classic film "Mommie Dearest" to Friday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. at the Camden Opera House. All tickets previously purchased will be honored for the new date. Anyone unable to make the rescheduled date should send email to dmorrison@camdenoperahouse.com or call 236-7963 and a full refund will be provided.

Danny Pintauro will play a variety of characters in the comedy “Mommie Queerest,” which will be presented one-night-only at the Camden Opera House by Camden Harbour Inn in support of Maine Equality. Pintauro gained internationally fame for his role as Jonathan Bower on the hit series “Who's The Boss?” He began his professional career at age 2 as a model and commercial actor. At 3, he signed a five-year contract with CBS-TV's daytime drama “As The World Turns.” He made an acclaimed film debut as Tad in Stephen King's "Cujo" and also appeared in “The Bennker Gang” with Andrew McCarthy. Pintauro also was featured in CBS-TV's “Timestalkers” and “Highway to Heaven” with Michael Landon.

A graduate of Stanford University with a degree in drama, Pintauro has major theater credits from around the country. They include Paula Vogel's "Hot n' Throbbing" at Arena Stage, "Gross Indecency: The Trials of Oscar Wilde” at Charlotte Repertory and Puck in Hangar Theater's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." In Manhattan, Pintauro played the role of Allen Ginsberg in the acclaimed "Beat" at the New York International Fringe Festival. Most recently, he played the lead role of Tony Whitcomb in the longest running play in U.S. history, "Shear Madness." Pintauro made his professional New York debut at The Duplex in the one-man show "The Velocity Of Gary (Not His Real Name)," where he also made headlines with the hilarious "A Queer Carol."

The full cast features many of the actors who have performed across the country in this zany all male comedy. Christopher, Joan Crawford’s adopted son, is played by Brian Dunham; Brooks Braselman plays Christina, Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter; and playwright Jamie Morris plays Joan Crawford. Christopher Kenney, well-known to Camden Opera House audiences and beyond as drag sensation Edie and The Mistress of Sensuality, host and emcee of Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity” in Las Vegas, directs. Kenney won the LA Weekly Theater Award as Best Comedy Director for his work on “Mommie Queerest,” and was named by Las Vegas City Life readers as Best Local Theater Director for his work on Morris’ trilogy of plays.

Morris is best known for his stage parodies, which have toured the country since 2003. His other works include “The Facts of Life: The Lost Episode” and “The Silence of the Clams,” both of which had world premieres in Provincetown, Mass. He lives in Las Vegas and plays Father Mark in the long-running interactive comedy “Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding” at Bally’s Hotel & Casino.

"I am truly excited that we are able to get such an internationally acclaimed cast for an equally exceptional funny comedy,” said Raymond Brunyanszki, co-owner of Camden Harbour Inn. "This evening is for an important cause, but also to bring a 'Broadway Experience' to the Camden Opera House. I hope many members of our local community will take the opportunity to see this hilarious show!"

“Mommie Queerest” premiered in Provincetown in 2003 to sold-out “Rocky Horror”-type crowds and has since played every major city in America. Featuring an all-male cast, this LA Weekly Theater Award-winning play tells the now-famous story of Hollywood's baddest Mama and her rocky relationship with adopted daughter Christina, with a twist — what if Joan Crawford had really been a man?

Tickets are $25 and are available through the Camden Opera House; call 470-7066 or book online at camdenoperahouse.com Following the performance all ticket holders are invited to an after party including complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a meet and greet with the cast at Natalie’s at Camden Harbour Inn. Dinner at Natalie’s and dinner-and-lodging packages at Natalie’s/Camden Harbour Inn are available, including reserved orchestra seats; call 236-7008.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

An all-male cast presents the outré comedy “Mommie Queerest.” Pictured are Brooks Braselman as Christina and Jamie Morris as Joan Crawford.
“Mommie Queerest” director Christopher Kenney last performed in Camden as the fabulous Edie.
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