Vice Palace: The Last Cockettes Musical is loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe's hallucinatory short story, "The Masque of the Red Death," and the even more hallucinatory 1964 Roger Corman film of that name starring Vincent Price. It also gives a stylistic nod to the early 1960s films of Frederico Fellini, specifically "La Dolce Vita" and "Juliet of the Spirits". Vice Palace was originally written as a vehicle for Divine and actress Mink Stole (best known as stars of cult-director John Waters' films), and The Cockettes.
Originally produced as a "Nocturnal Dream Show" and performed at midnight at the old Palace Theatre in Chinatown on Halloween weekend of 1972, Vice Palace was the fabled and fabulous Cockettes' final stage presentation. The Thrillpeddlers revision will feature selections from other Cockettes shows including "Les Etoiles du Minuit," "Journey to the Center of Uranus," and "The Circus of Life."
This show is part of the fourth annual Theatre of the Ridiculous Revival. With a book by Martin Worman and music composed by Scrumbly Koldewyn, the show was originally performed by The Cockettes during Halloween 1972 at the Palace Theatre in North Beach. This revival has been extensively revised by composer Scrumbly Koldewyn with additional material that originally appeared in past Cockettes productions.
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