An Evening At The Birdcage will be hosted by Joe
Posa as “Joan Rivers” with Steven Brinberg as “Simply
Barbra,” Tommy Femia as the one and only “Judy Garland”
and Thirsty Burlington as the incomparable “Cher.” The
event is at
The Manor Complex in
Fort Lauderdale on January 28 & 29 - 7:30 p.m and
January 30 - 6:30 p.m. Joe Posa recently spoke with
Mark's List about the show and working with some of the
biggest divas in the world:
What can we expect from the
characters in “An Evening at the Birdcage”?
An ALL LIVE VOCALS
show, with the very best in the world of Celebrity
Female Impersonation. Tommy Femia as Judy Garland;
Steven Brinberg as Barbra Streisand; Thirsty
Also, we have
own Rod Stephens offering a bit of eye candy.
With your character Joan
Rivers in particular, how do you come up with the
content that you will use? Is it a mixture of old
and new material? She has had a pretty long
I tend to be very
current with the material, as she is much edgier today
than yesterday. I love it! I also engage the audience
quite a bit, and enjoy doing improv, and interacting in
When did you first decide to impersonate Joan
Rivers and other famous female icons? Did you feel like
you had some big shoes to fill?
I began my career in
musical theater, primarily as a dancer. I would, for
kicks, lip-sinc the likes of Barbra, Liza and Michael
Jackson. Even Diana Ross & Whitney Houston for some
close friends at parties, and they would love it. I
auditioned for "An Evening at La Cage" in NYC in 1993
and got it! I was hired to perform as Barbra & Liza, and
began to perfect my makeup technique. After performing
throughout NYC clubs and Cabarets, as well as casino
revues in St. Maarten & Aruba, I began to add Susan
Lucci, Gloria Estefan, J.LO and then finally Ms.
Rivers!( my only LIVE character). She opened up a lot of
doors for me. I did a seven year run of my show: "Guys
as Dolls" in
and a season in
How does Joan feel about your
impersonation of her?
I worked with Joan
twice, once in
at a corporate event, and the other on CBS's the Early
Show. She is not only extremely professional & driven,
but very supportive and fun! We really hit it off!
What do you want audiences to take away from
watching “An Evening at the Birdcage”?
I want audiences to
simply be swept away by the music of these incredible
artists, as well as laugh out loud at the comedy
throughout. It makes for an amazing evening out with
these legendary ladies!
Where did the concept of the
show come from?
I am a huge fan of
the art of lip-sinc, when it is done well. I just
thought: "I have yet to see an ALL LIVE VOCAL show of
legendary icons, so why not?! I hope to take this show
to casino venues and showrooms around the country.
In terms of acting, do you play gay roles, straight
roles or both? Do you think it’s difficult for gay
actors to play straight roles?
At this point in my
career, Ms. Rivers has taken up most of my acting jobs.
However, I recently played Tina Fey's “Liz Lemon”
character on "30 Rock" along side her! It was at a drag
club, and it was a great experience!
If there were ever a feature film or movie
about the life of Joan Rivers, do you think you would be
in the running for the part?
I actually do think I
would be called to audition for it. Her people know how
to reach my people, so, you never know. I would really
love that opportunity!
With everyone you have worked with, who has
been the most fun? Who has been the biggest bitch?
To be honest, they
have all been a pleasure to work with; professional,
generous, and ready to have fun. I played daytime diva
Erica Kane opposite Susan Lucci on ABC's "All My
Children," and she could not have been kinder to me.
For someone who has never seen you perform, how would
you describe your art?
Well, when you come
join us for "An Evening at the Birdcage" you will leave
thinking you saw your favorite Diva at half the price!
What are the next projects you are working on?
Aside from working
many Corporate and Private red carpet events, I am busy
working on booking this Incredible show throughout the
world! Go to: