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WHAT IS OGUNQUIT?

Ogunquit is an artsy resort village (located 66 miles/ 108km north of Boston) that has been welcoming gay and lesbian visitors and their families for over 110 years. Ogunquit has three miles of white sandy beaches, dance clubs and restaurants for every taste and budget. In summer and even winter, there is always plenty to see and do!

42nd Street at the Ogunquit Playhouse

42nd Street

(Watch Those Dancing Feet!)

A Review by Jason Pendergast

 

The Ogunquit Playhouse 87th season brings yet another a time-tested classic to the stage and creates a production that has all the rendering of its seal of quality.  Based on the 1930’s Warner Brother’s movie by the same name and first debuted on Broadway in 1980, this brilliant and dazzling tap fest explodes on the stage of the Playhouse with energy and passion that makes you want to pull a Peggy Sawyer and just pack a bag and follow those dreams to New York City!  Combine radiant costuming, high energy dance numbers, behind the stage drama between innocent novice Peggy (Jessica Wockenfuss) and diva vamp Dorothy Brock (Rachel York) and you have all the elements mixed together perfectly with a lovely hand and simmered to produce a heavenly treat to the senses (with none of the calories!).

Julian March (a solid and sardonic performance by Steve Blanchard) is trying to put up a new show but needs the capital of a wealthy entrepreneur, which unfortunately comes with a price- namely Dorothy Brock, a talented but high maintenance veteran of the stage.  Accepting this as part of “show biz”, he barely registers new, nervous but talented tap dancer Peggy and reluctantly casts her as a back up dancer. Through fate (and a few mis-steps) Dorothy is out with a busted ankle and the play looks doomed. But this being a feel-good musical, the show must go on and Peggy’s moment to shine happens, in such a thunderously spectacular way that the audience did a standing ovation during the theme song of the show.

This production is a perfect example of how the sum of the parts is magnified when everything is put together with such care and skill.  From the cutesy song numbers (including one set in a long sleep car), the sweet way Peggy warms up stoic Julian with her enthusiasm, the realistic pathos of Dorothy and her desire to find love while struggling to hold on to the one career she knows, this show has pizazz and pathos, all the while entertaining you with dazzling numbers that you will catch yourself moving your feet to.  So get those tap shoes out, dance down the street and experience this treat of the senses for yourself while it is here.

“42nd Street” is running now through July 13th.  For tickets and show times, call 207-646-5511 or visit their website at Ogunquitplayhouse.com.

Live Performance Reviews

Lee Squared

Lee Squared: An Evening with Liberace and Ms. Peggy Lee

Maine Street is kicking off the Summer Season with a hilarious “what if” concerning a couple of Hollywood legions-  If Liberace (who turned 100 this month) and Ms. Peggy Lee were to become entertainers on a cruise ship, what would their act be like?  Would it go over with a modern audience or would the generational gap be too wide. (Bear in mind that Liberace died in 1987 and Peggy Lee’s hay day was before that.)  

The act is surprisingly entertaining, in the most part due to the duo’s comic timing and camp factor (the outfits alone were an 11/10 on the outrageous scale).  There are piano duets, twirls in Red, White and Blue that would make Lynda Carter jealous, flashing lights and, of course, a candelabra! Clocking in at a little over an hour, it is a silly but humorous romp that keeps your interest while giving you a bit of gay Hollywood History.  David Maiocco’s portrayl of Liberace is spot on, as is his amazing likeness. Definitely worth it to check out if you can.

Information on Lee Squared can be found at https://leesquared.info/   

Dueling Drag DIvas

Dueling Drag Divas-

Hell Have No Fury like A Diva With a Bucket of Rubber Chickens

A review by Jason Pendergast

 

Mainestreet continues its provocative and progresstively minded trend of the last several years to bring Ogunquit (and it’s many visitors) high end entertainment. Whether it be Coco Peru’s descriptive stories or the Kinsey Sicks “wholesome Republican” family values show “Naked Drag Queens Singing” or the taste of yesteryear with the likes of Lee Square’s tribute to Liberace and Peggy Lee, visitors and locals alike can experience so much that the gay themed entertainment scene has to offer, right in the center of Ogunquit proper.

 

One of the fixtures of Mainestreet’s entertainment over the last half dozen or so seasons has been the antics of Joanna, “the Gal with a Gazillion Voices”.  Letting her hair down (as much as she can in a brightly colored wig that rivals Marge Simpson in height), Joanna and her partner in crime, Chi Chi Rones team up again to give the audience a twist on the usual drag act.  One part trip down memory lane of various divas near and dear to many a gay’s heart (Tina Turner, Cher, Bette Midler and Lady Gaga, with special appearances from more vintage icons like Janis Joplin, Dolly Parton and Shirley Bassey)… One part “Gong Show” style talent contest where the two divas face off for the honor of “winning” the title of Top Drag Diva.  Throw in some rubber chickens and questionable use of plastic lips and you have the makings of an hour of laughs and gags.

 

The entertainment is light and good-natured, the costumes are over the top and ridiculous and the songs are a good variety of both old and new.   Sure, the humor is low brow at times, but the commentary is good natured and fun, without descending into the dark or snide. You can easily laugh with them, as opposed to feeling laughed at.  Besides, who doesn’t want to see young Judy Garland battle her older self for the title of “Most Sloshed Performer”. Sign me, especially during Pride Month!

 

Dueling Drag Divas is currently running Friday and Saturday evenings at Mainestreet.  For show times on this and other entertainment in at this night club, check out their website at http://www.mainestreetogunquit.com/shows

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The Front Porch- Cafe, Cabaret, Piano Bar

The Front Porch 9 Shore Road Everyone's Happy Place! Celebrating over 35 years as a world famous entertainment destination and award-winning restaurant. located in the heart of beautiful downtown Ogunquit village. We offer our elegant and diverse menu in the Dining...

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Sail with Capt Will Hargrove on the “Sail Me” Sailboat!

Private daily sailing trips out of Ogunquit, Maine​ WE SAIL FROM PE​RKINS COVE, OGUNQUIT, MAINE. Your trip begins from scenic Perkins Cove and your lesson starts as soon as we pass the footbridge. Feel free to learn the ropes, set the sails, handle the tiller or just...

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Maine Street, Night Club, Cabaret

Maine's largest entertainment venue! 195 Main Street, in the village. Mainestreet is northern New England's largest gay nightclub featuring 2 dance rooms, 2 outdoor decks, and 3 bars… it's the best place in Ogunquit to part. Live entertainment, Dancing,  and Fabulous...

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The Leisure Inn

73 School Street, Ogunquit, ME   207.646.2737 Pam & Rich welcome to the Leisure Inn, a place with the warmth that is Maine and a special ambiance that is the Leisure Inn. Full gourmet breakfast, king suites, queen and Honeymoon suite. Conveniently located in the...

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Moon Over Maine

Moon Over Maine
22 Berwick Road, Ogunquit, ME 207.646.6666
Moon Over Maine is located in the center of town, less than a block from restaurants, nightclubs, shopping, and a 6-minute walk to the beach! It features all private baths,some balcony rooms, parking, wi-fi, refrigerators, a/c, lite breakfast including fresh scones, and an outdoor hot tub.

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Ogunquit Beach Inn

Ogunquit Beach Inn. Last minute availability. Phone 207.646.1112. Located in the village centre less than a block to restaurants, nightclubs, shopping, and a 5-minute walk to the beach. Ogunquit Beach Inn features King & Queen rooms, dvd/cd, fridge, breakfast, wifi, some rooms with terraces, and a GREAT location! Make a reservation here. or give us a call at 207.646.1112 Ogunquit Beach Inn.

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Weddings by Frances Reed, Wedding Guide

Get Married in Maine! FRANCES' Guide to Marriage in Maine. Call Frances at 207 337 4191 or email frances@ogunquit.org  1.  You will need to get a marriage license not more than 90 days before your planned ceremony. You can do this at any town office if you are not...

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