Warming up at McCarter Theatre in Princeton with Isaac Mizrahi
There is no better way to spend a cold winter’s night than at McCarter Theatre in Princeton warming up to Isaac Mizrahi’s new show, Isaac Mizrahi: Queen Size.
He is well known for his fashion design. But, he has been singing since a child. And his cabaret show is a sweet testimony to that. In true Isaac fashion, Mizrahi opened the show with a four-piece jazz band led by Ben Waltzer, accompanying him singing “I Feel Pretty.” Mizrahi later told the audience he never dreamed as a child he could sing these songs without irony.
His choice of songs ranged from Billie Holiday to the Pretenders. Mizrahi has a smooth jazz voice, and his enjoyment for what he does comes through. Mizrahi’s charismatic personality and high energy are present in every song.
In between numbers, Mizrahi tells stories from his childhood. He also mentioned becoming an adult and did not hold back. He spoke about his family, dating, sex and he dished on celebrities. It’s like going to an old friend’s home for dinner, who can also sing after each course. The nearly two hours flew by. And there were two encores, leaving the audience wanting even more.
He was such a gracious performer, spending time and taking photos with his throng of fans. Just listening to the people in line, the census was that we would all go back and see the show again.
Mizrahi just released his book memoir titled I.M. In the book, he delves into his lifelong battles with weight, insomnia, and depression. He tells what it was like to be an out gay man in a homophobic age and to witness the ravaging effects of the AIDS epidemic. And he was signing the book after the stage show. He’ll be taking the show on tour this spring around the country along with his new book, which is a must read.
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