Bianca Leigh sings at Cherry’s in Dining With the Divas Series
By Denise Dell Harbin
First, let me make it clear that Bianca is
my favorite girl…lady…drag queen…trannie…singer in Cherry Grove. She is
timeless, elegant and can do no wrong. She presents herself with total honesty
and allows us into her world…for the good and the bad. The beautiful and the
Last Monday night, I had the pleasure,
along with her many other fans, to sit in the cabaret setting Cherry’s sets up
on Monday nights on the dance floor for Dining With The Divas. We enjoyed an
excellent 3 course meal in this intimate space, cooked by chef extraordinaire
Angela Badolato. What could have been better?
Bianca appeared from behind the glittery
red curtain in a very elegant floor length black skirt with a dark brown and
gold sleeveless top. Perfect. Hair up…as usual. And lots of diamonds…or were
they rhinestones?...on her elegant Audrey Hepburn-like neck. She did not overdo
on the breasts…elegant. She called it her “Mother of the Bride look”. They
would be jealous!
She started us off with Broadway Baby.
And indeed she is a Broadway Baby! Sitting in…where did she grow up…New Jersey?
Wearing her cub scout uniform and drooling over the divas on TV. Someday, she
swore…she’d be on Broadway! Oh, and maybe that he would be a she!
And now, she has her show on Broadway (Busted..she
wrote the story…but lived it first! See it in Cherry Grove at The Arts Project
on 8 PM Friday July 6 and at 7:30 Saturday July 7. This show is not to be
Next, she gave us Do You Wanna Dance…slow…languid…and
as she says…”here comes the dance break”! Funny and gorgeous. Wow. When she was
complimented from the audience for her exquisite outfit, she said “oh, this old
thing! $20 at the thrift store!.”
The music started for I… and she began to
sway. Next we heard I and then The Minute You Walked In The Room. Oh, we
love the trash talk from this demure lady! As she segued into Don’t Get Around
Much Anymore, she told us that Duke Ellington was her favorite composer and
that she had the pleasure of working with his granddaughter Mercedes in her
quixotic career. Wow again!
Bianca noted to a younger member of the
audience that “in my day, we learned to speak like Joan Crawford!”. Oh yes, we
did. But this was not going to be a bumpy night! Bianca started Fever
and quit half way through. Oh, you all know how that goes!” and the audience
Then she went into a Marilyn mode…she sang My
Heart Belongs to Daddy and all the dykes perked up, and then went on to Diamonds
are a Girls’ Best Friend and they all settled down.
She was joined by Spicky Hilton, who was on
tap for the Divas Part 2 show at 9:30 PM. Spicky sang an Adele number very
well, and complained about wearing the required floor length gown. Spicky noted
that It Ain’t Easy! And that she had found Jesus! Well, the dress was a
bit too long so that made moving hard!
Bianca returned and it was clear she was so
aware of everyone in the audience that she even greeted a little moth that was
flitting through the stage. She has that ability to include everyone.
She sang All The Things You Are, Are
Mine and then La Vie En Rose, ending with “that was French” and we
Then she broke into her Cher imitation…she
had practiced it when she was a Cub Scout! She sang When You Meet a Boy
as Cher, and then sang A Tiskit A Taskit with some great ad libs. “That
bitch stole my little basket! “ and the audience roared at the double
Finally, as our dinner wound down, over a
hot molten chocolate cake, Bianca sang Our Time is Almost Over and she
sang Set ‘Em Up Joe right to bartender Mike Salanari…a real cutie!
Finally, the night was over and Bianca sang
Oh My Man…I Love Him So…Barbra’s victim song! But here we knew Bianca
was no victim…she knew the score and was sitting on a secret or two!
will be back for another Dining With The Divas on July 9. Seating is at
7:45 with dinner at 8 PM…so don’t be late! Divas Part 2 will feature Charity
that same night…entertaining us as only she can! A Grove icon! Reservations
required 631 - 597 – 7859.