Ptown Nights 2018

While all that merriment is happening on the West Coast, your beloved Billy has touched down in Boston and is heading down to Provincetown for July 4th.  People always ask me what shows they should see each summer in Ptown, so here are my picks.  My favorite venues are The Ptown Art House and The Crown & Anchor.  After an impartial coin toss, I’ll be starting with what’s coming up at The Crown.  Plus, how can you go wrong with any season that includes Lucie Arnaz Jr.?  Little Lu comes to The Crown on July 23rd.  Telly Leung appears on August 5th.  Internet sensation Randy Rainbow was supposed to play August 6th and 7th.  But then Leslie Jordan cancelled the following weekend due to work, so Randy took those dates, too – August 13th and 14th.  Bruce Vilanch blows into town (and I mean that literally) on August 17th and 18th.  Anthony Rapp will be there August 25th, and Linda Eder will perform on August 27th and 28th.  Of course, there are people who perform all season long.  I’m always happy to see Thirsty Burlington (because, we go WAY back), and her Cher Show is a must-see.  I’m curious to check out Star Boys.  Any show described as “a sci-fi burlesque show” is right up my…well, it’s up my something.  You can get tickets and more information about all of these events at

Now we turn to The Ptown Art House – which, alas, will be no more after this season.  The usual suspects return for the full summer – Judy GoldVarla Jean MermanWell-StrungSteve Grand, and more drag queens than you can shake a shtick at.  Some of the special guests (performing with and without Seth Rudetsky) include Judy Kuhn on July 15th and 16thAdam Pascal on July 17thChristine Ebersole on July 19th and 20thWill Swenson on July 28th and 29thLiz Callaway on August 12thJeremy Jordan on August 13thEmily Skinner on August 19thStephanie J. Block on August 21st and 22nd, and the ageless Marilyn Maye August 24 through 27.  Throughout the season, you can see Jinkx Monsoon in Beach City BimboMiss Conception in Forbidden Diznee, and Hocum Pokem with Jinkx, Peaches Christ, and Liza Lott.  Naturally, you can get info and tickets at

What will I go to over the Fourth?  I tend to check out Varla and Well-Strung early in their runs because I like to see how their shows develop over the season (and I’m big on giving notes).  Otherwise I can be seen performing acts of a more adult nature in more intimate – and yet still public – settings.  And, no, I do not like being critiqued.

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