At Bar Natasha on May 21, Brown (accompanied by the indefatigable Daniel Doss) wowed a packed house with his crazy-sexy-silly cabaret stylings. In a crisp sailor suit, he reworked a Sweet Charity favorite into "Hey, Big Spencer." In grand wigs and gowns, he bitch-slapped pop and show tunes for almost two hours, complete with one-two rock steps and many silky pelvic thrusts. He sometimes soldiered through the verses with a comic croak but always took full flight on the choruses. Highlights included musical potshots at Brownback and Phelps; a Carrie duet with Chadwick Brooks; and the long run-up to a finale that included songs as disparate as Tom Waits' "Chocolate Jesus," Cab Calloway's "Minnie the Moocher," Paul McCartney's "Live and Let Die" and Queen's "Somebody to Love" — a fine run for any show but exhilarating for a free one.
Doss tells me that he and Brown will be back at Bar Natasha on July 23. Make reservations now, people.