Lily Tomlin Producing Leslie Jordan’s One-Man Show

By: Gay.com
2.19.2010

The amazing actress Lily Tomlin is currently matching wits and withering looks with Glenn Close in the new season of FX series Damages.

Never one to slow down, Tomlin and her longtime partner, Jane Wagner, added another project to their busy lives: They’ll be bringing out performer Leslie Jordan’s one-man show My Trip Down the Pink Carpet to the New York stage. Tomlin says of Jordan: "I have seldom spent time working with anyone who so engaged me. What a storyteller! Completely open and honest, witty, charming, outrageously funny and filled with humor about himself and about navigating this life we all share."

Her partner, Wagner said the pair instantly knew they had to bring Jordan's show to a larger audience. "Lily and I saw one of the early showcases of My Trip Down The Pink Carpet and knew at once that we were seeing a performance that we wanted to be a part of in any way possible. We felt it was a one man revelation that everyone should see. Leslie takes us on a rollicking, life-affirming trip down the shocking pink carpet of his wonderfully crazy life. The carpet is wall to wall laughs about the human condition and the little carbon footprints Leslie makes within it. His struggles with sexual identity prejudice and self doubt will resonate with anyone who has a heart and a funny bone." 

Written by and starring Will & Grace alum Jordan, the play will premiere off-Broadway at the Midtown Theater this April for a 12-week run, courtesy of Wagner and Tomlin.

Other stars currently venturing into theatrical producing include Sir Elton John and partner David Furnish (Next Fall) and Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett, who are set to coproduce the musical Fela with rap superstar Jay-Z.

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