If you are hosting your first Thanksgiving dinner this year be warned that a lot can go wrong—especially for amateur hosts who are trying to impress their friends and family.
Martha Stewart, the iconic homekeeping goddess, has Thanksgiving dinner on lock, so what better time of year to bring back the hit musical about her life, The Rise And Fall (And Rise) of Martha Stewart. The show had runs in New York and L.A earlier this year and now it is returning to Joe’s Pub in New York just in time for the holidays.
The Rise And Fall (And Rise) of Martha Stewart, stars Ryan Raftery in domestic diva drag as he retraces her life from her childhood in New Jersey to the building of the Martha Stewart empire, and her stint in prison. Her highs and lows being told through parodies of pop songs like “Crazy In Love,” “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
This is third part in Raftery’s “Titans of Media” series, with the first two installments focusing on Anna Wintour and Andy Cohen.
Fans of Stewart have remarked how uncanny Raftery’s impression is, and it is because he spent months listening to her on repeat.
“I went to sleep every night for three months listening to Martha’s demonstrations on YouTube,” Raftery told NewNowNext. “I turned my laptop away from my face and just closed my eyes and listened to her talk. Martha is from Northern New Jersey – the way she speaks is of her own creation and I love that.”
“It’s not an act anymore, obviously – she’s taught herself to speak in that perfectly measured tone the same way she’s taught herself how to winterize garden hoses.”
Raftery said he had the idea for the show when VH1’s Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party was announced, and he became fascinated with how the lifestyle expert is still relevant decades since her first cookbook debuted.
Raftery may only play the domestic diva onstage, but when asked if had any tips for a perfect Thanksgiving dinner, a quote from Stewart about baking came to his mind:
“I think her overall approach can best be described in her quote about baking for the holidays: ’I think baking cookies is equal to Queen Victoria running an empire. There’s no difference in how seriously you take the job, how seriously you approach your whole life,'” said Raftery.
“I don’t know about you, but that is who I want in the kitchen on Thanksgiving!”
We think we can agree.
The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Martha Stewart returns to Joe’s Pub this Monday, November 20, and February 11 and 12, 2018.
Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on VH1.