Last night, theater and film aficionados gathered for a night of cabaret and honors at The Players Hall of Fame dinner in Lower Manhattan. The 2012 Hall of Fame inductees were presented with a portrait painted by artists that will be featured throughout the Gramercy venue. Honorees included a plethora of tastemakers in theater, film, and the performing arts such as actor Ethan Hawke, drag legend Charles Busch, and king of cabaret Steve Ross.
“When you’re a drag performer it’s very easy to have a big fat chip on your shoulder,” said Busch, “and it’s always very easy to think that you’re not being taken seriously or that you’re sitting at a different table, so when I have been lucky enough to receive this kind of honor it means a great deal to me.”
Busch, who performed in plays that include Vampire Lesbians of Sodom and Die, Mommie, Die! is also an accomplished playwright, screenwriter, director, and—get this—a reality TV competition buff. He even expressed interest in being a judge for RuPaul’s Drag Race!
“I’m waiting for the phone call! Do you know someone?” Busch happily chimed. “I should probably just be very bold and email [the producers]. I’ve met RuPaul a couple of times, he’s a really nice fellow.”
Steve Ross, famous for such albums as Live at the Algonquin and I Won’t Dance! performed a charming cabaret number while receiving his honor.
“The cabaret world is a live interchange between the artist in a small place and the audience,” said Ross about the art of cabaret performing. “That’s what cabaret is all about!”
Browse through the gallery below for the honoree paintings and more!