Katie Woodzick “A Genderqueer Cabaret”
Hillary Hahn • August 24, 2017 • 2017 Boulder International Fringe Festival •
I was working my way through Trident’s coffeeshop, on the way to see “A Genderqueer Cabaret”, when I absolutely had to stop to compliment someone’s outfit. I saw a person with blue-green hair, cheetah-print pants with suspenders, and a rollerskating unicorn top enjoying a cup of coffee by themself. I had no idea that this same person was about to sing their face off for me and about 20 other people on Trident’s back porch.
Katie Woodzick took about 10 classic standards and show tunes, songs that I’ve known for the majority of my life, and made them their own. Songs like “My Way” by Frank Sinatra, “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar, and “On My Own” from Les Miserables. Instead of singing he, she, her or him, they used the gender neutral pronouns like them and they. It was refreshing to experience these classics with a new approach.
In between songs, Katie’s sweet personality and sense of humor were absolutely endearing. They shared witty, personal stories about what each song meant to them, and why they chose to perform them.
They closed their set with an original song that fit perfectly with the show’s theme.
What a fantastic way to spend an evening. Definitely one of the best shows of Fringe this year! Great job, Katie!
You can experience “A Genderqueer Cabaret” at Trident Booksellers and Cafe