Thrillpeddlers is proud to announce their 6th annual Theatre of The Ridiculous Revival with a Spring production of the next Cockettes Musical, Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma, a new full-length, restored version of The Cockettes’ 1971 musical extravaganza. This is the 42nd Anniversary of the original production, produced as a Nocturnal Dream Show and performed at midnight at the Palace Theatre in Chinatown in SF. Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma celebrates the Cockettes' fascination (in the early 70s) with everything Art Deco.
Richer with age, the new book (based on the 1971 Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma outline) was rewritten by original Cockettes Pam Tent and Scrumbly Koldewyn to realize all of the magic and fullness this genre deserves. The new production keeps the 4 songs from the 1971 production with lyrics by Link Martin and music by Scrumbly Koldewyn, and adding 14 new songs composed by Scrumbly Koldewyn, with lyrics by Scrumbly, with additional lyrics by Pam Tent and Martin Worman, the new songs replace many of the Great American Songbook favorites used in the original Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma presentation. Three original Cockettes: Scrumbly Koldewyn, "Sweet Pam”, and Rumi Missabu will perform in this production, bringing to life the whimsy and the madness that were the "all singing, all dancing, all cardboard” Cockettes. Not only were they among the core members of The Cockettes, but were in the first cast of Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma in 1971. The Cockettes became national media darlings and were invited to perform what became a tumultuous three week run in NYC. The Cockettes were a gender-bending theatrical troupe who originated many musicals, and also exerted a profound influence on the culture of our times, from the phenomenon of midnight movies to glitter rock stars and their outrageous fashions.