Lee is the twenty-something female impersonator who graces the small stage at the Golden Lantern, an old bar – a joint – in the French Quarter of New Orleans. As it often has in the past, the small crowd comes out to enjoy Lee’s “Miss Blanche Tells All” – a drag show that has never disappointed until perhaps on this unforgettable night.  Lee’s story is not an unusual one on the surface. He grew up in the 1960s with an abusive alcoholic father and a doting mother who gave him all her attention encouraging her son’s interest in the contents of a mysterious trunk – the trunk now onstage and, perhaps, belonging to someone close to his family.

Original idea, Book & Lyrics by Jason Jacobs
Directed by Gisela Cardenas
Premiered at New York Musical Theatre Festival

Performer: Brian Charles Rooney
Music Director & Pianist: Robert Frost
Music: M. Pritchard
Lights: Christopher Weston
Choreography: Nicole Curio
Basst: Mark Van Ziegler
Drumms: Kylie Andrews
Photography: Bjorn Bolinder 

Developed with director Gisela Cardenas as part of the Columbia Collaboration Project, Miss Blanche Tells It All was initially workshopped at Dixon Place. In 2017 the New York Musical Theatre Festival invited it for a run. 


“Under Gisela Cardenas’s stunning direction, Brian Charles Rooney delivers a bravura performance that not only engages the audience but holds each member spellbound for seventy-five minutes.”


"Director Gisela Cardenas uses a gossamer touch in allowing Lee's secrets to be revealed one by one while creating suspense around”.