Best Use Of Food Stuffs
1987: Leslie O’Shey singing an overwrought version of Shirley Bassey’s “I, Who Have Nothing” while eating cereal and subsequently vomiting it all over the stage. “It was the grossest thing you ever saw, but for some reason people were on the floor laughing,” says agent and original DQ producer Michael Oscars.
Most Racially Problematic Showstopper
1992: Full company production number of Prances With Poodles (a takeoff of Kevin Costner’s Dances With Wolves) with Rusty Ryan and company singing Rose Marie’s “Indian Love Call” and Jackie Loren performing “Half Breed” in full Cher regalia.
Most Diva-like Behaviour
1992: An all-star cast featuring Christopher Peterson, Jackie Loren, Danny Love, Jackee Baker and Rusty Ryan. “There wasn’t enough space in that room for all those egos,” says stalwart performer Candi Barr.
Best Reason To Call Your Equity Foreman
1995: The Brazilian Ball number featured massive, authentic feathered costumes and onstage fireworks. “If the fire department had shown up, we would have all been in prison rather quickly,” says Oscars.
Most Fabulous Showstopper
1995: A breathtaking opening number emulating over-the-top costumes from Madonna’s “Vogue” video, and featuring a wig lowered onstage to a group of worshipping apes to the music of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Scariest Onstage Accident
2005: A frightening fall by dancer Rommel from a go-go dancing platform. Fortunately unharmed, girlfriend finished the show with no complaints.
Most Fabulous Onstage Disaster
2006: During a Bette Davis/Joan Crawford-inspired catfight, Candi Barr and Hollywood accidentally dewigged each other and sent a cleavage-concealed bottle of pills rolling into the audience. Bald-headed but unflappable, Barr marched into the audience, retrieved the bottle and carried on with the scene. “Hollywood is a walking comedic disaster of comedic proportions waiting to happen,” says director Graham Maxwell.
Oldest/Longest Running DQ Performer
Fingers directed toward Candi Barr are later found mysteriously bitten off. Investigation still underway.