Conversing with Coco
The indomitable drag legend Miss Coco Peru will be all over Southern California this month. She will be starting with a performance at San Diego’s Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage on Thursday, March 13 and culminating in the eighth installment of her ongoing Conversations With Coco on Thursday, March 20 at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Renberg Theatre, with a stop in between at the Purple Room in Palm Springs on Sunday, March 16.
Liza Minnelli will be Coco’s very special guest at the Renberg. Minnelli, in addition to being Judy Garland’s oldest daughter, has had her own Oscar-, Tony-, Emmy-, Grammy- and Golden Globe-winning career. The legendary actress-singer will also be making her Disney Hall debut while in L.A. on Tuesday, March 25.
Coco’s past celebrity guests have included Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Charles Busch and the late Karen Black. Conversations With Coco, she said, "is sort of like Inside the Actors Studio, only it’s much more fun and I’m prettier than James Lipton - sort of."
The divine Miss Coco recently spoke with The Rage Monthly during her weeklong run in Puerto Vallarta.
You are a busy lady! How do you maintain your energy and figure?
My figure is up for discussion, I’ll probably return from Mexico with a giant burrito around my waist. (Laughs) The food here is incredible. I exercise as much as I can, and I don’t drink booze. I try to get eight hours of sleep. Oh, and I’m a big fan of naps.
What can people expect at your San Diego, L.A. and Palm Springs shows?
In San Diego, I’m doing a "best of" show with both old and new material, and in Palm Springs I’m doing my "She’s Got Balls" tour. It’s the first time I’ll be performing "She’s Got Balls" in Palm Springs, so I’m excited. I understand both Palm Springs shows are nearly sold out, which is wonderful.
Do you ever tire of performing or of the "social whirl?"
I have my moments when I think retirement’s going to be great, but then I have moments when I connect with an audience like I am doing here in Puerto Vallarta, and it’s magical. I get tired of the marketing, even though it’s much easier with the Internet; I don’t have to stand on a corner handing out fliers anymore. But with the Internet people are also more distracted.
You are going to be interviewing the one and only Liza Minnelli this month. Is there a particular question you are burning to ask her?