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Rufus Wainwright, Viktor & Rolf

THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 2006
With family onstage and friends of Dorothy filling the seats, it couldn't have been any cozier at Carnegie Hall for Rufus Wainwright's song-by-song recreation of Judy Garland's famous 1961 concert there. Nor could the sold-out performance, which at one point included a duet with Lorna Luft, daughter of the legend, have been any gayer than if Liza emerged from the rafters on a swing, jazz hands flailing. From among the 26 standards faithfully reprised (including "Over the Rainbow," for which Wainwright sat on the edge of the stage), we were particularly taken with "The Man That Got Away," which has to be the ultimate sob song and, on this night, a small gay triumph, as it was written for a gay icon, now finally crooned by an openly gay man. Others soaking it all up—though probably not as much as the few ruby-slippers-shod fans in attendance—were Tony Kushner, Marc Jacobs, Ingrid Sischy, Patricia Field, Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, John Waters, the Proenza Schouler boys, Chloe Sevigny and Michael Kors. Also among the stand-happy audience were Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, who outfitted not only Rufus (who's costume changes included variations on the tuxedo, just as Lady G. herself had worn), but also his sister Martha Wainwright, who brought the house down with her raspy rendition of "Stormy Weather," and folk-star mom Kate McGarrigle, who played a bit on the piano for her son, but who's no stranger to the Carnegie stage. Afterwards, a gaggle of the devoted dashed upstairs for a wrap party that doubled as the debut of Viktor & Rolf's first men's cologne, Antidote, for which Wainwright penned a song. Against a giant bottle of the green juice, longtime pals lavished congratulations and air kisses on the man of the hour, including Justin Bond (Kiki of Kiki and Herb), Suzanne Bartsch, singer-actor Michael Cavadias, Ann Magnuson and Gert Jonkers, who originally introduced the trio of Viktor & Rolf & Rufus for an interview in his nude-dude mag, Butt. (At last, a new way to get to Carnegie Hall: ass worship.) At the end of the night, no one made it back to Kansas, but appropriately enough, the Wainwrights' rainbow ended with dinner at the Spotted Pig in Greenwich Village.



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