This extravaganza of drag started with PrideFest in 1990 when the small gathering was held at Juneau Park, and then moved as the festival grew to Veteran’s Park.
By 1995, BJ had retired from performing just as PrideFest moved to the Summerfest Grounds. In 2013, both BJ and her revue were back to entertain new and old fans alike, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome them back this year.
The revue is a compendium of talented drag performers who have worked at one time or another alongside the legendary Daniels, who as part of the 80′s drag boom, played at all the major gay clubs in the state for over 13 years.
Each performer in the sassy revue brings something to the drag table, whether it’s camp, glamour high energy dancing, divalicious attitude or all of the above Along with Daniels and the stellar all star cast will be BJ’s fabulous back up dancers who help raise the bar of entertainment to a new level. BJ is proud to be back at PrideFest and wants everyone who sees the revue to know how honored the cast will be to entertain you all once again at what has become one of the leading Pride festivals in the nation!
To learn more about what BJ is up to, and to catch her appearances around town, connect with Miss BJ Daniels on Facebook.
BJ Daniels Photography by John Grant
APPEARING AT PRIDEFEST MILWAUKEE 2015:
Dear Ruthie is the author of “Hear Me Out” in Shepherd Express newspaper and “Ruthie’s Bitchin’ Kitchen” found in Quest magazine. A Milwaukee drag performer for more than 20 years, Ruthie can be seen regularly on her hilarious web series “Ruthie’s Bitchin’ Kitchen” (www.RuthiesBitchinKitchen.com
Goldie has been performing in Milwaukee for over 30 years. Won Miss Chubby Wisconsin in 1986 & 1987. Goldie went on to hone her performance skills in the 80′s & 90′s with the legendary stars at Club 219. Had the honor to be a part of The Holly Brown and Co., for six great years at La Cage, who taught her to laugh at herself and make people laugh with her
Shannon has reached 26 yrs in the art of female impersonation. She loves to perform, eat, bowl, meeting new people, and eat some more…lol. Shannon has been crown quite of few times over the yrs: Miss Great Lakes USofA, Miss Wi. USofA @ Large, Miss WI. Continental Plus, Miss WI United States, and Miss WI USofA.Currently, Shannon is the entertainment coordinator and emcee at Hamburger Mary’s Milwaukee for the Dining with Divas Shows. Shannon loves to have fun, look, listen. and learn this craft each and every day.
Kenya Sanchez is an entertainer based out of Milwaukee, WI. Kenya started her female impersonation career when she won Miss Triangle in 2008. She then competed in the Miss Club WI Pageant that following August, which she made top 5 her first year. She has also won the title of Miss Isthmus WI USofA which also guranteed her a contract as a member of the Midwest Productions Company, RAVYN PRODUCTIONS. Since then, she has won several titles including Ms. Forest City, Ms. LaCage, Ms. Nothern Star All American Goddess, Ms. WI International, Ms. MidWest Mystique, Ms. WI USofA Newcomer and Ms. Gay Madison. You can see Kenya perform at such La Cage, Hamburger Marys, Five Nightclub, Plan B, Hydrate Chicago and other venues around the midwest. For more information on this fishy queen visit facebook.com/kenya.j.sanchez
Although she has only been gracing the stages of Milwaukee and other WI and Midwest venues for over two years, she’s no stranger to the spotlight -thanks to her previous years of experience in musical theater and multiple fundraising events for the “American Cancer Society” and the “American Heart Association”. She’s extremely excited and honored to be joining the festivities of this year’s PRIDEFEST! Find and follow Miss Dita Von on Facebook for upcoming events at:
Nova D’Vine was born through a bit of coaxing and a need for a creative outlet. “B.J. Daniels was one of the very first drag performers I ever saw on stage and my instant feeling was, I HAVE TO DO THAT” After years of doing drag in various forms, pageantry, a big dose of glamour, a dash of comedy, a ton of feathers, rhinestones and glitter, she is in the most comfortable part of her drag career. Seeing people smile and enjoying watching drag is what fuels her fire. “I am honored to be a part of this drag revue” You can see her performing from time to time at Hamburger Mary’s, also at LaCage/Montage Lounge on various Saturday nights currently representing the prelim title of Miss City of Festivals USofA and at her regular monthly show, “Bubbles and Beauties” the third Sunday of the month at Hybrid Lounge.
and DICK FITSWELL
Presenting Mr. Richard Fitswell! (But you can call him Dick) Dick Fitswell is the energetic and charming host of Mary’s Kingdom, at Hamburger Mary’s, Bay View’s most fabulous hamburger and Bingo joint – the second Tuesday of each month, at 8pm.
Hannah Marquardt (choreographer/dancer)
and Alexandra Mirecki.
Alex was raised in Manitowoc, WI where she studied for thirteen years at the renowned Jean Wolfmeyer School of Dance. She also spent time training at the Virginia School of the Arts and in New York City with the Radio City Rockettes, and performed on a Broadway stage.
After graduating from St. Norbert College in 2011 she moved to Milwaukee and began working for Danceworks, Inc. It was there that she was exposed to the Milwaukee dance scene and started performing around the city. She was thrilled to be offered a role in the 2012 Run-up to the Runway performance, “All that Jazz”, starring BJ Daniels. She has also been seen performing at the Milwaukee Film Festival’s opening night celebration, at private galas, and fundraisers. When she is not dancing, she is submerged in fashion, modeling and styling at Lela Boutique, or shaking up martinis at Clear Bar and Lounge. Alexandra is bursting with excitement to be a part of this year’s PrideFest, backing up the fabulous BJ Daniels once again!
rehearsal space generously provided by: