Composer. Producer. Writer. Porn star? That’s right. Polymorphously perverse Tom Judson wears many hats, most interestingly that of “Gus Maddox”, recent winner of the GAYVN Performer of the Year Award — a feat made more remarkable by the winner’s all-to-brief tour of duty in the adult industry, his relatively advanced age among performers therein and his many successes outside thereof. Who better, then, to help us bridge the gap between pleasure and pain, guilt and glory, sex and song? Join your host, the ever-intrepid Julian Fleisher, as he tiptoes through the tulips of the charming and disarming Tom Judson’s garden of earthly delights. Oh, and, um, Guilty Pleasures. Don’t forget to write!
What the critics are saying
…applaud the casting of Julian Fleisher as George—he has the bonhomie, the knowing looks, the den-mother coddling, the grade-school teacher cheer, the man-of-the-world theatricality, the self-deprecating humor of a man with a great idea and the personality to pull it off. He’s so vividly rendered you believe he might walk off the stage and, if you’re lucky, invite you to a Forties soiree—and you would go with him most anywhere. Fleisher’s singing voice is less than overpowering, but his songs in the show are the kind that make you lean forward and listen. He’s a major strength of this production. You would be glad of the chance to spend time with him even if his housemates weren’t famous writers.New Haven Theater Blog
If he thinks he can get up in front of a 12-piece band with his two backup singer girlies, belting out songs in that four-octave voice of his, draggin out those disco ditties and overlooked showtunes — you’ve never heard a snappier version of Tomorrow — and duetting with 80’s movie stars (who knew Molly Ringwald could sing?) like he’s some kind of classy, all-around entertainer something, then he’s absolutely…RIGHT!The Village Voice
Absolutely the best cat I have ever seen onstageMichael Feingold, The Village Voice
…I don’t want to sign off without saying a little more than that about Julian Fleisher and His Rather Big Band. Fleisher is a not-exactly- lounge singer who does brainy, oddly tilted versions of such unlikely pop tunes as “Rainy Days and Mondays” and “For What It’s Worth” (yes, I mean the Stephen Stills song about the man with the gun over there telling me I’ve got to beware), backed by a slick 11-piece group that blew the roof offJoe’s Pub…I’m definitely coming back for another try, and probably another one after that. I like smart music, and Julian Fleisher is way smart.The Washington Post
…The Human iPod.The Baltimore Sun
A fixture on the downtown scene…generating quite a following on both coasts…sharp-edged compositions and favorites by everyone from Irving Berlin and Joni Mitchell to Prince and Pink.The New Yorker