Rufus promises best floor show around

RUFUS Wainwright fans can expect “one the best floor shows around”, the singer said today. The singer, known for his camp theatrical act and love of Judy Garland songs, is due to perform at the Ipswich Regent on November 1.

RUFUS Wainwright fans can expect “one the best floor shows around”, the singer said today.

The singer, known for his camp theatrical act and love of Judy Garland songs, is due to perform at the Ipswich Regent on November 1.

In an exclusive interview Rufus, 34, said the audience can expect an entertaining night out.

He added: “Its one of the best floor shows around. I'll be doing some of my own music and some songs by Judy Garland. The audience will be in the universe of Rufus - the Rufusverse.”


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The son of folk singers Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III, Rufus grew up in a musical family.

He said: “I enjoy the opportunity to perform and to share my music. It's a privilege and I get to see the world touring.”

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Using his own life and experiences as inspiration, his songs include a number of themes including opera, literature, pop culture, homosexuality and love.

He said: “I have a fairly inspiring life. I am inspired by my family, my good looks, travel.

“I am trying to raise the bar and continue the glorious history of American song writing. I want to be remembered as a great song writer.”

His well documented fascination with Judy Garland inspired his latest CD due to be released in December.

He added: “I think everybody finds her fascinating whether you love or hate her. She's magnetic without being attractive. It's a strange blend that draws you in.

“I grew up in a generation where we didn't have VCRs and DVDs. Movies on TV were big events. The Wizard of Oz was on once a year. I think it had a big impact on me, we loved it.”

Hazel Clover, manager of the Ipswich Regent, said: “There are only a few tickets left and we are expecting him to sell out. Rufus has a unique act and is very popular at the moment. We are thrilled we have secured his act at the theatre.”

Tickets are £25 and available from the box office on 01473 433100.

What do you think of Rufus? Are you a fan of Judy? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

Q and A

Do you have an unfulfilled ambition?

“To have a washboard stomach.”

What's the highlight of your career?

“Performing with Burt Bacharach.”

What's your most embarrassing moment?

“Hitting on Brandon Flowers.”

Tell us something about yourself which our readers won't know?

“I'm very, very modest.”

What's your diva demand in the dressing room?

“Magazines.”

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