Wild Cherry Sucret, a.k.a. Tony Kearney, has spent a decade performing in the Armorettes, the infamous camp drag troupe that has raised thousands for the fight against HIV and AIDS.
Wild Cherry Sucret began as part of the Sucrets, male backup dancers for Coretta Scott Queen, then went on to solo infamy in the Armorettes, joining the troupe in 2000.
Always hilarious, Sucret has been posting coffin photos on her Facebook page this week in honor of her imminent passing from the Armorettes.
And that’s just the start of what to expect for Saturday’s show, Kearney told Project Q Alanta earlier this week.
“I was inspired by the over the top Michael Jackson funeral last year,” Kearney says. “I said, ‘When it’s time to go, Cherry needs a funeral like that, including the gold casket.’”
Saturday’s show also includes a “Homegoing Services” program, complete with a smiling photo of the deceased, a biography of her career and a processional of performances. “Heaven,” “Will you be there?” and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” are among the appropriately themed songs sure to come with an Armorettes twist.
Saturday’s show includes a who’s who of beloved drag performers, including Coretta Scott Queen, Alexandria Martin, Alicia Kelly, Ashley Kruiz, Bubba D. Licious, Martina Diamante, Ruby Redd, Mary Edith Pitts, Shabazz, Tina Devore and many more.
Wild Cherry Sucret: ‘This Is It?’ Saturday, June 12, 8 p.m. Jungle 2115 Faulkner Road