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Leslie Jordan and Seattle Men’s Chorus take on ABBA

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on Feb. 27, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
February 27, 2013 5:05 pm

Leslie Jordan (photo: courtesy of SMC)
Leslie Jordan (photo: courtesy of SMC)
The Seattle Men’s Chorus is bringing back Emmy Award-Winning Actor/Comedian Leslie Jordan for their spring concert, “Dancing Queen: The Music of ABBA” on April 6 and 7.

The chorus, minus Jordan, will also perform in Olympia and Bremerton.

The diminutive Jordan, who rose to fame as Beverley Leslie on the hit sitcom “Will & Grace,” will bring tales and musings from his latest autobiographical play, “Fruit Fly.” The family-friendly comedy-music show will include ABBA hits “Waterloo,” “Fernando,” “Take a Chance on Me” and “Dancing Queen” and lesser known songs.

Tickets to the Seattle performances at McCaw Hall are $48-$68 and available at or over the phone at (206) 388-1400.

Where: McCaw Hall:
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6
2 p.m. Sunday, April 7

Where: Admiral Theater
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13
Box Office: 360-373.6743

Where: Washington Center for the Performing Arts
When: 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21
Box Office: 360-753-8586

More about Leslie Jordan

In 1982, Leslie Jordan stepped off a Greyhound bus from the hills of Tennessee, said “hello” to Hollywood and has never looked back. With hundreds of television shows, films, and commercials to his credit, he has become a familiar face on the entertainment scene. Winner of the 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his delicious portrayal of Beverley Leslie on Will and Grace, Leslie’s many other recurring roles and Guest Starring appearances on television include Raising Hope, Neighbors, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Desperate Housewives, Boston Legal, Ugly Betty, and Reba.

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In the DreamWorks feature film The Help, based on the best-selling novel by Kathryn Stockett, Leslie plays the pivotal role of the newspaper editor who hires Emma Stone’s Skeeter to write the household hints column. Feature film audiences will also recognize Leslie from his performance as Brother Boy in Del Shores’ adaptation of his play Sordid Lives’ with Olivia Newton-John, Delta Burke, Beth Grant, and Beau Bridges. He continued the role in Sordid Lives… the Series for the cable network Logo, which starred Rue McClanahan, Caroline Rhea and Bonnie Bedelia, among others.

In addition to acting, Mr. Jordan is also an author and playwright. His book, My Trip Down the Pink Carpet, for Simon and Schuster, formed the basis of a successful 90-minute one-man show, which had extended runs in New York and London. Leslie’s other autobiographical one-man shows Like a Dog on Linoleum, Full of Gin and Regret, From Whence I Came, Deck Them Halls Y’All, and Stories I Can’t Tell Mama have been performed to audiences across the country; the autobiographical not-quite-a-one-man-show Hysterical Blindness and Other Southern Tragedies That Have Plagued My Life Thus Far ran in Los Angeles and New York City. His latest autobiographical play is called Fruit Fly, which has already run in Los Angeles, New York City, and London.

Leslie’s screenplay, Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel, won the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival’s Production Grant Award, and was made into an independent feature film distributed.

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