The stars will align when Joe Posa and Seth Sikes unite to perform for one night only in “Tributes,” a loving homage to female leading legends, on Saturday, January 14, at 8 p.m., at the Sunshine Cathedral Center for the Performing Arts (1480 SW 9th Avenue). Tickets for this dynamic duo show are on sale, now.
This new tribute show, produced by the leading men, themselves, will bring two worlds of performance art together: female impersonation and live song. Joe Posa will impersonate Joan Rivers, Barbra Streisand, and Liza Minnelli while Seth Sikes will delight audiences with his soulful voice singing of nostalgic tunes made famous by Judy Garland, Bernadette Peters and others.
“We couldn’t be more excited to debut our new ‘TRIBUTES’ show which will recreate some iconic moments in show business history,” said Joe Posa. “Seth is a huge talent and, together, we will deliver a stellar night of entertainment that pays homage to show business legends, past and present, who continue to be adored and admired the world over.”
It was a pleasure to sit down with my friend Joe Posa and Seth Sikes (who I met for the first time) for this exclusive Hotspots interview:
At what age did each of you begin performing?
Joe – I started as a dancer at 6 years old and did a lot of musical and regional theater. I auditioned for La Cage in New York, and the rest is history. After many years of female and male impersonation (Michael Jackson) Joan arrived in my repertoire.
Seth – I started singing at church when I was 7 or 8 years old. In high school I got involved in theater ad then I stopped performing for around a decade. Then 8 years ago, I picked it up again with my solo career.
What was your first professional gig?
Joe – As a dancer I was 18 and I danced at Hershey Park in Pennsylvania the summer of 1985. With Drag it was an Evening at La Cage in 1993.
Seth – The off Broadway show Fame on 42nd street right after I graduated from the Circle in The Square theatre at 18 years old. It was the first thing I auditioned for after graduation, and the show closed two weeks later.
Joe, other than Joan, what is your favorite celebrity to impersonate?
As a kid I loved Barbra, as I related to her so much. She gave me comfort. Then I loved Liza because I am a dancer. I loved doing her choreography.
Seth, what is your favorite song to sing?
That’s a hard one, but I guess its Judy Garland’s “The Man Who Got Away.”
Joe, what was it like to meet Joan Rivers for the first time?
I met her when I was impersonating her at a private red-carpet event in Houston Texas, and then Joan herself was doing the presentation of the award. However, no one had told me she was going to be there. We met in the dressing room area and she was very complimentary towards me. When they announced her, she told me to go present and then she came on and said “Get off my stage Bitch” we kissed and then we hung out after in her dressing room. Over the years I had seen her, and she was always so nice and special to me. The last time I saw her was two months before she passed. I am doing my best to keep her comedy alive!
Seth, who is the most famous or your favorite celebrity you met and tell me about that experience?
The most exciting person I got to meet and know was Stephen Sondheim. I got very close with him and got to spend an enormous amount of time with him over 7 years. His friendship was a tremendous gift to me.
How did you two meet each other?
Seth – We met in Provincetown as we both work there.
Joe – This past summer I went to Seth’s show and became a big fan!
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Joe – punctual, compassionate, and empathetic, and kind and loyal…I’m Joan, I can’t only say 3 words.
Seth – Zany, Kind and “a Lush”
What do you do for fun?
Joe – I love great dinners with wine. Also, Frank and I have a lovely home and I love working in the garden and landscaping. It makes me very calm to keep my home in check. I also love going to the gym.
Seth – To be at a piano bar with a bunch of friends singing songs.
What should our readers expect from “Tributes” With Joe Posa and Seth Sikes?
They should expect a really funny, and energetic evening featuring most of the divas you love. We recreate iconic women through 2 different art forms…Impersonation and vocals. We celebrate them, and the way we do it has never been done before. And of course, it features the comedy of Joan Rivers.
Is there anything I haven’t asked you that you would like to talk about?
Joe – Yes, Seth is such a talented singer, but he also does these incredible parody videos that your audience must check out on Youtube.
Seth – Thanks Joe! We are very excited about the possibility of touring with this new show.
Tickets for “TRIBUTES” start at $35 with a $65 VIP ticket including premium seating and a meet and greet photo opportunity with both performers. To purchase tickets, visit bit.ly/TributesbyPosaandSikes.