ANNA’S BACK ON STAGE: Ryan Raftery’s taking his one-man musical about Anna Wintour, “The Most Powerful Woman in Fashion,” to Los Angeles. The show, which began at Joe’s Pub in New York last year, will make its West Coast debut at the Rockwell Table and Stage on Jan. 16 and 17. Raftery, who plays Wintour in drag, will then bring back the musical to Joe’s Pub during New York Fashion Week. He told WWD that he has added new material for the upcoming NYFW performances, which are slated for Feb. 15 and 18 and March 3. Tickets to the LA show are between $15 and $25, and in New York, they cost $25.
While Raftery said he might add more performances during NYFW, he doesn’t expect Wintour to make an appearance due to timing. Her daughter, Bee Shaffer, did attend opening night last year.
“Bee was filming part of the show,” said Raftery, who met Shaffer after the performance. “I imagine she sent part of the video to her mom. I sent Anna flowers last fashion week thanking her. I didn’t hear back, but I couldn’t be happier that she knows who I am.”
He continued: “Everybody asks me if she will come. I’m just happy she let’s me do it. I’m sure if she wanted to, she could have me shut down. It’s been a real pleasure playing her.”
For those unable to see Raftery on stage, there’s still a chance to see him play the Vogue editor in chief. During NYFW, Raftery will appear on Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live” show on Bravo. In full Wintour regalia, he’ll dole out fashion criticism — and drinks — as the show’s guest bartender.