Interview with Sherry Vine
How did you come up with the name and character of Sherry Vine?
I first started dressing in drag just for fun. Eventually, someone suggested that I go out and perform. I said “no” at first but then I remembered a song that I really wanted to sing. Dressing up in drag was a perfect fit for the song too.
I came up with the name “Sherry” because it sounded silly and cheap. Later, a friend called and me and told me I had to go up Vine Street in LA to check out an old building called the “Sherry”. It was an absolute mess; like a crack den and whorehouse hybrid.
What are you working on here today?
I’m here today to work with Gomi on our second original track together called “Lost in You”. The song is a nice mix between the 70s and music now. I’m very excited to do another original song!
Any exciting plans for the future? What’s next for you?
I’m currently working on a TV show called “She’s Living for This”. The second season is going to be filmed in September and will air in October. Also, I’m going to be working on another original song with Kindbud called “Hot Mess”.
How about shows coming up?
Of course! I play every Wednesday at Industry. Also, I’m performing every weekend at a different city. I’ve got Montreal, Vegas and a cruise that goes to Russia on my lineup.
Do you have a favorite type of music?
I enjoy almost everything. I don’t listen to much country or opera much, though. I really love rock music. The Ramones and Led Zeppelin are great.
Do you have any hobbies?
I’ve been studying the guitar recently. I play in my down time and it makes me really happy. It felt like a huge accomplishment when I started playing songs. I’ve wanted to play guitar my whole life.
Other than guitar, I read and watch movies. I also like attending other drag shows.
Can you give us one word to represent your music?
Lastly, do you have any concluding words for our Gomination fans?
Support LGBT artists and download their music! It’s very important to show support.
Sherry Vine was born in The Amish country. On her 16th birthday, she discovered she was adopted and was actually Jewish. Running away from home, she became a “show girl” in Las Vegas before relocating to NYC, where she has established herself as one of the leading ladies performing her all-live singing and comedy show internationally on stage, TV and film. Miss Vine lived in Berlin from 2001 to 2005 and is now happy to be back home in Manhattan.
Sherry has starred in the smash theatrical productions of The Bad Weed ’73 (in NYC, LA and Provincetown), e.s.p. – Eyes of a Supermodel Psychic (“the underground hit of the season” – NY Times), The Final Feast of Lucrezia Borgia (“Move over gals, NYC has a serious stage diva in Sherry Vine” – Paper Magazine), her one-woman/ten character hit Kitty Killer, the completely sold out mega-hit Charlie!, the off-Broadway transfer ofTell-Tale at the Cherry Lane Theatre (“Almost impossible not to have a good time” – NY Times), Doll (“One of downtown’s most innovative and eye-popping Theatre Companies!” – Encore) and most recently in the wildly successful and sold out adaptation of Stephen King‘s Carrie. All shows were produced by Theatre Couture, of which Sherry is co-Artistic Director with Joshua Rosenzweig and Erik Jackson.
Sherry can be seen in the films Charlie, Francesca Page, Wigstock, Stonewall, Scream, Teen,Scream (“the best comedic performance of the year” – LA Weekly), The RuPaul Christmas Special, Mutti The Movie, Raspberry Reich, The Charmed Life, Squeezebox The Movie and Mr. & Mrs. Porebski (co written with Marec Porebski.)
In 1999, Sherry teamed up with the legendary Joey Arias to create StarLust, a spectacular cabaret that premiered in Berlin and then played in Manchester, Sydney, LA, NYC, Las Vegas, Budapest, Vienna and all over Germany. In 2002, they were invited to premiere their new extravaganza, SINsation, in Sydney for The Mardi Gras Festival and then took the show to Berlin. Since then, SINsation has been seen in Helsinki, Estonia, LA, Boston, San Francisco, Miami, Alaska, Seattle and Montreal. They ended their trilogy with The Greatest Hits in Berlin. Sherry premiered her first solo-cabaret show, The Way of Love, at B.K.A. Theatre in Berlin in 2003 and followed this with Funkalicious Fantasy at Big Eden.
Sherry was voted Entertainer of the Year by her peers and honored with the first Glammy Award. HX Drag Queen of the Year, 2007.