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Joey Arias

A fixture of New York City’s vibrant downtown performance scene for 30-plus years, Joey Arias is a bona fide NYC icon. Arias lived and worked with legendary musician Klaus Nomi until Nomi’s death in 1983. However, he has long since stepped out of Nomi’s shadow to gain fame in his own right as a performance artist, cabaret singer and drag artist. Arias has distinguished himself with scandalous wit, sleek style and an extraordinary voice... evocative of Billie Holiday yet uniquely his own. Arias has performed worldwide at venues including Carnegie Hall and the Freedom Theatre in London. Arias was tapped by Cirque du Soleil to originate the role of the emcee in their Las Vegas spectacular Zumanity. After 6 years in that role, Arias returned to New York where he became the star and co-creator of Arias With a Twist with master puppeteer Basil Twist. The show was a critical and commercial hit and extended repeatedly for a total of 8 months. On film, he has appeared in Mondo New York, Big Top Pee Wee, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Wigstock - The Movie, Flawless and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, among others.

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Oct 3, 1949 In Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Saturday Night Live 1975-10-11
Latest Project:
Movie Vandemonium Plus 2022
Known For
Poster of Arias With a Twist
Poster of Flawless
Poster of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
Poster of Saturday Night Live
Movie Vandemonium Plus Unknown 2022
Movie Wig Unknown 2019-05-04
Movie After Louie Jai the Chanteuse 2017-03-17
Movie The Zanctuary Dora Ramona del Pilar 2016-07-06
Movie Jobriath A.D. Himself 2012-01-01
Movie Arias With a Twist Himself 2010-02-14
Movie Cirque du Soleil: LoveSick Himself 2008-06-06
Movie The Nomi Song Himself 2004-03-23
Movie Flawless Stormy 1999-11-26
Movie Drunks Ruby 1997-03-14
Movie Dragtime Himself 1997-10-11
Movie To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar Justine 1995-09-07
Movie Wigstock: The Movie Self 1995-06-09
Movie Deadly Game Ramirez 1991-07-10
Movie Mondo New York Fish Out Of Water / A Hard Days Night 1988-04-22
Movie Big Top Pee-wee Shim 1988-07-22
Movie Elvira, Mistress of the Dark Hitchhiker 1988-09-30
Movie Mermaids on Heroin Meridian 1985-07-01
Movie The Long Island Four Unknown 1980-12-23
Series Saturday Night Live Himself 1975-10-11