Mar 19, 2010, 11:00 AM EST
Kelly Mantle has all the tools. Wait, let me start over … Kelly Mantle is the multi-talented nephew of Yankees legend Mickey Mantle, who happens to be a transvestite; not that there’s anything wrong with that. He’s breaking gender barriers all over the place these days, and is currently the writer and star of the stage show The Confusion of My Illusion in Los Angeles. Here’s the synopsis from the LA Times:
The nephew of the late new York Yankee legend presents a gender-bending musical play that sparkles with original songs and astutely chosen covers. The production, directed by Jon Imparato, features moving tales that include a transgendered Eve (of ‘Adam and Eve’) and a true-life encounter with George W. Bush.
I want to see this play.
You’ve probably seen Kelly Mantle and not even known it. According to his Web site, he’s an “Actor, Comedian, Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Raconteur, Writer and Activist,” and none of that his overstated.
From Radar Online:
Kelly has made numerous television guest star appearances on such shows as NYPD Blue (in the recurring role of Dan “Monika” Hofnagle), CSI, Judging Amy, Nip/Tuck, Cold Case, Will & Grace, George Lopez, Cuts, Eve and 10-8. Kelly has also starred in several television pilots including Queens On The Road and Three Strikes (Jon Stewart’s new pilot for Comedy Central).
Film credits include The Convent (premiered at the Sundance Film Festival), Straight Eye: The Movie, True Rights, Buds For Life, Pop Kowboy, and the currently popular Boys & Girls Guide To Getting Down.
And the photo here is from Mantle’s 2002 debut CD, “Ever Changing,” featuring 15 folk/pop/rock songs. From the site Pix and Nix: Highlights include the lilting “You Cast A Spell On Me,” the propulsive “Mathematics Of Love,” and the wistful “She’s Got You.” These sexually ambiguous tales of love and desire make for a promising first effort out of the box but what would ‘The Mick’ think?!
Mantle is the son of Mickey’s youngest brother, Larry “Butch” Mantle, who is coaching prep football in Oklahoma, according to SportsbyBrooks.
Mickey Mantle’s Drag Queen Nephew Steps Up To The Plate In New Musical [Radar Online]
Kelly Mantle [Official Site]
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