Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Fab Photos from Hamburger Mary's St. Louis First Week

By all accounts, the brand spanking new and gorgeous Hamburger Mary's St. Louis is a success. For those who don't know, it was opened by Miss Gay America pageant owners Michael Dutzer and Rob Mansman in partnership with Miss Gay America promoter, David Pardue. Together, the three owners and their fabulous staff and cast of entertainers have lit up the St. Louis scene.

Herewith, in no particular order, is a slew of photos gathered from Facebook. Be sure to watch the Hamburger Mary's St. Louis Instagram and Facebook pages for many more photos and the latest special events and promotions.

Nina DiAngelo, Sabrina White, Michael Dutzer, David Pardue, Rob Mansman, Tiffany T. Hunter, Alexis Principle, Krista Versace

Hamburger Mary's cast: Sabrina White, Alexis PrincipleKrista Versace, 
Nina DiAngelo, Tiffany T. Hunter

Monday, January 29, 2018

Hamburger Mary's St. Louis Opened Last Saturday and the Queens–and the Media–were Twirlin'!



This past Saturday night, Miss Gay America pageant owners Michael Dutzer and Rob Mansman, along with Miss Gay America promoter David Pardue, opened the spectacular new Hamburger Mary's St. Louis.

The three co-owners celebrated the opening with a star-studded line-up of drag stars, including our reigning Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station and the Hamburger Mary's St. Louis cast, including Alexis Principle (St. Louis), Krista Versace (St. Louis), Nina DiAngelo (Minneapolis), Sabrina White (Baltimore), and Tiffany T. Hunter (St. Louis).

Local media, including The St. Louis Post-DispatchThe Riverfront TimesSauce Magazine, KLOU's Billy & Julie in the Morning and Pride Radio, enthusiastically touted the grand opening. TV news even stopped by.



The Post-Dispatch ran three separate stories on the opening, including a great slideshow of 25 photos from opening night on their stltoday website.

Monday, January 15, 2018

PRESS RELEASE: Hamburger Mary's Returns to St. Louis, Opens in New Location January 20

Hamburger Mary's St. Louis cast of entertainers: (Top row) Alexis Principle (St. Louis), opening night special guest Deva Station (Columbus), Krista Versace (St. Louis). (Bottom row) Nina DiAngelo (Minneapolis) , Sabrina White (Baltimore), Tiffany T. Hunter (St. Louis)*

Owners of World’s Most Prestigious Female Impersonator Pageant to Re-Open Beloved Drag Themed Restaurant at 400 Washington Avenue  

Stellar Cast of Drag Star Entertainers Announced

(St. Louis, MO) January 15, 2018 – Those lucky enough to live in the St. Louis area will be thrilled to know that Hamburger Mary’s, their beloved drag themed restaurant and supper club, will be returning January 20 with new owners in an all-new location with a superstar line-up of drag queen entertainers.

The restaurant will at 5:00PM on January 20 for dinner, with a limited menu, and rotating drag shows throughout the evening by the Hamburger Mary's cast of entertainers featuring special guest, Miss Gay America 2017 Deva Station.

For those unfamiliar, Hamburger Mary's bills itself as, “an open air restaurant for the open minded. Everyone is welcome and nowhere else in the city can you see people from all walks of life gathering to watch a drag show, sing a showtune, play Charity Bingo or test their knowledge with some Double Trouble Trivia.”

When it comes to drag, no one does it better than the Miss Gay America pageant–since 1972, the world’s first, longest running, and most prestigious female impersonator competition–so who better to take on the Hamburger Mary’s St. Louis franchise than pageant owners, Michael Dutzer and Rob Mansman along with St. Louisan partner and manager, David Pardue.


Out last night at the Bartenders Revue promoting the new Hamburger Mary's: Co-owner Michael Dutzer with Hamburger Mary's entertainer Nina DiAngelo.

Monday, December 18, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Owners of Miss Gay America Pageant Announce Creation Charitable Foundation to Mentor, Benefit LGBTQ Youth


This summer, Miss Gay America owners Michael Dutzer and Rob Mansman donated $5000 to Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation--and made her the first ever honorary Miss Gay America! Now they've launched their own charitable organization, the Miss Gay America Foundation.


For the world’s longest running and most prestigious female impersonator competition, it’s much more than drag race.  
Revered drag pageant launches 
Miss Gay America Excellence Foundation

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(New York, NY) December 18, 2017–Since the founding of the Miss Gay America pageant in Nashville back in 1972–37 years before “RuPaul’s Drag Race”–giving has always played a key role in the legacy of the world’s first, longest running and most prestigious female impersonator competition.  Living up to the pageant’s motto to “Be Excellent,” over the years, Miss Gay America titleholders have donated millions of dollars to a variety of charitable organizations across the U.S.  Heralding the arrival of the 2017 holiday season, the Miss Gay America pageant co-owners Michael Dutzer and Rob Mansman are proud to announce the launch of the Miss Gay America Excellence Foundation.

“We are forming the MGA Excellence Foundation to mentor LGBTQ youth and work with youth centers to provide supportive, self-affirming, highly positive experiences,” says foundation co-founder Mansman.


(l-r) Miss Gay America pageant owners and founders of the Miss Gay America Foundation, Michael Dutzer, Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station of Columbus, OH, and Rob Mansman.  Photo by BJKJ Illusions.

“Most of the people in the Miss Gay America organization can relate to growing up being bullied or being different. We've all faced rejection and struggled to find ourselves,” says foundation co-founder Michael Dutzer.  

“As we tour the country for nearly two-dozen preliminary state and regional pageants throughout the year, we want to reach out and offer support to youth centers in areas we visit in any way we can–from donations, to fundraising to motivational personal appearances by our titleholders,” explains Mansman. “Eventually we would like to raise enough money to issue grants to youth organizations and provide scholarships,” he says.  

Miss Gay America Excellence Foundation 

More on the history of giving by the Miss Gay America pageant below.

Monday, November 27, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Miss Gay America Pageant Owners to Open Hamburger Mary’s St. Louis


Hamburger Mary's St. Louis cast of entertainers: (Top row) Alexis Principle (St. Louis), opening night special guest Deva Station (Columbus), Krista Versace (St. Louis). (Bottom row) Nina DiAngelo (Minneapolis), Sabrina White (Baltimore), Tiffany T. Hunter (St. Louis)

(St. Louis, MO) November 27, 2017 – Those lucky enough to live in the St. Louis area will be thrilled to know that Hamburger Mary’s, their beloved drag themed restaurant and supper club, will be returning this January with new owners in an all-new location with a superstar line-up of drag queen entertainers.  

For those unfamiliar, Hamburger Mary's bills itself as, “an open air restaurant for the open minded. Everyone is welcome and nowhere else in the city can you see people from all walks of life gathering to watch a drag show, sing a showtune, play Charity Bingo or test their knowledge with some Double Trouble Trivia.”  

When it comes to drag, no one does it better than the Miss Gay America pageant–since 1972, the world’s first, longest running, and most prestigious female impersonator competition–so who better to take on the Hamburger Mary’s St. Louis franchise than pageant owners, Michael Dutzer and Rob Mansman (left) along with St. Louisan partner and manager, David Pardue.   

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Miss Gay America Lookin' Good in the Media! Some Recent Press Clippings

Miss Gay America has been in the press lately due to a combination of publicity efforts and smart editors, proud and pushy MGA owners (Hello, Gaga!), and MGA-loving editors like Echo Magazine's KJ Philp and writer Buddy Early. Click on the links below to read the stories (listed in no particular order, but in the order of the images above):

Vice.com
Logo TV's blog, NewNowNext
The WOW Report, blog for World of Wonder, producers of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
Hornet dating app blog, Stories
Nola.com (website for the Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans)
BOOM
Nola.com again!
Gay Times, the UK’s #1 gay magazine
OutSmart Magazine, Houston’s great gay magazine
Out & About Nashville
Columbus Alive, the alternative weekly in Columbus, OH
Echo Magazine, Phoenix’s gay mag, did a huge feature

For the latest, please follow Miss Gay America on Facebook.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

THE MGAZINE INTERVIEW: Meet Your Newly Crowned Miss Gay America 2018, Deva Station!

Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station. MGAZINE cover photo by Andrew Blackwell.

Though cut short by a day due to the rapidly approaching Hurricane Nate, the 45th annual Miss Gay America pageant held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans from October 4 – 6 was, by all accounts, was a screaming success.

Forty-one contestants from across the U.S. traveled to the Big Easy to compete, many with dressers, make-up artists, back-up dancers, and trailers full of sets and props in tow.   For three days a panel of five judges in four categories judged the contestants: Male Interview, Presentation (in outfits to reflect this year’s “Le Cirque MGA” theme), Evening Gown and Talent (big production number).

By the final night, the competition was down to the top ten, out of which an elite group of five titleholders were chosen.  The top then each put on dynamite Las Vega’s style floorshow numbers–all to a thunderous, standing ovations from the audience–followed by the Evening Gown completion, after which the top five were announced. Following  On-Stage Interview and a final performance by Miss Gay America 2017 Suzy Wong, the winners were announced.

Herewith the Miss Gay America 2018 titleholders:
Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station (Columbus, OH)
Miss Gay America 2018 First Alternate Brooke Lynn Hytes (Nashville, TN)
Miss Gay America 2018 Second Alternate Kelly Ray (Durham, NC)
Miss Gay America 2018 Third Alternate Dessie Love Blake (Houston, TX)
Miss Gay America 2018 Fourth Alternate Mary Nolan (Columbus, OH)

Now, meet your newly crowned Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station, as she answer 7 quick questions:
Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station. Photo by BjKj Illusions

1 How did you get started, when did you first do in female impersonation?  

I actually started female impersonation much later in life than most. I had always enjoyed watching, and had danced in pageants for many queens, but my work schedule was evenings and weekends with a lot of travel, so I didn’t have the proper time to commit to performing.
Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station "Talent" category competition performance. 
Photo by Deejers Designs