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Michigan Avenue - 2017 - Issue 4 - Fall - LauraLinney

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MIZRAHI WITH A ZING FASHION DESIGNER TURNED CABARET PERFORMER ISAAC MIZRAHI BRINGS HIS LARGER-THAN-LIFE PERSONALITY TO THE CHICAGO STAGE. BY J.P. ANDERSON It's not so far from the fashion runway to the stage—especially when you're Isaac Mizrahi, the Brooklyn-bred designer who rocketed to fame in the '90s at the dawn of the supermodel age and starred in the instant-classic documentary Unzipped. Having long dabbled in cabaret at various NYC venues (including an acclaimed February run at the iconic Café Carlyle), Mizrahi is hitting the road with Does This Song Make Me Look Fat?, his not-so-family-friendly stage act. As he prepares for his Chicago debut at City Winery, the Project Runway All Stars judge recently chatted with Michigan Avenue about the thrill of performing, his changing relationship with fashion, and what makes cabaret such a kick. Playing the Carlyle is one thing, but touring is another level. I'm scared to death. I'm not scared of Chicago—Chicago to me is very much like New York. I think it'll be fun. God knows I've had difficult audiences, but no matter what, it's always worth it. What should the audience expect? It's not G-rated—how does that sound? There's a louche kind of quality to the story and [audiences] might not expect that, but maybe now they should. Have you spent much time here? I used to spend tons of time in After an acclaimed February 2017 run at Café Carlyle in New York City, fashion figure extraordinaire Isaac Mizrahi is bringing his cabaret act to Chicago. PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID ANDRAKO 70  MICHIGANAVEMAG.COM SCENE MUST-SEE

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