Milly’s Orchid Show: 29 Years and Holdin’

You never know what you’re going to see when you go to a Milly’s Orchid Show. Fire eaters, singers, dancers, rope-twirlers, storytellers, poets, musicians, filmmakers and those less easily categorized.  Over the years she’s had guests such as Blue Man Group, David Sedaris, Eric Begosian and Poi Dog Pondering.

Murphy was, and is, Milly May Smithy, a sassy, saucy, bespangled character, a sort of weird combination of Dolly Parton and a Las Vegas showgirl. She dresses in crazy outfits, has a huge beehive hairdo, giant eyelashes and some fitting gaudy makeup.

This show featured Karol Kent’s Cubs trilogy, the band Expo ’76, Wendy Clinard & Company Flamenco Dance, Marc Smith (the poet and creator of the Uptown Poetry Slam), actresses Paula Killen and Consuelo Allen, Blue Man Group and a hilarious letter written by David Sedaris.

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