Finocchio’s Queens are in Vegas, baby

| Apr 18, 2011
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David de Alba

Two of the great female impersonators from Finocchio’s in San Francisco have packed their boas and moved to Las Vegas. Lavern Cummings (Paul) and David de Alba, who were both inducted into the TGForum Gallery of Greats several years ago, are now living in the sunny climes of the Nevada desert. Lavern, now in her 80s, no longer performs in drag but de Alba is still active doing his Judy Garland act. Both performers are from the old school of impersonation in which the best performer was the one who could actually sing the songs in their own (or Judy Garland’s) voice.

Lavern Cummings

Recently the two greats were interviewed by The Las Vegas Weekly. You can read the interview on the newspaper’s website. It provides a fascinating glimpse into the history of female impersonation.

David de Alba has let TGF know that later this year he will be doing a show, and he and Paul Cummings will be doing a live onstage interview in August talking about their careers in drag. Watch TGF for more info.

This report below from KSNV features some clips of both men performing at the peak of their careers.

Video from KSNV, Channel 3 Las Vegas

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Angela Gardner is a founding member of The Renaissance Transgender Assoc., Inc., former editor of its newsletter and magazine, Transgender Community News. She was the Diva of Dish for TGF in the late 1990s and Editor of LadyLike magazine until its untimely demise. She has appeared in film and television shows portraying TG characters, as well as representing Renaissance on numerous talk shows.

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  1. cuban legend cuban legend says:


    If anyone wishes to find out more about these two very special shows I will be doing in Las Vegas this summer, please, e-mail me at:

    Also I am trying to reach ‘Ken Spaulding’ and ‘Ms. Bob’….if you know who I am talking about, and you have a way to get a hold of either one of them, please, let Ken or / and Ms. Bob know that Entertainer David de Alba is trying to get a hold of them, but that the e-mail address I have for them is no good any longer.

    Thank you and God bless,
    From Finocchio’s David de Alba.

    • angela_g angela_g says:

      Ms. Bob is the Dean of the Castro Campus of The City College of San Francisco. She’s also in charge of the school’s liberal arts program. Give the college a call and you may be able to reach her.

  2. says:

    Lavern and David are two of the most wonderful people you would ever want to know. They were icons female impersonators in San Francisco from the 60s to the 90. They will be performing together for the first time in years in Las Vegas on Aug. 21.

    • angela_g angela_g says:

      Aw, Carollyn, you gave away the secret. Yes, they’ll be doing Vegas on August 21st. The format will be a live interview onstage at the Onyx Theater. The box office phone number is 701-732-7225. I’m sure David and Paul would love to get early sales for the show.