James Gypsy Haake Star
We want JAMES GYPSY HAAKE to have a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.
James Gypsy Haake is 83 years old. He began his entertainment career on Broadway as a dancer. Broadway dancers back in his day were known as "Gypsies" hence his name Gypsy.
He also owned a Bar in NYC called "Gypsy's" which gave way to many cabaret singers. Once Disco began to be extremely popular, the bar Gypsy's gave way to that mainstream, and James aka Gypsy retired to the west coast.
In 1980, Gypsy was cast as the star/emcee of the soon-to-be mega cabaret hit "La Cage Aux Folles" in Beverly Hills. This was the very first of these typess of upscale cabaret shows with the name "La Cage Aux Folles" licensed after the French film of the same name. This production featured amazing female impersonators and Gypsy was the leader of the pack with his one of a kind humor and "look."
This "La Cage Aux Folles" cabaret show eventually franchised itself to Atlantic City and Las Vegas, where Gypsy opened both locations. Gypsy became a huge sensation amongst the Hollywood local media and casting agents. He was soon was discovered by cabaret patron Mel Brooks. Mel Brooks cast Gypsy in his first and biggest film to date "To Be Or Not To Be". Gypsy went on to star in numerous other film and tv shows, including "Troop Beverly Hills," "Clifford," "The Morning After," and tv shows like "Married With Children" and "Dynasty."
After the cabaret closed in 1993, Gypsy went on to tour with the same production throughout the world with leading female impersonators.
Gypsy has retired numerous times since 1993. Most recently, in 2009, he retired once again, when he was diagnosed with cancer.
He is still working with a casino production that tours called Carnival Cabaret at 83 years of age. He is still able to strut in stilettos and works a microphone like no other master of ceremonies in the world. He is ONE OF A KIND.
Life and health has been amazing for Gypsy, s(he) continues to be active everyday and looks younger now than ever. His cancer diagnosis is still active, but the cancer has gone on "hold."
This previous funding campaign has raised over $3,000. Those funds were used to design and develop the future showroom for the show GYPSY will be featured in. Since the introduction and campaign to secure a showroom location, we have arrived at OSCAR'S CAFE & BAR in downtown Palm Springs. OSCAR'S host the show Carnival Cabaret with GYPSY as the headliner. The show runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.
Recently, GYPSY was inducted into the GUINESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS as the oldest working female impersonator in the world.
Since the opening of that limited run at Oscar's, a Palm Springs resident named Alfie Petit aka Arial Trampway has spearheaded the project to get GYPSY a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. GYPSY has been nominated for a star AND has been APPROVED.
This is where Alfie now needs your help in raising the final monies to get GYPSY his star!
The star ceremony is temporary scheduled for the month of June to kick off our summer show schedule at Carnival Cabaret.
OSCAR'S Show Tickets: carnivalcabaret.ticketleap.com
― Kathy Magliato, Healing Hearts
I am reaching out to you on Facebook, because you are my most trusted sources at this moment.
When younger, I was fortunate to experience something that too few people may have had the grand opportunity to experience themselves. I chanced upon a wonderfully performed show along with a cast of my personal heroes, known then as "La Cage Aux Folles" in Los Angeles. It broke all the rules, defied all the odds and brought a little-known world of female impersonation to the mass audiences who flocked to the show in the 80's and beyond. World class, and world famous, the show entertained the likes of Lucille Ball, Burt Reynolds, Tony Danza, Paula Abdul, Hugh Hefner, Nancy Sinatra, Madonna, Dionne Warwick and numerous others from those at the top of their game like Madonna to those who were just fascinated and intrigued by the art form -- and one of those people included myself.
This original La Cage show has become synonymous with the highest quality of star-show impersonation, and was led into international spotlight of fame by the one and only Gypsy, the host who I have since had the pleasure of working with personally. James 'Gypsy' Haake, his full name. is a master of theater and comedy, (and equally comfortable in a men's suit or daring high heels), and he was able to transform the world of female impersonation and entertainment into a journey across time -- and across prejudice and fear. At the helm of La Cage, Gypsy brought literally millions of people into a new understanding of this art form, and did so with a sensitivity and crafty skill that enabled actors from all walks of life to truly come out of their shell and celebrate their talents with audiences across the globe.
Gypsy was a youngster then, but even today at 82 is a youngster at heart. His generous and loving personality invites everyone into his world with joy and genuine affection, and is the reason I am writing this note to you.
Gypsy finally left the stage on December 31, 2009 and retired to Palm Springs, under the assumption that it was time. I would visit Gypsy from time to time when I would venture to the desert and was eternally fascinated that this talent was still kicking. Not only did he appear to be younger than ever, but he was more alive, more feisty, more agile, and infinitely more funny, but unfortunately, I noticed he was alone in a world that had left the magic of his former glory along the roadside, like some forgotten child along a parade route. Though life around him was moving fast and furious around him, this parade had somehow managed to be just out of reach. It was all behind some glass wall that he could not touch. That is, until recently.
A year ago, I managed to coax Gypsy into a 2 night retrospective in of all places, the redneck capital of the world, OKLAHOMA -- and against even my own doubt, Gypsy took everyone by storm. He literally had nearly two thousand people who had never experienced his own special performance talents, falling out of their seats with laughter… enjoying themselves like never before. Better yet was what came in the aftermath. Gypsy had somehow re-ignited a movement with his own brand of humor and energy that suddenly had the public crying out for him to begin performing once again -- because after today's audiences experienced this nearly forgotten entertainment art form, they truly realized that his particular stage craft and showmanship can NOT be duplicated.
Early this year, in a showcase performance I was able to arrange at the Spa Resort and Casino, Gypsy once again proved to 200+ people who have no doubt seen it all, that his particular form of talent has not lost its charm and he is not going anywhere. He blew people away with his ability to dance in 4-inch heels and showcase revealing costumes that only Lady Gaga would dare attempt. Gypsy proved yet again, he is ready for the spotlight, ready for the world -- and yes, ready for his close-up.
It is time.
We are now well on the way to developing a state of the art Gypsy Showroom and restaurant that will go far beyond what anyone would have imagined just two short years ago when we started planning. The energy we have started in the project is a movement for every one of us which at one time or another had been told “you can’t do that”, “it doesn’t work that way”, “that’s not possible”, “you are too old”, “you have no talent”, “we've already tried that before” among a host of other can'ts and don'ts.
This is a project that not only needs the energy and support of the people already involved, but needs the energy and support of the masses. So many crowd funding projects are generated from a tragic experience or even death. I am behind this project that is spreading love, positive energy; behind a project that is creating a performance vehicle, a project that is born of a unique history and that will create new history; I am behind a project that is not merely about bringing back a nearly lost art form, but is about re-firing that dream that says 'if you can have a dream and see it through, it can become a reality. This is really about anyone who has ever had a dream and been told no, it won't happen.
Continue this journey with us today—
Make a pledge: http://www.gofundme.com/jamesgypsyhaake
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Dan Gore, renown lookalikes show producer (and former lookalike himself), and has taken a personal interest in spearheading this return to the stage for James Gypsy Haake after a several decade-long friendship with the former 'La Cage' star. Dan's first interest in lookalike performances began when he was introduced to Gypsy by friend & performer, Jazzmun. Soon thereafter, Dan began his career in the lookalike world, beginning first as a George Michael impersonator, and later moving on to produce entire shows and live showcase performances around the world. His love of the lookalike art form is the result, in no small part, to his introduction to Gypsy, and his first job performing in the same theater along side Gypsy at La Cage. This long time connection to Gypsy has led him to take on this very personal project, and he is now focused on bringing it to fruition within the coming year.
The following people have graciously donated:
Kaye & Boyd Baxter
Jeff & Rose Cowen
Michael & Barbara Bartle
I absolutely LOVE Gypsy. AMAZING performance artist and comedian. Gypsy makes you realize life throws things at you, but you can take away a smile, a laugh, and amazing shoes.