Ryan Raftery had a dream that he and the most powerful woman in fashion—Anna Wintour—sang “Islands in the Stream” at a karaoke bar together. “She felt very strongly about doing the Kenny Rogers part,” Raftery told The Cut.
This set in motion his Anna Wintour jukebox-musical, Ryan Raftery is the Most Powerful Woman in Fashion. After performing a solo show a year since 2009, Raftery simply ran out of material. The five shows prior to this one were about his life. But after he spotted Wintour in NYC’s Midtown, genius struck.
“She’s Darth Vadar and Hillary Clinton in one little package,” he explained.
In the musical, Wintour is concerned that the backlash from her Kimye cover will lead to her dismissal (as if!), so she looks over her life. The result is that there are tons of Wintour hair flicking her hair and crossing her arms but also that the editor would like the intercom buzzer to play “Chic Baby Noise,” whatever that is.
Raftery wrote all of the music himself, like “Flats” a play on Chicago’s “Class” that finds Wintour and Andre Leon Talley gripping about the world becoming much more casual. There is also a rewrite of Frozen’s “Let It Go,” but instead of “Let It Be,” the songs chimes “Let Her Die,” of Kim Kardashian’s megahold on society’s mainstream media.
You can see this musical come to life yourself on Monday, August 11 at 9:30 p.m. and Friday, September 5, at 11:30 p.m at Joe’s Pub in New York City.