The Polish Diva From Milwaukee


A musical comedy revue

Starring Terry Palasz
Written by Terry Palasz
       with piano and accordion accompaniment

Voted Cabaret Hotline Online's pick for Best Female Musical Sketch Comedy Artist of 2001 for "Polish Diva from Milwaukee"


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The Polish Diva From Milwaukee a hilarious musical revue written by and starring Terry Palasz, an opera trained, polka dancing, mountain climbing, soprano comedienne. This evening of hysterical songs and characters follows Terry as she travels the world trying to escape her Polish-English-Catholic Milwaukee upbringing forever haunted by a mysterious accordion player. Through it all, Terry receives musical advice from some of her wacky and eccentric relatives, including Aunt Mickie Pryzbylski from Milwaukee (whose motto is "Life is a Polka"), Aunt Andree from England (a gardener who considers herself the Dr. Ruth of flowers), and Aunt Sylvia from Slovenia (actually a Polish gypsy who wandered into Slovenia). Terry creates these and many other characters in story and songs such as "Who Stole the Keeshka Polka," "Fugitive from Milwaukee," "Everybody Eats When They Come to My House" and "Be My Little Baby Bumblebee."

The Polish Diva from Milwaukee evolved from Terry's humorous and touching memories growing up in the Midwest. Although Terry has spent most of her adult life in Seattle and New York, her most vivid memories are of a childhood in the rich, ethnically diverse culture of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Known for beer, polka festivals, bratwurst, bowling and church socials, Terry remembers flamboyant celebrations with lots of people eating (frankfurter macaroni casseroles and jello molds), drinking (beer and brandy hi-balls) and dancing (always polka parties). Add to this a wide array of eccentric relatives, both Polish and English, and the desire to be a classically trained singer in the land of polkas, and Polish Diva was born.



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"One of the most impressive musical comedy debuts we've seen on a cabaret stage in a very long time...her face commands attention as does her talent" -- Barb and Scott Siegel, Cabaret Hotline Online

"Palasz sings with operatic and comic skill and intelligence" --David Finkle, Backstage

"The gal is full of energy. It is a blast!!" -- Stu Hamstra, Cabaret Hotline
"How many Polish divas does it take to turn on an audience?  Just one--if she's Terry Palasz." -- Karl Barron, Siskiyou Daily News
"Palasz is a unique combination of glamorous chanteuse and a good-time, beer-swigging gal in a hilarious and often touching evening of comedy." -- Julie Halpern, Off-Off Broadway Review