Monday, December 9th, 7:00pm

343 W 46th St (between 8th & 9th Ave) New York, NY 10036

After all the fun I had as a Mama’s Next Big Act Finalist, I am bringing the Sexy Beast to Don’t Tell Mama! I will be loud, proud and belting it out for the crowd in rainbow colored rhinestones! Come see how I have come from being a shy gay kid on a cattle ranch to the sexy beast I am today.  Come embrace your own inner sexy beast!

Featuring songs of Sylvester, The Doobie Brothers, Roberta Flack, Queen, Doris Day, Donna Summer, Berlin and so many others.

$20.00 cover charge and a 2 drink minimum per person

$15.00 cover charge and a 2 drink minimum per person MAC

Directed by Lennie Watts  

Music Direction by Michael Holland

Darryl Reilly of raves “Gracefully clomping around in silver pumps and clad in a short-sleeved black jumpsuit . . . adorned with shimmering multi-colored sequins in the configuration of the rainbow, the heavyset, bald, mature and bespectacled Burns is a triumphant vision.”

Cash Only

Seating from 6:30pm

John Burns is a Sexy Beast!

June marked 50 years since the Stonewall riots, and I was so lucky to bring my show to the Duplex Cabaret Theatre next door.

Darryl Reiley of called me “a triumphant vision of gay pride.”

What an absolute blast it was to create and perform this show for World Pride 2019. Big thanks to The Duplex, Lennie Watts for directing, the incomparable Michael Holland for music direction. My husband Mike Teele and his help with the script and press! David Dreyfus and Jeff Hardy for writing the original song “Not That Kind of Gay” for me! Currently hoping to bring it back in the fall.

After his smash hit Don’t Call Me Shirley!  John Burns returns to the Duplex for a fabulous evening of laughs, songs and drinks.  He’s loud! He’s proud! He’s belting it out for the crowd!  Exploring his 50 years of pride from being a gay kid on a cattle ranch to an acclaimed cabaret star!  It is a feather and sparkle extravaganza with sweet sexy grooves, tender tunes of longing and pulsing gay anthems!

Christmas Show!!!

Thank you to everyone who came out and made the holiday shows so fun

“The most memorable Grinch song created a magical moment.”- Chris Struck of Cabaret Scenes Magazine

“An hour of delightful irreverence with glorious singing, uproarious comedy and audience participation.”-Darryl Reilly of

It was an absolute blast working on my first Christmas Show!  Part Christmas Pageant, part inappropriate office party!

Joining me will be as always the fabulous William Demaniow Orchestra and we are thrilled to present the Sleigh Sista Singers – Christine De Frece and Holly Dunn!



Friday, April 20
7:00 PM


The Duplex Cabaret Theatre
61 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014

History Repeating Video

She has won countless awards the world over; he once got a yellow ribbon from the county fair. She has recorded themes for three Bond films; he has seen those films. She was named Dame Commander of the British Empire; he has been called a big ole queen.

But both have voices so big, they’ll blow your damned wig clear across the street!

They meet on stage for the very first time! John Burns and Shirley Bassey! (Well, the songs she made famous!) Come enjoy an evening of music, laughter and plenty of alcohol, as we celebrate the great Welsh songstress and find out what a country boy can learn from her remarkable career.

Music direction by William Demaniow.


Albuquerque Show

Saturday June 24th 7:00 PM
Outpost Performance Space
210 Yale SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Following a sold-out engagement at New York City’s historic Duplex Cabaret Theatre, John Burns brings his solo show Gay Kid on a Cattle Ranch to Albuquerque for one-night only!

Based on his life growing up in Nara Visa, NM, Gay Kid on a Cattle Ranch is John’s heart wrenching and gut busting coming of age tale of strong family bonds and small town histories, of isolation and loneliness, of loving and letting go. All performed in his unique and exceptionally strong tenor with songs made famous by John Denver, Johnny Cash, Karen Carpenter, Elton John, Queen and many, many others.


A popular ABQ actor/singer for many years, performing with Albuquerque Civic Light Opera/Musical Theatre Southwest, Vortex Theatre, Adobe Theater, Albuquerque Little Theatre, La Compañia de Teatro de Alburquerque, and New Mexico Symphony, John transplanted to New York to study with acclaimed Maestro David Jones. Since that time he has worked with such esteemed composers as Tony Award winner Jeanine Tesori, Ricky Ian Gordon, Steve Alper & Sara Knapp, and David Friedman & Deborah Brevort, along with legendary director/choreographer Patricia Birch, and Tony-nominated writer/director Tina Landau.

In New York, John performed in the fabulously received Stonewall, Night Variations presented by Ann Hamburger’s En Garde Arts and in The Singapore Mikado with Theater 2020, directed by David B. Fuller and Judith Jarosz. He was also featured in workshop productions of King Island Christmas and in two Alper & Knapp productions – Chamberlain: A True Civil War Romance and Rappaccini’s Daughter (alongside Emmy winner Kristin Chenowith and Oscar winner JK Simmons).


Show tickets on sale now! Two dates!


Holly Dunn and John Burns are 50 Shades of Gay

If their love is wrong, who wants to be right?

Saturday, February 25th 7:00 PM – SOLD OUT!!!

Saturday, April 1st 7:00 PM

at The Duplex in New York City

Holly Dunn and John Burns bring their love of love songs to the cabaret stage for the Valentine season. Love, loss and laughs galore. Will their same sex attraction doom their romance?

Holly Dunn is a musical theater singer, actress and comedienne based in NYC. She has performed in many productions regionally and in New York, and starred in the 1st National Tour of Shout! The Mod Musical. Holly is so excited to return to the Duplex stage with John Burns! Look out for her current project “Elizabeth Warren Tells It Like It Is” in 2017 in New York City.

John Burns is a cabaret singer and a gentleman.  He is thrilled to return to the Duplex stage after sold out runs of his shows What Are You Waiting For and Gay Kid On A Cattle Ranch.

Music direction by William Demaniow.