Thank you for making SOCK IT TO ME! John Burns sings the 60s a big success!

Michael Holland, John Burns, Jeanine Bruin, Matt Scharfglass

Thank you to everyone who came out to our shows this spring! We had a really outstanding run of shows at Don’t Tell Mama in New York.

A huge thank you to my creative team, you all have made this a real labor of love and joy:

Michael Holland – Music director, arrangements, vocals, guitar, piano

Matt Scharfglass – Bass

Jeanine Bruin – Vocals

Farah Alvin – Director

Hoping to bring the show back in the Fall. Join my mailing list for updates!

Kitchen Concerts Are A Hit!

Hey, everybody, Mike and I are working from home, and have been for a couple of weeks now. I have used the time I used to spend commuting to my office in Times Square to record a song every day and post it to my social media. I am calling them Kitchen Concerts. I get up every morning and sing a song. It is a sort of a creative meditation for me, and a chance to reach out from our quarantined isolation.

My YouTube Playlist Kitchen Concerts

My Instagram @JohnBurnsLIve


We got a great mention in the Gensler blog article, which discusses how brands are taking their message virtual during the Corona Virus Crisis:

Digital and Virtual Connections Have Quickly Become a Brand’s Livelihood

MAC Nomination Male Comedy Performance

Photo: Helane Blumfield

It has been a great year of performing my show John Burns Is A Sexy Beast and for icing on the cake, I have been nominated for a MAC Award. What a dream come true. I couldn’t have done it alone. This year I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with Lennie Watts and Michael Holland. Michael and I put this show together in the spring and we performed it during World Pride at the Duplex Cabaret – next door to the Stonewall Inn where the movement began back in 1969.

The show was a lot of songs mainly, but not only from the 70’s. We were also fortunate enough to debut the original song Kind Of Gay which my dear friends David Dreyfus and Jeff Hardy wrote for me. Guess what . . . they got a nomination as well.

Wish us all luck on Monday, March 30th when the awards will be handed out.

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!