Nashville says farewell to Bianca Paige, the Pantomime Rage… – by Jim Ridley

Memorial services often begin with a prayer or a holy invocation. So did Bianca Paige’s … sort of.

“Paging Mr. Tail! Mr. COCK Tail!” bellowed female impersonator Carmella Marcella Garcia at the podium down front. Across the crowded ballroom at the Loews Vanderbilt Plaza, in the neon-blue gleam of the video projector, hundreds of wine flutes and cocktail glasses glinted at once in the light. It was a signature toast Bianca Paige had raised a thousand times, and tonight it made her absence acutely felt.