“A Night of A Thousand DeVitos” invited die-hard fans and Danny curious to immerse themselves in all things DeVito.
Photo: Lucia Buricelli
“I think he’s coming tonight, I just feel him in the air,” John Beltrano told a friend while adjusting the tufts of hair sticking out of his semi-bald knit cap. “It’s like Beetlejuice – if you get enough people to shout his name and get naked on stage, that’s where Danny DeVito comes in.” His look, inspired by Frank Reynolds, DeVito’s character on Philadelphia is always sunny, also included black “glasses” made from pipe cleaners and a white T-shirt with seven score marks (another Reynolds reference from the show’s tenth season). But he wasn’t the only DeVito; Beltrano was just one of hundreds of attendees in makeshift black frames who had endured freezing temperatures and an L train stop to attend the ‘Night of a Thousand DeVitos’ premiere at Rubulad, an underground performance space in Bushwick.
For Alana Miller, the party organizer, filling the space with a swarm of DeVito lookalikes was in itself the goal. As she explained, “There are no bad ideas if you’re willing to commit hard enough.” She has been hosting events and parties under the name Glittermilk since 2020. Many of her absurd parties have been collaborations with Rubulad, including Disco Fish, an aquatic-themed disco party with mermaids and kiddie pools and the party. of Halloween “A Night of a Thousand Clowns”. . As a former arts therapist in the public school system, she spent her summers producing interactive experiences at music festivals, such as a performance where people repent of their sins to a dominating nun. In 2020, she decided to produce events full time.