All Countess Luann de Lesseps wants for Christmas is a vacation — a well-deserved vacation.
In between filming the upcoming season of “Real Housewives of New York City” and the Peacock hit “The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip,” the countess has been preparing her latest cabaret show and it’s coming to Fort Lauderdale.
“A Very Countess Christmas,” Sunday, Dec. 26 at the Parker, will feature holiday favorites, the premiere of a new song and a little dishing about her co-stars on the Bravo reality series.
“I’m super excited. It’s a Christmas show, a fun show for everyone,” de Lesseps said in a telephone interview from Boston, noting that she expects to be on Santa’s “nice” list.
She has already made stops in Washington, D.C. and Manhattan and will visit Boston and Long Island before making her way to warmer climes for the holiday in Florida.
Under the stage direction of Miami-based director Richard Jay Alexander (whose superstar client list includes Barbra Streisand), de Lesseps will put a contemporary twist on classics like “Santa Baby” — she plays the bongos, too — and “Jingle Bell Rock,” along with that new song penned by Billy Stritch and Bruce Roberts, “What I Want for Christmas.”
“And, of course, I’ll sing ‘Cabaret’ because I get so much crap for talking about cabaret all the time,” she added with a throaty chuckle. “For me, I love live performance and my cabarets, and that’s part of the big picture for me. I’ve been on television forever.”
But if she were to venture beyond the “Real Housewives” franchise she joined 14 years ago, de Lesseps might love to host a game show on TV, although she admitted she didn’t consider the recent contest to host “Jeopardy.”
“That would be fabulous,” she said with a full-on laugh.
Audiences at the Parker shouldn’t expect camera crews at the concert. Unlike previous seasons, the production is taking a hiatus during the holiday season.
“Normally, we are filming. I don’t know if I could have swung filming with touring,” she explained. “It’s kind of a blessing. We’re having a little bit of a pause until we come back. New York is not going anywhere.”
And like her other “housewive-preneurs,” de Lesseps didn’t miss an opportunity during the call to plug her newest business venture, Fosé Rosé, a non-alcoholic wine.
De Lessep’s misadventures with alcohol (and the law) had led her to publicly give up drinking, but she still missed being able to join in social settings.
Mocktails were often too syrupy and inventive mixologists few and far between, so she created her own product, with a special kick of its own: "a unique, natural non-alcoholic sparkling wine with superfood ingredients” including damiana (reportedly an aphrodisiac) and Schisandra (an adaptogenic liver fortifier known for its mood-stabilizing properties).
The holidays should be festive, she said, and she invited audiences to celebrate her own flavors of the season, “born out of necessity, but healthy and good and elevated.”
Dear Santa, the countess has been a busy girl. See what you can do about that vacation…
Luann de Lesseps performs “A Very Countess Christmas” on Sunday, Dec. 26 at 8 p.m. at the Parker, 707 N.E. 8th St. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets start at $43 at ParkerPlayhouse.com.