"...Long branded with the dreaded “troubled production,” the early, more serious, Aztec-flavored script was thoroughly rewritten midway through in favor of a newer, hipper style of wisecracking humor that begins badly and continues gathering a nasty sort of moss until you want to smack the producers around the head and pine for Ariel, Belle, and the studio's other, more fully fleshed-out (not to mention sympathetic) characters from their Eighties-Nineties heyday. Emperor's main problem is the fact that the story -- egocentric Aztec emperor Kuzco (Spade) is morphed into a llama by bitter ex-right-hand gal Yzma (Kitt) and her lumbering toady Kronk (Warburton) and must gain some semblance of humility with assistance from homily-spouting villager Pacha (Goodman) in order to win back his kingdom and his groove -- is, for a long while, totally devoid of any empathetic protagonists..."
"...From humble beginnings raised in the cotton fields of South Carolina, then sent to live with an aunt in New York City, where she got her first break with Katherine Dunham's modern dance company Kitt rose to a triple-threat career in music (I Want to Be Evil, Love for Sale, Folk Tales of the Tribes of Africa), television (I Spy, Batman), and theatre (Timbuktu!, Follies, and, most recently, The Wild Party, Cinderella, and Nine: The Musical). Kitt continues to confound and delight, with surprise undertakings, such as her turn behind the mic as the voice of the villainous Yzma in Disney's The Emperor's New Groove and its sequels..."
"...It's the first time he's been able to slow down for a day or two, and he only can only do this for a second before his attention shifts to getting everything in order for a drag performance the following night. This leg of the karaoke competition at Castro's Warehouse is Disney-themed, and Brown has chosen to take a turn as Yzma, the gaunt and aged villainess from The Emperor's New Groove..."
"...He positions her intentionally saggy breast paddings at the bottom of his rib cage, raises her six foot frame an extra three inches with a pair of black heels, and packs a roll of duct tape to ensure his nether regions stay out of her performance. He's spent the last three weeks organizing, costuming, and fashioning Johellen's presentation as The Emperor’s New Groove's Yzma for tonight's show, a process that will soon culminate with him leaving the director's chair as the Disney villianess...."