Review: Viva La Drag, Leicester Square Theatre, WC2
PUBLISHED: 16:28 04 July 2013 | UPDATED: 16:28 04 July 2013
There was a buzzing atmosphere at this return of the all-male female close harmony vocal group Supreme Fabulette’s, and the bawdy audience gave them a lively and enthusiastic reception.
We hear the 50 year outrageous history of the girls’ career in wigs and heels, a mystery up until now. It’s a story – directed by Kylie Minogue’s creative director William Baker – of scandal, backstabbing, love, tears and drama.
There is the time they were recording a country album in Nashville and got sidetracked into opening a whorehouse, the time they were called up for military service in the war against cheap hair extensions and plastic shoes, and the time they ended up in prison for smuggling prescription pills in their wigs. And we are shown previously unknown fourth member Silver Summers returning to the group after leaving to pursue a diabolical solo career – she performs some amazing solos when on talent show ‘The Screech’ to a team of sneering judges.
Incredibly powerfully sung pop classics from Motown ‘60s through to the present day hits of Adele and Beyonce are the order of the day. And Australian drag compere Sheila Simmonds is the star of the show, with her wisecracking comments and interaction with the audience.
The choreography is slick and the lavish costumes, stunning wigs and death-defying heels designed by Stevie Stewart are stunning. During the super quick changes of costumes we are shown animated short films which really carry off the character of the girls.
The audience gets the chance to participate too – bearded copywriter Tom was given a drag makeover and emerged as Jaws Hughes – the name of his first pet combined with his mother’s maiden name. This show was set to run for the week up until Pride in the main house. A camp, outrageous and hugely entertaining evening.
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