Victor/Victoria is the wonderful gender bending musical currently in production at London Bridge’s Southwark Playhouse.
The Little Dog Laughed is an excellent, well written play flitting between New York and LA, and tells the story of Mitchell (Rupert Friend), Diane (Tamsin Greig), Alex (Harry Lloyd) and Ellen (Gemma Aterton), satirising Hollywood and its attitudes towards its stars, their lovers and those that fall between
Megan Mullally & Supreme Music Program has descended onto the Vaudeville Theatre, the first time the lady from Will & Grace and her posse have performed outside of the United States. With a mixture of alternative jazz, rhythm n blues and swing, this songstress proves that she has more talents than meets the eye.
Take five talented Drag Queens, mix in a plethora of past and present Divas and you have ‘Drag Divas’, on at The Arts Theatre in the West End.
Miss Hope Springs, played by female impersonator and award-wining Ty Jeffries, returns to the Drill Hall after her hugely successful sell-out show “Recovering Showgirl” last year with the next chapter of her life: “Miss Hope Springs: Je M’Appelle Hope”. In the very intimate studio she sings and talks about how she left a glamorous Vegas for Paris and started performing in a seedy little nightclub in Pigalle, about falling in love and the trials and tribulations during that part of her life.
Questions like what do you do when your husband leaves you for another man and you are hiding from the mafia? Where does a woman go when all she has is her fading looks and her talent to go on?
These are answered in a thoroughly entertaining 60 minutes of heartache, near-murder and intrigue. It feels like you have known Miss Hope for years, such is her knack for grabbing your attention without ever being over-powering. Songs are soulful, bluesy and very lyrical. Stand-outs are “Live, Laugh, Love and Be Happy”, the gorgeous ballad “I Believe In Us”, the fabulously witty “I’m Going To Have To Kill You Now, Jean-Jacques” and the excellent “Satan In Satin”. It’s a hugely enjoyable hour from a lady who has remained true to herself and won’t take any crap from anyone. Unless she falls in love.
You may think you are going to see a drag queen and, on one level you are, but there are no snide remarks and no barbed comments (except at those who have graced her life). Miss Hope is very gentle in her story-telling and is not like other drag queens who use their audiences to create the humour. Miss Hope is an entire universe and we are invited into her world. And what a world it is!
Read the Full interview with Ty Jefferies on Pinkwires "Top Feature" link.
Miss Hope Springs is performing at the Drill Hall, Chenies Street, on Weds-Saturdays at 8pm till 9th April, with a show on Sunday 3rd April at 5pm £10/£8. Definitely worth dropping by to see.
You can see more of Miss Hope on www.misshopesprings.com
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