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.
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. It is a let-your-hair-down, sing-a-long evening jam-packed with excellent performances and some truly hilarious moments which had the audience on their feet.
The show took on a life of its own, with hardly any time to catch your breath as Diva after Diva rolled onto the stage to steal the limelight. Think charity night down at your local gay bar where all your favourites have come out to play.
Confidently compered by the fabulous Mrs Moore who welcomed us into the (rather warm) theatre, the first act of the evening was introduced, the magnificent Rob Tucker, who was so convincing – not only in looks but on vocals – that you would be forgiven for thinking Aretha Franklin herself had arrived. Every time he came on stage the character he was playing came to life and he is certainly a talent to watch for.
The Supremes, Dusty, Amy, Dolly, Lulu, Edith, Madonna and the Spice Girls were among the Divas lining up to shine and, for the most part, they didn’t fail to impress. And with two sexy male dancers (Scott Bishop and Ashley Martin) in various states of undress teasingly writhing around there was pretty much something for everyone to enjoy.
Everyone really gave their all with La Voix, playing Liza and Shirley, also standing out with accuracy and humour. Baga Chipz’s Cher and Amy were very good, with her carefully controlled mannerisms.
The only disappointing Divas on that night were Dusty, Gaga and Madonna, played by Tanya Hyde. There is absolutely no question that the girl can sing, and what a voice she has, but while she looked the part she didn’t sound the part, purely because it was sung in a lower register to how we know the songs are sung. This isn’t a major criticism, but when everyone else sounds like their character, these stood out for the wrong reasons. However, Tanya’s Posh Spice was effortlessly cool and the audience were in fits of laughter at her interpretation. Plus, her rendition of Kate Bush’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ was so spot-on, and then taken to a new level, that the audience were in hysterics. Definitely the highlight of the evening.
On the whole, a great evening where you are invited to sing along to all the songs. The show ended with a fizz of mash-ups and all Drag Divas on stage. It would be definitely interesting to see which Divas they come up with next as this is a concept that could keep running, and with talent like this it deserves good audiences and good runs.
Drag Divas is on at The Arts Theatre, by Leicester Square Theatre Thurs 16th-Sat 18th and Weds 22nd-Sat 25th August at 10:15pm. Show is about 1.5 hours with no interval.
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