That Drag Show is that production you need to see during this difficult pandemic time, if only as a two hour escape from the miserable reality we currently find ourselves living through.
It would be worth visiting just for the venue. Proud Cabaret, with its low ceiling, ubiquitous mirrors, artificial palm trees decorated with fairy lights, and pink dim glow, transfers you from pandemic London to burlesque Paris and convincingly envisions the ambience of the cabaret.
But, the show has far more to offer than its gorgeous setting. All three queens, Portia De Fosse, Velma Celli and Karla Bear, are incredibly talented, funny, sassy and simply dazzling, with their slick choreography, quick changes and absolutely insane vocals. Indeed, the queens sing live throughout the entire two-hour show, without a moment of lip-synching. And they’re exceptionally good at it.
At rare times they slip out of tune – ‘Don’t Rain On My Parade’ and Karla Bear’s cabaret interpretation of ‘Halo’ can be a bit painful. Nevertheless, the queens make it up with wonderful harmonies, dance moves, sparkling dresses and crazy solos.
With every song, That Drag Show keeps getting better. Some moments are truly unforgettable: Velma Celli’s burlesque version of ‘Black & Gold’, perfectly sung with a deep, sensual voice; her hilarious impersonation of iconic divas like Cher, Shakira or Celine Dion; and the queens’ touching acoustic mashup ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’/’We Found Love,’ to name but a few.
As they advertise themselves, they sing all the songs you would imagine should be performed during a drag show, including the initial mashup ‘Diamonds Are A Girls’ Best Friends’/’Material Girl’ in pink gowns and blond wigs as well as ‘It’s Raining Men’/’I Need A Hero’ wearing neon raincoats and sequin dresses in the grand finale.
Every single element comprising That Drag Show makes it a professional and stunning source of entertainment – lights, makeup, costumes and wonderful interaction with the socially-distanced audience. An absolute must-watch that is worth every penny.