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Tuesday 04 December 2018

Review: Christmas Queens @ Brighton Dome Concert Hall

The much anticipated Christmas Queens, at Brighton Dome Concert Hall, began via a video montage of some of the most famous and popular queens from all ten seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race.

All seven of the show's featured queens came out dancing to traditional Christmas songs with their lyrics altered to be all about being a queen and throwing shade and spilling the tea (telling the truth).

Bob The Drag Queen introduced the girls and told us we're the gayest town they've been to. Bob's shady sense of humour had the audience in stitches.

He apologised that Michelle Visage wasn't hosting as she's currently in the West End in a show playing a bitter old lady coaching a young aspiring drag queen - "I don't know how she prepared for the role... it's just Adore Delano in All Stars 2 all over again!"

Jiggly Caliente performed Ratchet Christmas; twerking, hair flipping and rapping to a thumping beat. The track wouldn't be out of place on Jiggly's album T.H.O.T Process. It was quintessentially Jiggly and the audience loved it.

Eureka appeared in an amazing bright red bodysuit and matching cape with a reindeer on her shoulder and performed a song about believing in Santa. A cute song, well performed, leaving us wanting more.

Kameron Michaels made her entrance in a stunning winter cloak and lip syncs all slow and demure. She then throws off the cape to reveal a gorgeous white body suit, while the music changed to an upbeat medley of Christmas tracks we all know and love whilst showing off the dance moves that made her a lip sync assassin on Season Ten of Drag Race.

Asia O' Hara wore a stunning green pageant rhinestone gown and sings Santa Clause Is Coming To Town in a sultry, seductive tone which was reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe attempting to woo the then American President.

Phi Phi O'Hara sang Merry Christmas live and doesn't miss a note; showing off her singing skills with some vocal gymnastics.

Sharon Needles arrived in a hot pink suit and treated us to a song that anyone who's been to Christmas queens before would recognise as a favourite, Snow Machine. 


Sharon goes to speak, a video montage starts to play on the screen at the back of the stage in error and quickly stops again; Sharon chuckles and jokes: "Hey sound guy, you have a new nickname - fired!" Then explains Snow Machine is about cocaine. She laughs and leaves the stage

Bob The Drag Queen reappears to tell us there's a audience participation quiz. He pulls eleven people from the crowd (not 10 - "I'm American, what do you want from me!"). If they get the question right they get an item from the luxury stores - Primark - or - Tesco - and if they get it wrong they get trash from the dressing room. 

The remaining audience laughed most when "the gayest man in Brighton" - as Bob called him - turned out to be from Zimbabwe

Bob looked shocked for a brief moment and despairs that white people ruin everything and are everywhere like bed bugs; this has the audience in fits of laughter. 

This section was the funniest of the night with Bob throwing shade left right and centre and telling each audience member to "beat it queen" after they'd completed their question. 

Only three people got questions wrong and the trash they received was somewhat questionable (a half used beauty blender was one given to one participant) but to be fair calling the prizes for getting a question right luxury might have been a bit of a stretch with opera gloves, false nails and a single Christmas card being won by volunteers who answered correctly.

Asia O' Hara kicked off part two of the evening with a 90s hip hop fest. Glittery jump suit dancing to MC Hammer's Can"t Touch This; giving us all the nostalgic vibes and for some of us a brief reliving of our youth. It was fantastic.

Kameron serenaded us with Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas in a gorgeous red gown, proving that she can be every inch a diva and command a stage without her signature dance moves. She was beautiful and had us all captivated.

Wit the rest of the cast singing for all their worth it was soon time for Bob to take the stage and give us a reflection of the wild show we'd seen and, she was right, it had been wild but we'd adored every minute of it.

The cast came back dressed in gorgeous blue glitter outfits of various styles and performed two more songs together. 

It was wonderful and by the end the audience were on their feet giving the queens a well deserved standing ovation .. It had been a truly wonderful show.


by: Stephanie Keane




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