FRESH from its latest critically-acclaimed West End run, directed by Kylie Minogue’s creative director William Baker, with songs especially composed by Boy George and as featured on London Live TV, Viva la Drag! is coming to town.
Producer Michael Taylor, who created hit touring shows the Magic of Motown and An Evening of Burlesque, says his brand-new show Viva la Drag! is a stage show with real musical pedigree.
“As well as the Kylie connection and Boy George’s involvement,” he says, “it also stars Sam Buttery of BBC1’s The Voice and benefits from musical direction from the songwriter of number one hits by the Sugarbabes, Emma Bunton and Kylie.”
Michael says that choreography is by Ashley Wallen, whose credits include Ghost the Musical in the West End and Rent at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
“And vocals are by the arranger to Girls Aloud and Danni Minogue,” says Michael, “while costumes are the brainchild of the designer for Kylie’s famed world tours.”
Michael says that Viva la Drag! is the exciting, latest evolution of British theatregoers’ fascination with drag.
“Drag queens are a time-honoured tradition and the production brings the art form into the 21st cenutury, courtesy of a show that features amazing harmonies by very talented singers performing today’s chart toppers along with classic hits.”
The “more hit songs than you can bat a set of oversized lashes at” Viva la Drag! score – Glee-style mash-ups of hit songs like Single Ladies, Baby Love, Car Wash, Rolling in the Deep, I’m Every Woman, Crazy in Love, Diamonds, We Are Family, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – has seen the production become an instant hit for girls’ nights out.
“With more hits than any other production, it’s a rollicking night of cross-dressing comedy and musical theatre,” says Michael. “Viva la Drag! is a party night favourite with girls and guys alike. It’s perfect entertainment for whatever you’re celebrating – hen nights, anniversaries, birthdays even divorces.”
The party-packed score is performed by “one hell of an all-male girl group” – The Stage Newspaper. The plot of Viva la Drag! charts the rise from rags to the queens of drag of the Supreme Fabulettes – a close harmony group. . . with a difference.
The “girl” group’s razor-tongued manager, played by Miss Sheila Simmonds, navigates band splits and solo hits, against a backdrop of backstabbing, love and tears played for laughs by four of the UK’s top drag artistes: Vicki Vivacious, Vanilla Lush, Portia De Fosse and Silver Summers.
Combining sweet harmonies, wondrous costumes, ripped eye candy, cutting-edge variety plus special guest Sam Buttery, Viva la Drag! promises “a night of glitz, hits, fun and kitsch”.
“It’s the stage show sensation everyone’s talking about,” says Michael.
Theatregoers are advised that the content of the show is suitable for over-16s.