This past week, I managed to pull myself away from the computer and head out to enjoy a few bevvies and shows on the Sydney scene to celebrate the anniversary of my 25th birthday.
On Thursday night, JP and I caught up with Trent who had been talking up the "new" show at the Shift "Dreamgurlz" starring Tora Hymen, Minni Cooper and Prada Clutch. Now, for someone who has been seeing drag shows for as many years I have been alive (i feel totally ol' skool now! lol) I wasnt really aware of this cast as they have appeared in the time i have been working way too much to party... so, apart from reputations of the ladies (some good some bad) the amount of people that talked the show up - from the venue staff to Trent, made me wary of the fact that it couldnt be "that" good... I had also heard that the show was recycled from four other venues where it had had a run also... was it that good that venues were willing to share the show - or were these performers flogging it to death to anyone that would pay for it???
So... my interest was eventually gained and it was a good excuse to start my birthday celebrations a day early.
The spot shows were funny, entertaining and I even thought that the live singing of Prada Clutch was cutely "bearable" (kind of reminded me of the old days of Madeleine Von Mantrap belting out a tune as Sydney's "only singing drag queen"... a few more drinks later and some inaaproriate run ins with boys who thought they had the right to touch my backside without express permission, and it was showtime.
The dreamgurlz show was alas, just what I initially feared... a soundtrack show, with limited adaptation... now thats not a negative, as for that type of show it kicked ass... its just that given the fabulousness of the original soundtrack and the fact that anyone would love the songs, makes it an instant hit... it just isn't overly "drag" as what i used to love drag for - an ability to make the incredibly comical, diva-ness-ness out of anything and turn it into even MORE of a show... Dreamgurlz is "video clip" drag - replication with "comedy" thrown in where the replication falls soft. (ok - that sounds a tad bitchy, but i AM trying to make a point).
The interesting twists that they did have however were the male cast member, who was girlier than the leading ladies, yet sold a perverted masculinity and comedy styling that the show needed and Tora devouring a hamburger out of a KFC bucket in time with the music... truly a disgusting highlight...
So, all in all, Showgurlz is a funny yet predictable show - and if you love the soundtrack, you would have a great time...
In a world first, i ended up at Arq at around 2am and saw one of my favourite's, Mitzi Macintosh battling the crowds to find a new showcast for the Imperial Hotel... funnily enough, there was only ONE contestant - so they automatically went through to the next round... I can't remember the queen's name for the life of me - but she was good.
I couldn't hold out to the production show - but saw the spots, which managed to also include Tora Hymen and Minnie Cooper (what a way to make Thursday night pay gals - good on ya!) and the impeccable drag stylings of Mitzi... it was then off to bed after venturing out to the alley way where the smokers (and most of the cities strange and odd people were hanging out that night) - definitely time to call an end to Thursday's shenanigans...
The birthday celebrations continued in earnest Friday night, with myself, JP and Marky heading to Mad Mex on Crown Street )and with me being Gluten free - its a total treat to eat out somewhere!)... the food is soooo tasty, and so are the customers... i think we chose it well that night as marky nearly drooled out of his seat.
Then it was off to the Columbian, upstairs, to have more booze and catch up with the gang... from the moment we stepped inside, the photogs were there in force, from the Star Observer snapper, Anne Marie, to other folks who treated us like stars... we headed upstairs where I had a great night catching up with all my friends.
Seeing that venue on a friday night is a real trip... a really mixed, and totally friendly crowd, and to top it off a very funny spot show from my BFF, Maxi Shield... it was just fabbo!
Thats about where my memory of the night ends, as does my birthday adventure... we headed back to markies and had a few gin and tonics and laughed over YouTube clips that we wanted to post on Guidetogay but as the cold set in at around 2am... JP and I headed home and had a good nights rest....
Thanks to all that made my birthday anniversary a totally brilliant time - heres to next weekend when we celebrate JP's birthday... god April is fun!