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Peaches Christ’s Drag Becomes Her

“Catastrophically sloppy drag race cash-in”
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The 1990s horror-comedy movie­ Death Becomes Her is a cult masterpiece. Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep play bedazzled zombies fighting it out for the love of Bruce Willis’ plastic surgeon/cosmetic undertaker Earnest. It’s delicious.

You would think that adding some Drag Race royalty to the mix in this musical parody would result in a paradise of camp. Instead, Drag Becomes Her is a disappointing, sloppy hour-and-a-half of RuPaul references and tacky skits.

The super fans in the audience enjoy themselves immensely, some paying nearly £50 for meet-and-greet tickets. But, if you were expecting Broadway showmanship from seasoned comedy queens BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon, you’re going to be let down. This is more Butlin’s than Broadway.

San Francisco drag legend Peaches Christ is responsible for this calamity, with the re-purposed songs penned by BenDeLaCreme. DeLa’s lyrics are clever, particularly a cover of Taylor Swift sending up her Miss Congeniality reputation as she transforms into a homicidal she-devil.

The cast of Drag Becomes Her at Home, Manchester

This song at least provides one of the night’s only full-on dance routines. Leigh Halifax and Joshua Hubbard are clearly talented dancers, but they seem to have been engaged here primarily as Lycra-clad wallpaper.

Part of the set appears to be actually made of cardboard and, instead of transporting us into a Technicolor dream, the AV cuts off above the actors’ knees. As for the costumes, the cast should just be grateful that Drag Race judge Michelle Visage isn’t in the audience.

In this instance, it’s not so much a case of “sashay away”, but leave quietly out the back and hope no one remembers this horror show.


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Production Details
Production namePeaches Christ’s Drag Becomes Her
VenueHome
LocationManchester
StartsMay 8, 2019
EndsMay 11, 2019, then Soho Theatre
Running time1hr 30mins
AuthorPeaches Christ
ComposerBendelacreme .
LyricistBendelacreme .
DirectorPeaches Christ
CastBaby Lame, Bendelacreme ., Donna Trump, Jinkx Monsoon, Joshua Hubbard, Leigh Halifax, Major Scales, Peaches Christ
ProducerSoho Theatre, Tim Whitehead
VerdictCatastrophically sloppy Drag Race cash-in parody musical of classic B movie Death Becomes Her
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Francesca Peschier

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