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.
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.