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Review of The Supreme Fabulettes at Leicester Square Theatre

The Supreme FabulettesA fun and fabulous night is guaranteed in the company of The Supreme Fabulettes. These four “women” dazzle with a multitude of sequins, high kicks and popular medleys, and actively encourage audience participation. The more the audience are on their feet clapping, swaying and singing along, the more they like it. As we’re told, “It’s not Chekhov”, and indeed it isn’t, it’s four drag divas doing what drag divas do best. They banter with the audience and amongst themselves and provide all the double entendres and innuendo that could ever be wished for.

There are the bare bones of a story woven through the act which tells the tale of the rise, demise and resurrection of the group. This is primarily told by the girls’ manager Miss Sheila Simmons. Sheila is a 21st century Dame Edna, liberally distributing Werthers Originals in lieu of gladioli. Sheila also introduces her dishevelled butch lesbian daughter Samantha, who ironically is the hairdresser for the act. Samantha is a not so small kernel of gold within the show, and indeed one of the highlights is the mother/daughter duet of “Especially For You” which she performs with Sheila. Samantha’s dancing is a sight not to be missed.

The Supreme Fabulettes themselves define their individual personalities and we get to know of Vanilla’s easy virtue and recognise the tattooed Silver Summer as the coke sniffing antagonist within the group. Whilst estranged from the girls, she performs on The Screech (a spoof of the Voice) and in stunning Diana Dors style performs a “Diamond” medley.

This is a far more inclusive side of drag. Whilst their wit is acerbic it is not aggressive and does not cause discomfort, as can sometimes be the case. The audience are encouraged but never bullied to participate – and indeed they happily do. The only awkward moment was when they appeared at the Taliban party in full sequined Muslim garb and disrobed to “Shake it Off.”

A night of glorious entertainment, provided the less testosterone filled women in the audience are not too envious of the wondrous lithesome legs of Portia De Foss.
4 stars

 

Review by Lesley Bardell

The Supreme Fabulettes – Miss Vicki Vivacious, Miss Portia De Fosse, Miss Silver Summers and Miss Vanilla Lush – are to take the West End by storm this summer, with 13 spectacular
evenings of entertainment, during July and August in their favourite home, Leicester Square Theatre.

They will then set out on a world tour, taking in Amsterdam, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans, Tuscon, Arizona, Portland, South Beach, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Vienna.

The Supreme Fabulettes are the vision of the A-list creative team behind Kylie Minoque, directed and styled by Klylie’s very own legendendary Creative Director, William Baker.

Their live shows, a blend of classic number one hit songs, current chart-toppers and original songs by Boy George with sweet Glee-style harmonies, wondrous couture costumes and cutting-edge variety, have earned a clutch of 5-star rave reviews and they have twice been named No1 Critics Choice by Time Out. They also featured in the cult TV series Drag Queens of London.

The Supreme Fabulettes’ London summer dates are Thursday 16 – Saturday 18 July, Friday 31 July & Saturday 1 August, Friday 7 & Saturday 8 August, Friday 14 & Saturday 15 August, Friday 21 & Saturday 22 August, Friday 28 & Saturday 29 August.

Dance and sing along as the girls perform Glee-style mash ups and make you laugh with their witty patter and have you stunned by their glamorous costumes, watched over at all times by their razor-tongued Australian manager, Miss Sheila Simmonds.

This will be the ultimate party night out in London this summer, whether you are with all your best friends and family, or simply coming on your own to make new friends. The show also guest stars Sam Buttery, finalist of the first season of BBC’s The Voice and Leigh Bowery in Taboo.

The Supreme Fabulettes became global internet sensations when the video for their first single, You Ruined My Xmas, written and directed by Boy George, was viewed over 100,000 times in just three weeks. Their follow up, A Drag Queen is a Cowboy’s Best Friend, was also written by and the video directed by Boy George.

Songs featured include The Supremes’ Stop in the Name of Love, Adele’s Rolling in the Deep, Abba’s Gimme Gimme Gimme, Destiny’s Child’s Survivor, Tina Turner’s Proud Mary, Madonna’s Material Girl and Express Yourself, Rhianna’s Diamonds and many, many more.

Creative Team:
William Baker – Director
Ashley Wallen – Choreographer
Writer Terry Ronald
Stevie Stewart – Artistic Director (costumes & set)
Steve Anderson/John Themis – Musical Directors
Tom Sutherland – Lighting Director
Producer Walt Utz

The Supreme Fabulettes in Viva las Divas is produced by Martin Witts for Leicester Square Theatre.
www.supremefabulettes.com

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