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Drag Queens in Brooklyn, Saturday Night Edition

Ellen Levitt

Posted on November 14, 2021 19:23

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I saw A Drag Queen Christmas, and it was lots of outrageous fun.

I've written here before about how much I enjoy RuPaul's Drag Race, so when I heard that a local theater was going to host A Drag Queen Christmas, I mentioned this to my daughters and a friend who are also fans. My daughters were too busy with school work, but a friend, her daughter and I decided to go. 

On Saturday night, November 13, we went to the Kings Theatre on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn for this highly anticipated event. I mention the theater and the site because much of the fun of going to a fun-filled, burlesque type of event is going to this theater. The Kings Theatre is nearly 100 years old, an opulent theater that was restored eleven years ago. It features big chandeliers and lighting fixtures, carved elements, fancy staircases and much more on a bigger than life scale. Many fans came into the theater and took photos, and gawked.

In addition, Flatbush Avenue has gone through its own economic ups and downs, and this section is on the upswing.

By the way, we went through a winding line to show our proof of vaccination, and another line to have our bags checked. 

On to the show: two queens, Trinity the Tuck and Peppermint, were the MCs for the night, telling lots of raunchy jokes and changing gowns several times. The performing queens at our show were:

Shea Coulee, who did a routine dressed as the Grinch, and another as a soul singer

Heidi N Closet, who did a funny elf sketch and another as a progressively drunker singer of "The Twelve Days of Christmas"

Denali, who performed first on ice skates, and later did a dance lip sync routine

Kylie Sonique Love, who danced and later sang a torchy number

Jan Sport, who sang and later danced

Miz Cracker, who did a hilarious riff on the Chipmunks Christmas song, and then a song and dance tribute to famous Jews

Sasha Velour, who did a song, and later a dance in which she began as a Russian matryoshka doll

I enjoyed all the performances, but I particularly enjoyed Heidi N Closet, who is very funny and did some mean twerking. Denali's ice-skating routine was very slick and had a thrilling element. Miz Cracker's homage to the Chipmunks was outrageous, as was her song and dance tribute to famous Jewish personalities such as Albert Einstein and Barbra Streisand (who actually went to Erasmus Hall High School, just a few blocks north of this theater!).

The crowd was very Modern Brooklyn, a mix of LGBTQ folks of various ages, older and younger straight couples, teenagers. Many people were decked out in holiday clothing and accessories. There are over 30 stops throughout the United States for this holiday show, and I wonder how this goes over in the Midwest.

Here in Brooklyn, fans whooped and cheered, and the MCs chatted up a mask-wearing usher. It was a hilarious mix of contemporary, gender bending vaudeville. 

 

Ellen Levitt

Posted on November 14, 2021 19:23

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