The lights may have gone down for this past season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, but Town Danceboutique wasn’t going to let that be the last we saw of our favorite queens. Fresh off her win, America’s current Drag Superstar Sharon Needles sashayed her way to OUR main-stage. Not one to be a selfish Queen, she brought along fellow contestants Dida Ritz and Phi Phi O’hara. With a line that wrapped around the block, and then some, this was the destination to be (second only to the sold-out BYGay’s WildLife Party just up the street).
Resident queens Shi-Queeta Lee, Ba’Naka Deveraux, Epiphany B Lee, and Miss Tatianna (season two of RuPaul’s Drag Race) were all in place to open the show. These ladies still showed out with full-force like any other night, however, it was very obvious everyone was there for RuPaul’s “goyLs.”
Serving some serious Fish was Miss Cheesecake herself, Dida Ritz—for those wondering, her knees were properly bronzed this time; no ash in sight. It took every bit of self-restrain not to jump up on stage with this beauty as she wherq’ed to Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies.” Dida has legs for days, which she unapologetically showed off as she popped, dropped, and strutted around the space. During her season, I wasn’t super impressed by her (she seemed a bit unpolished) but she made a believer out of me from the jump. Truly a shame that she hadn’t made it farther than she did.
Next up, introduced by a video montage of some of her haters, Phi Phi O’Hara commanded attention the moment she took the stage. Opting out of the traditional highly choreographed routines of the other queens in favor of one “Ph!erce” lip-sync after another. The love/hate relationship I have with her was tested this night: her attitude and energy slayed, but her money-grubbing wasn’t cute (she walked around collecting tips 55% of the time it felt). Phi Phi is definitely an amazing queen though, despite being one of the more hated of her season—I found myself both cheering and heckling her at the same time throughout the night.
*cut the lights — cue the breaking news piece*
What a tragedy! At 2.42p, the first Drag Queen President, Sharon Needles, was shot and killed… not really, but just go with it.
Pittsburg’s Lady of the Night was every bit as Spooky as you would expect—she delivered some serious Elvira realness with a tinge of Marilyn Manson shock value. Her dramatic first appearance involved a coffin, a Bible, and a homemade cocktail of Grey Goose, PBR, and the greatest evil of them all: Money Honey. While some of the ladies were clearly here to make dat money, this queen was all about her fans: “I’m not here for your f-cking money! A dollar? I have about 100,000 more of those at home.”
Almost immediately it became apparent why Madame Needles was crowned Queen—her Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent gave so much life during her time on stage. On television, she was knocked for her demonic shtick, but in person, it translated incredibly well. Her looks were on point, her energy remained high, and her face beat the house down. To those who missed her, I feel bad for you… no T, no shade, but what on Earth were you thinking?
Unfortunately, this writer had to make an exit post-show, but having received hugs from both Dida Ritz and Sharon Needles (not to mention a pseudo on-stage shout out from the latter) I was very satisfied. For those who are sitting in front of the computer screen scratching their heads, go get yourselves an education and catch the fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race in full on Logo TV‘s website now. For the rest of us who just can’t get enough: fyi, seasons two and three are streaming in full on Netflix. Now Sashay… Away.