|Cheslea Piers // photo by Michael Block|
Show: Are You There Ru, It’s Me Chelsea
Location: Laurie Beechman Theater
Queens Seen: Chelsea Piers (@thechelseapiers)
*Disclaimer: So in case you didn’t know, I’m a theater critic. That’s my primary job in the biz. As opportunities came, I got to introduce drag and cabaret into my repertoire. I’m excited that I am now able to mix the mediums together where I can bring my typical theatrical criticism into the world of nightlife. For shows that I see at the Beechman, my full review will be the source of criticism but I’ll still include the show in Drag365. I will include a pull quote to the review along with the link to the full review.
What makes this show unique is the set list. There are standard songs you seem to find in show such as this. Chelsea and her team go beyond the norm and find the fresh. Led by music director Brandon James Gwin, the band is the pulse of the show that keeps the fight against the clock alive. Though at times she seems to be overpowered, Chelsea uses her pop-fueled vocals from top to bottom, with only one very important lip sync thrown in. And that lip sync is her dedication to a potential Snatch Game character, Celine Dion. The irony of timing of this show compared the most recent episode of Drag Race is uncanny.
The full review can be found here.