Thursday, February 15, 2018

Drag365: Show #40- Just Jackie at New World Stages

Jackie Cox // photo by Michael Block
Day: Sunday, February 11th        

Show: Just Jackie and Friends 

Location: Greenroom at New World Stages

Queens Seen: Jackie Cox (@jackiecoxnyc), Chelsea Piers (@thechelseapiers)

Jackie Cox, Chelsea Piers // photo by Michael Block
Last time you saw Jackie Cox at New World Stages, she was triumphantly crowned the winner of So You Think You Can Drag All Stars! Part of her prize package included a weekly show at the Greenroom. The debut of Just Jackie and Friends was a fabulous night of live singing, special guests, and a celebration of a queen who deserves her moment in the spotlight. With a cute video package to start the show, Jackie came out and entertained the packed room there just for her. Early on she explained that she may have some Vicodin in her body due to a wisdom tooth surgery, thusly making loopy Jackie Cox the thing you never knew you needed in her life. With a parody of “Put On Your Sunday Clothes” as her audience cheers song, it set the theme of the night. The good thing about having a drag show exposed to the lobby of a bunch of theaters, stragglers and theater-leavers may pop in. And Jackie got a bunch of those, including an international couple who was not fun of Jersey Boys and a 16 year-old girl who tipped a whopping $14! The first special guest of the night was Jackie’s gal pal Chelsea Piers, who dazzled with a Post Modern Jukebox version of “Fancy” and “Gives You Hell” by All American Rejects. After a rousing game of $10,000 Pyramid, where my dear friend Matt botched who exactly hosts what drag competition, the first act ended with a parody of the only song from Hamilton I love, “You’ll Be Back.” Fitting. The big act two surprise was not Jackie’s dazzling gold additions to her look, it was the surprise appearance by Angela Lansbury! Well, in puppet form (as performed by puppeteer Mike Hull). The pair sang the classic duet “Bosom Buddies.” The night ultimately ended with a duet between Jackie and Chelsea singing “That’s Life.” And that was it! Like the other shows in the venue, it was time for curtain.
As Jackie said, “Why would you have one bubble when you can have a gazillion?” Why would you have one Jackie when…well no, let’s stick to the one and only. She’s perfect as she is. It’s about time that this dynamic performer gets her due.