What happens in Vegas slays in Vegas!
RuPaul announced today during the third annual RuPaul’s DragCon NYC, held at Manhattan’s Javits Center, that RuPaul’s Drag Race is rolling the dice on its debut Las Vegas residency. RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! hits the stage beginning January 2020 at the Flamingo Las Vegas.
Produced by World of Wonder with Voss Events, RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! “will be the most sickening eleganza extravaganza in Las Vegas herstory. The revue is everything you love about the TV show and then some,” reads the official residency announcement. “Each live performance is packed with outrageous comedy, eye-popping fashions, over-the-top singing and dancing, heartwarming moments, plus twists and turns that will leave the audience ’gagging’ for more. The atmosphere of the show is interactive and encourages audience members’ participation, as if they were attending a live episode of the world-famous competition.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! will be directed by RuPaul and award-winning choreographer-filmmaker Jamal Sims (Aladdin, Step Up, When the Beat Drops), who first collaborated in 1994 when Sims danced in RuPaul’s Las Vegas show at the Sahara Hotel. The new revue’s score will includes RuPaul’s hits and original show-stoppers written for this residency by Ru, Drag Race composer Leland, and WOW CCO Tom Campbell.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! is an immersive, interactive thrill-ride for everyone who loves to laugh, dance and sing-along when a fabulous drag queen shakes her padded ass on stage,” said RuPaul in a statement.
Seven wild queens will be featured in each revue, snatched from a rotating cast including Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Coco Montrese, Derrick Barry, Eureka O’Hara, India Ferrah, Kahanna Montrese, Kameron Michaels, Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Shannel, and Yvie Oddly.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race has become an international phenomenon, as have the fan viewing parties that take place all over the world,” said show co-producers Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey of World of Wonder. “The RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! Las Vegas residency show will immerse audiences in that experience in the most interactive way possible. With original music, world-class performances by America’s favorite queens, and all of the self-awareness and attitude of the television show, RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! will leave audiences wanting more!”
“As the entertainment landscape in Las Vegas continues to evolve, we know that the next natural step is bringing a live version of one of the most popular shows on television to The Strip,” added Kurt Melien, president of Live Nation Las Vegas. “An entertainer as iconic to pop culture as RuPaul combined with a property as legendary as Flamingo Las Vegas is the recipe for the perfect Vegas experience, and we know that audiences are in for a night they’ll never forget.”
Presale tickets will be available starting September 10 at 10am but fans can sign up for access immediately. WOW and Voss Events subscribers will receive presale access by email.
Caesars Rewards members, Live Nation, and Ticketmaster customers will also have access to presale starting September 11 at 10am. Tickets go on sale to the general public September 13 at 10am.