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From Les Mis to Liza: ‘Jinkx Sings Everything!’ at Leicester Square Theatre

26 October 2017 Maddie Hammond

‘Out of drag I’m the nice one…In drag, I’m as much of a hateful c*nt as the rest of them’. And so begins the show...

Beloved to many following her Rupaul’s Drag Race season 5 victory, Jinkx Monsoon returns to London with her latest show Jinkx Sings Everything! at the Leicester Square Theatre this October.
 
For fans of Drag Race, it’ll come as no surprise that her latest show is one rooted firmly in Broadway and musicals; her run on the show was scattered with references to golden age musicals and old Hollywood, not to mention showcasing her incredible vocals in the ‘Can I get an Amen?’ challenge. The premise of Jinkx Sings Everything! is simple: The audience request a song (from the musicals genre, preferably) and – providing it meets the criteria of ‘Jinkx’s Rules’, which we are introduced to at the start of the show – she will sing it. With no prepared songs in the bag (rousing opening number aside), the set list is in the hands of the audience, pushing Monsoon’s memory and improve skills to the limit.
 


To paraphrase the Bard however, ‘The course of a really great improvised drag show never did run smooth’, but it’s these forgotten lines and moments of spontaneity that make the show joyously chaotic.

Accompanied by her phenomenally talented pianist Joshua Stephen Kartas, Monsoon works her way through songs ranging from Sondheim to Radiohead, and a particularly hilarious rendition of ‘One Day More’ – all nine parts. Songs are pulled together by sharp wit, often at the expense of herself or the audience, proving that whilst it may be an improv show at heart, this Queen is very much still in control.
 
It’s kitschy, cabaret and a lot of fun. If you’re looking for a way to inject a bit of Broadway and humour into your weekend, Jinkx Sings Everything! will be running at Leicester Square Theatre until Saturday 28 October. Tickets can be found here.
 
Read London Calling’s interview with Jinkx Monsoon here.   
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