“When life’s a drag put on your dancing shoes.
The Spice Girls, Shirley Bassey, Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland arrived at Croydon’s Ashcroft Theatre last week for the arrival of Raining Men, the hilarious comedy/musical by Chris Ponka.
Billed as a cross between The Full Monty and Bouncers this proves to be a fun filled evening of entertainment with a twist on the word drag.
The plot is simple - set in the cabaret bar of Jewells Nightclub it tells the story of Doug the cheesy quick-witted disc jockey, Phil the stereotypical, very macho doorman and Colin the barman.
The trio get the chance to leave their glum everyday jobs behind for one night and form the Halloween entertainment as the club's resident drag trio.
Packed with musical tributes to all your favourite divas, this trio have you in stitches.
I really like Patrick Kearns (Doug) and his terrific stand-up comedy drag routine in the second
Kearns really does prove himself as a terrific entertainer as well as a very scary Scary Spice from the Spice Girls.
Michael Cross is hilarious as Colin the barman who in his previous life was a holiday camp entertainer – and camp he certainly was. And Andrew Ryan who proves himself as an excellent drag diva in them making with a great
set of pins to match.
This is a fabulous two hours of entertainment that leaves you dancing in the aisles to all your
favourites - Dancing Queen and YMCA and of course Raining Men.”
Review:Simon Gross reviews Raining Men at the Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon - April 2012
“You have just until Saturday 20th November to see Raining Men written by Chris Ponka this brilliant rip roaring side-splitting laugh a minute comedy production at the Key Theatre, Peterborough. If you thought the late, great Danny la Rue was stunning, just wait until you see the Keys urbane Artistic Director Michael Cross as the wonderfully camp Colin appear in beautifully applied drag and 18 inch false eyelashes.
This takes the genre to a whole new level, when a sleazy bar owner attempts to trouser the takings for a Halloween Drag & Hag Night and offers the gig to the resident straight slaphead bouncer, a well sauced gay ex-holiday camp pink coat (mixture of red and yellow coats dear!) barman and an ageing local radio disc jockey, if they can secretly get a drag act together in time for the big night.
No one escapes the Raining Men treatment from Edith Piaf to Scary Spice. Streisand, Bassey and Judy Garland all appear as you have never seen them before and never will again in your lifetime and your children’s lifetime.... not for prudes or those with high blood pressure..
You need the interval just to get your chuckle muscles back in line, although half the cast might just have elbowed their way to the bar before you.
If you want to see the real Any ol' Winehouse and legion of wardrobe malfunctions, meat and two veg doing battle with a riot of camp jokes, this is a night you will long remember for all the delightfully wrong reasons.
Don't bother to remember the punchlines of the deluge of jokes either, there is absolutely nowhere on earth you could ever possibly retell them…”
Review: Julian Bray – Peterborough Nov 2010
Madonna, Shirley Bassey, the Spice Girls, Amy Winehouse and the Cheeky Girls have hit Chesterfield this week in a world premiere which has made one fan thank her lucky stars.
Showbiz may be a drag act for the performers who mimic female superstars in the comedy Raining Men, but life couldn't be sweeter for Kathy Jordan who won a stash of cash on Tuesday night. Karaoke fan Kathy mimed to Big Spender on stage and was rewarded with a scratchcard hiding a £50 prize.
Hordes of women attended the premiere at the Pomegranate intent on having a good night out. They danced in the aisles, waved their hands in the air, sang along to Abba’s Dancing Queen, did all the actions to YMCA and gave the all-male cast a standing ovation. In their guy to gal transformations, they proved there ain’t nothing like a dame when it comes to having fun. Their frocky horror spooktackular had the first night audience howling with laughter.
Review: Gay Bolton – Derbyshire Times 2010
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