The extra light in the sky isn’t just the first hint of spring.
“America’s Drag Stars” are sashay-shantaying their way to Atlantic City, bringing their glittering brand of anything-but-wholesome entertainment.
The “Ladies of the Evening” show “is going to be outrageous,” says veteran New York City-based drag queen Sherry Vine, who will appear 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at The Music Box at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
“Hopefully, no one is easily offended.”
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Joining Vine will be three alumnae of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” reality competition — Alaska, who last fall claimed the Season 2 title on “Drag Race All Stars,” Ginger Minj and Detox.
“I hope a bunch of straight, normal people come — then everything I say will be shocking and terrifying,” Alaska says. “I get so used to being around my people, but if you put me in a room full of Karens and Carols who’ve never seen a drag queen in their life, then really fun things can happen.”
While many details needed to be ironed out at press time, this royal quartet plans to open with “Lady Marmalade” and close with En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind,” with backing from “four hot, gorgeous dancers,” according to Vine.
In between, expect solo numbers; a duet version of “Don’t Tell Mama” from “Cabaret” featuring Vine and Minj along with lots of banter with the audience. (Watch out, Karen and Carol!)
“Ginger and I have a lot of shtick,” Vine says.
Immediately after the show comes a meet-and-greet, during which fans can take selfies with the queens.
“We always have fun there — they always treat us well,” Vine says of her appearances at Borgata. “Some of the other girls work in venues that size when they do ‘Drag Race,’ but I don’t, so it’s really a treat for me.”
Alaska comes to A.C., strutting the wave of success from her “All Stars” crown. She previously finished runner up on Season 5 of “Drag Race.”
“Sometimes, it’s just your time, and sometimes it’s not your time,” she says of her win. “I think I was well-prepared and I worked really hard. But we all did that — it just comes down to whether the stars are aligned at that moment.”
Win or lose, Alaska — who cites Divine, Lady Gaga and Marilyn Monroe as influences on her “drag alien from the planet Glamtron” persona — wouldn’t have missed another chance at national TV.
“It was definitely different the second time around, because we had been through it before,” Alaska says. “They did a great job of making it new and different and fun.
“There was no question whether I was going to do it, because I loved the experience of being on the first time,” she adds. “If Mother RuPaul calls, I definitely answer.”
Her win has also meant new exposure, including a recent cameo on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice.”
“It was one of those opportunities that a lot of queens live in L.A. just for that. They call you the day of the show, and say we need you in drag. It’s for TV, so you just show up and do it.
She adds: “I had a whole bunch of people saying, ‘Alaska Thunderf---‘ (her full drag name), so it was cool.”
Despite her top-of-the-sequined-heap status, this queen from Erie, Pa., hasn’t gotten too big for her stilettos.
“I feel very much the same,” she says. “I enjoy so much getting to perform and be on stage. That’s what I live for. It’s no different from when I was performing at the Blue Moon in (her native) Pittsburgh. I like to make people laugh and have a good time.”
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Alaska auditioned five times for the show before making it all the way to runner up for Season 5. She was rewarded for her tenacity by triumphing last fall in the “All Stars” edition, Season 2.“ They knew who I was year after year,” she, says of the producers.
Her advice to drag star wannabe’s?
“Don’t feel discouraged if you don’t get it. It might not be your time. I’m glad it didn’t work out earlier — I don’t think I would have been ready. I don’t think I would have been as fun to watch.”