In between the wholesome family outings, children’s choir concerts and nativity scenes, there’s one holiday show that’s adding a bit of naughty to a season otherwise dominated by nice. We’re speaking, of course, of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Christmas Queens show, coming to the Music Box 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2.
This drag spectacular promises outrageous costumes, sky-high wigs, massive production numbers and even bigger talent, provided by this holiday season’s reigning queens, Sherry Vine, Latrice Royale, BeBe Zahara Benet and Alexis Michelle. Before she sashays to the Borgata stage, Sherry Vine filled us in on what to expect — from sexy Christmas hits to Hanukkah numbers to cheeky twists on Broadway standards.
Atlantic City Weekly: What’s different about this year’s Christmas Queens show?
Sherry Vine: We’ve been doing shows at Borgata for a few years now. This is our fourth or fifth show and our third holiday show, so we try to make it different every year, working with some different performers.
We open and close with a group number. We have four ladies and four dancers, and we’re going to do a holiday song — sort of a classic Christmas song — in the beginning and close with something a little different, kind of a nice 80s, fun, upbeat number. Some of the girls are doing Christmas numbers. Alexis (Michelle) is doing something for Hanukkah. I did a bunch of Hanukkah stuff last year, so now I’m changing it up a little … Another thing that’s a little different is that there’s a live singing portion. Some songs are lip synced but others will be live.
ACW: Can you give us a sneak peak of what you’ll be performing? You’re known for your parodies, so will there be any of that?
S.V.: Well, I have a brand new parody of “Good Morning Baltimore” called “Good Morning, I’m A Whore.” It’s not a holiday song, but I’m a whore every season. I just started doing it a few months ago. I’ll do a little Broadway medley I put together, as well.
ACW: Tell us a bit about the other performers.
S.V.: This is the first time I’ve been involved with picking who the other performers would be, and usually we work with the same talent pool, but this year is different. I’ve worked with Alexis before but not in this capacity. I’m pretty good friends with BeBe (Zahara Benet), and I’ve meet with Latrice (Royale) and think she’s a great performer. It’s good to get that new energy, especially for people who’ve seen us a few times before.
ACW: The holiday season is so synonymous with sparkle and camp. Do you think there’s something about this time of year that lends itself to drag performance.
S.V.: Well, it’s funny because people are so in the (holiday) mood. I always think they’re going to be so sick of Christmas carols, but they’re not, especially when we’re giving it a drag twist, whether it’s the over-the-top costumes, or the delivery of the songs. These Christmas shows with drag queens are always such a hit.
ACW: What’s your favorite Christmas song?
S.V.: I don’t do a lot of Christmas stuff, but the one standard I always perform is “Santa Baby.” It’s still kind of sexy, about a woman of questionable morals.
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ACW: Why should people put Christmas Queens on their holiday to-see list?
S.V.: I think people who have come before will come again because this is going to be completely different from past shows. And people who haven’t, even people who aren’t accustom to drag, will enjoy it. We have big production numbers with dancers, upbeat lip sync numbers, live singing and comedy. Even my dirty stuff isn’t offensive, it’s just stupid dirty. There’s something for everyone.