“Why the long face?” I joked to drag contestant Trannie Oakley at last night’s So You Think You Can Drag? at New World Stages, where I was a judge along with author/promoter Justin Luke and Wicked‘s Kyle Dean Massey.
Trannie had just done an astounding number as Celine Dion, capturing her power, gratitude, and humility, even breaking into a lipsynch of her version of “River Deep, Mountain High” and convincing me the Canadian singer might be more than just elevator music.
He won the contest–which is hosted by quick-witted drag star Paige Turner–though there wasn’t a bad drag in the bunch.
I thrilled to the feisty Tina Turner, slender Britney Spears, gap-toothed Madonna, and plus-sized Gloria Estefan.
They’re all gems, but Celine drove all night to the prize, and her art will go on…