Get ready, drag enthusiasts: Tickets go on sale today for the Denver stop of RuPaul’s Drag Race Battle of the Seasons, at the Ogden Theater on May 1.
This year’s 2016 Extravaganza Tour is headed to our town for the first time — last year's events here starring Drag Race queens were “unofficial” versions of the brand — as part of a 42-city North American leg starring some of the best and brightest stars from Drag Race’s last seven seasons. The Denver show will feature favorites Adore Delano, Courtney Act, Phi Phi O’Hara, Miss Fame, Violet Chachki, Ginger Minj and Alaska Thunderfuck; there will be a special pre-show DJ set by Pearl, and all of it will corralled and directed by tough-as-nails host Michelle Visage, RuPaul’s right-hand squirrel friend.
“Last year the world got merely a taste of RuPaul's queens with the first global Battle of the Seasons Tour,” said Visage in announcing the tour. “This year we are back, and these bitches are bigger and badder than before! Get ready for the ULTIMATE RuPaul's Drag Race experience from the minute you walk through the doors. It is a once-in-a-lifetime extravaganza that you will NOT want to miss!”
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Though billed as a “battle,” don't expect any blood-letting. Instead, the performers will let loose on the dance floor, where they will sing, shimmy and shill for their supper and the loving roars of the crowd. Those who who want to get close enough to see the ladies' eyelash glue can opt for one of two special VIP packages with varying levels of access to before- and after-show mingles, seating and fierce merchandise.
The show announcement mentions that the lineup is “subject to change,” so we’d like to cast our vote for at least one Drag Race alum of color — faves like Latrice Royale, Bianca Del Rio, Shangela, Coco Montrese and Raja are all noticeably absent from the master cast list — to join the talented but lily-white group of announced performers.
Last week Logo, the cable channel that airs RuPaul’s Drag Race, invaded Colorado for Aspen Gay Ski Week, where a crew filmed some of the NewNowNext Honors award show that will air this Monday, February 1. That's when the new cast for RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8 will be “Ru-vealed.” The start date for the new season is still TBD, but expect an announcement soon.
Tickets for the Drag Race Battle of the Seasons show, set for 9 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the Ogden Theater, 935 East Colfax Avenue, are on sale today at rupaulbots.com. Prices range from $37.50 to $299 depending on whether you splurge on that VIP gig, hunny.