11:16am Tuesday 1st May 2012
Simon Gross reviews Raining Men at the Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon...
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 half.
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.
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