THEATRE REVIEW: Drag Queens Of Pop starring The Vivienne, Veronica Green, Tia Kofi & Shania Pain at the Vaudeville Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHEN?: Last night Wednesday 19 May 2021

RUNTIME: 120 minutes (including 15-minute interval)

This is the 1st West End show we’ve seen since December and the 1st time we’ve been part of an audience that danced at the encore to a fab production in a long, long time.

  • Read on for reasons including what your chances are of seeing this show again in the West End or on tour
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PREVIEW/PREDICTIONS: Eurovision Song Contest final starring Elena Tsagrinou, The Roop, James Newman & Blas Cantó 

WHEN?: Saturday 22 May 2021

WHERE?: Ahoy Rotterdam

HOW TO WATCH?: 8pm UK time BBC1

The 1st 2021 semi final took place on Tuesday night and we now have 10 entries including Cyprus’ Elena Tsagrinou (pictured above) to add to the pre-qualified finalists – but what results will they earn on the all important Saturday night?

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THEATRE REVIEW: You Are Here starring Wendi Peters at Southwark Playhouse

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: Southwark Playhouse RUNTIME: 90 minutes (no interval)

WHEN?: Monday 17 May 2021, press night 20 May 2021, runs to 12 June 2021

It’s the 1st night that theatres can reopen since the 2nd lockdown closed stages in December and before the show we are asked to keep masks on (unless we’re eating or drinking), there are Perspex screens between groups in the audience and we are advised to not give a standing ovation at the end but to clap loudly.

  • Read on for reasons including where you might have seen Wendi Peters before and which of the show’s songs are its stand-outs
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SONG OF THE WEEK: Look What You’ve Done by Tia Kofi and Cahill (week beginning 14 May 2021)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

RELEASED: Friday 7 May 2021

The 2nd single by the Clapham drag queen after her respectable showing in RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and this collaboration with Cahill finds Kofi on surer footing rather than her 1st, much darker effort.

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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Discovery (Live In Rio 1994) by Pet Shop Boys (May 2021)

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

RELEASED: Friday 30 April 2021

TRACKLIST: Tonight Is Forever; I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Kind Of Thing; Always On My Mind; Domino Dancing; To Speak Is A Sin; One In A Million/Mr Vain; Paninaro; Rent; Suburbia; King’s Cross; So Hard; Left To My Own Devices/Rhythm Of The Night; Absolutely Fabulous; Liberation; West End Girls; Can You Forgive Her?; Girls And Boys; It’s A Sin/I Will Survive; Go West; Being Boring

This tour of Australia and South America was Pet Shop Boys’ 1st not to arrive in the UK which is a shame because despite being less of a spectacle than their previous 2 productions it’s far more fun.

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SONG OF THE WEEK: Purge The Poison by MARINA (week beginning 4 May 2021)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

RELEASED: 12 April 2021

MARINA’s trademark operatic vocals are much in evidence here as she imagines what Mother Nature might make of Covid-19: ‘Virus come, fires burn until human beings learn from every disaster, you are not my master’.

  • Read on for reasons including everything we know about June album Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land
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THEATRE REVIEW: Eurobeat starring Tia Kofi, Joanne Clifton, Scott Paige & Harriet Thorpe

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE?: Stream Theatre

WHEN?: Runs 30 April to 10 May 2021 RUNTIME: 75 minutes

The best reason to stream this star-studded version of a hit West End musical from yesteryear is that it will get you in the mood for this month’s Eurovision Song Contest.

  • Read on for reasons including how Kofi, Clifton, Paige and Thorpe all feature here
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SONG OF THE WEEK: I’ll Stay by Blas Cantó (week beginning 1 May 2021)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

RELEASED: 23 April 2021

As we write this, the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest final in which this song competes in its original Spanish language version will take place 3 weeks today.

  • Read on for reasons including a chance to hear the English language version of Spanish Eurovision entry Voy a quedarme (I will stay)
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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for May 2021 starring Eurovision

  1. Eurovision Song Contest returns

Covid-19 caused its cancellation for the 1st time in its 66-year history in 2020 and this year it comes live from the Ahoy in Rotterdam on Saturday 22 May 2021. We’ve previewed semi 1, semi 2 and the pre-qualified finalists. Our pick to win is Iceland’s Daði Freyr (pictured) with hits group Gagnamagnið and entry 10 Years, a song of the week for us in March.

  • Read on for reasons including the return of the West End featuring Drag Race UK stars, the Southwark Playhouse and Glastonbury
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