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Beige Reviews: The Supreme Fabulettes

The Supreme Fabulettes by John Themis

With a triumphant burst from a glitter cannon, The Supreme Fabulettes return to the London stage, singing their signature ‘smash-ups’ of pop hits old and new alongside several original numbers by their artistic benefactor Boy George and his long time musical collaborator John Themis.

Emerging in diaphanous orange kimonos and floor length satin gowns, that are later altered with the flick of a wrist into mini-dresses showing off every inch of lady-like leg, the group certainly know how to work a crowd, with not only their ebullient personalities but also their accomplished vocal harmonies that would put most ‘real’ girl groups to shame.

Misses Vicki Vivacious, Maddison Lee and Vanilla Lush take us on a whistle stop tour of girl-fronted pop, with hits from acts as diverse as Cher, Rihanna, Alison Moyet, Dolly Parton, Adele and of course their namesakes The Supremes making an appearance during a set of over twenty-five songs.

It’s clear that the girls have a great rapport, being able to laugh at themselves and each other, which they do as often as possible. Between them they have extensive experience in musical theatre and on the London and UK drag circuit and are as comfortable performing perfectly synchronised dance sequences as they are mingling among the front row and cheekily nabbing the drinks of any punters foolhardy enough to put them on their stage.

Each girl has a solo number and this is the only dip in tempo in an otherwise non-stop parade of high camp entertainment, which they describe (quite correctly) as a celebration of ‘music, joy and unreserved glamour’. The trio are joined by special guests Sammy Dinneen (a versatile acrobat and very easy on the eye) and the co-star of their two pop videos Johnny Hazard, who shows off his tattoos and dance moves in several tongue-in-cheek skits.

Boasting a twenty-strong production team that includes Kylie Minogue’s former creative director William Baker as director, this is a polished production that deserves to reach a wider audience. The tight and witty script is suggestive but never downright dirty, meaning the group could well find welcoming audiences in those places ‘outside civilisation’ such as Croydon (lambasted in a campy ‘Charlie’s Angels’ style animation).

The Supreme Fabulettes by John Themis

Special mentions should go to costume designer Stevie Stewart who has decked the girls out in enough glitteringly glamorous gowns by Hilary Wili to clothe half of Soho. The inventive and original musical arrangements by John Themis and Terry Ronald would translate very easily onto a full album, which I am sure is part of The Supreme Fabulettes’ master (or should that be mistress?) plan.

Watch The Supreme Fabulettes video for their latest offering ‘A Drag Queen Is A Cowboy’s Best Friend’ which was written and directed by Boy George.

Watch The Supreme Fabulettes starring in ‘The Supreme Fabulettes And The Weave Of Doom’, the script for which was written by Terry Ronald.

Words: Marcus Reeves

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