RuPaul's Drag Race queens launch digital concert festival amid coronavirus pandemic.
'RuPaul's Drag Race' queens will launch a digital concert festival amid coronavirus concerns, featuring Alaska, Jinkx Monsoon, Manila Luzon, Monét X Change, Nina West, Peppermint, Sharon Needles, Trinity The Tuck, and more.
Each 30-minute, all-ages installment will be a unique experience, as Stageit does not record or re-release its content. Tickets are limited (beginning at 100 per show) to keep audience sizes intimate, though attendees will have opportunities to interact with the artists, tip them, and potentially win prizes during the broadcast.
As drag artists around the world continue to lose money with the coronavirus pandemic forcing performance venues into closure, Trinity tells EW the show is meant to serve as “a distraction from what's going on in the world,” recalling the “escape from reality” provided by a typical night out at a drag show (outings that aren't currently possible amid government-mandated closings of public gathering spaces).
“[Drag artists] give an experience to give people. It's relief mentally, emotionally, or comically, and when you’re not able to do that while sequestered in your house, you can watch this online streaming show from home and, for 30 minutes, have fun with whoever they’re watching,” the All-Stars 4 winner says, adding that it also stands to forge new ground for drag queens and kings as they lose work around the country, offering an alternative to live performances that could provide supplemental income for gig-to-gig workers even after the pandemic ends.