Review of Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales: Together Again, Again!
We were taken 45 years into the future, to a time when reptilian overlords rule the earth, the sun has exploded (but it was great for those Insta posts!) and it's been a long time since Jinkx won the 5th season of Ru Paul's Drag Race. With a failed career as a TV starlet behind her, and Major Scales having slipped into musical obscurity, this show is to be their swan song in Together Again...Again.
Desperate for the limelight once again, Jinkx is ruthless in her domination of the stage and attention, whilst Major Scales acts as a foil to her acerbic humour and jibes. There is a lot of ad libbing, and I pitted the poor soul who was rash enough to leave his seat during the performance.
Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales are the alter egos of Jerick Hofer and Richard Andriessen. You don’t need to have seen Drag Race to get the jokes, which is just as well in my case! My companion is a huge fan of the show, and absolutely loved the section on whatever happened to... where photos of the aged drag queens were shown together with a short description of their deaths.
The real surprise for me was Jinkx's amazing voice, both when singing their own compositions, and when covering other composers works. There were two stand-outs for me, one was an altered of "Hello Dolly" to be "Hello Jinkx", and the second was when Jinkx gave a superb version of a not often performed Sondheim classic called, “I Never Do Anything Twice”, which Monsoon sings beautifully and resists the temptation to overdo the innuendo.
It was a really fun show, with great comic acting, wonderful songs, and overall a really happy atmosphere. If you're feeling in need of an uplifting evening - this will hit the spot.
LONDON Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place London WC2H 7BX Thursday 7 - Saturday 23 April at 9.30pm
Booking Line: 020 7734 2222 https://leicestersquaretheatre. ticketsolve.com/shows/873609915 (no shows Sun/Mon) Running Time advertised as 70 minutes - the show we saw was at least 90 minutes, if not 100!
Age Restriction 16+ recommended. No under 12s.
ON TOUR Newcastle Tyne Theatre & Opera House Wednesday 27 April at 8.00pm Edinburgh The Queens Hall Friday 29 April at 8.00pm Leeds City Varieties Music Hall Saturday 30 April at 8.00pm Hull Hull Truck Theatre Wednesday 4 May at 7.30pm Coventry Warwick Arts Centre Thursday 5 May at 8.00 pm Manchester Contact Friday 6 & Saturday 7 May at 8.00 pm
Brighton Theatre Royal Tuesday 7 June at 8.00 pm Birmingham The Alexandra Wednesday 8 June at 8.00pm Cardiff Sherman Theatre Friday 10 June at 8.00 pm Nottingham Nottingham Playhouse Saturday 11 June at 8.00pm