By Joe Glass, images from Joe Glass and Janel Smith-McClain
Housed at the Urban Mo’s Bar and Grill on University Avenue, the Dreamgirls Revue is a regular feature of entertainment, and last night brought it’s fourth annual Cosplay Special.
Hosted by star of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 4 and winner of the first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race AllStars, Chad Michaels, performances ranged from local talent like Kickxy Vixen-Styles, Dolly Levi, and guests ranging from former Entertainer of the Year winner Daisy Deadpetals and Chad’s fellow RPDR season 4 star, Phi Phi O’Hara and season 8’s Dax Exclamationpoint!
We spoke to Chad and the other RPDR stars for a little before the event while they applied their make-up about the regular show, and how huge and well-received the Cosplay Specials have been over the last few years (which I’ll be bringing to you all in a future piece), and Chad gave a strong sense as a local to the San Diego area of how huge SDCC is and how important to the area, and they all impressed upon me a love for the craft of cosplay, with great respect and reverence.
We may have seen them preparing, but nothing could prepare us for the amazing show to follow, as all the queens came out in stunning looks, either as full on cosplay or looks inspired by any and all aspects of pop culture, along with kicks, twirls, costume change-ups and fierce lip-syncing one comes to expect of a drag show of this calibre.
And let’s not forget, this is such a different show than the usual post con entertainment one normally finds in the downtown area, and I honestly cannot recommend it enough. Fun and lovely, you’ll be amazed by the talent on show from the girls and their respect of all things geek is tangible. The venue, Urban Mo’s, is a wonderful location for the night, and if you are in San Diego any time of the year, but especially at Comic Con, I implore you to check it out and find the Dreamgirls Revue.
After all, isn’t cosplay just another form of drag? Creating an illusion of yourself as another character, whether your own or the opposite gender, through creativity, costume, make-up and wigs, cosplay and drag share much in common.
To see all the Bleeding Cool cosplay galleries, click here….