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All hail the queens

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts turns fabulous this weekend with Drag Show 2.5, an outrageous, disco-fueled extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, in its Carruthers Signature Ballroom.


Nine of the area’s quintessential drag queens – hosted by the queen of them all, Brooklyn Steel Tate – offer their spin on some of the best dance music of the Studio 54 era and beyond. “We are so glad to finally have this show back on our boards,” said Fitton Center Executive Director Ian MacKenzie-Thurley. “The pandemic may have postponed their return after a sold-out show in 2018, but that just gave the girls more time glam up their act. This really is an entertaining evening.”


Tickets cost $37 ($29 for Fitton Center members); doors and the bar open at 6:30 p.m. The signature cocktail for the night is a Ruby Slipper, Fitton resident mixologist Logan Adams’ take on a classic cosmopolitan befitting our bedazzled entertainers. A full-service cash bar with beer, wine and mixed drinks also is available.


What is a drag show? For those who have never been, a drag show is part fashion show, part stand-up act, part lip-sync contest, part dance party, all interactively performed by female impersonators known as drag queens.


First made popular in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, a century later, drag shows remain among the most diverse and inclusive forms of entertainment available. Drag queens have enjoyed unprecedented popularity in recent years with help from television shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race and movies like The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which won an Oscar for best costumes and became a hit stage musical.


“Brooklyn and her amazing queens always bring a fabulous energy to the Fitton and it’s unlike any other show we present each season,” MacKenzie-Thurley said. “It’s the perfect opportunity to grab some friends and enjoy an outrageous evening of sequins, songs and over-the-top eye makeup in the area’s most luxurious drag venue.”


Patrons with groups of eight or more may reserve a table; please call 513-863-8873, ext. 110 to secure your spot. Individual tickets are available by phone or online right here.


The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is building community excellence through the arts and culture every day at 101 S. Monument Avenue on the Riverfront in downtown Hamilton, Ohio.



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