Meet Miss Vicki Vivacious, Miss Mary Mac and Miss Vanilla Lush. These three fierce divas make up the latest entertainment act to smash the London scene, the Supreme Fabulettes. I was lucky enough to be able to attend one of their series of launch performances across London, this particular one being staged in the heart of Soho, in Madame JoJos nightclub. I was promised a night of revolutionary cabaret, and it did not disappoint. Luckily I had a cabaret-savvy guest (www.ameliasings.com) on hand to help as well!
The night started as all great launch parties should, with a glass of champagne and canapés (delicious chicken and vegetable skewers). This put the audience in the right mood to whoop and clap their way through what proved to be a groundbreaking performance. I could scarcely believe it when the three ladies stormed the stage dressed in outfits that revved up the glitz and glamour and belting out the classic ‘Ain’t No Mountain’. The unexpected twist was that these were in fact men dressed as women – the unprecedented fusion across cabaret and drag acting that followed made for a thrilling performance and a great night all round. The singing was incredibly powerful and the harmonies were right on the money. Some of the more spine-tingling numbers for me were Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black, and mash-ups of The Supremes’ Stop in the Name of Love with Girls Aloud’s The Promise and Adele’s Rolling in the Deep combined with Tina Turner’s Proud Mary. Their stagecraft and hilarious interludes and skits are also to be commended; showing that they are an act of longevity who will reach out to their audience beyond merely singing.
Top marks to the team working behind the scenes on this innovative new creation. The musical and vocal arrangements by John Themis and Terry Ronald respectively, were completely genius, drawing gasps and sing-a-longs from the audience throughout. Stevie Stewart’s costume design twinned with Eleanor Robyn Thomson’s wig styling is a highlight of the entire production and kudos to the singers also for some lightning quick changes!
Bravo all round to those involved in getting this project to press. It was an exhilarating evening that left the crowd buzzing. Keep an eye out for the wonderful Supreme Fabulettes!
More information here: www.supremefabulettes.com
Written by a Thoroughly Modern Man, Mark McCloskey.