Saturday, 17 November 2018

REVIEW: Gals Aloud: Not The Tucking Kind - Cruz 101, Manchester.

Gals Aloud, the ultimate drag tribute to the girl band Girls Aloud consisting of Nadine, Cheryl, Kimberley, Nicola and Sarah like you’ve never seen them before came to one of Manchester’s favourite gay club Cruz 101 for one night only, with their new show, Not The Tucking Kind.

The talented cast of Gals Aloud are made up of London drag queens Cheryl Hole as Cheryl, Kitty Scott Claus as Kimberley, Margo Marshall as Sarah, Herr as Nadine, Ophelia Love as Nicola and Trayce as Javine. Managed by Christopher D Clegg, who founded Tuckshop (the UK’s first drag management and production company) originally from Preston Chris announced “I’m beyond thrilled to bring the Gals to Manchester”.

The Gals graced the stage to be greeted by a packed audience in the buzzing night club of Cruz 101, wearing stunning black leotards with sexy black boots and looking larger than life and absolutely stunning as they lip-synced to a classic Girls Aloud song followed quickly by the infamous ‘Sound Of The Underground’ that had everyone dancing and singing along.

The Gals took you through the talent show ‘Popstars’ where the original girl band was formed with an hilarious delivery of Javine who missed out on a place in the group singing ‘It Should Have Been Me’!. Each Gal gave stunning solos; Margo Marshall as Sarah fabulously interacted with her hungry audience whilst Cheryl Hole gave renditions of ‘Call My Name’ and ‘Fight For This Love’ much to the audiences delight. Herr as Nadine hilariously took you through the whole debate on her date of birth declaration during Popstars due to her being only 16 and the minimum age requirement was in-fact 18 followed by Kitty Scott Claus as Kimberley coming on stage dressed as Princess Fiona from 'Shrek: The Musical' the role she played in the West End in 2011 and graced us with her unique version of ‘Love Machine’. The Gals closed the first act dressed in dazzling orange and black outfits with their routine to ‘Biology’ Girls Aloud's 2005 hit.

After a 20 minute break the second half commenced and the Gals took you through another set of hits from Girls Aloud including TV appearances, career changes and Musical Theatre roles that they have done throughout the years. The highlight of the evening for me personally was Margo Marshall’s rendition of Fanny Brice in the Funny Girl Musical's soundtrack of ‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses’.

The whole evening was packed with razzle dazzle, glitz and glamour making it a perfect night of entertainment, if you want to see a drag show this is the one to see as it has you belly-laughing, up on your feet and singing along to the fabulous familiar tunes.

Verdict: A great night had by all and a must see.

Reviewer -Katie Leicester
on - 16/11/18

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