REVIEW: LA VOIX – Red Hot Globe Trot (Crazy Coqs) ★★★★★
La Voix is a divine, sophisticated drag artist with bright red hair and a body that is the best money can buy. She was a finalist in Britain’s Got Talent and has even appeared in the Ab Fab Movie. She also came second in Ru Paul’s Drag Race! La Voix is a very talented mimic and outrageously funny. Her singing voice perfectly and brilliantly matches the original stars whom she impersonates and her moves are similar to theirs, only better. Oh, and her frocks are gorgeous!
La Voix effortlessly drifts between the still sinuous but aged Shirley Bassey, singing Diamonds Are Forever and Cher, doing her reportedly least favourite hit number, Just Like Jessie James. She also does the vintage oldies like Liza Minnelli, struggling to lift her ancient leg high enough to mount a bar stool and Liza’s late mum the tragic Judy Garland. She also does more up to date stars such as the talented Amber Riley, star of Glee and DreamGirls. Before each song, La Voix offers wonder-fully rude, and probably true, observations of the temperaments and infirmities of some of the stars, and has amazing suggestions for using coat hangers. True, Amber Riley gets good press, but the rest get their pomposity well and truly pricked.
The show is super glamorous and the audience were mesmerised. Only two people were on the stage, her and her excellent piano accompanist, and he seemed to enjoy the evening as much as the audience. The whole audience enjoyed the show immensely and felt very comfortable in La Voix’s saucy company. One hour just did not seem long enough.
Crazy Coqs is housed in the wonderful Zédel Brasserie, an intimate location for cabaret and jazz performances about one minutes walk from Piccadilly Circus tube station. The wonderful Art Deco architecture, fixtures and fittings are stunning. The bar alone is worth a visit with its shiny black and white striped marble wall decoration and multicolored art deco patterned bar front. This feels like how a forties night club should feel. It is the epitome of New York pre-war glamour. We did not try their food and La Voix was comically dismissive of it, but the drinks were reasonably priced and the service was friendly and helpful. There were a few empty tables which was a pity, the venue and the entertainment deserved better.
Red Hot Globe Trot will be touring the USA, Europe and the United Kingdom for the rest of the year. For information on the tour contact the La Voix team. See it if you can, she is brilliant. Don’t just take my word for it, go and see a legend in the making.
Reviewed by Graham Archer