Drag Queens and Broadway Stars Lip Sync Battle at TodayTix Presents
On “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” the queens must lip sync for their lives to stay in the race, but on Tuesday night, New York City drag queens and Broadway stars battled it out for charity in a game of lip sync roulette.
Marti Gould Cummings hosted the evening at Slate NYC, which benefitted the Ali Forney Center for LGBTQ+ homeless youth. Cummings opened the evening with rousing rendition of Jennifer Hudson’s version of “I Got Love” from “Smash.”
The evening was full of splits, high kicks, and wig snatches. Check out some of the highlights below.
Adam Kaplan (“A Bronx Tale”) set the bar high in a high-energy performance of “Take Me Or Leave Me” from “Rent” with Kizha Carr. Kaplan synced Maureen’s part, and Karr synced for Joanne, and the performance really got the crowd going.
Keeping with the Broadway theme, Samantha Massell (“Fiddler on the Roof”) and Jacklynn Hide performed “Don’t Rain On My Parade” from “Funny Girl.”
Next up Noma Dumezweni (“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”) and Chelsea Piers battled it out on Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know?” Dumezweni brought her drink onstage “for courage.”
Cummings and Lesli Margherita (“Matilda”) had splits-off during “It’s Raining Men,” and Cummings leapt from the stage and landed in the splits.
Justin Sargent (“Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”) and Bootsie Lefaris performed “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” and Lefaris took off her wig to “crown” Sargent and revealed another rainbow wig underneath.
Ethan Slater (“SpongeBob SquarePants”) and Tina Burner stopped the show with their version of “And I Am Telling You” from “Dreamgirls.” Burner did mid-song costume change by changing her pantsuit into a dress with a twirl, and Cummings said it was “one of the best drag performances” she’d ever seen.
Frankie Grande (“Rock of Ages”) and Cummings closed the show with Cher’s “Believe.” Grande brought a costume change, and Cummings made a similar choice.
After the show, guests mixed and mingled and danced, as DJ Nickyyy New and Intellectual Heavyweight played their sweet sweet tunes.