Writer: Latrice Royale
Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers
Latrice Royale brings her larger-than-life persona to the Laurie Beechman theatre with Why It Gotta Be White Christmas?, a one-queen show with special guest stars Christopher Hamblin and Kennedy Davenport. Royale displays her vocal talents and her ever-effervescent charm throughout the evening.
Accompanied by a live band (including her fiancé, Hamblin, on piano), Royale displays impressive vocal chops with her soulful baritone. Shimmering in a white beaded gown, she is a vision of cheer and warmth. Royale is known for her genuine spirit and welcoming nature, and it shines as brilliantly as her rhinestoned accessories as she reinvents and upholds classic Christmas tunes. Bringing a focus to the families to which we are born and the ones which we create, Royale makes it a point to thank her brother, seated in the audience, and to bring her drag niece, Davenport, to the stage for a few numbers.
There is joy, laughter, singing, and a sense of community created in this short show. With the audience in the palm of her fabulously manicured hand, Royale could easily have doubled the length of the show and it still would have felt too short. The comedic timing is effortlessly smooth, the music is impeccable, and the spirit of Royale and her ensemble make for a joyously festive evening.
Runs until 11 December 2016