Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Drag Race faves hit the road to celebrate Black excellence

A troupe of RuPaul’s Drag Race winners and fan favorites are hitting the road later this spring with a show celebrating black excellence in drag entitled NUBIA: A Brave New World.

Originally launched in New York City back in 2020 by season 1 winner BeBe Zahara Benet, this iteration of NUBIA promises to be bigger and better than ever. In a conversation with Entertainment Weekly, who broke the news, Benet said:

 “Fans should expect the unexpected. We are burning the house down. You thought three years ago when you saw us in New York that we burned the stage? We are taking it to ash this time around.”

Joining BeBe on tour will be All Stars 5 winner Shea Couleé, who was part of the original cast in 2020, season 11 winner Yvie Oddly, Canada’s Drag Race: Canada vs the World winner Ra’Jah O’Hara, season 13 Miss Congeniality Lala Ri and All Stars 3 runner-up Kennedy Davenport.  

Discussing what black excellence means to her Sea Couleé told Entertainment Weekly:

“Black excellence means, throughout one of the most challenging and traumatizing global moments that I’ve ever experienced, that we as sisters, as creators of color and as Black queens have persevered. And that’s something that’s so unique to Black culture. We are used to obstacles — big and small. And this was a big obstacle. The fact we are on the other side and revamping NUBIA and getting the momentum back to come and storm the girls means so much, because it’s proof that we are incredibly resilient.”

NUBIA: A Brave New World is being run by Obsessed, directed by SRĐA, with creative director Diego Wyatt, visual directors Randall Starr & Dan Polyak, and choreographers Rich James & Jay “Mel” Parel.

See below for a full listing of dates:

Pre-sale sign-up and ticketing information will be available soon at

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