Friday, June 21, 2024

Witch Perfect: A bewitching drag extravaganza with Tina Burner, Alexis Michelle, and Scarlet Envy

More than “just a bunch of hocus pocus,” the enchanting Witch Perfect Tour with Tina Burner, Alexis Michelle, and Scarlet Envy is hitting the road.

It’s that time of year again when the air gets a little chillier, and pumpkin spice seems to pop up everywhere. But hold on to your broomsticks because Halloween is around the corner, and we’ve got a treat for you. Prepare to be enchanted by a spellbinding live-singing, comedy parody that pays homage to the beloved Disney film Hocus Pocus. Witch Perfect is a hysterical and award-winning spooktacular that has taken audiences by storm, featuring an all-star cast of drag royalty. This bewitching spectacle boasts three Emmy-winning super stars from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” promising an unforgettable experience that transcends age boundaries and celebrates the magic of drag.

The enchantment begins on September 28 at Troupe429 in Norwalk, CT, and stars three luminaries from the world of drag. Tina Burner, renowned for her fiery performances and unforgettable presence, takes on the role of Winifred, bringing her charisma, uniqueness, never and comedic talents to the stage. Joining her is the lively standout Scarlet Envy, who transforms into the character Sara. Completing this triumphant trio is the fabulous Alexis Michelle, known for elegance and vocal prowess, portraying the character Mary with sheer perfection. All three Queens are RuPaul’s Drag Race veterans: Tina Burner was part of the Season 13 cast, Scarlet Envy was on Season 11 and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 6, and Alexis Michelle was on Season 9 and most recently featured on All Stars Season 8.

Part of the real magic of Witch Perfect is the musical genius of award-winning composer Blake Allen, who has masterfully arranged and orchestrated the show’s music. Tina Burner notes, “Blake and I have been performing Witch Perfect for a couple of years, and every year, we try to update the show with current pop-culture references. A lot has happened in the world, in music and pop-culture, in the past year, so we want to make sure to keep the audience on their toes. We always have repeat audience members year after year, and so it is always fun to throw new songs and jokes their way. I’m not going to specifically tell you what is different, but we have definitely expanded the show… in multiple ways.”

Audiences should fasten their seatbelts for extraordinary performances featuring timeless hits of pop icons like Madonna, Kylie Minogue, and Cher to the enchanting melodies of Disney classics, the show’s musical selections offer a diverse and thrilling experience. Broadway enthusiasts will also be treated to numbers from iconic productions such as Gypsy and Wicked. And, of course, no Hocus Pocus tribute would be complete without the spine-tingling rendition of the infamous showstopper, “I Put a Spell on You.”

Alexis Michelle | Photo: @theclavel

Alexis Michelle, a stunning throwback vocalist shared a little more of the “herstory” of Witch Perfect, noting, “Tina and Blake conceived and wrote this genius show and mounted it in NYC with drag stars Bootsie Lefaris and Tammy Spenks. Together they created a devoted following for the live singing show and Scarlet and I were honored to join the tour last year all over the US and Canada. It was seriously a career highlight for me and I told Tina I’d do this show every year…that’s how good it is!”

Tina Burner | Photo: GingerB3ardmen

“We definitely have repeat cities that are always so excited to have us perform,” mentions Tina, “we are also going to places we have never been. Troupe 429 in Connecticut is always a great place to launch the tour because Troupe 429 feels like home. It is an intimate venue, so we can work out our kinks, should there be any.” After Norwalk, the trio heads to The Egg in Albany, Revel 32 in Poughkeepsie, New York City’s Sony Hall, Cafe Istanbul in New Orleans, Seacoast Rep Theater in Portsmouth, NH, and then up to Canada before a variety of stops around the United Kingdom. Tina adds, “We always make sure to go to Edmonton because there is such a rich theatre community there. We are so excited to go to every city, but specifically, I have never been to New Orleans, and I have never performed all throughout the UK, so I am excited to see those in the towns I have never seen. Really, we just love meeting the fans and making their lives a little brighter with light, laughter, and love.”

Witch Perfect is more than just a show; it is a magical journey into the world of drag, music, and comedy. With a stellar cast featuring Tina Burner, Alexis Michelle, and Scarlet Envy, along with the musical talents of Blake Allen, this production promises to be an unforgettable experience that combines the best of pop culture, Broadway, and drag artistry. Whether you are a die-hard Hocus Pocus fan (we know you are out there!) or simply looking for a night of entertainment that transcends age barriers, Witch Perfect has all the ingredients for a spellbinding evening of fun and laughter. As Alexis says, “We can’t wait for everyone to see the updated version of the show…I truthfully can’t wait for everyone to see our amazing show!” Double double, toil and trouble, do not miss your chance to be a part of this enchanting spectacle that celebrates the power of music, comedy, and the enduring appeal of drag.

For tour information and tickets, visit: Tina Burner’s Official Website.

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