Book, Music and Lyrics by Alan Saunders
Drag Drama is a full length musical comedy.
Cast of 10 Gender Neutral performers in drag.
Nikki Hart is a full time working drag queen at the pinnacle of her career as Show Director at SheMoves Drag Club. Tired and weary of micromanaging by the club manager and difficult to work with cast queens, Nikki declares everyday is a drag and isn’t sure she wants to continue in the position. When she receives an invite to appear on Drag Race, Nikki sees it as her way out. Nikki arrives to film to the surprise that cast queen and subordinate Anna Dukes is also cast in the competition. When Nikki and Anna are paired up in a challenge, Nikki has to grapple with “always being safe” and deciding if she is a drag race queen or a SheMoves queen. Before returning to SheMoves, Nikki and Anna both place in the Top Four.
Back at SheMoves, Nikki learns that the club ran well without her, paving the way for her to go on and win drag race and travel the world. Nikki though is fed up with being told “what to do and how to do it” which has increased in intensity now that she’s a contender for drag queen celebrity winner. When she is named as the grand prize winner, she refuses the crown preferring to return to SheMoves with new found inspiration to lead the younger cast to success.
This Is Drag, Everyday's A Drag, Put on A Pair of Heels, Our Girl Nikki, The Pamala Way, On Saturday Night We Dance, Kiss Kiss, I'm Not Done, You Keep Doin' What You Do, Dreams Don't Wait Forever, When I See Her and Life Is Your Runway.
I've always been drawn toward people who go against the mainstream. Not the evil Kenevils of the world but the everyday human who questions authority and who goes "slightly askew" of mainstream. I call it quirky. As a DJ, Stage Manager, Nightclub Manager and drag fan, I had an idea for a drag musical. I hoped to share the drag experience with audiences and therefore, decided I wanted to see if I could justify someone working hard to achieve a goal and then when they get it, it doesn't fullfill as they expected. What I've wrought, is a personal story of me. I had a dream for 30 years and when I achieved it. It wasn't what I thought it would be, nor was it anything as I pictured in my head over the years. Was it because I hyped it up over 30 years? Maybe I'd aged out? I still don't know the answer but I was able to get closer to the truth while on the journey preparing for Drag Drama.
I apologize for the current version of demo tracks. I learned a couple years ago that smoking pot isn't good for your vocal cords and now I'm paying that price.
Concerning the use of Drag Race, after speaking with lawyers, I am continuing this production as it is. The elements I've chosen to use apply to most reality TV shows and not the exclusive use of Drag Race (confessionals, waiting for host, etc.) Once the show heads into workshops, we will readdress how drag race is used.
And on a final note, this show is currently being read through to prepare for a workshop period. The story is complete, but everything will change once it starts into production. Songs will be rewritten and rearranged. Characters will be renamed and/or merged. Dialogue will get cut, etc. So if you're reading this please keep in mind that it's heading into another stage soon and will have changes.
SCRIPT & SCORE
Current version: July 2023
Current Version: July 2023
Reader Script (Cues Marked)
NOTE: These are author demos, not professional vocalists.