By Andrew Hypes
In American history, there have existed a number of fierce rivalries. Us vs. the British. Ulysses S. Grant vs. Robert E. Lee. Ohio State vs. Michigan. Britney Spears vs. Christina Aguilera.
On May 25 at Wall Street Nightclub, the time will come to start a new competition for the ages: Vixens vs. Villains.
Also known as the third edition in the Glamazons’ Battledrag series, Vixens vs. Villains will turn drag into a pseudo- competitive sport. The triumphant will be declared by viewers, as the audience will decide who takes home the crown.
“It’s great to lip sync for your life against another performer and have the audience pick their favorites. The audience gets into the show so much that we couldn’t just not bring it back,” said Helena Troy, who heads the House of Troy and created Battledrag.
Battledrag III will feature a few changes.
First, the format will showcase the talents of individual performers. Battledrag had been a competition where the queens won points for their respective teams. This time around, they’ll perform solo.
And a couple new performers have been added to the lineup. In addition to Troy, Ashley O’Shea, Nikki Stone and Mary Nolan, who were part of last year’s show, Cherry Poppins and 2014 Project Glamazon winner Mr. Pottymouth will perform and compete.
The theme Vixens vs. Villains refers to the superhero aesthetic that competitors must follow. As a big fan of comic books, Troy said she wanted to insert that grandiose world into her popular event.
The result, she promised, will be extraordinary.
“With that comic book flair we’re incorporating this year, I’m really excited to see what our girls will bring to the table. We’ve all got a few new looks.”
As part of Battledrag, the Glamazons will welcome RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 contestant Darienne Lake back to Columbus and the Wall Street stage. Lake and Troy, both of whom hail from Rochester, N.Y., are longtime friends.
Will good triumph over evil? Will the forces of drag be able to save us from devastation? Will anyone have the audacity to attempt a She-Hulk look?
There’s only one way to find out.
Battledrag III• May 25 @ Wall Street Nightclub 144 N Wall St, Columbus, 43215 • With Helena Troy, Ashley O’Shea, Nikki Stone, Mary Nolan, Cherry Poppins, Mr. Pottymouth and RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Darienne Lake • Cocktails at 7p; show at 8p • Tickets are $10, tables of four $50, tables of six $75.