'Sasha Velour's Smoke and Mirrors' Tour Heads to Boston

Saturday November 16, 2019

Sasha Velour's "Smoke & Mirrors," the critically-acclaimed one-queen show by global drag superstar and theatre producer, Sasha Velour, will come to Boston on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 8pm at the Emerson Colonial Theatre as part of the show's 23-city North American tour.

This is Velour's first solo tour, following her win of "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 9 and sold-out engagements of "Smoke & Mirrors" in New York City, Los Angeles, London, Australia and New Zealand this year.

Tickets start at $39.50 are on sale to the public. VIP experiences are available in the ticket purchase path. Tickets may be purchased online at at the Emerson Colonial Theatre website, by calling 888.616.0272 or by visiting the box office at the Emerson Colonial Theatre at 106 Boylston Street in Boston. The box office is open Tuesday through Friday at 12pm, Saturday at 10am and closed on Sunday and Monday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to standard service fees.

Below photos from "Smoke & Mirrors":

At over 90 minutes, "Smoke & Mirrors" introduces audiences to a whole new side of Velour's artistry. Its 13 dazzling and genre-busting lip-synch performances are all directed, produced and choreographed by the queen herself. "Smoke & Mirrors" has been widely praised as an astounding combination of drag, live theatre, visual art, magic and personal storytelling.

Viewers will be on the edge of their seats as Velour explodes into rose petals, vanishes in a poof of smoke, saws herself in half, conjures a rainstorm and even transforms into a tree in front of their eyes...but the real magic is the way that these illusions and deceptions serve to unmask deeper truths, sparking fresh analysis of gender, fame, family, loss and the importance of dreaming big and living life over-the-top.

In an exclusive statement to Entertainment Weekly, Velour says, "I am literally and figuratively shaking with excitement to embark on my first solo theater tour with 'Smoke & Mirrors!' This production has been years in the making and is without a doubt the most personal and honest I have ever been on stage. I hope 'Smoke & Mirrors' can be a new introduction of myself...as not only a crown-wearing drag queen, but also a real person — with a very specific taste in colors! [laughs]."

Sasha Velour's "Smoke & Mirrors" features the music of Annie Lennox, Whitney Houston, Shirley Bassey, Judy Garland, Celine Dion, Sia, Nina Simone, Le Tigre and more.

In reviewing the show for Forbes, Chris Malone writes: "'Smoke & Mirrors' is Velour's first one-queen production, so it's not surprising that she's injected the show with as much magic and mystery as its name implies. "I wanted to give people an introduction to me on my own terms, which meant a lot of lip syncing, my favorite thing in the world," she tells Forbes. "I wanted to talk about the kinds of struggles that I've had internally at times and externally with difficult forces that sometimes get in the way, and try to tell that story in a very draggy way too." The two-act, two-hour production is a captivating tour de force anchored by thirteen showstopping lip sync numbers that each double as dragged-up vignettes of the queen's life. (A more literal vignette—home video footage of a young Sasha in Urbana, Illinois—was also weaved into the show's imagery.)"

"Smoke & Mirrors" is created and directed by Sasha Velour and House of Velour. This tour has been produced in association with Right Angle Entertainment and is booked and arranged by WME, where Velour is represented in all areas.

Along with "Smoke & Mirrors," it's also been announced that Velour will executive produce an 8-part docu-series, titled "Nightgowns," adapted from her long-running all-inclusive drag revue of the same name for new streaming platform Quibi, set to premiere in 2020. This spring, Velour made a cameo on the final season of Comedy Central's "Broad City" and landed a prominent guest star role in "The Bold Type" on Freeform. In June, Velour released a 50-page comic book about the Stonewall Riots in honor of its 50-year anniversary, called "Three Dollar Riot" and collaborated with Lyft for their World Pride Campaign.

About Sasha Velour

Sasha Velour is a gender-fluid drag queen. Velour won season 9 of the Emmy-winning reality TV competition, "RuPaul's Drag Race." She is the creator and director of the acclaimed drag revue, "Nightgowns," which she has produced in theatres in New York, London and Los Angeles. "Nightgowns" has been adapted into an 8-part docuseries for new streaming platform, Quibi, with Velour as executive producer and directed by GRAMMY-winning music video director, Sophie Muller. Velour's live performances have been called "an entirely new level of performance art" (Yahoo) and "heart-wrenching" (Billboard). She has pioneered the use of projection mapping in lip-sych drag performances and is known for combining emotional pathos with theatrical stunts. In September 2018, she collaborated with Opening Ceremony to produce, direct and host their Fall Fashion Show, better known as "The Gift of Showz." She has appeared in Vogue, Vogue Italia and Plastik Magazine. Her visual art has been the subject of 2 solo gallery shows in New York (2014 and 2016). In 2017, she drew the Google Doodle of Marlene Dietrich. She is also the creative director (and graphic designer) of the art magazine "Velour" (now released in hardcover Collector's Edition). In December 2018, Velour spoke and performed at The Smithsonian's The Long Conversation among the world's leading cancer surgeons and NASA scientists to share how the power of drag can provide optimism for the future.

For more on Sasha Velour, visit her website and
Facebook page. Twitter:@sasha_velour
and Instagram: @sashavelour

Watch the trailer to the British tour of "Smoke and Mirrors":

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