Courtney Act: Under the Covers (4 stars)

This article is from 2018

Courtney Act: Under the Covers

credit: Mihaela Bodlovic

Drag superstar talks Celebrity Big Brother while singing your favourite cover songs

Courtney Act's newest show goes under the covers of what made her a household name and under the covers of famous cover songs — what would a drag show be without them?

Throughout the hour, Courtney takes the audience on a tour of well-known covers, from 'Valerie' to 'I Will Always Love You', and manages to take her version of Madonna's 'Like a Virgin' from Disney princess to cabaret without missing a beat.

A highlight is when Courtney (aka Shane Jenek) talks about her time on Celebrity Big Brother, from challenging Ann Widdecombe to her special relationship with Andrew Brady, who she admits was the first man who let both Courtney and Shane into 'the boys club'.

From talking about Andrew accepting who she is, Courtney goes into a mash-up of Beyoncé's 'If I Were a Boy' and Cyndi Lauper's 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun'; with Shane singing on a screen behind her, Courtney shows the audience that it's OK to be both.

The ease with which she effortlessly banters with the crowd gives her the aura of a superstar; even when she lets out a fart, she still embodies feminine grace. Courtney knows she doesn't need to be too naughty or too over-the-top, it's her subtle frankness and willingness to talk about hard truths that make her a star. Sure she may be resting on pretty, but she's so much more than just that.

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Courtney Act

Australian drag queen, pop singer, entertainer and reality television personality.