Now, I do realise that it may seem - to the casual observer at least - that Nicole has been doing all the work here. As I've been doing a bit of moonlighting for Manchester's Finest recently, she has selflessly stepped up to the plate - but I've made her a new badge saying "Arts Correspondent", so everybody's happy. Here's her take on this year's Lady Boys show...and as no photographs could be taken during the performance I'm afraid you'll have to go along for yourself to see how beautiful they really are!
It's that fabulous, glamorous time of year again. No, I don't mean the Pimm's 'n' fedora accessorised-occasion that is Wimbledon (although, judging by the frequency with which the BBC camera operator panned to the lovely Kim Sears and her impeccable blow dry during Andy Murray's match yesterday, one could be forgiven for thinking this was the spectacle to which I'm referring). I mean it's time to don your very best silk, and sling your sequinned cover-up over your shoulder as you trot down to the Sabai Pavilion on Oxford Road for the Lady Boys of Bangkok's latest extravaganza, Red Hot Kisses.
Surely Manchester's most-anticipated of glam summer events, last year's Glamorous Amorous, was so fabulous The Lady Boys couldn't possibly top it? Well, they have outdone themselves with Red Hot Kisses. During the two-hour long show one professional performance segues easily into another, the ensemble-dance-followed-by-solo-comedy-sketch-format working so well that it was time for the interval before we could catch our breaths. Both Liz and I agreed that Red Hot Kisses is cheekier, funnier and even more enjoyable than last year's show, providing us with much to be envious of. Seriously, have you seen how beautiful the Lady Boys are? Liz and I spent much of the show gazing adoringly up at the stage, in awe of the hair, the figures, the faces...sigh.
So, what can you expect from Red Hot Kisses? Opening with Kylie and closing with The Weather Girls, by way of Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry, rather fittingly, it celebrates all the Princesses of Pop. We loved the Rocky-themed rendition of Katy Perry's Roar (both of us imagined ourselves looking as immaculate after a gym session), and the medley of iconic cinema songs interspersed with the classic singalong Saturday Night at the Movies. For me the highlight was the stunning reveal of the Lady Boys during Robbie Williams' Angels, the Lady-Angels completely out-shimmering the sequins on Robbie's jacket. Oh, and for those of you who remember Simply the Best from Glamorous Amorous, it makes a welcome return this year - the Lady Boy in this turn is clearly born to play Tina Turner, and will do so at every opportunity, to riotous applause.
Red Hot Kisses: more beautiful, more elegant, sexier, funnier - what more could you want from a Lady Boys of Bangkok show? Nothing, except a pair of legs as shapely as theirs, of course. Go, and experience leg-envy. And a super-sexy, super-fun, super-glamorous evening.