Dolly Diamond is a well-loved character in the Melbourne Drag/Cabaret scene and her fans were out in full force for the sold-out opening night production of ‘Dolly Diamond – The Real Queen of Moomba‘. The show took the audience on a journey from her initial voyage to the shores of Australia and her discovery of the Moomba Parade Queen, news reader Jo Pearson, who fueled her passion to one day be The Queen of Moomba.
The show continued as Dolly’s hopes were dashed as Moomba was cancelled and she took off to NYC at the hands of a talent scout that discovered her while working at Priceline. Dolly continued her substance-fueled adventures of NYC until hearing that the Moomba parade would be returning once again, re-igniting her dreams to be Queen.
Despite the usual opening night flaws and some gaps in the storyline, Dolly is at home on the stage and is able to recover at an instant due to her quick wit and show tunes, which resulted in some of the most hilarious moments in the show. It will definitely be enjoyed more so by those familiar with both Australian TV history and that of Moomba.
It’s an enjoyable night that will be loved by all current fans of Dolly — and those that will be converted after the show.
Brenton Spink is a social Melburnian who loves a good feed, drink, dance, and other related shenanigans. Find him on Twitter at @SoSpinky.
Dolly Diamond – The Real Queen of Moomba runs 7 to 19 April at Trades Hall.
The show is accessible.