‘Drag Race’ Winners, Icons to Reunite for NUBIA: A Brave New World Tour
Multiple RuPaul’s Drag Race winners are finally coming together for a major reunion with fellow gay icons from the series. In the upcoming NUBIA: A Brave New World Tour, the queens will be highlighting “Black excellence in drag.“
Drag Race Winners, Icons to Embark on Major Reunion Tour
Headlined by season one champion BeBe Zahara Benet, NUBIA shows will practically unify the drag queen with other queer icons produced by the long-running series. BeBe will hit the road alongside Shea Couleé, an All Stars 5 winner and an OG NUBIA performer.
Furthermore, the tour will include season 11 champion Yvie Oddly, Canada’s Drag Race: Canada vs. the World winner Ra’Jah O’Hara and All Stars 3 finalist Kennedy Davenport. Season 13 Miss Congeniality Lala Ri will also join the mighty cast of the tour.
These queens are set to travel across the United States in the coming months. Specifically, 2023 NUBIA: A Brave New World tour will kick off on May 31 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The same will stage its finale on June 19 in Seattle, Washington.
As per Entertainment Weekly, audiences will see the queens ruling over respective planets in the Nubian galaxy. Additionally, the tour will show the divas’ various aesthetics, coupled with performances and special surprises during the tour.
BeBe Zahara Benet Says Brand-New NUBIA will be on ‘The Next Level’
According to BeBe, this new NUBIA will take the production to “the next level” as the group continues to delve into Black excellence. Noting that some queens cannot grace the tour for they are currently booked and busy, she emphasized that it’s rather “worth celebrating.”
“I’m excited about bringing on new talent this time. And for those wondering: The OG girls are still here. They haven’t gone anywhere,” she said. “They might not be at the shows because they are booked and busy, but that’s a good thing.”
She went on and stated that the “OGs of NUBIA” remain to be involved in the production, although they will not be on stage. These queens include Bob the Drag Queen, The Vixen, Mo Heart, and Peppermint.
“Fans should expect the unexpected,” BeBe said. “We are burning the house down. You thought three years ago when you saw us in New York that we burned the stage? We are taking it to ash this time around.”
Shea then concluded that Black excellence meant that Black queens have persevered despite the “challenging and traumatizing global moments” against their community. For her, revamping NUBIA signifies Black resilience.