NEW YORK, June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Why should men have all the fun? And who says drag is just for drag queens? This summer, RuPaul is pulling back the sequined curtain to provide a very special education to a few lucky biological women with "RuPaul's Drag U," premiering on Logo Monday, July 19 at 9/8c.
"RuPaul's Drag U" will take an incoming class of beauty-starved, confidence-drained women and teach them the essential elements of sexiness, sass and spunk that have long been the calling cards of every great drag queen. The students at "RuPaul's Drag U" arrive in groups of 3 each week, representing a different spectrum of today's modern woman such as: the blue-collar tomboy, full-figured gal or overworked mom – to 70's TV Star. At orientation, the ladies are put through "The Dragulator" – a highly advanced piece of machinery that will reveal the ladies' full drag potential. Next, they are paired with a carefully selected drag faculty mentor who'll be responsible for helping the women achieve their drag dreams through an outrageous lesson plan that will challenge them inside and out. The heart-stopping drag transformations are unveiled at the culmination of each episode in a musical performance before an audience of family, friends and the judges' panel.
The judges assign each student a D.P.A. (Drag Point Average) based on their live performance and overall transformation. Only one woman will be declared the valedictorian of each class, but all students will "draguate" with a boost in confidence, self-respect, and a whole new take on the power of femininity.
Providing instruction at the prestigious university are some of "RuPaul's Drag Race's" fan-favorites and most distinguished alumni, including Jujubee, Morgan McMichaels, Nina Flowers, Ongina, Pandora Boxx, Raven, Shannel, and Tammie Brown. Also lending a satin-gloved hand will be drag icon Lady Bunny as Dean of Drag, and Frank Gatson, the master choreographer behind Beyonce's "Single Ladies" video, as the school's Dean of Dance. As Headmaster, RuPaul will oversee each pupil's individual progress and impart some of the invaluable life advice that only the World's Most Famous Drag Queen can provide.
The season will also feature celebrity visiting professors Debi Mazar, Chaka Khan, Jackee Harry, Kelly Osbourne, Kris Jenner, Meredith Baxter, Mia Tyler and Taylor Dayne. TV icons Dawn Wells, Charlene Tilton, and Erin Murphy enroll as students in the season finale.
"RuPaul's Drag U" is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Ray Guliani and RuPaul Charles serving as Executive Producers and Steven Corfe as Supervising Producer.
ABOUT WORLD OF WONDER:
World of Wonder (WOW) was founded by Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey in 1990. Since then the company has amassed a library of branded properties across all platforms, including such well known films as "Party Monster," "The Eyes of Tammy Faye," "Inside Deep Throat" and television shows "Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood," "Million Dollar Listing," "RuPaul's Drag Race," "Fantasia for Real," "Man Shops Globe" and the entertainment blog The WOW Report (www.worldofwonder.net).
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