Cherry bomb adds new flavor to Sunday Funday

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With a cast that's a mashup of camp and drag favorites from gay Atlanta, five veteran performers pull it all together for a show that's bringing a new flavor to Sunday nights. 

Add dinner to the menu and Cherry Bomb at Jungle is a perfect paring for a Sunday Funday nightcap. We talked with host Wild Cherry Sucret (photo) about the origins of the show, how it pulled her out of retirement, the show's cast and its newest addition, and who does Whitney Houston best.

How did the idea for Cherry Bomb come about? Why Sunday night?

Cherry Bomb originated as a summer fundraiser in Athens, Ga., when I lived there in the late 90s. After the Pulse Benefit at Jungle this summer, the owner of Jungle Atlanta Richard Cherskov approached me about doing a dinner and a show concept because he liked the camp and drag mash up in the show. Sunday was open and I was so used to doing drag on Sundays. The cats also had free time for the show.

The show is billed as a mixture of camp and real queens. How do you make that work?

We have the humor and seriousness together. The emcees are all funny in nature but we have cast members who are more into the illusion side of drag. Then we have Bubba Dee and me to weave the camp into the show. We want to have something for everybody and we want to end your week off with a bang or start if off with one!

There are several drag shows in Atlanta during any given week. What makes Cherry Bomb stand out from the others?

We are unique in that we have five really good performers who can entertain you with the performance and bring the crowd into the show with their emceeing abilities. We all have been doing drag for a long time and know just how to make the show the best experience for the crowd. We throw in contests to involve the audience as well as have weekly sponsors with great giveaways.

On Sunday, you welcome Angelica D'Paige to the cast. Tell us about her and why she's joining the crew.

Angelica is a crowd pleaser wherever she performs. She’s a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll and a little bit of soul all wrapped up in her petit frame. We worked at Burkhart's for a few years when I was an Armorette but never had the chance to work side by side. I love and admire her as a performer – except when she steals my Whitney numbers. I had her sign an agreement to say that I was the best Whitney performer in Atlanta and that she could be No. 2.

Run down the rest of the cast. What's one thing each brings to Cherry Bomb?

Bubba Dee. We go back to the Armory and the Armorettes. Bubba has the wit even in her old age. I use to study her emceeing abilities when I just was a fan of the Armorettes. So it’s a privilege to emcee with her now.

Destiny Brooks. Wow! The body is beautiful. The black Barbie of Atlanta. We needed somebody to be nearly naked every week and when you got it, flaunt it!

Shavonna B. Brooks. The talent. The sass. The glamour. The sophisticated lady. She brings in some of the best old school performances in the city! 

Wild Cherry retired and was buried in 2010 after more than a decade with the Armorettes and emceeing fundraisers all over gay Atlanta. What brought her back from the grave?

Reality TV show world came a calling. At the same time Cherry Bomb was re-birthed, “Atlanta’s A Drag” was born. Bubba and I, and three other queens filmed a pilot over two days that is now being shopped around to TV networks with filming hopefully beginning in the spring.

The Sucrets were born in 1995. Not that we're counting, but that means 21 years of drag for Wild Cherry. How do you keep it fresh and interesting?

Lots of Cape Cods! It’s exciting because drag is so different than it was in the 90s. This new generation is so much edgier. It’s great to watch. With our show we want to attract the 20somethings but we want to bring back all those old school Atlantans who enjoyed the Armory and Backstreet shows and we have a stage just for you. That’s part of our appeal. Dinner and a fabulous show.

Cherry Bomb welcomes new cast member Angelica D'Paige on Dec. 4 at Jungle.

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