Pop Princess Sing-a-long at the Alamo
We attended the Pop Princess Sing-along at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, and all I can say is, Holy Gaga! I expected the singing but not the cardio. Not that it wasn’t a pleasant surprise when the two guys wearing Britney-inspired Catholic schoolgirl outfits announced: “Those seats you’re sitting in are just where we’ll bring your drinks. You can dance anywhere you want in this room.”
Many people took to the stage for several of the more energetic pop princess songs like Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” where we were asked to display the flashing gummy rings they provided us while waiting in line. They also threw out glow sticks in hoards during “Toxic” and again during Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” and confetti rained down during Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone.”
There were many favorites from the ’80s and ’10s ranging from The Pointer Sisters’ “I’m So Excited” and “Love is a Battlefield” (in which, yes, Pat Benatar and company shimmy at a man to frighten him) to “Womanizer” and Taylor Swift’s “You Belong with Me.”
There were also, of course, Lady Gaga videos, which I admit I’ve only heard about in legend until last night (though I already loved her music), and they’re amazing. Just those videos alone make this experience worth checking out.
Never been to a sing-along? Basically, you’re surrounded by a sold-out theater of people who want to sing and dance along with their favorite videos, loudly, so any possible shyness evaporates during the first line of the first song played. People also tend to dress up (I might’ve sported a hot pink wig) and dance dance dance. And just in case you don’t know the words to a song, they run them on screen, so you’ll be able to sing your heart out to every lyric.
Word to the wise: Buy tickets while they last. Sing-alongs tend to sell out quickly.