Drag act in Broadway debut

Season nine contestants in Rupaul’s Drag Race. Peppermint, in green, is to have a principal role in a new Broadway musical featuring hit songs by The Go-Gos.

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BY BILLY SUTER

A POPULAR contestant in the recent ninth season of the drag contest TV series, Rupaul’s Drag Race, is to appear on Broadway for the first time in a principal role in a new musical featuring the music of ’80s all-girl group, The Go-Gos.

The drag queen is Peppermint, a trans woman who finished second in Rupaul’s Drag Race, and the new musical, to be co-produced by Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow, is titled Head Over Heels.

The production, scheduled to open in New York in June, will mark Peppermint as the first performer, who identifies as a trans woman, to originate a principal role on the Great White Way, reports Playbill.

Head Over Heels is to be directed by Michael Mayer, who won a Tony Award in 2007 for directing Spring Awakening, and who has also directed American Idiot and Thoroughly Modern Millie on Broadway.

The new show, which had its world premiere at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, features a libretto by Tony-winner Jeff Whitty, who also conceived the new show. He won a Tony Award for his work on the clever Avenue Q.

It has been reported by Playbill that Head Over Heels will be staged at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre from April 10 to May 6 before appearing at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre from June 23.

The show, featuring such hits as Our Lips Are Sealed, Vacation and We Got the Beat, will have music supervision by Tom Kitt, music direction by Kimberly Grigsby and choreography by Spencer Liff.

According to Playbill, the cast will include Jeremy Kushnier, Rachel York, Taylor Iman Jones, Alexandra Socha, Andrew Durand, Bonnie Milligan and Tom Allan Robbins.

The musical is inspired by the long prose work, Arcadia, by Philip Sidney and tells a tale, set in the Elizabethan era, about a royal family and an oracular prediction of doom.


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