Peppermint broke boundaries as the first out trans woman cast in a principal role on Broadway when she made her Broadway debut this past summer in Head Over Heels, the new musical set to songs by The Go-Go’s. As the oracle Pythio, Peppermint brings a mysticism to the production.
Glammed up and be-glittered, she also brings an over-the-top energy perfect for the musical that mashes that ’80s vibe of Go-Go’s hits against a backdrop of a faux Renaissance kingdom that runs on “The Beat.” But contrary to other pump-up playlists artists have shared with Playbill, Peppermint turns the tables for this week’s Playbill Mixtape, finding her power and intensity in the quiet.
“From the day I moved to New York City and stepped out of the door and partied until the moment I got home, I eat, slept, and breathed NYC showgirl nightlife: It's loud music, drag bars, nightclubs and after-hours discos 24/7,” she begins, “but when it comes to my pre-show routine in my Broadway dressing room, it’s a very peaceful environment, my sanctuary fantasy. Soft music. Dim lighting. Door closed. And this playlist.”
So the next time you need to get your Pythio zen on, channel the austere diva within:
Watch Peppermint greet Playbill on the opening night red carpet for Head Over Heels on Broadway: