In the new show, previously seen in New York and Los Angeles and directed by David Galligan, who also directed My Trip Down the Pink Carpet, Jordan asks the question: "Do gay men really become their mothers?" According to press materials, "what follows is the story of Leslie's own experience growing up a cissy boy in the red Deep South and how his mother, Miss Peggy Sue, an indomitable steel magnolia, continues to inspire him today."
Fruit Fly outlines the early years of his life, growing up with his mother, father, twin sisters and grandma in Chattanooga, Tennessee. There's a big emphasis on the puberty years and how he segued into doing drag for the first time at 17. "Mother, I've made a really important decision," he announces. "I'm not going to college. I'm going to move to Atlanta and become a female impersonator." "I don't even know what that is," his mom replies wearily. "You have exhausted me. I give up. I am just glad your daddy's not here to witness this."
Jordan is best known for playing Beverley Leslie, the nemesis of Karen Walker, on TV's "Will & Grace," winning an Emmy Award as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. He has also appeared in "Ally McBeal," "Boston Legal," "Monk" and "Murphy Brown," as well as the cult classic "Sordid Lives" alongside Rue McClanahan and Olivia Newton John. He also had a cartwheeling cameo in the "The Help" as Emma Stone's boss.
It is produced by Martin Witts for London International Arts Theatre Ltd. (LIAT) in association with Reaction Productions.
To book tickets for London, contact the box office on 08448 733433 or visit www.leicesterquaretheatre.com; for Salford Quays, contact the box office on 0843 208 6000 or visit www.thelowry.com.