"RuPaul's Drag Race" Contestant Jinkx Monsoon Will Star in Seattle Concert Staging of Hairspray

By Adam Hetrick
April 23, 2013

Jerick Hoffer, whose alter-ego Jinkx Monsoon is among the favorite contestants of "RuPaul's Drag Race" this season, will star as Velma Von Tussle in the 5th Avenue Theatre's concert production of the Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray.



Hoffer, who appeared as Angel in the 5th Avenue production of Rent, caught the eye of many theatre fans this season on Logo's "Drag Race" with a spot-on impersonation of Little Edie of "Grey Gardens" fame.

While "Drag Race" fans have a few more weeks to go to find out who will win this season, Hoffer/Monsoon is at least assured the title of Miss Baltimore Crabs. Hoffer will take a gender-bending turn as Von Tussle in the concert production of Hairspray that will run June 20-23 in Seattle.

The cast will also feature Kat Ramsburg as Tracy Turnblad, as well as Louis Hobson (Next to Normal), Kirsten DeLohr Helland, Aaron Finley, Allen Fitzpatrick, Bobbi Kotula and Jessica Skerritt. The Seattle Men's Chorus members will perform the ensemble roles.

Hairspray will be directed by 5th Avenue artistic director David Armstrong, with musical direction by Seattle Men's Chorus artistic director Dennis Coleman.

Marc Shaiman (music/co-lyricist) and Scott Wittman (co-lyricist) penned the Tony-winning score to Hairspray, which has a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan. 

For tickets phone (206) 625-1900 or visit 5thAvenue.