Hairspray In Concert, With "RuPaul's Drag Race" Winner Jinkx Monsoon, Begins Seattle Run June 20
By Adam Hetrick
The 5th Avenue Theatre's concert production of the Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray, featuring "Drag Race" winner Jinkx Monsoon (Jerick Hoffer), Louis Hobson, Kat Ramsburg and Eric Polani Jensen, begins performances June 20 in Seattle.
Hairspray, which runs through June 23, is directed by 5th Avenue artistic director David Armstrong, with musical direction by Seattle Men's Chorus artistic director Dennis Coleman. The production is a collaboration between the 5th Avenue and the Seattle Men's Chorus.
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.
Hoffer, who appeared as Angel in the 5th Avenue production of Rent, plays Velma Von Tussle. Hoffer's alter-ego Jinkx Monsoon was crowned the winner of this season's "RuPaul's Drag Race."
The cast also features Ramsburg as Tracy Turnblad, Jensen as Edna Turnblad, Hobson (Broadway's Next to Normal) as Corny Collins, Cynthia Jones as Motormouth Mabel, Allen Fitzpatrick as Wilbur Turnblad, Aaron C. Finley as Link Larkin, Jessica Skerritt as Amber Von Tussle, Kirsten deLohr Helland as Penny Pingleton, Heath Saunders as Seaweed J. Stubbs, Jeff Steitzer as Spitzer, Bobbie Kotula as Prudy Pingleton and Camille Collaco Little Inez. Featured as the Dynamites are Candi Hall, Alexandria Henderson and Sarah Russell.
Completing the cast are Jordon Bolden, Sarah Rose Davis, Tori Gresham, Jimmie D. Herrod, Jr., Charlie Johnson, Matthew Steven Lawrence, Kasey Nusbickel, Isaiah Parker, Connor Russell, Patrick Shelton, Katherine Strohmaier and Madison Willis. The Seattle Men's Chorus' vocal ensemble Captain Smartypants collectively perform a host of featured roles.
For tickets phone (206) 625-1900 or visit 5thAvenue.
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