"RuPaul's Drag Race" Winner Jinkx Monsoon Will Star in Extended NYC Engagement of The Vaudevillians
By Michael Gioia
"RuPaul's Drag Race" winner Jinkx Monsoon will make her New York theatre debut in The Vaudevillians, a musical comedy co-starring composer and musician Richard Andriessen, beginning July 9 at The Laurie Beechman Theater.
The Vaudevillians, originally planned as a one-night engagement, will continue through Aug. 22.
Here's how the show is billed: "Throughout the 1920s Kitty Witless and Dr. Dan Von Dandy toured speakeasies and burlesque theaters through the United States as The Vaudevillians, wowing audiences with their edgy, original music. Unfortunately, one day, tragedy struck. While touring through Antarctica, they were victims of a devastating avalanche and were buried under two tons of sleet and snow - instantly freezing them alive. But thanks to Global Warming, they recently thawed out only to discover that pop artists of various decades had stolen their music and passed it off as their own. Much to their shock and chagrin, songs including 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun' (which was originally about the Woman's Suffragette Movement), and 'Drop it Like it's Hot' (which was originally about the invention of the electric iron) had become hits for lesser artists. Now, at long last, they are taking to the stage to reclaim their songs, performing their music as originally composed."
Monsoon is the alter ego of Jerick Hoffer, who appeared as the lead dancer in the world's largest drag queen chorus line, which made the Guinness Book of World Records. Hoffer's other credits include Balagan Theatre's Spring Awakening, The 5th Avenue Theatre's Rent and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, produced by Balagan Theatre and Seattle Theatre Group.
The Laurie Beechman Theater inside West Bank Café is located at 407 West 42nd Street. Tickets are $22 plus a $15 food-drink minimum. For tickets, call (212) 352-3101 or visit SpinCycleNYC.com.
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