"RuPaul's Drag Race" Contestant Jinkx Monsoon Will Star in Seattle Concert Staging of Hairspray
23 Apr 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.
Set in the magical world of La Belle Epoque Paris, where fashion, glamour, and passion prevail, Lerner and Loewe's celebrated musical is a romantic comedy about one young woman's journey to find her true self... and her true love.