"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.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.