Drag Race's Alaska, Lea DeLaria, More Star in Pasadena Playhouse's Head Over Heels Beginning November 9

Regional News   Drag Race's Alaska, Lea DeLaria, More Star in Pasadena Playhouse's Head Over Heels Beginning November 9
The Broadway production has been re-imagined by Jenny Koons and Sam Pinkleton.
Alaska 5000 and Lea Delaria
Alaska 5000 and Lea Delaria

The Pasadena Playhouse production of the 2018 Broadway musical Head Over Heels, which features the music of The Go-Go's, plays the California venue November 9–December 12.

Heading the cast are Alaska 5000 (RuPaul’s Drag Race) as Queen Gynecia, Lea DeLaria (Orange Is the New Black, On the Town) as King Basilius, Yurel Echezarreta (Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story) as The Player, Tiffany Mann (Be More Chill) as Pamela, George Salazar (Little Shop of Horrors, Be More Chill) as Musidorus, Emily Skeggs (Fun Home) as Mopsa, Shanice Williams (NBC’s The Wiz Live!) as Philoclea, and Freddie (Melanin Monroe) as The Oracle.

Tiffany Mann Joseph Marzullo/WENN

The Pasadena Playhouse has been transformed for the production, directed, choreographed, and conceived by Jenny Koons and Sam Pinkleton. The 90-minute, intermission-free staging sees actors performing throughout the converted theatre; every seat (or spot on the dance floor) has an individual vantage point.

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Head Over Heels, based on Sir Philip Sidney's The Arcadia, was conceived by and features an original book by Jeff Whitty, adapted by James Magruder.

The production also has music direction by Kris Kukul, scenic design by David Meyer, costumes by Hahnji Jang, lighting by Stacey Derosier, sound design by Danny Erdberg and Ursula Kwong Brown, casting by Ryan Tymensky of The Telsey Office, and stage management by Sara Sahin.

Directed by Michael Mayer, the original production of Head Over Heels officially opened July 26, 2018, at Broadway's Hudson Theatre, playing 37 previews and 188 regular performances before closing January 6, 2019.

Attendees are required to be fully vaccinated and wear masks when entering the theatre. Visit PasadenaPlayhouse.org.

(Updated November 9, 2021)

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