Leslie Jordan to Roll Out Pink Carpet in London

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"Will and Grace" star Leslie Jordan is to bring his autobiographical Off-Broadway hit My Trip Down the Pink Carpet to the West End in 2011. Dates and theatre are yet to be announced, but Jordan is heading to London Nov. 11 to begin advance publicity and appear on TV's "The Paul O'Grady Show" Nov. 12.

Leslie Jordan
Leslie Jordan

In a press statement, Jordan has quipped, "This is actually just a cheap ploy to get an all expense paid trip to London, but I am thrilled to be able to share my life story on another continent."

The show, which had a four-month run earlier this year at the Midtown Theatre off Times Square, is described as part autobiography, part Hollywood tell-all, that weaves together a collection of true-life stories that formed the basis for his popular memoir of the same name as the show, offering his personal take on Hollywood, fame, addiction, gay culture and learning to love oneself. It tells the unlikely tale of how Leslie, raised in a conservative family in Chattanooga, TN, boarded a Greyhound bus bound for L.A. with $1,200 sewn into his underpants and never looked back. His pocket-sized physique and inescapable talent for high camp paved the way to a career in commercials (including one memorable time alongside Boy George, as a Kimono-wearing monkey, encased in prosthetic make-up by Rick Baker) and in major TV series. Along the way he immersed himself in writing for the stage, but with success came dangerous temptations that threatened his career and life, including drug and alcohol dependency.

Jordan won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance as Beverley Leslie, the nemesis of Karen Walker, in "Will and Grace." He has also appeared on "Ally McBeal," "Boston Legal," "Monk" and "Murphy Brown," as well as the cult classic "Sordid Lives" with Rue McClanahan and Olivia Newton John. Jordan has also made memorable appearances on "Ally McBeal," "Boston Legal," "Monk" and "Murphy Brown," as well as the cult classic, "Sordid Lives" alongside "Golden Girl" Rue McClanahan and Olivia Newton John.

My Trip Down the Pink Carpet is produced by Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman, Dennis Grimaldi, Lily Tomlin, Jane Wagner, Jean McFaddin/Susan Falk and Daniel Wallace in association with Julian Stoneman. For further details, visit www.mytripdownthepinkcarpet.com

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