Make Me Gorgeous!, The True Story of Kenneth 'Mr. Madam' Marlowe, Makes Off-Broadway Premiere November 10 | Playbill

Off-Broadway News Make Me Gorgeous!, The True Story of Kenneth 'Mr. Madam' Marlowe, Makes Off-Broadway Premiere November 10

Wade McCollum stars as the LGBTQ+ trailblazer.

Wade McCollum Courtesy of Triangle Productions

Triangle productions! presents the New York premiere of Make Me Gorgeous!, The True Story of Kenneth "Mr. Madam" Marlowe November 10–December 31 at Off-Broadway's Playhouse 46 at St. Luke's. Opening night is November 15.

Written and directed by Donnie (Donald "Donnie" Horn), the production stars Wade McCollum (Wicked).

Adapted from Donnie’s book Mr. Madam: The Life and Times of Kenneth/Kate Marlowe, the play tells the true story of often-overlooked LGBTQ+ trailblazer Kenneth Marlowe, a private hairdresser to the stars; the madam of a notorious gay prostitution ring in Hollywood; an author; a hustler; a female impersonator; a private in the U.S. Army; a call boy; a Christian missionary; a mortuary cosmetologist; and a newspaper columnist. And, in the final decade of their life, Marlowe lived as a woman, having transitioned to become Kate Marlowe.

“Throughout my career it’s been important to me to tell the stories of real people who have inspired me and who could inspire others. When I discovered Kenneth Marlowe, I knew I had to tell their story,” said Donnie in an earlier statement. “Kenneth/Kate Marlow has been almost-forgotten pioneer of the LGBTQ movement. Unabashed with their life, you could say that they were a trailblazer before there was a trail to be blazed. After writing his story as a book, I am now delighted to be debuting Make Me Gorgeous in New York during Transgender Awareness Week.”

The production also features scenic design by Walt Spangler, lighting design by Jamie Roderick, and costume consulting by Jeffrey Hinshaw.

Visceral Entertainment is the general manager, Kasson Marroquin is the production stage manager, and Ellie Handel is the assistant stage manager.


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