Drag Race Star Peppermint Is the First Trans Woman to Create a Main Role on Broadway
'Drag Race' Star Peppermint Is the First Trans Woman to Create a Main Role on Broadway
The show is based off of the Elizabethan farce Arcadia, with music from the all-girl rock band The Go-Gos.
Although she lost to Sasha Velour on season 9 of Drag Race, Peppermint will always be a star. And now, the queen and activist will become the first openly trans woman to ever create a role on Broadway: Vulture reports she has been cast in the new musical Head Over Heels.
The show is based off of the Elizabethan farce Arcadia, with music from the all-girl rock band The Go-Gos (songs include "We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” and the title “Head Over Heels.") It's going to be directed by Hedwig And The Angry Inch's Michael Mayer and will also star Andrew Durand, Taylor Iman Jones, Jeremy Kushnier, Bonnie Milligan, Tom Alan Robbins, Alexandra Socha, and Rachel York. Gwyneth Paltrow is also a member of the production team.
Peppermint isn't the first Drag Race star to grace Broadway—Milan (Dwayne Cooper) has appeared in Motown and Hairspray, and several others have been a part of New York's stage scene, notably Jinkx Monsoon and Alexis Michelle.
Head Over Heels will play an initial run in San Francisco from April 10 through May 6, before opening at NYC's Hudson Theater June 23.