‘Drag Race’ winner Jinkx Monsoon joins ‘Chicago’ on Broadway

Jinkx Monsoon will fulfill a dream of their Broadway debut early subsequent yr.

Monsoon, a two-time winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” will debut as Matron “Mama” Morton within the Broadway present “Chicago,” changing into the primary drag queen to play that position, The Instances has confirmed.

“I cannot stress enough that this has been a lifelong dream of mine,” Monsoon mentioned in a press release.

Monsoon’s affinity for “Chicago” dates again to their beginnings as a drag queen. “The first number I performed in drag was ‘All That Jazz,’” mentioned Monsoon, who’s on a vacation tour with fellow drag queen BenDeLaCreme throughout america, Canada and United Kingdom. “So this feels almost too serendipitous.”

Monsoon, 35, additionally introduced the upcoming debut on Instagram, sharing a photograph in costume, presumably as Mama Morton, with the caption, “She’ll be good to you.” That’s a reference to the character’s electrical solo, “When You’re Good to Mama.”

Their eight-week Broadway stint at New York Metropolis’s Ambassador Theater will start Jan. 16 and finish March 12.

“Chicago” is constant its run because the longest-running revival on Broadway with greater than 10,000 performances, in keeping with IBDB, the Web Broadway Database. It trails solely “Phantom of the Opera” because the longest-running Broadway present ever.

The position of Mama Morton has a storied historical past, with Marcia Lewis nabbing a Tony Award nomination in 1996 as part of the revival’s unique forged. Queen Latifah performed the position within the Oscar-winning 2002 movie model of “Chicago.”

Though this might be Monsoon’s first Broadway half, they’re no stranger to theater, having starred in native productions of “Hairspray” and “Rent” at fifth Avenue Theater and “Spring Awakening” at Balagan Theater. Each levels are in Seattle, the place Monsoon — actual title Jerick Roman Hoffer — attended Cornish Faculty of the Arts and labored as a janitor whereas an undergrad.

Monsoon joined the forged of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in 2013 and went on to win the present’s fifth season. They have been topped once more earlier this yr in an “All Stars” season, changing into the primary performer on the present to win twice.

Dwayne Cooper, referred to as Milan, was the primary drag performer on Broadway in “Motown” and “Hairspray,” in 2007 and 2014, respectively.

In 2018, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” star Peppermint turned the second drag performer on Broadway and the primary trans girl to originate a principal position on Broadway in “Head Over Heels.”