Two-time RuPaul's Drag Race-winning star Jinkx Monsoon is currently making her Broadway debut as Matron "Mama" Morton in Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre, the first drag queen ever to play the role.
The Queen of All Queens dropped by Late Night With Seth Meyers January 19 to celebrate her arrival on Broadway, sharing that the Kander and Ebb musical was actually instrumental in the birth of Jinkx Monsoon. Find out how above.
Monsoon continues in the role for an eight-week limited engagement through March 12. The drag sensation recently toured with the acclaimed theatrical spectacular, The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show, co-starring with her best friend and fellow drag star, BenDeLaCreme.
James T. Lane, who was seen in the Broadway and London productions of The Scottsboro Boys, joined the cast of the Tony-winning revival alongside Monsoon as Billy Flynn, with both beginning their runs January 16.
The current cast of Chicago also features Charlotte d’Amboise as Roxie Hart, Lana Gordon as Velma Kelly, Evan Harrington as Amos Hart, and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.
The company also includes David Bushman, Christine Cornish, Jennifer Dunne, Jessica Ernest, Jeff Gorti, Arian Keddell, Mary Claire King, Marty Lawson, Joseph London, Barrett Martin, Sharon Moore, Drew Nellessen, Celina Nightengale, Brian O'Brien, Denny Paschall, Jermaine R. Rembert, Rachel Schur, and Michael Scirrotto.
With a book by the late Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Ebb, Chicago features direction by Walter Bobbie, choreography by the late Ann Reinking, set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington, sound design by Scott Lehrer, and casting by Stewart/Whitley.
The current production, produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 1997 as well as awards for actors Bebe Neuwirth and James Naughton, director Bobbie, lighting designer Billington, and Reinking. The original production was directed and choreographed by the late Fosse.