Londoners better batten down the hatches because a hurricane is about to hit the West End—Hurricane Bianca, that is!
It has been announced that Bianca Del Rio will make her London theater debut in the musical hit Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Bianca will be playing Loco Chanelle, the legendary queen who owns Victor’s Secret, a drag costume shop, and helps young Jamie pick out his first dress.
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“We are so excited to have a genuine drag queen playing the part of Loco Chanelle/Hugo for the first time,” says producer Nica Burns in a statement. “Bianca Del Rio is a queen amongst queens, a world famous RuPaul’s Drag Race winner. This is her West End debut and while dazzling us as Loco Chanelle, she will also be channelling her inner actor in the double role of Hugo.”
Bianca isn’t the first RuPaul’s Drag Race alum to sashay onto the Jamie stage. Michelle Visage did a four-month stint in the show beginning October 2018, playing the role of Miss Hedge.
“I’m absolutely ecstatic to be joining the brilliant cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie! What better way to return to the musical theatre stage than in a WEST END production?! It’s such an incredible honor,” said the Drag Race Season 6 winner in a statement. “Helen Mirren beat me to playing Queen Elizabeth, so I accepted the role of the next best admired queen… Loco Chanelle!”
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is based on the 2011 BBC television documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16. The doc followed Jamie Campbell, a teenage boy from a small former mining village, who comes out as gay and wants to go to his school prom in drag. The score for the musical is by Dan Gillespie Sells, out lead singer of British rock band The Feeling, with a book by Tom MacRae and direction by Jonathan Butterell.
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