RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8 winner Bob the Drag Queen is about to tackle his biggest role yet in a production of Tony Kushner’s magnum opus, Angels in America, being performed at California’s Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Bob (known professionally as Caldwell Tidicue) will play the role of the nurse, Norman “Belize” Ariaga. Jeffrey Wright originated the role on Broadway and in the 2003 HBO miniseries directed by Mike Nichols.
We would pay full ticket price just to hear Bob perform Belize’s “I hate America” monologue.
The Drag Race winner isn’t the only casting announcement making headlines. Stephen Spinella, who won two Tonys for his role of Prior in the original Broadway production, will return to Angels in America, this time taking on the role of Roy Cohn.
Randy Harrison, who played Justin on Showtime’s Queer As Folk, will play Prior, and Danny Binstock from Broadway’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s has been cast as Joe Pitt.
The California production will run from April 17 to July 22, opening shortly after the star-studded Broadway revival with Andrew Garfield and Lee Pace opens in New York on Wednesday, March 21.
Angels in America has been hailed as one of the greatest plays of the the last century since its Broadway debut in 1993. It was adapted into an award-winning miniseries for HBO, and the most recent high-profile staging of the play was the 2010 Signature Theater production in New York starring Christian Borle, Zachary Quinto and Billy Porter.
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 3 premieres Thursday, January 25 at 8/7c on VH1.