This Desperate Queen Turned Her “Drag Race” Audition Tape Into A Live Musical

New York's Chelsea Piers stars in “Are You There Ru? It’s Me, Chelsea.”

Do you have what it takes to become America’s next drag superstar? It doesn’t matter if you can’t pull together your application.

New York drag starlet Chelsea Piers cracks open that queer quandary in the world premiere of her solo musical, Are You There Ru? It’s Me, Chelsea.

“Once again, RuPaul’s Drag Race audition season is upon us,” reads an official synopsis of the new show. “Due to an unfortunate technological iCal glitch, Chelsea Piers finds herself dangerously close to missing the midnight deadline. In an epic act of multitasking, Chelsea scrambles to create an audition tape in front of a live audience.”

“As she relays stories and songs of life as an aspiring drag starlet, she must check off Ru’s laundry list of video submission requirements. With material spanning Celine Dion to Sondheim, join Chelsea as she races against the clock in her irrepressible pursuit of a shot at Reality TV infamy.”

Chelsea, who has been performing on New York stages for more than five years, got her big drag break when promoted from the role of “shirtless male backup dancer” in the popular Provincetown drag revue Icons.

Winner of “Breakthrough Artist” at the 2013 Glam Awards, Chelsea has headlined shows at Crown & Anchor and Stonewall Inn. She has made several appearances on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live and currently stars on Fusion TV’s Shade: Queens of NYC.

“Chelsea Piers is, first and foremost, a little bit Broadway and a little bit rock ’n’ roll,” she says.

Directed by Darius Rose, the man behind drag persona Jackie Cox, Are You There Ru? It’s Me, Chelsea begins tonight and is scheduled through February 17 at New York’s Laurie Beechman Theatre.

Drag Race is currently casting season 11 through March 9, so maybe there’s hope for Chelsea yet?
 

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 3 airs Thursdays at 8/7c on VH1.

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