The bitch is back—soon!
The RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 winner, who’s been on the road with her It’s Jester Joke tour, plans to stay put at London’s Apollo Theatre for 12 weeks beginning December 9.
— Bianca Del Rio (@TheBiancaDelRio) November 8, 2019
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the hit West End musical based on the 2011 BBC documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, is about a gay teen in a small English town who wants to attend his high school prom in drag. Bianca will reprise her performance as retired drag queen Hugo, a.k.a. Loco Chanelle, who now owns a boutique where he mentors young Jamie and helps him pick out his first dress. Jamie ultimately inspires Hugo to revive his own drag persona.
“I had such a blast playing Hugo/Loco Chanelle earlier this year,” said the Blame It on Bianca Del Rio author and Hurricane Bianca star in a statement. “I’m honored and beyond grateful to have the opportunity to work with such an incredibly talented cast and crew once again.”
— Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Musical (@JamieMusical) November 9, 2019
“I play an older drag queen that’s in retirement, basically,” Bianca told NewNowNext of the role. “He had this big career, but he crashed and burned.”
“As Everybody’s Talking About Jamie starts its third fabulous year in the West End, we are delighted to welcome back the equally fabulous Roy Haylock/Bianca Del Rio as Hugo/Loco Chanelle,” says producer Nica Burns. “Roy was a huge hit with audiences when he performed the role earlier this year.”
SHES BACK!!! So excited to be visiting the hospital this holiday season after all the Gin I’ll be consuming while @TheBiancaDelRio is back in the @JamieMusical house!!! Welcome back love! CANT WAIT!!! pic.twitter.com/RV1lG6ZpN5
— Vinegar Strokes (@TheOnlyVinegar) November 8, 2019
The current cast also includes RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. fave Vinegar Strokes. Drag Race judge Michelle Visage performed in the show last year as Jamie’s teacher, Miss Hedge.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie features a score by Dan Gillespie Sells, gay lead singer of British rock band The Feeling, with a book and lyrics by Tom MacRae. Director Jonathan Butterell and choreographer Kate Prince will adapt their work for an upcoming film adaptation.
As NewNowNext previously reported, Richard E. Grant, Oscar-nominated for his performance as a gay grifter in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, will play Hugo/Loco in the movie.