Peppermint may have landed in second in Drag Race season nine, but she’s found a new stage to make her own. The New York drag favorite has been cast in the forthcoming musical Head Over Heels, making her the first trans woman actress to create a principal role on Broadway. The musical features the songs of the Go-Go’s, which you might be able to recognize from the opening credits sequence of every rom-com, and the plot of the Elizabethan farce The Arcadia, which is sort of like a rom-com, but hundreds of years old. The rest of the cast includes Andrew Durand, Taylor Iman Jones, Jeremy Kushnier, Bonnie Milligan, Tom Alan Robbins, Alexandra Socha, and Rachel York. It’s directed by Hedwig and the Angry Inch’s Michael Mayer, and has a producing team that includes Gwyneth Paltrow, who’s apparently a fan of the Go-Go’s and Elizabethan farces. Head Over Heels will have a pre-Broadway run in San Francisco starting in April before opening at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre on July 26.
She’s got the beat.