Peppermint Becomes the First Openly Trans Woman to Originate a Principal Role on Broadway
Head Over Heels, the new musical featuring the music of The Go-Go’s, has found its Broadway home and just announced its cast, and one of the principal players is sweet like candy! RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 finalist Peppermint, who is believed to be the first trans woman to create a principal role on Broadway, will star!
James Magruder has written the show’s book (adapted from an original book by Avenue Q Tony winner Jeff Whitty), with Tony winner Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) as the musical’s director and Spencer Liff (Falsettos) as choreographer. Gwyneth Paltrow is onboard as one of the show’s producers; Head Over Heels will mark the Oscar winner’s first Broadway venture.
The production will first play at San Francisco’s Curran theater from April 10 through May 6. The musical will play the Hudson Theatre, with previews planned to begin June 23 and an opening set for July 26.
The principal cast will also feature Rachel York (Disaster!), Jeremy Kushnier (Cirque Du Soleil Paramour), Alexandra Socha (Spring Awakening), Taylor Iman Jones (Groundhog Day) and Bonnie Milligan.
Inspired by Sir Philip Sidney’s 16th century pastoral romance Arcadia, the new musical is described as an Elizabethan love story turned on its head. There’s a duke, a mysterious prophecy and two daughters: one mobbed by suitors, the other … not so much. All of this is set to the music of 1980s pop icons The Go-Go’s, including such hits as “We Got the Beat,” “Get Up and Go,” “Cool Jerk,” “Vacation,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Lust to Love,” “Head Over Heels” and Belinda Carlisle’s solo hits “Mad About You” and “Heaven Is a Place on Earth.”
We’re huge fans of Peppermint, and can’t wait to see her light up the stage in Head Over Heels on the Great White Way!