That’s right – this August, our very own Miss Jaye will be making her Empire Theatre Company debut as Edna Turnblad in the summer production Hairspray!
This opportunity is especially meaningful for Miss Jaye as the role was originally played by none other than Divine, the legendary drag performer who starred in numerous films by fabulously filthy filmmaker John Waters and who is one of Miss Jaye’s biggest inspirations. Since the original movie has been turned into a musical, the role has been played by notable actors and personalities such as Harvey Fierstein, Bruce Villanch, and John Travolta.
Here’s a statement from Miss Jaye:
I’m so honored and humbled to be given the chance to be a part of this production. I’ve loved Hairspray since I was a kid – the original movie was one of my favorites! When I got older and started crafting my drag persona, one of the icons who really influenced who I am today was Divine. His amazing performance as Edna Turnblad, as well as his performance in other John Waters movies like Female Trouble and Pink Flamingos really helped refine my understanding of drag, and how art can explore subversive and controversial areas while also being glamorous and entertaining! I was very blessed to have the chance to meet John Waters when he was in Fargo for the Fargo Film Festival, and now I’m going to be playing a role that started with Divine and was originated in the musical version by Harvey Fierstien – I absolutely LIVE for Torch Song Trilogy! I’m so grateful for this opportunity – and now I have to go because I have a ton of work to do!
The show will run August 9-13 and 16-20 at the Empire Arts Center, downtown on Demers. Ticket information will be available closer to the event. And keep your eyes on this site as we will definitely have a TON of Hairspray related content coming to the World of Champagne!
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