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Jinkx Monsoon

RuPaul’s Drag Race Winner Jinkx Monsoon to Join Broadway’s Chicago

Beginning Monday January 16, 2023, actress and two-time RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon will join the Broadway cast of Chicago as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton. Making her Broadway debut at the Ambassador Theatre, she will perform an 8-week limited engagement through Sunday, March 12, 2023.

“I cannot stress enough that this has been a lifelong dream of mine,” said Jinkx Monsoon. “To be making my Broadway debut, as my favorite role, in one of my favorite shows- that lifelong dream is coming true and then some. The first number I performed in drag was ‘All That Jazz,’ so this feels almost too serendipitous. But I never question my blessings, I just thank Hecate for them.”

Chicago features a score by the legendary composing team of John Kander and Fred Ebb, and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. The current revival was directed by Walter Bobbie, with choreography by Ann Reinking. The production includes a set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, and lighting design by Tony Award winner Ken Billington.

Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.

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