Trans drag superstar Peppermint may have come in second place on season nine of RuPaul’s Drag Race, but she came in first for our hearts. Whether she was slaying a look or making the lip sync finale her bitch, she proved herself as a successor of RuPaul’s drag fame. And she was the real Miss Congeniality. Sorry Valentina fans, but not sorry.
Now y’all know, I’m not the 10th Queen. I thought I was! Who’s gaging! LOL
— Peppermint (@Peppermint247) January 26, 2018
But her latest role takes her out of reality TV and into a new industry, which we know she’ll dominate as well.
Peppermint has just been cast in the upcoming Broadway musical, Head Over Heels. The jukebox musical features some of our favorite Go-Go’s hits, hence the title. She’ll join fellow cast members, Andrew Durand, Taylor Iman Jones, Jeremy Kushnier, Bonnie Milligan, Tom Alan Robbins, Alexandra Socha, and Rachel York. The show is directed by Hedwig and the Angry Inch director, Michael Mayer, and its production team includes Gwyneth Paltrow.
OMG!!! This is amazing! Congrats Pepper Mint and honored to be mentioned in the article 💜 https://t.co/MGuwLu49ya
— Alexis Michelle (@AlexisLives) January 30, 2018
— Trace Lysette (@tracelysette) January 30, 2018
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) January 30, 2018
Although Peppermint starring in a Broadway musical is reason enough to celebrate, it’s also a pretty historically significant casting decision. Not only was Peppermint the first openly trans contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race. She’s now the first openly trans woman to originate a leading role in a Broadway musical.
Head Over Heels will premiere in San Francisco for a pre-Broadway run in April. It will then open at Hudson Theatre in New York on July 26.