Drag Opera Diva Should Be On Broadway
We already have color-blind casting on Broadway.
Well, how about gender-blind casting?
Over at the gay club xl on Tuesdays, Gary Hall -- who normally is the drag star Shequida -- plays Jessye Normous, a gigantic opera singer who needs to eat every 15 minutes and who bitches that "this is Hell's Kitchen, but there's no food!"
Still, Jessye wails up a storm -- Gary is a fabulously trained opera singer -- doing various arias, plus a Broadway medley consisting of "Summertime," "Defying Gravity," and "All That Jazz" (which ends, expectedly, with "all that jizz").
So why not put Gary/Sheqqy/Jessye in Chicago as Mary Sunshine?
Or in Sister Act as Deloris?
Or in Porgy and Bess as Bess in three years, when Audra steps down?
Or in Memphis, Superstar, or Evita for Chrissake?
Judge for yourself, oh skeptics.
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