A hurricane is making its way to the West End of London and should touch ground in May—her name? Bianca—Del Rio that is. The winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Six and comedy drag icon is set to star in the popular Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre.
Playbill announced Bianca Del Rio, Ray Haylock, will be appearing as the stand out character Loco Chanelle/Hugo who is the fairy drag mother that breathes confidence and glamour into Jamie’s life. Bianca Del Rio will be on stage with the production for eight-weeks taking her first bow on May 6th through June 29th.
Recently, Michelle Visage, judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race also joined the Jamie cast as Miss Hedge, the frigid, rapping school teacher who tries to foil Jamie’s creativity. Michelle was on stage from October 2018-January 2019.
Haylock is no stranger to the theatre industry since he was a costume designer that worked on many popular shows such as Rent, Gypsy, and Cabaret. Since winning Drag Race, Bianca Del Rio has toured the world with her comedy specials and has starred in two independent films Hurricane Bianca and the sequel Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate.
The musical, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is based on the 2011 documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, which follows the life of Jamie Campbell, an aspiring drag queen who seeks the spotlight despite the obstacles that are placed in his way. The stage production features a book and lyrics by Tom MacRae and music by Dan Gillespie Sells and is set to play at the Apollo Theatre until 2020.
So if you’re in London anytime in May or June, now’s the time to check out Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and watch Bianca Del Rio slay!