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Layton Williams as Jamie New & Roy Haylock (aka Bianca Del Rio) as Loco Chanelle/Hugo - Everybody’s Talking About Jamie - Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre - 2/22 - Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging

Watch Bianca Del Rio Pick Between Leading Lady Roles in a Game of Would You Rather

February 14th, 2022 | By Lindsey Sullivan

After making a splash in the West End, the Olivier-nominated musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is getting its American premiere at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre through February 20. Roy Haylock, who is known as Bianca Del Rio, winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race season six, is taking his drag talents to the stage in the dual roles of Hugo Battersby and Loco Chanelle. Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek caught up with the performer on The Broadway Show to talk about the musical, getting a start in theater and dream roles.

“I did the costumes. I did the sets. I was doing everything but directing—but I was directing in my own mind. That’s where it started, high school,” Del Rio said. “Please sign me up any day [to perform on Broadway]. Sign me up!” Wontorek gave Del Rio pairs of Broadway roles for to chose from. Her picks—and hilarious commentary—below!

Mame Dennis in Mame or Velma Kelly in Chicago: “I’d have to be Mame. I’m no Chita Rivera, and I can’t kick that high!”

Bianca Del Rio as Mame Dennis in Mame (Illustration: Ryan Casey)

Miss Hannigan in Annie or Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd: “I would say Hannigan, only because I could be mean to children.”

Bianca Del Rio as Miss Hannigan in Annie (Illustration: Ryan Casey)

Eva Perón in Evita or Rose in Gypsy: “Mother that’s pushing her children to the front? Yeah, I would.”

Bianca Del Rio as Mama Rose in Gypsy (Illustration: Ryan Casey)

Grizabella in Cats or Ursula in The Little Mermaid: “I’m allergic to cats. The animal, not the production.”

Bianca Del Rio as Ursula in The Little Mermaid (Illustration: Ryan Casey)

Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard or Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly!: “I can honestly say that I am a woman who wears a little too much makeup, is in denial and does roam around my house in a turban. I’m a shoo-in!”

Bianca Del Rio as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard (Illustration: Ryan Casey)

Watch the interview below, and head here to check your local listings for The Broadway Show. Hosted by Emmy-winning anchor Tamsen Fadal, it is the only nationally syndicated weekly theater news program.


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