'RuPaul's Drag Race' winner Jinkx Monsoon to join 'Chicago' on Broadway

She will perform for an eight-week engagement.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

UPDATE: Chicago has set additional casting, with James T. Lane also joining the cast on January 16 as Billy Flynn.

When you're good to Monsoon, Monsoon's good to you! Two-time RuPaul's Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon will make her Broadway debut in Chicago this winter. She will take on the role of Matron "Mama" Morton for eight weeks, from January 16 through March 12.

"“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," Monsoon said. "The first number I performed in drag was 'All That Jazz,' so this feels almost too serendipitous."

Monsoon becomes the first drag queen to play the role of Mama. She previously made history as the only queen to win RuPaul's Drag Race twice, during regular season 5 and All-Stars season 7, earning the title "Queen of All Queens."

She is also known for sketch comedy series Sketchy Queens, her podcast Hi, Jinkx, her EP The Virgo Odyssey: Prologue, and for performing on tour internationally.

Chicago follows vaudeville performers-turned-murderesses Roxie and Velma as they fight for the attention of a skilled lawyer, and the sensational press, in the hopes of getting acquitted and becoming overnight celebrities. The musical, at the Ambassador Theatre, is Broadway's second-longest-running show of all time.

Who is in the Chicago Broadway cast?

Jinkx Monsoon joins the Chicago musical cast as Matron "Mama" Morton on January 16.

The current Chicago cast includes Charlotte d’Amboise as Roxie Hart, Lana Gordon as Velma Kelly, Ryan Silverman as Billy Flynn, Charity Angél Dawson as Matron “Mama” Morton, Isaac Mizrahi as Amos Hart, and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

Get Chicago tickets now.

LT - CTA - 250

Photo credit: Jinkx Monsoon. (Photo by José Alberto Guzmán Colón)

Originally published on

Subscribe to our newsletter to unlock exclusive New York theatre updates!

Special offers, reviews and release dates for the best shows in town.

You can unsubscribe at any time. Privacy Policy