The Drama League’s ‘Musical Celebration of Broadway’
The Rainbow Room. February 2, 2008. By Ross Kenneth Urken
You’re in Transformers 2. Are you a fan?
“I always just called the big one ‘Megatron,’ which made Michael Bay very mad, because his name is something else.”
Does playing a drag queen in La Cage Aux Folles require cojones?
“Even though they’re tucked away, the biggest.”
—Allyson Tucker and Brian Stokes Mitchell
Your daughter Martha is in Pal Joey. What’s it like to watch her perform?
“It’s the way it should be we should be surpassed by our children.”
There are a lot of men in drag here.
“Some of these men are prettier than I am. I need to fix up a little.”
—Bailey Hanks (getty images)
What was your favorite recent theater moment?
“I saw three things in one week: Billy Elliot, Equus, and Speed-the-Plow before Jeremy left.”
You’re in Equus. Do lots of people try to get backstage to see Daniel Radcliffe?
“He’s surrounded by bodyguards. The place is crawling with them.”
—Stewart F. Lane
What kind of cojones do drag queens need to dress up as women?
“None! They’re glamorous. Are you kidding?”
You played a drag queen in the original La Cage Aux Folles.
“The guys around me gave me so many beauty tips and walking tips. I was a teenager when I got the job, and they made me a better girl than I already was.”
Does it take cojones for men to dress in drag?
“In this town, not much. In Wichita, more. ”