Don’t be a “beauty school dropout” this summer! Musical Theater West has announced that the iconic role of Teen Angel for its summer production of Grease will be played by RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 star Darius Rose, aka Jackie Cox! This thrilling and transformative production will open with a Sizzlin’ Summer Sock-hop opening night on July 9, where audience members are encouraged to dress in their best ’50s outfits. The show runs on select dates from July 8 through July 24, 2022 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center on the Cal State Long Beach campus. Tickets for Grease’s rock return to the Musical Theater West stage range from $20 to $96 each and are available now, by phone at 562-856-1999 or online at musical.org.
Southern California’s premier musical theater company is thrilled to welcome “Persian Princess” Jackie Cox to the MTW stage for MULTIPLE fabulous roles as part of an extremely talented and inclusive cast! The multi-talented star will showcase her lineup as the sassy and savvy Teen Angel, serenading Frenchy to stay in school with the fan-favorite song “Beauty School Dropout.” Jackie will also steal the show by silencing the rowdy students of Rydell High as the no-nonsense English teacher, Miss Lynch.
Jackie shared, “I’ve loved Grease since I was a kid but I’ve never seen myself on the show so I’m thrilled that we have a new, more inclusive vision for Grease! My Drag is very influenced by that era, and I look forward to paying homage to Eve Arden (among other iconic divas) in my portrayal of Miss Lynch.”
Jackie will introduce a new version of the iconic Teen Angel character, adding: “Drag was underground in the 50s and 60s, but he certainly existed. The way I see my Teen Angel, I found a backstory where Frenchie met some of the queer people at beauty school who introduced her to all the underground drag shows that happen near Rydell. So her take on Teen Angel just happens to be a fabulous drag queen!”
Jackie Cox was the first Iranian-born queen to appear on RuPaul’s Drag Race, making history when she appeared in a hijab on the runway. In her hometown of New York, Jackie has long been a star of the theatrical cabaret scene and recently completed a world tour of her show JackieVision which featured her version of the hit song “Agatha All Along” and was featured in the Disney+ show This Is Me: A Spectacular Celebration of Pride.
In addition to Drag Race, Jackie has appeared in a recurring role on NBC’s Days of Our Lives & Peacock’s Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem, ABC’s What Would You Do?, Fusion’s Shade: Queens of NYC, as well as numerous guest appearances. on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, winning the title “Real Queen of Beverly Hills” for her impersonation of television personality and Depends underwear spokesperson Lisa Rinna.
In a previous life before drag, Darius performed in regional theater productions primarily in California. Regional credits include: Light in the Piazza (Giuseppe) El Portal Theater of North Hollywood, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Hedwig) Orange County’s Theater Out, Big River (Huck) The Gem of Garden Grove, Les Miserables (Lesgles) Vista’s Moonlight Amphitheatre, and Godspell (Jesus) Pacifica Spindrift Players. Darius holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from UCLA’s School of Theater Film and Television.
Musical Theater West is honored to have Jackie Cox as part of its rock revival of Grease. With this rendition of Grease, MTW will feature a contemporary cast and creative team that highlights the advancements in theater since Grease’s original musical debuted on Broadway 50 years ago. Jackie joins the highly anticipated production of the iconic 50s tale of teenage angst (and teenage angels!), which will feature all the fan-favorite songs and dance numbers that made Grease the soundtrack to a generation. Sing along with Teen Angel to “Beauty School Dropout,” laugh at Miss Lynch’s strict dance pageant rules, and cheer on Danny and Sandy’s love affair with Musical Theater West in July!
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Jackie Cox in our latest revival of Grease,” said Paul Garman, Executive Director of Musical Theater West. “It’s important to us that all theatergoers can see themselves on stage and feel represented, especially in our beautifully diverse Long Beach community. Jackie is an extreme talent that we can’t wait for audiences to discover this summer, with along with the rest of our incredible cast and creative team.”
The Long Beach premiere of Grease will begin the summer on select dates, July 8 through July 24, 2022. Tickets are currently priced at $20 to $96, available for purchase by phone at 562-856-1999 or online at musical.org. Charges may apply. Not recommended for children under 14 years old. More information, a full performance lineup and additional details can be found at https://musical.org.