RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 winner, Jinkx Monsoon, and Book of Mormon’s Gavin Creel are slated to perform at NOCCA this holiday season. For Creel, he’ll perform on December 15th, 2016 at 7:30PM while Monsoon will bring the smash hit show “The Vaudevillians” with cohort Major Scales on January 14, 2017 at 7:30 PM.
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Gavin Creel most recently starred in the Broadway revival of “She Loves Me” this past season. He won the 2014 Olivier Award and the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actor In A Musical for his starring role in London’s West End production of “The Book of Mormon” in the role of Elder Price. Of his Tony-nominated role as Claude in the smash hit Broadway revival of “Hair,” the New York Times hailed him as “the pure-voiced Gavin Creel,” the Associated Press noted that “Gavin Creel, besides possessing a powerhouse voice, brings a sweet-tempered poignancy to Claude.” Just three years after graduating from the University of Michigan, Creel was cast in his first Broadway show – “Thoroughly Modern Millie“- as Millie’s (Sutton Foster‘s) love interest Jimmy Smith. He received his first Tony nomination for his performance. He also appeared on Broadway in the revival of “La Cage aux Folles” as Jean-Michel, as well as the Goodman Theatre/Kennedy Center production of “Bounce,” American Repertory Theater’s premiere of the new rock musical “Prometheus,” the New York concert versions of “Hair” and “Bright Lights, Big City,” and on London’s West End in “Mary Poppins” and “Hair.” On television he has been featured with Julie Andrews in “Eloise at the Plaza” and “Eloise at Christmastime.” His studio recordings include GoodTimeNation, Quiet, Get Out and the single ‘Noise’.
Jinkx Monsoon‘s recent off-Broadway hit “The Vaudevillians” was a critical smash hit, about which the New York Times raved “Straight or gay, everyone leaves this show with sides aching from laughter” and called it “a pure delight,” while other press hailed it as “comedic genius” (Show Business Weekly), “hilarious” (BroadwayWorld), and “intelligent and entertaining” (TheaterMania). Even RuPaul proclaimed the performance “a triumph!” Jinkx is the creation of Jerick Hoffer, a native of Portland, Oregon and a graduate of Cornish College in Seattle. It was at Cornish as a fifteen-year-old theater major that Hoffer traces the early manifestations of Jinkx Monsoon, whom he refers to as a “zany, off-the-wall, irreverent, gorgeous anachronism.” In 2006, Hoffer made the Guinness World Records as lead dancer in the world’s largest drag queen chorus line. By 2012, the young performer was starring at top Seattle theaters – Moritz in “Spring Awakening” (Balagan Theatre), Angel in “Rent” (The 5th Avenue Theatre), and most recently, Hedwig in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” with the Seattle Theatre Group. Extraordinarily real, some audiences have not yet decided whether Jinkx is a woman or a drag queen. Combating humble beginnings, struggling for social status, raising a homosexual son striving for fame as a comedian, this well-developed character has attained more than acclaim, but a life of her own.
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