Some of the sickening queens from Season 15 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” – Aura Mayari, Luxx Noir London, Marcia Marcia Marcia, Mistress Isabelle Brooks, Salina EsTitties, and winner Sasha Colby – took the stage today at The Village at the Los Angeles LGBT Center for a special live performance of “Wigloose: The Rusical” as part of the official “RuPaul’s Drag Race” FYC Emmy® Event. Very timely to what’s currently happening in our country, this season’s Rusical was set in the small town of West Bumtuck where drag has been outlawed so an underground alliance forms to try and defeat the bigots.
Following the showstopping live performance, the queens joined Executive Producer Tom Campbell, composer Brett “Leland” McLaughlin, choreographer Miguel Zarate, Senior Producer, resident judge and host of digital companion series “Whatcha Packin” Michelle Visage, and Christine Parker – Staff Attorney in the LGBTQ, Gender, & Reproductive Justice Project at the ACLU of Southern California – for an engaging panel discussion moderated by Variety’s Senior Artisans Editor, Jazz Tangcay. The panel spoke to a packed house about the making of “Wigloose”, the importance of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in today’s political climate, the important role RuPaul plays both behind the scenes and in front of the camera, the evolution of the show from season one to the global franchise it is today, and more.
Guests could scan QR codes in the theater and reception area to donate to the Drag Defense Fund, which was created by World of Wonder with donations from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and MTV to support the ACLU’s work to defend and ensure LGBTQ+ rights.