Broadway stars and drag queens to unite for voter drive show


Chita Rivera appears at the 72nd annual Tony Awards in New York on June 10, 2018, from left, Peppermint appears at Z100’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball in New York on Dec. 13, 2019 and Allison Janney appears at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 6, 2019. Broadway and the world of drag will combine later this month for a streaming variety show “Divas For Democracy: United We Slay,”to promote voter participation. The show will stream on StageIt on Oct. 18. (AP Photo)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway and the world of drag will combine later this month for a streaming variety show to promote voter participation that promises plenty of show tunes and a lot of fierce lipstick.

“Divas For Democracy: United We Slay” will feature Broadway stars such as Chita Rivera and Stephanie J. Block singing theater songs while their drag counterparts from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” “match their vocal prowess with lip sync passion and style,” according to organizers.

The show will stream on StageIt on Oct. 18th. There’s a minimum $5 donation and all proceeds benefit Drag Out the Vote, a national, nonpartisan voter engagement nonprofit.

Celebrities slated to appear include Allison Janney, Cyndi Lauper, Harvey Fierstein, James Monroe Iglehart, Bianca Del Rio, Cheyenne Jackson and Mila Jam.

Other than Rivera and Block, the Broadway participants include Tony Award winners Lea Salonga, Nikki M. James, Beth Leavel and Annaleigh Ashford, along with Shoshana Bean, Eden Espinosa, Tony nominee Jenn Collela, Chilina Kennedy, Keala Settle, Tamika Lawrence, L Morgan Lee and Our Lady J.

The divas of drag include stars of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” such as Alaska, Jinkx Monsoon, Jujubee, Valentina, Peppermint, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, Shuga Cain, Honey Davenport, Brita Filter, Marti Gould Cummings and Pixie Aventura.

“This show is a passionate reminder for the LGBTQIA+ community and our theater-loving allies that voting matters. Our aim is to entertain and laugh the audience straight to the polls,” organizers said in a statement.

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