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RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11. Fans of the show weren’t the only ones keeping an eye on Levitt. The creative team and producers of Hairspray thought Levitt’s warm demeanor and stage presence could be the perfect fit for a national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical.

Levitt steps into the sensible heels originally worn by Divine in John Waters’ original 1988 film, then Harvey Fierstein in the 2002 Broadway musical.

Portraying 1960s Baltimore housewife and mother Edna Turnblad, Levitt has the opportunity to examine through a musical theater lens some of the prejudices and injustices that feel just as relevant today.Queerty caught up with Levitt to find out what kind of antics have emerged while touring and what future LGBTQ+ collaborations are on his radar.

A great pop philosopher once said, “Don’t be a drag, just be a queen.” But man is it hard to be a queen in 2023! The biggest thing I’ve learned from playing Edna Turnblad is…A housecoat and a pair of scuffies can change the world.

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