RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2 winner, Alaska, is currently performing as the Golden Girls at New York’s Laurie Beechman Theatre.
The show, Alaska & Jeremy: On Golden Girls, features Alaska’s sidekick, Handsome Jeremy playing the piano as Alaska embodies Rose, Blanche, Dorothy, and Sophia.
Performing as the Golden Girls is important to Alaska, since the show played a critical role in LGBTI media representation.
‘This was one of the first shows that dealt with gay issues,’ Alaska told Huffington Post. ‘There were gay characters that weren’t just a one note comedic punchline – they were three dimensional and they have problems and fears and hopes and that’s amazing!’
‘I also think of older women in this society and also in show business – these were all women who were sort of pushed aside and there were no roles besides the crotchety old granny who wasn’t beautiful ― she was two dimensional,’ Alaska continued.
‘But these women, their lives didn’t stop just because they reached a certain age. And that was true for the actresses and the characters. So I think as people who were sort of cast aside by mainstream society, they were sort of standing up and saying “hey we’re strong and we’re fun and we’re cool.” I think that definitely speaks to queer people.’
Though the last performance of Alaska & Jeremy: On Golden Girls is on 13 August, a video of Alaska performing Alanis Morissette’s song ‘You Oughta Know’ as Dorothy Zbornak has surfaced.
Watch the hilarious cover below.
Other clips of the show have also been released for your viewing pleasure.