"Call Me Adam" chats with RuPaul's Drag Race Season 7 favorite Ginger Minj about her return to NYC's Laurie Beechman Theatre (inside West Bank Cafe at 407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue) with her show Crossdresser for Christ - The Musical: A Drag Queen Confessional! With just two shows left, Crossdresser for Christ - The Musical: A Drag Queen Confessional will play Tuesday, July 14 and Sunday, July 19 at 7pm! Click here for tickets!
Crossdresser for Christ - The Musical: A Drag Queen Confessional is a musical comedy that tracks Ginger's quest for spiritual enlightenment in song and story. Raised as a Southern Baptist in Lake County, Florida the self-described "chubby little lady-boy" gets tired of having hell and damnation shoved down her throat. So she begins her own search for alternative answers. It is a wild and wacky journey that promises to have you on your knees before the night is over. A relig-ish experience.
1. Your show, Crossdresser for Christ - The Musical: A Drag Queen Confessional is back by popular demand through July 19. What excites you about having this show back at The Laurie Beechman Theatre? There's no better place for music and theatre than New York City, and to play such a well respected venue with such an amazing staff is beyond an honor! If I could move into the dressing room and perform there forever I would!
2. What do you enjoy most about performing Crossdresser for Christ? Our show is such a living, breathing animal, that it's never the same twice! We generally take the same emotional journey through laughter, tears, shock, etc., but the detours are always a little different!
3. If you could give people one reason as to why they should come see Crossdresser for Christ, what would that reason be? I've lead a crazy life, full of amazing ups and downs. I'm sure everyone will find something in the story that they can relate to. Come get a glimpse into the side of me you didn't get to see on TV!
4. What initially made you want to write this show? I initially sat down to write an hour long stand up special in the same vein as Bianca del Rio's Rolodex of Hate, but the story of my life poured out of me, onto the page. It's somehow easier to talk about things you've never even discussed with your therapist when you set it to showtunes! It has evolved from there into a very unique cabaret "experience."
5. How did writing this show help you come to terms with your own spirituality? I don't know that it has effected my spiritual beliefs at all, to be quite honest. I have been pretty steadfast in those for years! It has, however, helped me to come to terms with and move on from certain events in my life that I've never had the courage to face before.
6. You describe yourself as "Florida's chubby little lady-boy." When did you start describing yourself this way? How did describing yourself like this empower you? I refer to myself as a lot of things! Chubby little lady boy, glamour toad, southern fried sass, mouth of the south, etc. I have a pretty self-deprecating sense of humor. If you make the joke first, you're in on the laugh, and everyone is better off because of it.
7. According to press notes, Crossdresser for Christ will have you on your knees before the night is over. What is it like having so many people kneel before you? I'm only 5'3" out of heels (and without my hair!) so it's nice to have people on my level for for a change! ;-)
8. How do you feel being a plus-size actor/comedian has made you a stronger performer? Regardless of size, I identify as an entertainer first and foremost. I was very thin when I was much younger, but because of a medical procedure I had when I was 11 years old, I started gaining weight rapidly and have never really been able to control it. I learned very quickly how to use comedy to deflect the nastiness that was thrown at me, and I think that's what I owe my quick wit to. I'm also very comfortable being me.
9. What's the best advice you've ever received? Just be yourself. Warts and all. There's no other you!
10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? I would love to fly, I think. It beats having to stand in TSA lines every day!
11. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? I'd call it "The Flooded Basement" and throw a little bit of everything into it! Like a Long Island Iced Tea, but murkier.
Ginger Minj has long reigned as The Comedy Queen of The South, with the pageant titles, including "Miss Gay United States 2013," "Miss National Comedy Queen 2012" and others. Originally from Leesburg, Florida, she now calls Orlando home. Minj cites classic funny ladies Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball as her idols. "Anyone who can pile three wigs on their head, squeeze their body into a beaded and rhinestoned gown and serve humor alongside the glamour is my hero," says Ginger. Ginger’s future career goals, in addition to winning the title of "America’s Next Drag Superstar," on RuPaul’s Drag Race is to follow in the footsteps of similar plus-sized comedians like Melissa McCarthy and Rebel Wilson. And she’s already got the acting credits; before becoming Ginger Minj, this talented performer was a child actor starring in a series of Christian movies and books on tape, and even won a Best Actor Award for the state of Florida in 2002.