Imagine that. It’s been 45 years since Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales have set foot on stage together. The long-endured cabaret duo have long since gone their separate ways; Jinkx has become a faded TV movie starlet and Major has faded into musical obscurity – with each of them clinging on to what tiny scraps of fame they still have. Now, after decades of anticipation, the two of them have come together for one final reunion upon the stage. They’re together again, again!
Following on from their incredible global tour of ‘The Ginger Snapped’, which featured Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales performing songs from their album of the same name, their collaboration with Peaches Christ and Ben De La Crème in the smash hit comedy tour ‘Drag Becomes Her’ and their previous tour of ‘The Vaudevillians’ which was a roaring success across the world, ‘Together Again, Again’ brings Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales back together on stage for what is set to be yet another spectacular masterpiece of music, comedy and hilarious antics.
Since winning Drag Race, Jinkx Monsoon has gained a massive global fan base and toured the world performing her original cabaret shows with her music partner, Major Scales. The duo have also released two albums: ‘The Inevitable Album’ and ‘The Ginger Snapped’. Jinkx has leant her voice to Cartoon Network’s ‘Steven Universe and Mighty Magiswords’. Her web show, ‘Cool Mom’, co-starring her comedy partner Nick Sahoyah, can be seen exclusively on WOW Presents Plus. Jinkx Monsoon has returned to ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ regularly to appear on the show with other winners and as part of competitions, as well as appearing with other contestants from ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ in the yearly RuPaul Drag Con events that are hosted across the world. Jinkx Monsoon remains one of the most successful and most popular winners of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ of all time.
As early as 2006, Jinkx Monsoon’s alter-ego Jerick Hoffer appeared as the lead dancer in the world’s largest drag queen chorus line, which made the Guinness Book of World Records. By 2012, they had advanced to roles in Seattle theatres, playing Moritz in ‘Spring Awakening’ (produced by Balagan Theatre), Angel in ‘RENT’ and Velma Von Tussle in ‘Hairspray’ (both produced by The 5th Avenue Theatre). In 2016, Hoffer played Hedwig in ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ (produced by Balagan Theatre and Seattle Theatre Group). As well as their most recent album, ‘The Ginger Snapped’, Jinkx also released an album in 2014 called ‘The Inevitable Album’, which included the hugely popular singles ‘Coffee and Wine’, ‘The Bacon Shake’ and Jinkx’s version of Radio Head’s ‘Creep’. On screen, Jinkx has appeared in an episode of ‘Blue Bloods’ and joined the cast of Wes Hurley’s hit comedy series ‘Capitol Hill’. Following the success of the cult YouTube series, ‘Drag Becomes Him’, Jinkx successfully raised enough funds via Kickstarter to turn the series into a feature length movie of the same name which was released in 2015. Jerick Hoffer has managed all of this while suffering from narcolepsy, which was revealed during ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’.
Major Scales is the evil twin of Richard Andriessen, a musician, writer and performer based in Seattle. He has written everything from award-winning New York shows on the east coast to music for amateur adult films on the west.
It’s been 45 years since you two set foot together on stage. Time flies! How has your relationship evolved and what have you learnt from each other?
Major and I are in a symbiotic relationship. The Hippo is a magnificent creature, but it needs that little bird on it’s back for it to really sparkle. The bird is just lucky to be along for the ride with the mighty Hippopotamus.
Jinkx you have become a faded TV movie starlet and Major you have faded into musical obscurity and you have come together for one final reunion upon the stage. How does it feel to be together again?
Returning to the stage is like a homecoming for me. Doing so with Major is like coming home wearing a pair of weather torn, aged, gloves. As much as I adore my time on the screens, for me, live theater will always be my first love.
How did you come up with the idea of this performance and what are your expectations for this show?
Major and I have worked together for so long, that we’ve had the privilege of seeing many of our ideas come to life onstage. At a certain point, you start throwing out wild ideas just for the hell of it– and every once and a while, one of those wild ideas is the perfect thing for your next show. This show is by far our most involved, and most brutally honest– and in that lives the hilarity.
Your shows are always very popular in the UK and the British audience seems to be enjoying a lot your performances. How would you explain this?
British people have good taste, what can I say?
You completed recently the global tour of ‘The Ginger Snapped’, the collaboration with Peaches Christ and Ben De La Crème in the smash hit comedy tour ‘Drag Becomes Her’, and not to forget the previous tour of ‘The Vaudevillians’ which was a roaring success across the world. How do you manage to stay so creative?
How do I stay so creative? Well, let’s just say I have a little help… and it’s becoming legal in more and more places. In all honesty, I have very funny friends– most of our good ideas come from just spending time together as human beings and taking notes of what things seem to connect to universal themes. Maintaining friendships with funny people is a big part of our process.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Both Major and I draw lots of inspiration from antiquated, obscure media… as well as video games and cartoons. Imagine if two adult children had a time machine.
Jinkx remains one of the most successful and most popular winners of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ of all time. How do you feel about this?
I feel extremely grateful for the loyalty my audiences have shown me throughout the years. They’re the ones who have kept me viable all this time, by continuing to patronize the arts and support me in my various endeavors. Between a loyal audience base, a wonderful team of collaborators, and the work ethic of neurotic virgo, I’ve maintained a busy schedule through the years.
How has your life changed during the last years of pandemic?
Well, I got a lot of time to do the things that I’ve put off for years. Adult things; I got married, I embarked on some new business endeavors, I put out a Holiday film with BenDeLaCreme (The Jinkx and Dela Holiday Special, available at JinkxandDela.com) and I’ve gotten reacquainted with a special someone I call: “Me.” BARF!
Is life different now that you are married?
Life is different in all the most wonderful ways. I’m the same person I’ve always been– just married now. Michael, my husband, is a wonderful support in my work– and he’s british, so I’m basically bi-lingual now.
What are your dreams that have not become true yet?
The one where I can fly.
What are your future plans?
More music, more TV and Film, more collaborations with the people who make me my best self, and more red wigs.
Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales: Together Again, Again!
tours the UK from Thu 7 April – Sat 11 June 2022including London’s Leicester Square Theatre 7 – 23 April