Award-winning Hollywood star Leslie Jordan stormed the West End two years ago, earning rave reviews and nightly standing ovations for his one-man show, Leslie Jordan My Trip Down The Pink Carpet. Now he's returning to London with his follow up show, Fruit Fly, acclaimed in New York and Los Angeles, which will get its European premiere at Leicester Square Theatre from Tuesday 12 - Saturday 16 March.
Press night is Tuesday 12 March at 7.30pm.
He will also make his north of England debut at the Lowry, Salford on Monday March 18 at 7.30pm.
This time the pint-sized pixie - labelled "an hysterical spitfire" and "comic gold" - asks the question: "Do gay men really become their Mothers?".
What follows is described as over 90 hilarious minutes of jaw-dropping anecdotes, outrageous revelations and revealing family photos is the story of Leslie's own experience growing up a cissy boy in the red Deep South and how his mother, Miss Peggy Sue, an indomitable steel magnolia, continues to inspire him today. Fruit Fly outlines the early years of Leslie's life, growing up with his mother, father, twin sisters and grandma in Chattanooga, Tennessee. There's a big emphasis on the puberty years and how he segued into doing drag for the first time at 17. "Mother, I've made a really important decision," he announces. "I'm not going to college. I'm going to move to Atlanta and become a female impersonator." "I don't even know what that is," his mom replies wearily. "You have exhausted me. I give up. I am just glad your daddy's not here to witness this."
Leslie Jordan became a household name around the globe through his scene-stealing appearances as Beverley Leslie, the nemesis of Karen Walker, on Will & Grace. He won a coveted Emmy Award as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series and viewers in their hundreds of millons lapped it up as Leslie and co-star Megan Mullally traded barbs and insulted as the worst of enemies. However, not many people know that his most famous role was originally written for Dynasty star Joan Collins, but she refused to have her wig torn off in a fight scene. Leslie also made memorable appearances on TV series Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, Monk and Murphy Brown, as well as the cult classic, Sordid Lives alongside Golden Girl Rue McClanahan and Olivia Newton John. He had a memorable cartwheeling cameo in the acclaimed Academy Award-winning film The Help as Emma Stone's boss.
Director David Galligan has worked with Leslie Jordan several times. He also directed My Trip Down The Pink Carpet, his Christmas show, Deck Them Halls, Ya'll and Like a Dog on Linoleum.