Earlier this month, we got to learn all about the dream roles of RuPaul's Drag Race and Titaníque star Rosé, known in some circles as Ross McCorkell. Her stint in Titaníque may have come to an end, but now she's taking us behind the scenes of that special Playbill photo shoot in a new video, shot and edited by Austin Nunes. Watch above.
Rosé, who was a musical theatre actor before achieving international acclaim on Drag Race, told us how the chance to star in Titaníque reawakened a dream she thought she'd given up for drag stardom.
“You’re like, if it’s not now, maybe later, but I’m fine without it," she said. "And suddenly I’m like, wait—this brings me so much joy, and I’m really fucking good at it. I look at the joy I have being in Titaníque, and the success Rosé has. I have to bridge these two in a way that I don’t think has existed before.”
Theatre and drag fans will be thrilled to learn that that means we can expect more stage turns from Rosé. To explore what that might look like, we took her to the TDF's world-renowned Costume Collection Rental Program to find some of her top dream roles among the racks of world-class costumes. TDF’s collection has more than 85,000 costumes encompassing almost any theatrical dream one could have. Better still, much of their collection comes from major film and stage projects, giving lots of their pieces a historic and starry background. And by the way, if you’re a theatre maker and salivating at the sound of this collection, you should know that TDF rents their pieces out to companies on every level, from schools and community theatres to professional companies and even major film projects—click here for rental information.
Being a famous drag queen, we expected Rosé’s choices to be larger-than-life female characters, but she had other—and more expansive—ideas. Among the roles she explored in the shoot were Sunset Boulevard's Norma Desmond, Chicago's Velma, and Annie's Miss Hannigan—but also Hair's Berger, Hamilton's King George III, and the title role from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
See the full photo shoot below: