Hold on to your sugarplums and get ready for a holiday drag spectacular that's as magical as a flying reindeer and as unexpected as a virgin birth! For the past two years, world-renowned drag artists and RuPaul's Drag Race alum BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon have owned the holiday season with their critically-acclaimed sold-out holiday tours (To Jesus, Thanks for Everything and All I Want for Christmas Is Attention).
With stage shows out of the question in 2020, these two legendary queens are bringing their high camp holiday magic to your homes with The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special, a 60-minute musical special that is made for the screen, available via video on demand on December 1 worldwide. The digital soundtrack will be released on December 11. Filmed safely under CDC guidelines in September on a Seattle soundstage, this marks the first film project directed, co-written and executive produced by BenDeLaCreme under her production company, BenDeLaCreme Presents.
The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special is the story of two queens who set out to create a classic Christmas TV variety show, but just can't agree on how. With the help of a chorus of dancers and DeLa's deceased grandmother - whose spirit lives on in a glass of eggnog - DeLa tries her hardest to uphold the cheery Christmas traditions of her childhood, while Jinkx is much more interested in bawdy jokes and boozy libations.
As they sing and dance their way through numbers about everything from St. Nick to the Christ child, the tension between them mounts, culminating in an all-out battle for control of the show. After some insight into the ghosts of their very different Christmas pasts, and with the help of a mysterious naked man with a surprising holiday secret, the two realize that tradition can be whatever we make of it, and family is whomever we choose.
This campy, side-splitting romp is equal parts sacrilegious and sweet, with a sharp tongue and a heart of gold. The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special is sure to be a new holiday tradition for all the lost toys who know that the best traditions are the ones we create ourselves.
For the 2020 season (before the pandemic) Jinkx & DeLa's third holiday tour was set to be bigger and better than ever! However, rather than miss out on a year of staking their claim as the Queens of Christmas, DeLa decided to produce and direct a holiday film in the style of her favorite classic TV specials.
BenDeLaCreme says, "If there's anybody who knows how to adapt with the times and create art while facing adversity, it's drag queens. I have been producing and directing theater for myself and other queer artists for years, and getting to make my first foray into producing and directing film for The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special has been an experience I will never forget."
BenDeLaCreme is excited to be the first Drag Race alumnus to produce, direct, and co-write a narrative feature film in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jinkx and DeLa lead the charge in a dazzling surrealist world populated with some of Seattle's finest performers in theater, dance, burlesque, and puppetry. BenDeLaCreme Presents is thrilled to have assembled an all-star cast and crew.
On COVID restrictions, BenDeLaCreme adds, "Our cast and crew, along with our amazing COVID supervisor, made sure we all kept each other safe by wearing masks, maintaining distance, and getting tested regularly while we quarantined together for 3 weeks. I moved to L.A. at the start of the pandemic with my partner Gus - who's also a key producer on the project - so getting to come back to Seattle and reunite with my queer creative family was so needed. I couldn't have accomplished this without having the love and passion for drag as our foundation."
For more information, and to sign up for updates on The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special visit jinkxanddela.com.
Director, Producer, Co-Creator, Co-Writer, Starring as Herself
Sweet as pie and sharp as cheddar, the Terminally Delightful BenDeLaCreme is known for combining her background in performing and visual arts with a love of spectacle, glamour, and Saturday morning cartoons. She has dazzled crowds throughout the Americas, Europe, and Australia, premiered four critically-acclaimed solo shows Off-Broadway, as well as written, directed, and produced myriad narrative works and variety spectaculars that have played to sold-out audiences for over a decade. BenDeLaCreme's live performances have received glowing reviews: "Keeping you entertained while making you think about your place in the world is all a part of the BenDeLaCreme experience," said Forbes and Billboard raved that her work "...soars past entertainment and into the realm of theatrical art."
BenDeLaCreme has appeared on two seasons of the Emmy Award-winning "RuPaul's Drag Race," her first go-round securing her a spot among the show's "15 Fan Favorites of All Time." After being crowned "Miss Congeniality" on Season 6, she returned to compete on the third season of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" on VH1 where she garnered more challenge wins than any other competitor in the show's history, among other series records. Continuing to break new ground by, and for, drag artists, in 2018 DeLa's production company, BenDeLaCreme Presents, produced its first national tour with, To Jesus, Thanks for Everything! starring Jinkx and DeLa, co-created and co-written by BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon. In 2019, the queens hit the road again with a brand new holiday show titled, All I Want for Christmas is Attention. That tour was a sold-out sensation and marked DeLa's first producer credit for an international tour. BenDeLaCreme is thrilled to add producing and directing her first film feature to her long list of career achievements.
About Jinkx Monsoon
Co-Creator, Co-Writer, Starring as Herself
Since winning Season 5 of RuPaul's Drag Race, Jinkx Monsoon has travelled the world performing her original cabaret shows with her music partner, Major Scales. The duo are best known for their highly acclaimed show The Vaudevillians, which enjoyed multiple extensions Off-Broadway and toured to many international festivals. With original music by Major Scales, Jinkx has released two albums: The Inevitable Album and The Ginger Snapped (available on Apple Music, iTunes and Spotify).
While live performing is her passion, Jinkx is no stranger to film and TV work. Besides her stint in reality TV, she has appeared on the CBS cop drama "Blue Bloods," the Netflix original AJ and the Queen, and has voiced characters for such animated shows as "Steven Universe," "Mighty Magiswords," "Bravest Warriors," as well as a few surprises that are yet to come! Jinkx has been the subject of two documentaries: Drag Becomes Him, and The Queens.
She is an award-winning stage actress, having won the Gregory Award for her portrayal of Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and most recently, The MAC Award for her show The Ginger Snapped, co-written with Major Scales. You can watch her web show, "Cool Mom" with comedy partner Nick Sahoyah on the streaming app WOW Presents Plus. Jinkx is extremely proud of her partnership with BenDeLaCreme, having co-written and co-starred in both To Jesus, Thanks for Everything! and All I Want for Christmas is Attention. Taking their collaboration to the medium of film is a dream come true for this internationally tolerated actress and chanteuse.
Courtesy of BenDeLaCreme Presents