Jackie Cox of "RuPaul's Drag Race" to star in MAKE ME GORGEOUS!


Darius Rose / Jackie Cox

Alex Mecklosky
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January 10, 2024 4:30 PM

Some GORGEOUS news ! You will have 4 more weeks to see Make Me Gorgeous!, The True Story of Kenneth "Mr. Madam" Marlowe. Starting February 1, Darius Rose (aka Jackie Cox) steps into Mr. Marowe's pumps for a 4 week engagement February 1st through 25th.

Wade McCollum continues in the role through January 28th before departing the production to appear on Broadway in the upcoming Water For Elephants. 

Presented by triangle productions!, the New York premiere of Make Me Gorgeous! is now playing Off-Broadway at Playhouse 46 At St. Luke’s. Make Me Gorgeous! is written and directed by Donnie, with contributed additional material from Wade McCollum. 

"But now, given the opportunity to make my Off-Broadway debut starring as an LGBTQ+ trailblazer like Kenneth / Kate Marlowe, it goes well beyond my wildest dreams. Marlowe was an extraordinary figure who pressed beyond the boundaries of gender long before the world at large was engaging in this conversation. This role gives me an opportunity to act, sing, dance, and bring dozens of roles to life, both in and out of a wig. I’m excited to combine my theatre background with my drag and cabaret work to bring Kenneth / Kate to life at Playhouse 46." says Darius Rose

Make Me Gorgeous! is the fabulous and incredible true story of Kenneth Marlowe, an oft-overlooked trailblazer in LGBTQ+ history. Described as one of mid-Century America’s gayest and most openly homosexual personalities, Marlowe took on many roles in life. Kenneth was a private hairdresser to the stars; the madam of a notorious gay prostitution ring in Hollywood; an author; a hustler; a female impersonator; a private in the U.S. Army; a call boy; a Christian missionary; a mortuary cosmetologist; a newspaper columnist … and for the final decade of an incredibly lived life, Marlowe was a woman, having transitioned to become Kate Marlowe.

Make Me Gorgeous! features Scenic Design by Walt Spangler; Lighting Design by Jamie Roderick; Sound Design by Ien DeNio; Costume Design by Jeffrey Hinshaw; and Props by Brendan McCann. Visceral Entertainment is the General Manager. Kasson Marroquin is Production Stage Manager, Ellie Handel is Assistant Stage Manager, and Alex Dash is a sub for the Assistant Stage Manager. Casting by Daryl Eisenberg, CSA / Eisenberg Casting.

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Alex Mecklosky

As a native New Yorker, Alex has always loved everything involving theatre. With a degree in Theatre and New Media from Marymount Manhattan College, Alex realized that, since he was not talented enough to be on Broadway, the next best thing would be to write about it!