Santino Fontana, the Broadway actor set to star in the upcoming adaptation of Tootsie and who played Greg on The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, will take on the lead role of Vida Boheme (portrayed in the film by Patrick Swayze) in the workshop. He will be joined by Tony winner Alice Ripley, Daniel Breaker, Ann Harada and Annie Golden. Dates and venues for early stagings of the show have yet to be released.
To Wong Foo tells the story of three New York drag queens who take a cross-country road trip to compete in a drag pageant. Swayze shared the screen with co-stars Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo, who played Boheme’s two friends and fellow drag queens.
In an interview with the Post, Beane said he originally intended To Wong Foo for the stage. “I was a struggling writer trying to break into the theater,” he told Michael Riedel. “I was working as a nanny in Brooklyn, and every time the family went on vacation, I’d write a play. I started working on To Wong Foo but couldn’t figure out how to put a car onstage. So I turned it into a screenplay instead.”