Upon its July debut, a large portion of Head Over Heels’ press coverage centered on the fact that RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Peppermint would be the first trans woman to originate a principal role on Broadway. She was also the face of the show’s advertising and outdoor campaign when the show launched.
However, when the cover of the original cast recording was released this past Friday (Oct. 12), fans immediately noticed that Peppermint is absent from the artwork. The cover (below) features six of the show’s eight principles, with Peppermint and Tom Alan Robbins missing.
The oversight sparked a tweet from Mean Girls star Daniel Franzese, who wrote, “Why is @Peppermint247 (the 1st transgender star of a broadway musical!!) in @HOHmusical deleted from all the bus advertisements, soundtrack cover and disk?! She’s the ONLY principal not featured. This is SHADY.”
Franzese’s tweet caught the attention of Drag Race alum Willam and Vivacious, as well as trans singer Mila Jam. Franzese added, “I want to be clear I don’t think it’s trans dismissive at all. The show celebrates all love. I do think as the FIRST transgender actress on Broadway to originate a character she should be on the album cover. Period[.]”
While Peppermint was prominently featured in the show’s original advertising campaign, this new artwork focuses on the musical’s narrative of the three relationships within the show’s royal family. The actress has been featured in iterations of this artwork, such as a double-truck fall preview ad in The New York Times, but was not included on the original cast recording cover. She is, however, included inside the album’s booklet.
A representative for Head Over Heels declined to comment.
Check out the cast recording’s cover below.