When it was first released in 1987, the sly, sexually charged comic fantasy The Witches of Eastwick boasted one of the most star-powered casts of its decade—timeless screen goddesses Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer play a trio of unhappy Rhode Island women who gradually discover their witchy powers when confronted with the devilishly seductive Daryl (Jack Nicholson).
So, when the time came for midnight movie priestess Peaches Christ to give this classic film her inimitable stage-show treatment, she asked two of drag’s most celebrated leading ladies to join her in the cast: the iconic Miss Coco Peru, one of drag’s most recognizable faces thanks to her signature copper-red flip and hilarious appearances in movies and TV shows like Trick, Will & Grace, and Arrested Development; and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars winner Chad Michaels, a consummate drag professional and the world’s foremost Cher impersonator (guess which part he’s playing?). Add film and TV star Thomas Dekker (Backstrom, All About Evil) in the role of Daryl, and you’ve got the ingredients for an outrageus, irreverent stage spectacular. It all goes down at the Castro Theatre on March 21, with performances at both 3 and 8 p.m.
Below, we chat with Peaches, Chad, and Coco about the origins of this show, Chad’s evolving Cher character, Coco’s thoughts on Drag Race, and much more.