Review: Head Over Heels
by Alyssa Sileo
I am so grateful to have been able to see Head Over Heels on Broadway, which is playing until January 6th at the beautiful and new Hudson Theatre. This incredible new musical takes the discography of The GoGo’s and the plot line of a 16th century pastoral, the Arcadia, and you’ve got this blast of a medieval, marvelous musical!
One of the main reasons I aimed to see this show was because of how much queer and genderqueer representation there is in it! And I was not disappointed. I rarely get to see lesbian characters in modern shows, let alone pieces in which everyone is wearing corsets and tights! I love the way that Head Over Heels collapses eras of history into each other and help us to think about what is universal in every story.
This show also demonstrates how genderqueer representation works in every context, and helps us to see that gender diversity spans all time. There’s a character who uses they/them pronouns, as well as a character who discovers their gender-fluid identity!
Every can member I met was so generous at the stagedoor. Of course I gave them all LPP pins. I also got to meet one of the stars of the cast, Peppermint, who was on RuPaul’s Drag Race a couple seasons ago. She is credited as the first transgender woman to play a principal role in a Broadway musical! She slayed our lives and I hope to see her return on the New York stage soon.
The power of Head Over Heels reminds me this is what theatre is for — having a ball, teaching a lesson, and celebrating all of our stories.
I am so sad that Head Over Heels is closing so soon. This is truly such a special show. But, there are student tickets available for $25 at this link! If you’re anywhere near the city I recommend you get up and go to this wonderful musical!
About the Author:
Alyssa Sileo’s Thespian identity comes first and foremost in anything she carries out. As a member of the Drew University Class of 2022, she studies theatre arts, women’s and gender studies, and Spanish. She’s a proud NJ Thespian Alumni and member of their state chapter board. She is the leader of the international performances network The Laramie Project Project, which unites worldwide productions and readings of the acclaimed Tectonic Theater Project play and encourages community-based LGBTQ+ advocacy. Alyssa is humbled to serve as the 2017 Spirit of Matthew Award winner and as a Youth Ambassador for Matthew Shepard Foundation. She believes there is an advocacy platform tucked into every piece of the theatre catalogue and intends to write outreach into the cannon.