Like the queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race season 15, Erika Jayne is entering a new era.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member and Dancing With The Stars alum has set her Las Vegas residency, Bet It All On Blonde which is slated to debut on August 25th and will continue through December 16th at the House of Blues. Jayne tells GLAAD that her dance-infused residency will be “over the top” and include “a lot of glitz, glamor, and fun.” Most of all, Jayne promises that it will be 100% gay — and as mentioned, it marks a new era.
“There’s a lot of resilience,” Jayne tells GLAAD’s Anthony Allen Ramos in a recent interview. “What can I say? I’ve been through a lot and I’m really happy to be here… that’s gonna shine through in the music, but it’s still gonna be a great time and that’s what’s most important. We need to celebrate. I need to celebrate. The world needs to celebrate.”
The Vegas residency comes on the heels of Bravo TV’s recent season 13 announcement of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. It also comes at a time where Jayne gets to reconnect with her audience since her run on Broadway in Chicago. “I haven’t performed as Erika Jayne since August of 2019 so this will be a great return,” she says. “There is nothing like standing on a stage and the energy exchange between the performer and the audience. That’s really what it’s all about, that connection, that feeling in the room. That’s why we’re all there to escape together.”
A huge contingent of her audience come from the LGBTQ community. And as the queer community supports Jayne, she makes sure to support them. She has many mentors, friends, family members who are queer including a cousin who was gay and struggled through life before passing away.
“I was in musical theater,” she says. “I went to performing arts in high school. I was surrounded by gay, creative people in my family, home, and schools. These were my friends, my family, and people I admire and I love very much so to me, it’s just my family.”
Jayne’s Vegas residency and continued allyship for the queer community is important more now than ever as LGBTQ rights are, once again, being targeted. “It’s not time to go backwards, it’s 2023,” she states. “We need to move forward. LGBTQ people are a big part of the world and need to be acknowledged… That has to be the way it is.”