Kathy Griffin to Host New Broadway Show Amid Lung Cancer Recovery

by Madison Miller
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Recently, comedian Kathy Griffin has been keeping fans updated on her recovery process amidst her cancer diagnosis.

Griffin had surgery to remove a part of her left lung. She shared a video of herself in good spirits on Instagram. Here she announced that she was recovering well from the surgery so far. However, her voice was in rough shape after it all. Luckily, she hasn’t lost it completely.

“My voice is like, really hoarse and I don’t want to scare people … I’m laughing, it’s just even that notion [is funny]. For some reason, I’m laughing at everything now. And if it’s horrible, I laugh way more!” Griffin said in the video.

Kathy Griffin as Host of ‘Woman Behind Bars’

Now, Kathy Griffin is taking that positive energy and mending voice to a brand new Broadway show. The comedian is not letting her recent diagnosis get in the way of her ongoing career as a popular entertainer.

According to Deadline, Griffin will host the “Women Behind Bars” production. This was a massively successful and popular comedy show from the 1970s. It will be available to stream on the BroadwayHD platform on August 26.

Griffin is serving as the host of the program’s stream. She will also be joined by “RuPaul Drag Race” star Chi Chi DeVayne for a performance. Sadly, this is the last time fans will ever see a DeVayne performance. DeVayne died from pneumonia last August at the age of 34. This is then both the stage debut and final project for the “RuPaul Drag Race” star.

The show was actually filmed back in early 2020 at the Hollywood Montalban Theater. The performance also includes”RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars” Eureka O’Hara and Ginger Minj. Due to the pandemic, not a lot of people got to see the show. The BroadwayHD showing will bring it to a wider audience.

Expect to also see Mink Stole, Traci Lords, Miss Coco Peru, Suzie Kennedy, Wesley Woods, Poppy Fields, Tatiana Monteiro, and Adrienne Couper Smith.

Griffin Involvement with Show

Kathy Griffin has expressed excitement over her involvement with the show. She best describes it as “raunchy, lovingly offensive, non-stop hilarity.” The comedian also said, “I can’t think of a better way to continue to celebrate Pride that doesn’t involve rainbow glitter body paint getting caught in your naughty cracks.”

So, what can you expect from “Women Behind Bars?”

It is a dark comedy set in a detention facility for women in Greenwich Village. At the end of the day, this production is defined by interesting and amazing characters. Viewers will get to know the young and innocent inmate, the tough-girl street-smart inmate, a Southern belle girl, the prison’s matron and sidekick, and many more. At the center of it all is a woman that was framed for armed robbery and is serving a seven-year sentence. When she leaves the system, her innocence is also leaving. She is now a drug dealer with a tough personality.

The show first hit Broadway on May 1, 1975, with Pat Ast as the leader.

Griffin is a firm LGBTQ activist. She also has a role in the upcoming series “Unconventional” alongside Kit Williamson, Aubrey Peeples, Briana Venskus, and James Bland.