‘Oh, Mary!’ Broadway Star Cole Escola Would ‘Love’ for Pedro Pascal or Tituss Burgess to Replace Them as Mary Todd Lincoln in the Hit Comedy

Cole Escola, the 37-year-old star and writer of the hit Off Broadway farce ”Oh, Mary!,” isn’t letting fame get to their head. (Escola identifies as nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns.) When they’re a few minutes late to a Zoom interview for Just for Variety, they explain it’s because they were busy installing an air conditioner in their apartment. “Yes, I put it in myself,” Escola says. “I’m going to Broadway, but I’m still a person.”

A person who has become the toast of New York theater circles, Escola’s outrageous drag performance centers on boozy, sex-starved wannabe cabaret singer Mary Todd Lincoln, who is cooped up in the White House

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