One of the great camp classics of 1970s television is getting a drag makeover.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” producer World of Wonder is mounting “Dragging the Classics: The Brady Bunch,” in which the original stars of the iconic TV series “The Brady Bunch” will recreate a beloved episode of the show alongside several “Drag Race” alumni. The special, produced in partnership with MTV Entertainment Studios and Paramount Plus, will debut on the streamer on June 30, just in time for the end of Pride Month.
The episode in question — “Will the Real Jan Brady Please Stand Up?” from Season 2 — fits the drag theme perfectly: After receiving a birthday party invitation accidentally addressed to her older sister Marcia, Jan decides that the only way she can make herself stand-out from her two blonde-haired sisters is to buy an ill-fitting brown, curly wig.
From the original “Brady Bunch” series, Christopher Knight and Mike Lookinland will reprise their respective roles of middle brother Peter Brady and youngest brother Bobby Brady — but otherwise, every other part has been re-cast for the special. Barry Williams, who played eldest brother Greg Brady on the original show, will play patriarch Mike Brady instead. Eve Plumb, who played middle sister Jan Brady, will play Lucy, whose birthday party is the catalyst for the episode. And Susan Olsen, who played youngest sister Cindy Brady, will play Margie, a girl at the party who has a massive crush on Peter.
The rest of the cast will be filled out with “Drag Race” fan favorites.
Kylie Sonique Love, who is a contestant on the upcoming fifth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars,” will play Jan Brady. Bianca Del Rio, winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, will play family matriarch Carol Brady. Shea Couleé, winner of “All Stars” Season 4, will play eldest sister Marcia Brady. BenDeLaCreme, a top contestant from “All Stars” Season 3, will perform out of drag as Greg Brady. Kandy Muse, a finalist in the most recent 13th season of “Drag Race,” will play Cindy Brady. “Drag Race” Season 11 standout Nina West will play family housekeeper Alice. In a special appearance, RuPaul will play the attendant who sells Jan her wig (a role originated by the great Marcia Wallace), and Michelle Visage will play the attendant’s co-worker, Helen.
The episode, which shot earlier this month, will employ visual effects to recreate the original Brady home.
Along with the announcement about the “Dragging the Classics” special, Paramount Plus also released the first act of the Season 6 premiere of “All Stars,” which debuts on the streamer on June 24. You can watch it below.
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