Kinky Boots Kicks Up Its Heels Off-Broadway Starting July 26; Callum Francis Is Lola | Playbill

Off-Broadway News Kinky Boots Kicks Up Its Heels Off-Broadway Starting July 26; Callum Francis Is Lola

Jerry Mitchell again directs and choreographs the Tony- and Olivier-winning musical.

Callum Francis in <i>Kinky Boots</i>
Callum Francis in Kinky Boots Darren Bell

Kinky Boots, the 2013 Tony winner for Best Musical, makes its Off-Broadway debut at Stage 42 July 26 prior to an official opening August 25.

The winner of six 2013 Tony Awards, Kinky Boots features a Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, a book by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein, and direction and choreography by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell. Mitchell again directs and choreographs.

Callum Francis, who starred in the London production at the Adelphi and subsequently on Broadway and in Australia, again steps into the role of Lola. Joining the actor are Christian Douglas as Charlie Price, Danielle Hope as Lauren, Brianna Stoute as Nicola, Sean Steele as Don, and Marcus Neville as George. 

The ensemble includes Devin Bowles, Bella Coppola, Nick Drake, Ian Gallagher Fitzgerald, Ryan Halsaver, Matthew Michael Janisse, Lindsay Joan, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Marty Lauter, Tommy Martinez, Ryah Nixon, Lucas Pastrana, Liz Pearce, Ricky Shroeder, David J. Socolar, Ebrin R. Stanley, Tarion Strong, Ernest T. Williams, and Maria Wirries.

The Off-Broadway production also has scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Gareth Owen, hair design by Josh Marquette, makeup design by Darion Matthews, music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Stephen Oremus, and casting by The Telsey Office.

D.B. Bonds serves as associate director with Rusty Mowery as associate choreographer and Will Van Dyke as associate music supervisor and music director. Rachel A. Zucker is the production stage manager.

The original Broadway company was headed by Billy Porter as indefatigable drag performer Lola, whose broken heel helps mend a broken wing for a foundering shoe-maker, originally played by Stark Sands. Both Porter and Sands were Tony-nominated for their performances; Porter won the Tony for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, and Mitchell won his second career Tony Award for his choreography. The production played 2,507 regular performances and 34 previews at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

Kinky Boots is produced by Daryl Roth, Hal Luftig, James L. Nederlander, Independent Presenters Network, Jayne Baron Sherman, Adam Blanshay, Judith Ann Abrams, Yasuhiro Kawana, Jane Bergère, Allan Gordon & Adam Gordon, Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Lucy & Phil Suarez, Bryan Bantry, Ron Fierstein & Dorsey Regal, Jim Kierstead, Gregory Rae, Christina Papagjika, Elizabeth Armstrong, Theatre Producers of Color, Tom Tuft, Anastasia Muravyeva, Steve Milankov, Warren Trepp, and Jujamcyn Theaters. General management is by Foresight Theatrical with Aaron Lustbader serving as executive producer.

Look Back at the Original Broadway Cast of Kinky Boots

 
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