Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits- KINKY BOOTS!
A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters .
BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's KINKY BOOTS below!
With a Tony Award-winning score by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, a book by four-time Tony Award-winnerHarvey Fierstein, and direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots opened on April 4, 2013 and continues to play to standing-room-only crowds nightly. The show, which has broken all box office records at the Hirschfeld Theatre, recouped its costs in October 2013, after just 30 weeks on Broadway. The original cast featured Billy Porter, Stark Sands, Annaleigh Ashford and Lena Hall.
In Kinky Boots, Charlie Price (Andy Kelso) has reluctantly inherited his father's shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola (Porter). A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he's meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible... and discovers that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.
BILLY PORTER (Lola)
Broadway: Kinky Boots (2013 Tony Award, Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Award Winner), Miss Saigon, Five Guys..., Grease, Smokey Joe's..., Dreamgirls. Off-Broadway/Regional: Angels In America, Merchant Of Venice, Radiant Baby, Birdie Blue, Songs For A New World. Ghetto Superstar (One-Man Show), Topdog/Underdog, King Lear, The Further Adventures Of Hedda Gabler. Film/TV: The Broken Hearts Club, Shake Rattle & Roll, Noel, "Law & Order," "The Big C." Recording: Untitled, At The Corner Of Broadway & Soul.
ANDY KELSO (Charlie Price)
Andy is thrilled to be playing Charlie after originating the role of Harry in Kinky Boots. Broadway: Mamma Mia! (Sky). National tour: Wicked (Fiyero). Regional: Rent, Two Rooms, Jacques Brel..., The Drawer Boy, Fiddler on the Roof. Film/TV: The Producers, "Thank You...Next." Andy is originally from Denver and studied acting at the University of Northern Colorado. Thanks to the Kinky team, my teachers, my family and my Sheila. Proud member of AEA. www.andykelso.com
HAVEN BURTON (Lauren)
Broadway: Violet (Standby for Sutton Foster), Shrek (Gingy, u/s Fiona), Legally Blonde (Margot, u/s Elle), RENT (Maureen). Off-Broadway: Disaster! (Marianne), Nobody Loves You. BFA from NYU's Tisch, Experimental Theatre Wing. For Dad, my good luck charm.
DANIEL STEWART SHERMAN (Don)
Broadway: Desire Under the Elms, Cyrano De Bergerac, A Touch of the Poet, Henry IV, The Full Monty. Film: Mr. Popper's Penguins, Boy Wonder, The Taking of Pelham 123, Gigantic, Redacted, Capers, Pretty Bird, Wendigo. TV: "Gun Hill," "The Good Wife," "Mercy," "Justified," "Rubicon," "Life on Mars," "Law & Order." B.F.A. from N.C.S.A.
CORTNEY WOLFSON (Nicola)
Broadway: The Addams Family (u/s Wednesday), LES MISERABLES Revival (u/s Eponine). Tours: The Addams Family (Wednesday), Legally Blonde (Serena, Brooke Wyndham). Other Favorites: Kinky Boots (NYC Readings), Pool Boy (Barrington Stage), The MUNY, The Battery's Down (web-series). University of Michigan, BFA. Thanks to Mom, Madama, Abrams, God & Jerry! C+C. www.cortneywolfson.com
MARCUS NEVILLE (George)
B'way: originated the role of Harold Nichols in The Full Monty (also London's West End), Li'l Abner, City of Angels (original company). Off-B'way: 20. Regional: 30. TV/Film: "The Good Wife," "Law & Order(s)," "Thanks For Sharing, By Clem!" Member Weston Playhouse Theatre Co, Weston, VT. Proud Member AEA.
PAUL CANAAN (Angel/Ensemble/Asst. Dance Captain)
Broadway: Legally Blonde, Miss Saigon, Thoroughly Modern Millie, La Cage Aux Folles and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Also, the MTV series "Legally Blonde: The Search For Elle Woods" where he served as a judge. Love to BDF, my besties, and fam!
KEVIN SMITH KIRKWOOD (Angel/Ensemble)
Broadway: ...Spelling Bee. Off-Bway: It's Karate, Kid! The Musical (N.Y. IT Award nomination - Outstanding Lead Actor), Dial 'N' for Negress, How to Save the World... Tours: ...Spelling Bee (1st Nat.), Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar (Europe), Grease. Art is power!
KYLE TAYLOR PARKER (Angel/Ensemble)
Kyle is beyond thrilled and grateful to be pumping it up in Kinky Boots! National Tour: In the Heights. Regional : I Left My Heart..., Hair, Harlem. Kyle would like to thank God, family and friends for continued love and support!
KYLE POST (Angel/Ensemble)
Broadway: Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (OBC), RENT (closing cast). Regional: JC Superstar, Falsettoland, HAIR. Graduate of Baldwin-Wallace University. To everyone who's helped me be able to live a life beyond my wildest dreams... Thank you. www.kylepost.com
CHARLIE SUTTON (Angel/Ensemble)
Broadway: Lysistrata Jones, How To Succeed, Catch Me If You Can, Women On the Verge, The Addams Family, Crybaby, La Cage Aux Folles, Wicked. Encores!: Merrily We Roll Along, Pipe Dream, On The Town. Love to my Family, Parker and Mark.
JOEY TARANTO (Angel/Ensemble)
Joey is ecstatic to be getting kinky with this amazing cast! Broadway: Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Rock of Ages. Regional: RENT, Tommy, and more! Love to family, friends, Jerry, and Sam. For my sister, Jessica - my first audience.
JAKE ODMARK (Harry/Ensemble)
So honored to join this incredible company! Was last seen as Flash/Peter Parker in Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark. Endless thanks to God, my incredible family, Gary Epstein, Justin Huff and Telsey + Co., and especially Jerry Mitchell for believing in me! Love to KEM!
NATALIE JOY JOHNSON (Pat/Ensemble)
Legally Blonde (Broadway: Enid / Tour: Paulette), bare: a pop opera (Nadia), Southern Comfort (Cori), Silence! NJJ is an accomplished cabaret artist (Joe's Pub, 54 Below, Feinstein's), and has a free weekly show - "Co-Dependent w/Brian Nash" - Monday's at 11pm at Therapy.
JENNIFER PERRY (Trish/Ensemble)
Broadway: Rosie in Mamma Mia! Other credits: Mamma Mia! (Las Vegas), Nunsense, Idaho the Musical, Hairspray, The MUNY, Annie, Music Theater Wichita, Chicago, Riverside Theater, Blown Sideways Thru Life, ATF. Bistro Award Winner. TV: "The Big C," "True Blood," "Late Night with David Letterman."
DOUGLAS BALDEO (Young Lola)
Douglas, 9, is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut. Douglas has won many dance competitions, and has been a solo/featured dancer at several events. He thanks God, mother/family, Cowboy Eddie/ESOTA, DMPA, Carson/Kolker, Divine Management/Telsey.
CAMERON COLLEY (Young Charlie)
Cameron is so thrilled to be a part of the Kinky Boots cast! Film: A Dream Of Flying. Special thanks to CESD Talent, my mom and dad, and twin brother Joshua for all of their support.
ADINAH ALEXANDER (Milan Stage Manager/Ensemble)
Broadway: Original cast: Wicked, Wedding Singer, Parade, Urban Cowboy. Off-Broadway: Adding Machine, Two Rooms, Love Janis (Janis). TV: "Lights Out," "Nurse Jackie," "Law and Order." Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter, NSMT and more. Many national tours including Sound of Music.
EUGENE BARRY-HILL (Simon Sr./Ensemble)
Eugene appeared on Broadway in The Lion King. National Tours: The Pointer Sisters - Ain't Misbehavin' (Andre) Miss Saigon (John), Jesus Christ Superstar w/ Carl Anderson. Off-Broadway: The Magdelene (Pilatus). All my love to Timothy and my family.
STEPHEN BERGER (Mr. Price/Ensemble)
Seven Broadway shows including The Pajama Game. Seven Off-Broadway shows including Desperate Writers. Three national tours and a zillion regional and stock productions. Proud member of AEA since 1976 and proud husband of actress Jan Leigh Herndon since 1997!
STEPHEN CARRASCO (Swing)
Broadway/NY: Ghost, Billy Elliot, White Christmas, Superman (Encores!) and Music in the Air (Encores!). HUGE thanks and love to Justin and Lee! BFA, Syracuse University. Follow Stephen on Instagram/Twitter (@StephenCarrasco) or at www.stephencarrasco.com.
LAUREN NICOLE CHAPMAN (Ensemble)
Lauren is thrilled to be making her Broadway Debut in Kinky Boots! Regional: Forestburgh Playhouse. Emerson College BFA 2013. Love and thanks to my family for their endless support! Special thanks to Justin Huff, DB and the Kinky Boots team. Dreams come true!
GRAHAM MONTGOMERY (Young Charlie Standby)
Broadway Debut! Film: Dakota's Summer. Regional: Ragtime (Little Boy) with Stage Center, where he is a student; To Kill A Mockingbird (Dill) with Shreveport Little Theatre. Special thanks to Eddie/Take 3 Talent, Justin/Telsey+Co, family and friends for love, support and encouragement.
SANDRA DENISE (Swing)
First National Equity OTC of Parade, Saturday Night Fever, Hairspray (Penny), Jersey Boys, and Shrek. Also RENT (2nd Nat'l) and Happy Days. Film/TV: "That 70's Show," "ER," "Gilmore Girls," and "Georgia Rule." Love and gratitude to Dad and Jenny. For Mom.
ANNA EILINSFELD (Ensemble)
Broadway: Wicked. Regional and tour: Wicked, Evita (Flat Rock), Venice (KC Rep), LES MISERABLES (Lincolnshire), Beehive (Alabama Shakes). New York: Winner Take All (NYFringe), I Come for Love (NYMF). TV: "Taxi: Brooklyn," "Blue Bloods." Graduate: Northwestern University.
D'ANDRE LEE (Young Lola Standby)
10. Making his Broadway debut, D'Andre has been performing locally since 3. With appearances in "Good Hair"; Regional TV Spot; Winner at Apollo Theaters' - "Star of Tomorrow" and "Amateur Night". "Thank You All Who Shine A Light Along My Path."
ERIC LEVITON (Ensemble)
National tours: Chicago, The Full Monty, Seussical the Musical with Cathy Rigby, & Damn Yankees with Jerry Lewis. TV: "Blue Bloods," "Law & Order," "Desperate Housewives," "Scrubs," and others. Host of podcast, "How We Talk About Sex" (available on iTunes).
ELLYN MARIE MARSH (Ensemble)
Broadway: Enron, Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Lots of other fun stuff along the way. Thank you to this hilarious and talented cast and creative team. Everything made possible by my husband Travas and daughter Lola. Thanks: Telsey Casting. Twitter: @ellynmarsh
JOHN JEFFREY MARTIN (Richard Bailey/Ensemble)
Troy Bolton in the national tour of Disney's High School Musical. Broadway: Rocky Horror Show, Hairspray, Good Vibrations. Regional: Ren (Footloose), The Cape Playhouse/NSMT, Kenickie (Grease), Papermill Playhouse. A songwriter and painter. johnjeffreymartin.com
ABBY MUELLER (Swing)
Broadway debut! Off-Broadway: A Minister's Wife, Lincoln Center. Regional: Frank Galati's 1776, Asolo Rep and A.C.T.; Les Miserables (Fantine), Miss Saigon (Ellen), Fulton Theatre; The Three Musketeers (Constance), Chicago Shakespeare; The Full Monty (Georgie), Marriott Theatre. Thanks to God, Stewart, Telsey + Co., and my extraordinary family and friends! www.abbymueller.com
NATHAN PECK (Dance Captain/Swing)
Nathan Peck is happy to be working with Jerry Mitchell again on this amazing project. Broadway: Wicked, La Cage aux Folles (2004, Dance Captain), The Boy from Oz, Taboo, Dance of the Vampires (Asst. Dance Captain). Tour/Regional: Wicked (2nd Natl. & Chicago), Footloose (1st Natl.)
ROBERT PENDILLA (Swing)
Broadway/National Tours: Wicked (Swing/Boq u/s), Mamma Mia! (Pepper). Regional: Flower Drum Song, Mame, My Fair Lady, Aida, Dorian, Aladdin. Love to you, Mom, Dad, Bro (Mario) and everyone at The Mine. Album available on iTunes.
STEPHEN TEWKSBURY (Ensemble)
Broadway: Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera. National Tours: Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera. Las Vegas: The Phantom Spectacular. Thanks to friends and family, Kim and Matthew for their continued support. Love to his wife Trista.
TIMOTHY WARE (Lola Standby/Swing)
Broadway debut! National Tours: Mamma Mia! (Sky), Dreamgirls, JC Superstar. Off-Broadway: For Lovers Only. Regional: The Fantasticks (Matt) Arena Stage, Thunder Knocking... (Jaguar) Cincinnati Playhouse, The Colored Museum (Junie) Crossroads Theater. Alabama State University. For Skye, Summer, Seven, and Barry!