STAGE TUBE: Meet the Cast of Broadway-Bound KINKY BOOTS!
The new musical Kinky Boots, from four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (book), Grammy Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Music & Lyrics), Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Director & Choreographer), will begin preview performances on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street) on March 3 prior to an April 4 opening night.
Tony Award nominee Stark Sands (Journey's End; American Idiot) and Billy Porter (Angels in America; Smokey Joe's Café) lead a cast of thirty-two that also includes Annaleigh Ashford (Rent; Legally Blonde), Celina Carvajal (The Toxic Avenger), Daniel Sherman (Desire Under the Elms), Marcus Neville (The Full Monty), Paul Canaan (Legally Blonde), Kevin Smith Kirkwood (How to Save the World...), Kyle Taylor Parker (In the Heights National Tour), Kyle Post (Rent), Charlie Sutton (How To Succeed...), Joey Taranto (Rock of Ages), Andy Kelso (Mamma Mia), Tory Ross (Cry-Baby), Jennifer Perry (Mamma Mia), Adinah Alexander (The Wedding Singer), Eric Anderson (South Pacific), Eugene Barry-Hill (The Lion King), Stephen Berger (The Pajama Game), Caroline Bowman (Wicked), Sandra DeNise (Shrek the Musical National Tour), Eric Leviton (Seussical National Tour), Ellyn Marie Marsh (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), John Jeffrey Martin (Hairspray), Nathan Peck (La Cage aux Folles), Robert Pendilla (Wicked), Lucia Spina (South Pacific), Sebastian Hedges Thomas (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) and Timothy Ware (Dreamgirls).
Meet the cast with videos from past productions and roles!
Stark Sands in AMERICAN IDIOT
Stark Sands (Charlie Price). Stark Sands has appeared on Broadway in American Idiot and Journey's End (Tony Award nomination, Theatre World Award). Off-Broadway: Twelfth Night (Shakespeare in the Park), The Tempest (Classic Stage Company, St. Clair Bayfield Award). Film includes Die, Mommie, Die!; Flags Of Our Fathers; Pretty Persuasion; Shall We Dance; Chasing Liberty; 11:14; Catch That Kid. Television includes "Generation Kill," "Nip/Tuck," "Six Feet Under." BFA: USC.
Billy Porter (Lola). Billy Porter's Broadway credits include 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/ Television: The Broken Hearts Club, Shake Rattle & Roll, Noel, "Law & Order," "The Big C." Recording: Untitled, At The Corner Of Broadway & Soul.
Annaleigh Ashford performs from WICKED
Annaleigh Ashford (Lauren). Annaleigh Ashford has performed on Broadway in Hair (Jeannie), Wicked (Glinda); Legally Blonde - original cast (Margot). Off-Broadway: Dogfight (Marcy), RENT (Maureen). Chicago: Wicked (Glinda). Film: Sex & the City, Rachel Getting Married. TV: "Made In Jersey," "Masters of Sex," "Smash," "The Big C," "Nurse Jackie," "Law & Order," "Legally Blonde." Nominated for Drama League & Clive Barnes Awards for RENT. Graduate: Marymount Manhattan College.
Celina Carvajal in BEDBUGS!!!
Celina Carvajal (Nicola). Celina Carvajal's Broadway credits include Tarzan, Dracula, 42nd Street, Cats. Off-Broadway: The Toxic Avenger, Rooms (New World Stages), Radiant Baby (Public Theater), Empire (Spiegelworld). Other theatre: Prometheus Bound (ART), The Last Goodbye (WTF), Bedbugs!!! (NYMF Outstanding Actor Award). Film and TV credits include Sex And The City and "All My Children." Lead singer of the NY rock band The Deafening.
Marcus Neville in THE FULL MONTY
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.
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.
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). 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.
Andy Kelso (Harry/Ensemble). Broadway: Mamma Mia! (Sky); National Tour: Wicked (Fiyero); Regional: RENT,Two Rooms, Jacques Brel..., The Drawer Boy. Film: The Producers. University of Northern Colorado. Proud member of AEA. Thanks to family, teachers, Sheila, and the Kinky team! www.andykelso.com
Tory Ross (Pat/Ensemble). Broadway: Cry-Baby (Hatchet-Face), 9 to 5 (Daphne). National tours: Wicked(Midwife), White Christmas (Mrs. Snoring-Man), Producers (Shirley Markowitz),Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Mrs Claus). Other: Jerry Springer the Opera(Carnegie Hall), Silence! (London), Producers movie, Sex & the City 2.
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."
Adinah Alexander (Mrs. Cobb/SM/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.
Eric Anderson (Ensemble). Broadway: South Pacific at Lincoln Center (Stewpot). Off-Broadway: Soul Doctor,The Shlomo Musical at NY Theatre Workshop (Shlomo Carlebach). LA Premiere:The Wild Party (Burrs), Troubadour Theater Company member. Television: "The Good Wife," "Law & Order" and "Alias." www.eanderson.com.
EuGene Barry-Hill (Simon Sr./Ensemble). EuGene Barry-Hill 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!
Caroline Bowman (Ensemble). Broadway: Wicked. Tours: Spamalot (Lady of the Lake). Penn State: BFA Musical Theatre. Endless love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Bobby and the rest of her family and friends. Soffer/Namoff Ent: Thank you for changing my life. God is good!www.CarolineBowman.net
Sandra DeNise (Swing). First National Equity OTC's 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.
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). I only have 40 words to say everything I want! Shoot, now only 30. Thank you to this hilarious and talented cast and creative team. Everything made possible by my husband Travas and daughter Lola. Thanks: Telsey & Company. 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
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.
Lucia Spina (Swing). Broadway: Legally Blonde (Enid), ...Spelling Bee (Rona), Les Miserables, South Pacific. Off-Broadway: Silence! The Musical (Catherine Martin, original cast),Fugitive Songs (original cast). Chicago: ...Spelling Bee (Rona), The Full Monty(Vicki), Lucky Stiff (Rita LaPorta). Graduate North Central College.
SEBASTIAN HEDGES THOMAS (Young Charlie Standby). Sebastian is so excited to be a part of the Kinky Boots cast! Broadway: Priscilla Queen of the Desert as Benji. National Tour: Beauty and the Beast as Chip. Thanks to Lesley, John, Marcia and especially Mom, Dad, and Satchel.