Video of Andy Kelso Singing Boots

Younger Brother
Broadway Star
joined:8/27/12
Kinky Boots understudies
Posted: 7/31/13 at 07:27am
I believe last night was the first time an understudy has gone on in a principal role in Kinky Boots. Did anyone catch Ellyn Marsh's Lauren debut? She's also on today.

John Jeffrey Martin also tweeted the other day
"Hey @KinkyBootsFans I'll be playing #charlieprice weds aug 28th at 2 pm, and sat.August 31st at 2 pm!!.."

On another note, Kyle Taylor Parker now covers Lola. Does anyone know if either of the other two Lola covers (Timothy/Kevin) have left?
KathyNYC2
Broadway Star
joined:12/2/10
Kinky Boots understudies
Posted: 7/31/13 at 11:01am
Understudies have gone on for Lauren at Kinky Boots since Saturday..as Annaleigh was taking a week off for her wedding. This had been planned all along.

I believe there are two actresses filling in for her in her absence. I don't know the name of the other one but if I am not mistaken, the other one was on this past weekend.
Starship
Leading Actor
joined:7/29/12
Kinky Boots understudies
Posted: 7/31/13 at 11:19am
^ truth.

Also, Timothy Ware and Kevin Kirkwood are still in the show. Kyle was just added as a 3rd cover for the role of Lola.
eperkins
Leading Actor
joined:5/21/07
Kinky Boots understudies
Posted: 7/31/13 at 03:14pm
John Jeffrey Martin also tweeted the other day
"Hey @KinkyBootsFans I'll be playing #charlieprice weds aug 28th at 2 pm, and sat.August 31st at 2 pm!!.."


The first understudy for Charlie, Andy Kelso, will play the role at all the other performances that week.
BroadwayGirl320
Swing
joined:5/9/13
Kinky Boots understudies
Posted: 7/31/13 at 03:16pm
does anyone know if Kelso has gone on as charlie previously?
Up In One
Stand-by
joined:5/27/04
Kinky Boots understudies
Posted: 7/31/13 at 05:33pm
I don't think Sands has missed a performance yet.
DMC_Patinkin
Understudy
joined:5/6/13
Kinky Boots understudies
Posted: 7/31/13 at 07:31pm
I think that the understudies would be fine for s rolls besides Lola. I feel like it is an enormous task to even come up to the sparklers ankles of billy porter. This is a very tough casting gig and I'm curious to see how the understudies will do and to see (in the future) how other actors will interpret the fabulous Simon.
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Zingingtobway
Understudy
joined:2/4/10
Kinky Boots understudies
Posted: 7/31/13 at 08:21pm
^ I agree with you. Billy Porter has created a fabulous role with big Kinky Boots to fill. I am sure we will see some fierce Lola's/Simon for the road companies. I think Nathan Lee Graham or Kwame Michael Remy would be stellar in that role.. I am sure the understudies on Bway would do just fine. I would much prefer to see Kyle Parker and Kevin Kirkwood than Timothy Ware on for Billy. However, I am sure Billy won't be calling out anytime soon. He is Just AMAZING!
There is nothing in the world better than Live Theater.
Zingingtobway
Understudy
joined:2/4/10
Kinky Boots understudies
Posted: 7/31/13 at 08:21pm
I forgot to mention. I can't imagine anyone bringing the flare and sass that Billy Brings to Lola/Simon.

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Updated On: 7/31/13 at 08:21 PM
Zingingtobway
Understudy
joined:2/4/10
Kinky Boots understudies
Posted: 7/31/13 at 08:22pm


There is nothing in the world better than Live Theater.
Updated On: 7/31/13 at 08:22 PM
ahhrealmonsters
Broadway Star
joined:9/11/10
Kinky Boots understudies
Posted: 7/31/13 at 09:07pm
Nathan Lee Graham would (probably) be great as Lola! I'd be on board with that.
eperkins
Leading Actor
joined:5/21/07
Kinky Boots understudies
Posted: 7/31/13 at 09:18pm
does anyone know if Kelso has gone on as charlie previously?

Andy Kelso has NOT been on for Charlie previously.
Up In One
Stand-by
joined:5/27/04
Video of Andy Kelso Singing Boots
Posted: 8/1/13 at 11:23am
Video of the two understudies






Kelso singing Step One
Updated On: 8/1/13 at 11:23 AM
jonartdesigns
Broadway Legend
joined:5/15/04
Video of Andy Kelso Singing Boots
Posted: 8/1/13 at 03:30pm
The accompanist is playing at an ungodly slow tempo on these
Ware singing Hold Me in Your Heart
My Icon "Swiney" the Swine Flu Mascot- art by me. "Grease," the fourth revival of the season, is the worst show in the history of theater and represents an unparalleled assault on Western civilization and its values. - Michael Reidel
eperkins
Leading Actor
joined:5/21/07
Video of Andy Kelso Singing Boots
Posted: 8/1/13 at 04:55pm
If anyone is interested, there is an interview with Andy about understudying Charlie (and more):

Bway Spotted Interview with Andy Kelso
jetts7
Leading Actor
joined:5/22/11
Video of Andy Kelso Singing Boots
Posted: 8/1/13 at 07:28pm
There is an audio of Ellyn Marsh as Lauren singing "History of Wrong Guys" on Tumblr. She sounds great!
KathyNYC2
Broadway Star
joined:12/2/10
Video of Andy Kelso Singing Boots
Posted: 8/1/13 at 07:42pm
Annaleigh is back tonight already. Short honeymoon...she didn't even take a full week off. Congrats on her wedding.
hanabana
Stand-by
joined:5/12/12
Video of Andy Kelso Singing Boots
Posted: 8/1/13 at 08:27pm
I have not seen the understudies, but I really feel like the videos don't do them justice. Their voices are great, but I don't think these songs, especially Step One, are not suitable for the piano to be the only instrument accompanying the singers.

I am very curious to see how others will interpret Lola/Simon! Billy Porter is so wonderful in this role, definitely big shoes to fill as many people noted. I also think Stark Sands is awesome!
KathyNYC2
Broadway Star
joined:12/2/10
Video of Andy Kelso Singing Boots
Posted: 8/1/13 at 09:00pm
I do think Andy has very nice presence (and great voice) in his small part in KB....so I would imagine he would do a nice job with Charlie.

Zingingtobway
Understudy
joined:2/4/10
Video of Andy Kelso Singing Boots
Posted: 8/2/13 at 10:00am
I wonder what the other understudies sound like singing this song. I agree the type was very slow.
There is nothing in the world better than Live Theater.
opal_blu
Swing
joined:5/1/07
Video of Andy Kelso Singing Boots
Posted: 8/2/13 at 11:56am
jetts7, would you mind PM'ing me the link to Ellyn's performance? Thank you!
jonartdesigns
Broadway Legend
joined:5/15/04
Video of Andy Kelso Singing Boots
Posted: 8/2/13 at 01:13pm
^me too please
My Icon "Swiney" the Swine Flu Mascot- art by me. "Grease," the fourth revival of the season, is the worst show in the history of theater and represents an unparalleled assault on Western civilization and its values. - Michael Reidel
Marlothom
Broadway Star
joined:4/13/04
Video of Andy Kelso Singing Boots
Posted: 8/2/13 at 02:28pm
me three - if you don't mind.
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Younger Brother
Broadway Star
joined:8/27/12
Video of Andy Kelso Singing Boots
Posted: 8/18/13 at 06:37am
Did anyone on here see Ellyn or Sandra as Lauren or does anyone know if Billy has any upcoming days off? It will be interesting to see how his understudy compares
RozeeRossi
Chorus Member
joined:5/13/13
Video of Andy Kelso Singing Boots
Posted: 8/18/13 at 12:02pm
I saw Ellyn's debut as Lauren (and I may or may not be the one who posted that audio oops) and I must say, for her debut, she did fairly well. There were a couple points where she seemed a little unsure of herself. I got a "Am I supposed to be here?" feel on her face sometimes. But if you didn't know it was her first time going on, you couldn't tell.

I also felt she wasn't quite sure what direction she wanted to take the character in but her vocals were great and I didn't feel she was copying Annaleigh's Lauren (although, in some spots where she didn't make a big character choice, I felt she might've been doing something Annaleigh normally does because she didn't know what else to do). Does that make sense? Basically, she definitely wasn't settled into the role which is no surprise but she still gave a very adequate and enjoyable performance. Maybe it's just because I have a soft spot for understudies, standbys, and swings.
goldenboy
Broadway Legend
joined:7/15/05
Video of Andy Kelso Singing Boots
Posted: 8/18/13 at 06:34pm
Billy Porter has a vacation coming up.
It's from about Sept 4 to Sept 16


There are approximated dates.

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