VIDEO: KINKY BOOTS' Alan Mingo Jr. Chats About Stepping Into Lola's Sexy Heels
Alan Mingo, Jr. didn't expect to be starring in Broadway musicals for a living. He thought his line would be more in the classical world of Shakespeare and Ibsen.
But before even graduating college he was cast as Tom Collins in the national tour of RENT, a role he eventually played on Broadway. Touring roles that followed included Simba in THE LION KING, Seaweed in HAIRSPRAY and Donkey in SHREK.
Now, after playing the fabulous Lola in the Toronto production of the 2013 Tony-winning Best Musical KINKY BOOTS, he's strutting across the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in the starring role.
In a backstage interview livestreamed on Facebook, he talks about transitioning from Toronto to Broadway and answers viewers' questions.
KINKY BOOTS tells the uplifting and heartwarming tale of Charlie Price, a young man reluctantly taking over his family's struggling business. Charlie meets and finds inspiration in Lola and together, the 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. The Grammy Award-winning Original Broadway Cast Recording of Kinky Boots is available on Sony Masterworks Broadway.
KINKY BOOTS has won the top prize for every production, including the Tony Award (Broadway production, 2013), the Olivier Award (West End production, 2016), the Dora Award (Toronto production, 2016), the Korean Musical Theatre Association Musical Award (Korean production, 2015), and the touring production has won many 'Best Of' Awards in major local markets. The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Kinky Boots won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album (2014).
In addition to the Broadway and West End productions of Kinky Boots, the show is currently touring the country on its First National Tour. An Australian production is set to open in October 2016 at Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne.