Kinky Boots USA Tour Reviews

 

National USA Tour 2016 – 2017

Kinky Boots is a musical with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein. Based on the true story behind the 2005 film Kinky Boots, the musical tells the story of a struggling shoemaker and his drag queen business partner. Following its conception in 2008, the Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig-produced original production of Kinky Boots opened at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago in October 2012 with direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell. The production earned a season-high of 13 nominations and 6 wins at the 67th Tony Awards, including Best Musical as well as Best Score for Lauper, making her the first woman to win the composing category solo.

Cast: J. Harrison Ghee, Adam Kaplan, Tiffany Engen, Aaron Walpole, Charissa Hogeland


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 Tour Details

San Francisco, CA Now – 22 May, 2016 – Golden Gate Theatre

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Milwaukee, WI May 31, 2016 – Jun 05, 2016 – Marcus Center for Performing Arts

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New Haven, CT Jun 08, 2016 – Jun 12, 2016 – Shubert Theatre

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Washington, DC Jun14, 2016 – Jul 10, 2016 – Kennedy Center

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Madison, WI Jul 12, 2016 – Jul 17, 2016 – Overture Center for the Arts

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Cleveland, OH Aug 23, 2016 – Aug 28, 2016 – PlayhouseSquare

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Durham NC, Sep 13, 2016 – Sep 18, 2016 – Durham Performing Arts Center

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Pittsburgh, PA Sep 20, 2016 – Sep 25, 2016 – Benedum Center

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Toyko, Japan Oct 05, 2016 – Oct 30, 2016 – Theatre Orb

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Worcester, MA Nov 29, 2016 – Dec 04, 2016 – Hanover Theatre

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Waterbury, CT Dec 06, 2016 – Dec 11, 2016 – Palace Theatre

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Wilmington, DE Dec 13, 2016 – Dec 18, 2016 – The Playhouse

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Ottawa, ON Dec 27, 2016 – Jan 01, 2017 – National Arts Centre

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Salt Lake City, UT Jan 17, 2017 – Jan 22, 2017 – The Eccles Theater

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San Jose, CA Jan 24, 2017 – Jan 29, 2017 – San Jose Center for Performing Arts

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Sacramento, CA Jan 31, 2017 – Feb 05, 2017 – Sacramento Community Center Theater

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Vancouver, BC Feb 07, 2017 – Feb 12, 2017 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre

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Edmonton, AB Feb 14, 2017 – Feb 19, 2017 – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

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Calgary, AB Feb 21, 2017 – Feb 26, 2017 – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

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Tucson, AZ Mar 14, 2017 – Mar 19, 2017 – Centennial Hall

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Denver, Co Mar 21, 2017 – Mar 26, 2017 – Buell Theatre

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Clearwater, FL Apr 11, 2017 – Apr 16, 2017 – Ruth Eckerd Hall

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West Palm Beach FL, Apr 18, 2017 – Apr 23, 2017 – Kravis Center

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Jacksonville, FL May 02, 2017 – May 07, 2017 – Times-Union Center

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Indianapolis, IN May 16, 2017 – May 21, 2017 – Clowes memorial Hall

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Dayton, OH May 23, 2017 – May 28, 2017 – Schuster Center

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Richmond, VA May 30, 2017 – Jun 04, 2017 – Altria Theatre

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Toledo, OH Jun 06, 2017 – Jun 11, 2017 – Stranahan Theater

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Louisville, KY Jun 13, 2017 – Jun 18, 2017 – The Kentucky Center

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Full Tour Cast (updated 05/20/16)

J. HARRISON GHEE – Lola

Alan Mingo, Jr. is thrilled to join the Broadway Company after playing “Lola” in the Toronto production of Kinky Boots.Alan’s Broadway credits include Sebastian in Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Original Broadway cast member) and Tom Collins in RENT.  First National Tours: Donkey in Dreamworks Shrek the Musical, Seaweed in Hairspray, Simba in Disney’s The Lion King and Tom Collins in RENT for both national companies and the Italian version. Regional Credits: ZAZA/Albin in La Cage Aux Folles (Sacramento Music Circus), Sergeant in Pirates! or Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder’d(St. Louis MUNY), Papa Ge in Once On This Island (Paper Mill Playhouse), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Paper Mill Playhouse), A Christmas Story: the Musical (Kansas City Repertory Theatre), The Wiz (La Jolla Playhouse), andJacques Brel… (Olney Theatre). Film/TV: Tears of the Sun,”Frasier,” “Law & Order,” “The Wayne Brady Show” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” B.A. from The University of Maryland, College Park and M.F.A. from The University of California at Irvine. Twitter: @AlanMingoJr

Adam Kaplan – Charlie
Let’s get Kinky, America! Broadway: Newsies, Show Boat (NY Philharmonic). Select regional: Flat Rock Playhouse and MTWichita. Numerous concerts across the country including a recent performance at the White House. BFA Music Theatre. Elon University. Endless thanks to the Kinky team, Innovative, Telsey, Justin, Goobz, and the amazingly supportive Kaplan clan. Carpe diem, baby! Follow me: @AdamSKaplan. More at www.AdamKaplanOnline.com 

Tiffany Engen – Lauren
Broadway: Legally Blonde. First National Tour: Legally Blonde (Serena). Vegas: Rock of Ages (Regina, nominated for Broadwayworld.com Award for Best Featured Actress). Film: Hairspray (Noreen). Drop Dead Gorgeous. TV: “Raising Hope,” “Smash,” “Hart of Dixie,” Nickelodeon’s “Naked Brothers Band.” Love and high kicks to Jerry, Rusty, DB, Rachel and Justin. This is a dream come true! www.tiffanyengen.com. Twitter/Instagram: @tifnedooda.

Aaron Walpole – Don
is elated to be joining the Kinky Boots family. Broadway: Les Misérables (Brujon/Loud Hailer/ Valjean US), Jesus Christ Superstar (Annas). Mirvish: Les Miserables (Brujon/Loud Hailer/Valjean US), Rock of Ages (Lonny). Stratford Festival: Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes, Camelot, Jesus Christ Superstar and many regional theatrical, film, television and recording artist credits. www.aaronwalpole.com 

Charissa Hogeland – Nicola
Off-Broadway: Heathers The Musical (Veronica, Dance Captain). NYC: Show Boat at Lincoln Center (Ensemble). Los Angeles: The Producers and Chicago at the Hollywood Bowl (Ensemble), multiple For The Record shows. Charissa is also a singer-songwriter, and you can check her out at www.CharissaAHogeland.com or on Instagram@CharissaHogeland. Much adoration and admiration for this Kinky Krew! Ephesians 3:20

Jim J. Bullock – George
Broadway/1st National Tour: Hairspray. Regional: Sister Act, Beauty and the Beast, Bye Bye Birdie, etc. etc. etc. Television: “Too Close For Comfort,” “Hollywood Squares,” “Alf,” “Seinfeld,” “Roseanne,” “Jim J. and Tammy Faye,” “GLEE,” blah, blah, blah. The voice of Queer Duck in Showtime’s “Queer Duck,” Prince Valium in Mel Brooks’ cult filmSpaceballs, and is a proud supporter of The Actors Fund of America.

Zach Adkins – Richard Bailey/ Ensemble
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Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music graduate. Regional: Dogfight (Boland), Murder Ballad (Tom, Playhouse Square), Love Story (Oliver), Spring Awakening (Melchior, Broadway World Award), Sweeney Todd (Anthony; GLTF, ISF). Thanks to Mom, Dad, Allison, Tiger, Vicky, Abrams, Telsey and BWMT’15. Twitter/Instagram: @zachadkins12

Joe Beauregard – Angel/Ensemble
Joe is thrilled to be joining the Kinky Boots family for his first national tour. He has performed as Tarzan/Swing with Disney Cruise Lines, and danced for film, television, and music video productions. Special thanks to Mom, Drew, Cory and Telsey&Co!

Meryn Beckett – SwingJ
is ecstatic to be making her tour debut with Kinky Boots!!! Regional: Sister Act (Ogunquit/Gateway Playhouse), Le Cabaret Grimm (NYMF). BFA – The Boston Conservatory.  Endless love and gratitude to Mama, Jerry and Justin Huff. This one is for you, Daddy!

 
Damien Brett – Ensemble
Two National Tours of Billy Elliot The Musical (Swing; Ensemble; u/s Mr. Braithwiate; u/s Big Davey). Regional favorites: Billy Elliot, Les Mis, Miss Saigon, Crazy For You, Evita. Thanks and love to his talented wife Briana Valerie.

Jayden Brown – Young Lola
First national tour debut! Jayden is in the 3rd grade and an “A” student. He loves acting, drumming, singing, playing piano and keyboards, and playing basketball. Jayden would like to thank his great-grandparents and his Uncle John.

Joseph Anthony Byrd – Angel/Ensemble
Excited to join KB! Joseph has been seen in The Lion King (Gazelle Tour), Mamma Mia! (Las Vegas) and most recently as Sebastian in Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the Tony Award®-winning Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Thanks: Mom, Dad, Justin, Jim, Toni!

Lauren Nicole Chapman – Ensemble
is thrilled to be continuing with the Kinky Boots family on tour after making her Broadway debut! Regional: Forestburgh Playhouse. Emerson College BFA 2013. Endless gratitude to my family and the Kinky Boots team for all their support!

E. Clayton Cornelious – Lola Standby
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Broadway: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Wonderland, Scottsboro Boys, A Chorus Line, The Music Man, Kat & the Kings, and The Lion King. National Tours: Sister Act, Jersey Boys, Dirty Dancing, Hairspray, The Lion King, A Chorus Line, The Goodbye Girl, The Wiz. E. Clayton thanks God, Family and KMR for love & support. Twitter: Eclaycorn

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Sam Dowling – Angel/Ensemble
Kansas City native. Oklahoma City University Grad. Nat’l Tour: Rock of Ages. Regional: JC Superstar (Jesus), Floyd Collins (Homer), The Full Monty (Jerry) and proud member of The Broadway Boys! Thanks to Justin, Jerry, and Telsey. Love to Mom! @Samdowling12

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Alex Dreschke – Swing
National Tour debut! Alex is ecstatic to be a part of Kinky Boots, a dream come true for him. California native, BFA in Dance, UC Irvine. Thanks to Justin Huff, Mom, Dad and all teachers, family and friends. Instagram: @dreschcode

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Annie Edgerton – Milan Stage Manager/Ensemble
Broadway: Rosie, Mamma Mia! Regional: Comedy of Errors (Adriana), Mme. Les Miz (Thenardier) Legally Blonde(Paulette), King Lear (Goneril), 9 to 5 (Violet) and Betrayal (Emma) National anthem: 22 MLB teams (so far!) Also professional wineau: Wine Minx™. Proud AEA. www.annieedgerton.com

Jhazz Fleming – Young Lola
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is delighted to be making his debut in Kinky Boots. He has made cameo appearances in films, on NBC and in “Blue Bloods.” He has trained with Newark NJ Symphony Hall Summer Performing Arts Academy as a dancer, singer and performer!

JJuan Torres-Falcon – Angel/Ensemble
is just thrilled to be HERE in this moment! A Cuban-American from Miami, FL, Juan holds a BFA from NYU. Credits Include: West Side Story (Chino), A Chorus Line (Paul), and Rent (Angel). This and everything is for Abuelo Andres. Twitter/Insta: @JuanTF.

JShawna M. Hamic – Trish/Ensemble
Broadway: Sting’s The Last Ship (Mrs. Dees). National Tour: Les Misérables (Madame Thenardier). Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed, Sacramento Music Circus, Alliance. Published photographer in Time, Rolling Stone, Elle, Dance and Arrive magazines. Performer: www.ShawnaHamic.com. Photographer/artist:www.ShawnaHamicCreative.com

Patty Lohr – Pat/Swing
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is stoked to be getting Kinky with you! Nat’l Tour: Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman). Favorites: BKLYN: The Musical(Brooklyn), Avenue Q (Kate Monster), and Side Show (Daisy).  Epic thanks and Love to family, friends and JD. LIVE OUT LOUD! Pattylohr.com.

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Hudson Loverro – Young Charlie
National tour debut! Other credits: A Christmas Story (Randy), Oliver! (Nipper), Fiddler on the Roof (Herschel). Thanks to Mom, Dad, Audrey, Chloe, Lisa Calli, Barry Kolker, Justin Reamy, Libby Froeber, Cesar Rocha and the Kinky Bootsteam.

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Ellen Marlow – Swing
Broadway: Jemima in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Film: Claire Lyons in The Clique, Quid Pro Quo. TV: “Cold Case,” “Criminal Minds,” “The Forgotten,” and “CSI: Las Vegas.” Thanks to Telsey, CTG, family, friends, and JR for your endless support. ellenmarlow.com

JMichael Milkanin – Dance Captain/Swing
is thrilled to be a part of the Kinky Boots factory! Regional credits include: Tuacahn Amphitheatre, Sundance and Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Gratitude to God, his family, BYU, and bloc for their endless love and support.

JAshley Moniz – Ensemble
First National Tours: Sister Act (Sister Mary Robert), 9 to 5, Legally Blonde, High School Musical. Graduate: UCIrvine. Endless love and gratitude to KB Creative Team, cast, Telsey Office/Justin, Harden-Curtis, friends, family, and Benet.www.ashleymoniz.com @ashmonymony

JJennifer Noble – Ensemble
Broadway: Ghost (Molly u/s perf). Nat’l Tour: WWRY (Scaramouche u/s perf). Regional: Limelight (Lita Grey), La Jolla;[Title of Show] (Heidi), Playhouse Square. Baldwin Wallace. Love & thanks to Mom, Dad, Zach, DFG, The Mine, and Telsey! @jennifernoble02

JAidan Passaro – Young Charlie
is thrilled to be in his first Broadway National Tour. Regional: Billy Elliot (Small Boy), Miracle on 34th Street (Thomas Mara Jr.) Thanks to Abrams Artists, Telsey+Co., and Dan Ragone. Love to his parents, brothers, family, and friends.

JJP Qualters – Angel/Ensemble
Grateful to be part of Kinky Boots! Regional: Goodspeed, Ford’s Theatre, Signature Theatre, Hartford Stage, Zach Theatre. Special thanks and love to my family, CLA and Telsey. B.F.A Musical Theatre, Hartt School. Insta: jpq22.

JHorace V. Rogers – Simon Sr. /Ensemble
Broadway: Brooklyn the Musical, Tarzan. Toronto: The Lion King (Mufasa). Tours: Memphis the Musical (Delray), Rent(Collins), The Color Purple (Grady/Mister). TV: “Gotham,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Boardwalk Empire,” Showtime’s “Soul Food.” N.C. A&T State University (B.F.A), UCONN (M.F.A).

JSam Rohloff – Angel / Ensemble
is thrilled to join this tour! Oakland University, BFA Musical Theatre. National Tour: West Side Story (Baby John). Regional: La Cage Aux Folles. Thanks to Dave at Daniel Hoff, Telsey + Co, and my supportive family and friends. IG:samrohloff4.

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Tom Souhrada – Mr Price/Ensemble
Broadway & National Tours: Mary Poppins, Evita, My Fair Lady, The King & I, The Boy Friend (directed by Julie Andrews). Tom has performed extensively Off-B’way and in numerous Regional Theatres across the country. For my Dad.

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Josh Tolle – Harry/Ensemble
Touring debut! Las Vegas: Duck Commander Musical. Regional: Next to Normal (Drury Lane), The Who’s Tommy, and Altar Boyz. Graduate of CCM. Proud member of Actors’ Equity. Thanks to Nicolosi & Co., Justin Huff, and my amazing Mom and Dad! @Jts1090

JSam Zeller – Ensemble
Broadway: Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan (also film). Nat. Tours/Reg./Other: Les Misérables (Valjean), Fiddler/Roof (Tevye),Hairspray (Edna), Disney’s Tarzan (Kerchak), Evita (Che), Star Trek: DS9 (Lt. Ch’Targh). Thanks to Eugene, Jerry, Stephen, D.B., Rusty, Mom, Pop, Donnie, and Dipsy! www.samzeller.com.
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