August 9th, 2018
By Bethany Rickwald for Theater Mania
Emmy-nominated and two-time Dancing With the Stars champion Mark Ballas will take over the role of Charlie Price in the Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre beginning on September 11. He succeeds David Cook, who will play his last performance on September 9. Ballas will play a limited run through November 4.
Ballas most recently performed on Broadway as the final Frankie Valli in the Broadway run of Jersey Boys. He returned to the role at the Muny in St. Louis this past summer.
The winner of six 2013 Tonys, including Best Musical, Kinky Boots features a Tony- and Grammy Award-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, a book by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein, and direction and choreography by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell. Kinky Boots tells the tale of Charlie Price, a young man reluctantly taking over his family's struggling shoe factory and looking for a fresh idea. Charlie meets and finds inspiration in Lola and together, they discover that it takes a good friend to make a great pair.
Along with Cook, the current Broadway cast of Kinky Boots includes J. Harrison Ghee (as Lola), Carrie St. Louis (as Lauren), Daniel Stewart Sherman, Caroline Bowman, Marcus Neville, Callan Bergmann, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Blaine Alden Krauss, Kyle Post, Charlie Sutton, Joey Taranto, Corey Mach, Natalie Joy Johnson, Jennifer Perry, Adinah Alexander, Eugene Barry-Hill, Meryn Beckett, Stephen Berger, Damien Brett, Justin Colombo, Alfred Dalpino, Holly Davis, Jesus Del Orden, Stephane Duret, Christy Faber, Mia Gentile, Blair Goldberg, Cooper Lantz, Eric Leviton, John Jeffrey Martin, Julia McLellan, Michael Milkanin, Connor Mills, Christian Mullins, and Nathan Peck.
The design team for Kinky Boots includes Tony Award nominee David Rockwell (scenic design), Tony Award winner Gregg Barnes (costume design), Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner (lighting design), Tony Award winner John Shivers (sound design), Josh Marquette (hair design), Randy Houston Mercer (makeup Design), Telsey Company (casting), with musical supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Tony and Grammy Award winner Stephen Oremus.Original link: https://www.theatermania.com/broadway/news/mark-ballas-joins-kinky-boots-broadway_86102.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=09aug2018