Pics! Wayne Brady Celebrates His Opening Night in Kinky Boots with Curtain Call and Party

News   Pics! Wayne Brady Celebrates His Opening Night in Kinky Boots with Curtain Call and Party
 
Emmy Award winner Wayne Brady recently succeeded Tony Award winner Billy Porter as glamorous drag performer Lola in the Tony-winning Broadway hit Kinky Boots at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. 

In a recent Playbill.com interview, Brady confessed that "oddly enough" he already had a bit of experience with dancing in high heels. During the run of his Las Vegas show, Making Sh*t Up, he would regularly perform in drag. "The closing number was a big number with complete Beyoncé drag. With the back-up dancers…we had to learn the 'Single Ladies' choreography, and we did it in the dress and heels."

"It was the first time I've ever had to dance in heels, and I'll say, it's a comedy of errors if you don't do it right," he admitted. "I'm hoping to get a lot of help in navigating the Kinky Boots part."

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Brady won both a Primetime Emmy Award for "Whose Line Is It Anyway" and a Daytime Emmy Award as host of his own talk show, "The Wayne Brady Show." He currently hosts the CBS game show "Let's Make a Deal," which has earned him six Daytime Emmy Award nominations. He previously appeared on Broadway in Chicago as well as Rent at the Hollywood Bowl. Porter, who created the role of Lola and strutted in the role over 1,000 times, played his final performance Nov. 20. He left to star in the 2016 mounting of Shuffle Along, starring Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell.

Based on the 2005 film of the same title, Kinky Boots has a new book by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy, La Cage aux Folles, Newsies) and a score by Grammy and Tony Award-winning "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" hit-maker and "True Colors" songwriter Cyndi Lauper.

Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (2004's La Cage aux Folles, Legally Blonde, Catch Me If You Can), who created the high-energy dances that sent audiences and cast members into a frenzy during Hairspray, directed and choreographed Kinky Boots, which is bedazzled with a series of show-stopping numbers by Porter and a bevy of drag performers.

Kinky Boots premiered on Broadway March 3, 2013, following an out-of-town engagement at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago. It opened to acclaim April 4 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

In addition to taking Best Musical and Tony wins for Lauper (Best Score), Mitchell (Best Choreography) and Billy Porter (Best Actor), Kinky Boots also saw awards go to Stephen Oremus (Orchestrations) and John Shivers (Sound Design). 

Kinky Boots is produced on Broadway by  Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig, James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Independent Presenters Network, CJ E&M, Jayne Baron Sherman, Just for Laughs Theatricals/Judith Ann Abrams, Yasuhiro Kawana, Jane Bergère, Allan S. Gordon & Adam S. Gordon, Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Lucy and Phil Suarez, Bryan Bantry, Ron Fierstein and Dorsey Regal, Jim Kierstead/Gregory Rae, BB Group/Christina Papagjika, Michael DeSantis/Patrick Baugh, Brian Smith/Tom and Connie Walsh, Warren Trepp, and Jujamcyn Theaters.

For tickets visit Telecharge.com. The Al Hirschfeld Theatre is located at 302 West 45th Street.

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