Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears Makes Broadway Debut in Kinky Boots January 8

Broadway News   Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears Makes Broadway Debut in Kinky Boots January 8
 
J. Harrison Ghee also returns to the cast, reprising his role as Lola.
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Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears makes his Broadway debut in the Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots January 8 in the role of Charlie Price.

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Shears succeeds the role's originator, Stark Sands—who recently returned for a limited run—and will take center stage through April 1 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

Also joining the cast tonight is J. Harrison Ghee, who returns as Lola. He succeeds the musical's original Tony-winning star, Billy Porter, will also recently returned for a limited engagement.

Read: HOW A REAL-LIFE LOLA BECAME THE STAR OF KINKY BOOTS

“I have been dreaming of doing Broadway, and my wish got answered tenfold,” Shears said in an earlier statement. “I couldn't be more excited about doing Kinky Boots on Broadway; it’s going to be a delicious challenge! Believe it or not, they're going to be the first stilettos I'll ever have worn. My feet are so big, I've never seen a pair that would actually fit me."

Shears is the lead singer of the pop group the Scissor Sisters and recently wrapped up recording his solo album, due later this year. He also wrote the music for the 2011 stage musical Tales of the City.

Read: A LOOK BACK AT TALES OF THE CITY

Additionally, Pentatonix’s Kirstin Maldonado will make her Broadway debut as Lauren beginning February 2 and will continue in the role through April 8. The role is currently played by DeLaney Westfall, who will play her final performance February 1.

In Kinky Boots, Charlie Price struggles to run his family’s shoe factory. When he meets the dazzling Lola, they discover together that real inspiration comes from being true to yourself. The musical features a Tony Award-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, a book by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein, and direction and choreography by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell.

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