KINKY BOOTS CAST ANNOUNCED

Published on 1st May, 2016

Australian Premiere of High-Heeled Hit Musical Kinky Boots in October

AUSTRALIAN CAST ANNOUNCED!

Australian and international performers have been announced to star in the premiere season of multi award-winning musical Kinky Boots at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne from 12 October 2016.

Callum Francis will play Lola in the Australian premiere of Kinky Boots. Photo Darren Bell

Callum Francis and Toby Francis will portray principal characters Lola and Charlie – the fabulous drag performer and the young man he inspires to revamp the family shoe business.

Joining them are a mix of accomplished musical theatre performers and exciting fresh faces, including Sophie Wright (Lauren), Damien Bermingham (Don), Teagan Wouters (Nicola) and Nathan Carter (George), along with Blake Appelqvist, comedy veteran Glenn ButcherHilary ColeJessica Condon, Denise DevlinEuan DoidgeDaniel DowningBronte FlorianLinden FurnellRyan GonzalezSamm HagenAnthony HarkinJoe KoskyJenni LittleLiam PeelEmma PowellMatthew PrednyEric Rasmussen, Mark Stefanoff and Mitchell Woodcock.

Winner of every major international award for Best Musical, Kinky Boots features music and lyrics by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, a book by four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein, and direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell.

Of the Australian cast, Jerry Mitchell said:  “Since Kinky Boots began on Broadway we’ve opened productions in London, Toronto, Seoul and on tour across the US and this is without doubt one of the strongest casts we’ve ever put together. Aussie audiences will be blown away — as we were in the audition room!”

The story of Kinky Boots centres on a failing English shoe factory run by Charlie Price that is given fabulous new life after a chance encounter with Lola, an entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos.

Toby Francis will play Charlie

Sydney-based singer, writer and musical theatre performer Toby Francis will play Charlie. A member of the internationally renowned Australian music ensemble The Ten Tenors.

Rising British star Callum Francis will join the Australian production directly from London, where he is currently wowing audiences as the understudy Lola on the West End stage. Having performed in UK productions of The Lion KingGhost and Miss SaigonKinky Boots will mark his Australian debut.

Composer and lyricist, Cyndi Lauper, said: “Just wait until you see Callum and Toby do their thing, they are both so talented! I’m thrilled to have them join our big, fabulous Kinky Boots family.”

Kinky Boots opened on Broadway in April 2013 scooping six Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score Written for the Theatre, and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album. The blockbuster hit opened in London’s West End in September last year, winning three Olivier Awards including Best New Musical.

Kinky Boots is inspired by a true story and based on the Miramax film by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth starring Joel Edgerton.

New tickets for Kinky Boots will be released on Monday 2 May 2016, with the musical extended until 27 November 2016. Tickets are available from www.kinkybootsthemusical.com.au.

Kinky Boots

Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne
Performances from: 12 October 2016
Opening Night: 22 October 2016
www.kinkybootsthemusical.com.au

The original Broadway cast of Kinky Boots. Photo by Matthew Murphy

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