Taylor Louderman to star as Lauren in Kinky Boots
Broadway alum and "Peter Pan Live!" star Taylor Louderman will return to the Great White Way, assuming the role of Lauren in the Broadway production of Kinky Boots from January 16, 2017 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Current cast member Haven BurtonL will play her final performance in the role on January 15.
Taylor Louderman was last seen on the New York stage in the MCC Theater production of 'Ride the Cyclone,' but departed before opening night due to "creative differences." She also starred as Campbell in both the Broadway and National Tour productions of 'Bring It On - The Musical' and appeared off-Broadway in 'Gigantic' in 2015. She is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Wendy Darling in NBC’s “Peter Pan Live!”
The principal cast of Kinky Boots currently includes TV personality Todrick Hall (Lola), two-time Olivier nominee Killian Donnelly (Charlie Price), Haven Burton (Lauren), Shannon O’Boyle (Nicola), Daniel Stewart Sherman (Don) and Marcus Neville (George).
Kinky Boots officially opened at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on 4 April 2013, following previews from 3 March. The show is currently booking through to 28 May 2017.
Based on the 2005 British comedy movie of the same name by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth, the musical features a book by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein, with music and lyrics by Grammy Award-winning artist Cyndi Lauper and is directed and choreographed by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell.
Synopsis: "In Kinky Boots, Charlie Price is forced to step in and save his family’s shoe factory in Northern England following the sudden death of his father. Help comes from the unlikeliest angel, a fabulous drag performer named Lola. Together, this improbable duo revitalizes the failing business, while stepping out from their fathers' shadows and transforming an entire community through the power of acceptance."
The musical opened to mostly positive reviews: You are smothered in a good time (newyorktheatreguide.com); A shameless emotional button pusher (NY Times); A high time (NY Daily News); Blissfully entertaining (NY1).
The creative team behind Kinky Boots features scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner and sound design by John Shivers.
The production was nominated for a total of 13 Tony Awards, of which it won six: Best Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Billy Porter), Best Original Score (Cyndi Lauper), Best Choreography (Jerry Mitchell), Best Orchestrations (Stephen Oremus); and Best Sound Design (John Shivers).
Kinky Boots is produced on Broadway by Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig.