Kinky Boots, starring Wayne Brady, coming to the Hollywood Bowl

Jun 2, 2022
Kinky Boots at Hollywood Bowl

Kinky Boots, the winner of six 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is the exhilarating Broadway hit that lifts spirits to new high-heeled heights with its Tony-winning music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein, and direction and Tony-winning choreography by original director-choreographer Jerry Mitchell. The conductor and musical director is two-time Tony and Grammy winner Stephen Oremus, the original music supervisor, arranger and orchestrator of Kinky Boots, for which he won the Tony for Best Orchestrations. Kinky Boots also won the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album.

Kinky Boots, inspired by a true story, will be the 21st annual LA Phil/Hollywood Bowl-produced, fullystaged Broadway musical to be presented at the historic venue. It tells the story of an unlikely friendship built around some very unlikely shoes. Factory owner Charlie is struggling to save his business, and the fabulous Lola has a wildly exciting idea that just might do the trick. Kinky Boots is the huge-hearted story of two people with nothing in common-or so they think.

Kinky Boots will feature Wayne Brady in the role of Lola, Jake Shears as Charlie, and Kelly Marie Tran as Lauren.

Multiple Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated Wayne Brady has made his mark on stage and screen as an actor, producer, singer, dancer, songwriter and television personality-a true multi-hyphenate. Brady's career path and personal life journey have helped him see the world in a unique way. The first person to win Daytime and Primetime Emmys in two consecutive years, Brady has an impressive TV resume, including Whose Line Is It Anyway?, The Masked Singer, Black Lighting, The Good Fight, and the upcoming American Gigolo, each spotlighting different aspects of his immense talent.

In addition to being a force in front of the camera, Brady is heavily active behind the scenes wearing the hats of host and executive producer for Let's Make A Deal, Game of Talents, and Comedy IQ, which he also co-created. All of this follows on the heels of the success of his award-winning daytime talk show The Wayne Brady Show.

Long an accomplished singer and performer, Brady has cultivated a musical acumen that has always been a personal passion, and he used that passion as fuel to help win the second season of The Masked Singer. Off his victory, Brady dropped a brand-new original single entitled "Flirtin' w/ Forever," which quickly climbed the streaming charts, as did an accompanying music video. This follows the success of his debut album, which was headlined by a version of Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come" that earned him a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance category.

Brady has also triumphed on stage, starting with his Broadway debut starring as Billy Flynn in the long-running hit musical Chicago. Soon after, Brady starred as Lola in Kinky Boots on Broadway; Brady would later assume his biggest theatrical role to date, headlining as Aaron Burr in the Chicago production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award-winning Hamilton. Brady previously appeared in the Hollywood Bowl production of Rent; later this summer, he appears at The Ford in An Evening with Christopher Jackson and Wayne Brady on August 27.

Recently Brady returned to Broadway as part of Freestyle Love Supreme, working with the production team of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale. The unique show reprises the fusion of hip-hop, improv and comedy that won it a special Tony Award for its innovation and contributions to the world of theater. Earlier this year, he announced he will again partner with the Freestyle Love Supreme team as well as Speechless to create FLS+, a new company committed to making improv globally accessible.

Kinky Boots will be performed three times at the Hollywood Bowl this summer: Friday, July 8, at 8PM; Saturday, July 9, at 8 p.m; and Sunday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m.