When the North Carolina Theatre production of KINKY BOOTS opens this week, it won’t be the first time that Joseph Anthony Byrd puts on the red high-heeled boots as Lola. In fact, Byrd made his Broadway debut in Kinky Boots and was featured in the first national tour as Lola’s Understudy. Byrd, who graduated from Carnegie Mellon, told me that it’s another Carnegie Mellon alum, Billie Porter, who originated the role of Lola in Kinky Boots, who he has really looked up to and learned from over the years. Hear what he has to say about the show, his middle school drama teacher, and finding his joy.
The North Carolina Theatre production of KINKY BOOTS runs February 11 through 16 at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. For more information visit the NC Theatre website or the RDU on Stage Calendar Page.
About the Guest
Joseph Anthony Byrd will star as Lola/Simon, the fabulous drag queen, and performer who befriends Charlie. Byrd boasts previous KINKY BOOTS credits, as he starred in the original Broadway cast and the first national tour (Lola U/S). He previously performed in the Las Vegas production of MAMMA MIA!and the national tour of THE LION KING, in addition to numerous regional productions including Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, and more. Byrd was also seen on the hit HBO show, BOARDWALK EMPIRE.