Friday, April 24

More casting news for Kinky Boots

West End leading man Killian  Donnelly is to star as Charlie Price in the hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots when it starts previews  at the Adelphi Theatre in August.   He will leave the musical Memphis which he is currently starring with Beverley Knight at the Shaftesbury on 4th  July to start rehearsals on the 6th with director Jerry Mitchell, book writer Harvey Fierstein and composer Cyndi Lauper. Theatre credits include The Commitments (Palace Theatre), Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace Theatre), The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre), Les Misérables (Queens Theatre), Michael Collins – A Musical Drama (Cork Opera House), The Full Monty (Olympia Theatre) and West Side Story (Solstice Theatre). Killian’s film credits include Les Misérables (Working Title). He has also appeared on television in Showbands (RTÉ) and The Last Furlong (RTÉ).

The singer-actor Matt Henry is playing drag queen Lola. He memorably auditioned for The Voice in 2013 and has theatre  credits including Avenue Q (National Tour), The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (Northampton), The Harder They Come (Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nottingham Playhouse and National Tour), The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas, The Frontline (Shakespeare’s Globe), Hair (English Theatre Frankfurt), Saturday Night Fever (National Tour) and Miss Saigon (Cameron Mackintosh). Feature film credits include Muppets Most Wanted and Gulliver’s Travels. He  bought a pair of women’s heels from eBay and wore them when he met the Kinky Boots casting director as there is one number where Lola has to dance in skinny six-inch stilettos.Henry said¨I pitched up in heels because I have worn them before, professionally adding that between jobs he has taught models to ‘catwalk’ in heels. As Lola, I have to wear a lot of heels, and practicing helps to build up the calf muscles,’

Other cast members include Amy Lennox (Lauren), Jamie Baughan (Don), Amy Ross (Nicola) and Michael Hobbs (George) with Gemma Atkins, Paul Ayers, Jeremy Batt, Arun Blair-Mangat, Marcus Collins, Emma Crossley, Jordan Fox, Callum Francis, Robert Grose, Gillian Hardie,Chloe Hart, Sophie Isaacs, Luke Jackson, Robert Jones, Adam Lake, Catherine Millsom, Sean Needham, Tim Prottey-Jones, Verity Quade, JavierSantos, Dominic Tribuzio, Alan Vicary, Michael Vinsen and Bleu Woodward.

Amy Lennox  has numerous theatre credits including Tracks, The Miniaturists (Arcola Theatre), The Pink Bedroom (Defibrillator), 9 to 5 (UK Tour), Soho Cinders (Soho Theatre), Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre and UK Tour), Decade (Headlong Theatre), The Secret Garden (Birmingham Rep), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Royal & Derngate/Assembly Rooms), Peter Pan (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Sound of Music (The London Palladium). Amy has appeared on screen in Wrong Turn 5 (20th Century Fox), The Cab Ride (Abelle Films) and Never Let Me Go (DNA Films).

Jamie Baughan  has appeared on stage in Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf (Southwark Playhouse), Robin Hood (Bolton Octagon), Chicago (UK and European Tour), Mirror Teeth (Finborough Theatre), Dreams of Violence (Out of Joint, Max Stafford-Clark) and Joe Orton (Phoenix Theatre). Film credits include Alice in Wonderland – Through the Looking Glass (Disney), Legend (Working Title), The Comedian (The Bureau) and Inkheart (Newline Cinema). Jamie has also appeared on television in Hollyoaks, The C Word, Casualty, The Song of Lunch, Eastenders and The Roman Mysteries.

Amy Ross  is currently playing Joyce in Sunny Afternoon at the Harold Pinter Theatre after transferring from The Hampstead Theatre. Other theatre credits include Jesus Chris Superstar (AEG Live Tour), Legally Blonde (UK Tour), Mamma Mia! (West End), Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre), High School Musical (UK Tour).

Michael Hobbs  has appeared on stage in Darling of the Day (Union Theatre), Radio Times (Watermill Theatre), Aladdin (Salisbury Playhouse), Who Ate All The Pies (Ladida Productions) and Johnny Johnson (Lost Musicals). Michael has also appeared on screen in A Fairytale of London Town (Mutt & Jeff Pictures) and My Week With Marilyn (Trademark Films).

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