American Idol on Broadway

David Cook, winner of American Idol in 2008, makes his Broadway debut in the musical Kinky Boots today.

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BY BILLY SUTER

DAVID Cook, the winner of the seventh season of American Idol 10 years ago, is to make his Broadway tonight (April 3) in the colourful, award-winning musical, Kinky Boots, at the Al Hirschfelt Theatre.

The now-35-year-old Texan rock singer and songwriter, who recently released a new EP titled Chromance, has been cast as Charlie Price in the hit musical. He succeeds Jake Shears, lead singer of the band Scissor Sisters.

Featuring a book by Harvey Fierstein, and direction and choreography by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell, the musical is based on the 2005 British film, Kinky Boots, and was written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth.

Inspired by true events, it tells of Price having inherited a shoe factory from his father and forming an unlikely partnership with cabaret performer and drag queen Lola, to produce a line of high-heeled boots and save the business. In the process, Charlie and Lola discover they are not so different afterall.

Cook, who is to play Price until May 5, will perform opposite Wayne Brady, who portrays Lola, and Grammy winner Kirstin Maldonado, of a cappella group Pentatonix, whose run as Lauren has been extended to April 26.

Wikipedia reports that the musical earned a season-high 13 Tony Award nominations and won six awards, including those for Best Musical and Best for Cyndi Lauper in her first outing as a Broadway songwriter, making her the first woman to win alone in that category.

Wikipedia adds that the musical’s cast album premiered at number one on the Billboard Cast Albums Chart and at number 51 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, Also, in 2016, it won three Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best Musical.

When he took the American Idol title in 2008, Cook received 56% of the public vote, earning 12 million more votes than runner-up David Archuletta, adds Wikipedia.

Cook, who has released four albums, married longtime girlfriend, Racheal Stump, in Nashville on June 20, 2015.


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