Callum Francis Will Star in KINKY BOOTS Off-Broadway

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Callum Francis in Kinky Boots | Photo: Bruce Glikas/Getty Images

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Dan Meyer
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Callum Francis will step back into the heels of Lola when Kinky Boots returns to NYC this summer. As previously announced, the Off-Broadway production of the Tony and Olivier–winning musical will begin previews July 26 at Stage 42, with an opening night set for August 25.

Francis previously played the role in the London and Broadway productions, and won the 2017 Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Musical for his performance in the Australian staging. The star’s credits include Miss Saigon in the West End and The Phantom of the Opera in Sydney, among others.

Kinky Boots will also star Christian Douglas as Charlie Price, Danielle Hope as Lauren, Brianna Stoute as Nicola, Sean Steele as Don, and Marcus Neville, reprising the role of George from the Broadway production. The ensemble will include Devin Bowles, Bella Coppola, Nick Drake, Ian Gallagher Fitzgerald, Ryan Halsaver, Matthew Michael Janisse, Lindsay Joan, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Marty Lauter, Tommy Martinez, Ryah Nixon, Lucas Pastrana, Liz Pearce, Ricky Schroeder, David J. Socolar, Ebrin R. Stanley, Tarion Strong, Ernest T. Williams, and Maria Wirries.

The musical features 16 original songs by Cyndi Lauper, a book by Harvey Fierstein, and direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell. After opening in 2013 on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, Kinky Boots won six Tony Awards, including for Best Musical, Original Score, Choreography, and Leading Actor in a Musical for Billy Porter.

The Off-Broadway production will feature scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Gareth Owen, hair design by Josh Marquette, makeup design by Darion Matthews, orchestrations and musical supervision by Stephen Oremus, and casting by Telsey + Company.

D.B. Bonds will serve as associate director, with Rusty Mowery as associate choreographer, and Will Van Dyke as associate music supervisor and music director. Jereme Kyle Lewis will be the production stage manager.

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Dan Meyer

Dan joins Theatrely after previously serving as an Assistant Editor at Playbill. His favorite musicals are fast, historical, and witty, like Six, Cabaret, and Sweeney Todd. He likes his plays dark and funny.