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<i>Dancing with the Stars</i> Champion Mark Ballas Joins <i>Kinky Boots</i>

Dancing with the Stars Champion Mark Ballas Joins Kinky Boots

Ballroom dance professional Mark Ballas, star of the TV reality hit show Dancing with the Stars, will join the Broadway cast of Kinky Boots in the role of Charlie Price. An Emmy-nominated, Mirrorball Champion who appeared on Broadway in Jersey Boys, Ballas will join the Cyndi Lauper/Harvey Fierstein musical on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, and play a limited run through Sunday, November 4.

“I am so ready to come back to Broadway and can’t wait to step into those iconic boots and be part of the Kinky Boots legacy,” Ballas said. “Kinky Boots is a heartfelt, positive, and joyous show with an even more beautiful message that we all need right now more than ever. It will be an honor to perform alongside this amazing company and get to tell this story eight times a week!”

No stranger to the musical theatre stage, Mark Ballas was the final Frankie Valli in the Broadway run of Jersey Boys and reprised the role at The MUNY in St. Louis this past summer. Additional theatre credits include The Buddy Holly StoryCopacabana (Tony), Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas), and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. He captivated audiences on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” for 19 seasons. He’s a two-time champion, 10-time finalist, and 2011 Emmy nominee for his work on the show. Choreography credits include Pepsi’s Super Bowl commercial starring Sofia Vergara and the Oscar commercial for Shonda Rhimes’ The Catch. He is also half of the music duo ALEXANDER JEAN, alongside his wife, BC Jean.

Kinky Boots is the winner of six 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. “It tells the uplifting and heartwarming tale of Charlie Price, a young man reluctantly taking over his family’s struggling shoe factory and looking for a fresh idea. Charlie meets and finds inspiration in Lola and together, they discover that it takes a good friend to make a great pair. “ The musical features direction and choreography by Tony-winner Jerry Mitchell.

Ballas will join the current Kinky Boots cast which includes: J. Harrison Ghee (as Lola), Carrie St. Louis (as Lauren), Daniel Stewart Sherman, Caroline Bowman, Marcus Neville, Callan Bergmann, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Blaine Alden Krauss, Kyle Post, Charlie Sutton, Joey Taranto, Corey Mach, Natalie Joy Johnson, Jennifer Perry, Adinah Alexander, Eugene Barry-Hill, Meryn Beckett, Stephen Berger, Damien Brett, Justin Colombo, Alfred Dalpino, Holly Davis, Jesus Del Orden, Stephane Duret, Christy Faber, Mia Gentile, Blair Goldberg, Cooper Lantz, Eric Leviton, John Jeffrey Martin, Julia McLellan, Michael Milkanin, Connor Mills, Christian Mullins, and Nathan Peck. Ballas succeeds David Cook who will end his tenure with the show as Charlie Price on September 9.

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.

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