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Conor Maynard joins the Broadway cast of Kinky Boots in November

UK Pop Sensation Conor Maynard to Join Kinky Boots

Conor Maynard, British pop sensation, will join the Broadway production of Kinky Boots. Producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig announced today that the UK star will take over the role of Charlie Price beginning November 20, 2018, for a limited-engagement which will conclude on January 10, 2019. Maynard will succeed Dancing with the Stars star Mark Ballas who is currently playing Charlie.

“I am honored and beyond excited to be able to join the incredible company of Kinky Boots,” Conor Maynard said. “I’ve always truly admired the talent that performers on Broadway possess and performing alongside them is going to be a real challenge. I’m so lucky to have the most devoted fans on the planet, and I can’t wait to show them another side of me.”

An English singer-songwriter, record producer, and YouTube sensation, Conor Maynard hails from Brighton. Winner of MTV’s Brand New for 2012 award, Maynard’s debut single “Can’t Say No” was released on April 15 of that year and has been streamed over 13 million times. He has over 8 million YouTube subscribers, amassing over 1.4 billion views. Maynard is also one of the most successful UK artists on Spotify with more than 12 million listeners every month. His “sing-off” with The Vamps on their cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape Of You’ became one of the highest-trending YouTube videos and has received over 94 million views to date. In the summer of 2018, Maynard teamed up with Dutch DJ/producer Kris Kross Amsterdam (KKA), and Dutch producer The Boy Next Door, releasing a brand new single “Whenever”. With a sample of Shakira’s smash hit ‘Whenever, Wherever’ alongside KKA’s and TBND’s mix of feel-good funky R&B, trap, and house it became a summer smash and is fast approaching 100 million streams.

Kinky Boots, which won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Musical, has a score by pop composer Cyndi Lauper and a book by playwright Harvey Fierstein. The production is directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. In the final stretch of its hit run, producers recently announced that Kinky Boots will play its final performance on April 7, 2019. At the time of its closing, the musical will be the 25th longest-running production in Broadway history, having played 2,507 regular performances and 34 previews.

“Based on the Miramax film written by Geoff Deane & Tim Firth, Kinky Boots 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.“

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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