As Kimball freely admits, Calhoun is a very colorful character -- and a very colorfully dressed one. "His sense of fashion is as eclectic as his personality," says Kimball. "Our designer, Paul Tazewell, is such a genius. He puts so much of his concept for the character into his designs. My input has basically been limited to "am I really wearing that?"
Part of Calhoun's colorful nature is his vocabulary; specifically his catchphrase -- "hockadoo." Can Kimball define the word? "It's not in the dictionary, but I think it would be great if it ended up in Merriam-Webster next year," he says. "It's just something Huey came up with, sort of a tribal scream of pleasure and positivity. It's not meant to be an expletive, though I guess it could be used that way. The greatest part about it is all the things that rhyme with it, like hockaflu or hockashoe. I think Cass Morgan [who plays Huey's mother] and I ran the gamut on those one day during rehearsal."
Kimball says he won't tire of saying hockadoo on stage or singing Huey's big number "Memphis Lives In Me" anytime soon, even if the actor made the song even more challenging for himself. "I had to come in to reaudition for the role when Chris Ashley took over as director," he says. "I didn't really know him, so I thought I'd try to impress him by going up to a G in the song. And now I have do that every night!"