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American Idol Winner David Cook to Make Broadway Debut in Kinky Boots

Kirstin Maldonado will also extend her run.

American Idol season 7 winner David Cook will succeed Jake Shears as Charlie Price in Kinky Boots.
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Kinky Boots producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig announced that David Cook, the winner of the seventh season of American Idol, will take over the role of Charlie Price beginning Tuesday, April 3, succeeding Jake Shears in the role. He will join the recently announced Wayne Brady, who returns to the role of Lola starting Monday, March 5.

The producers also announced that Kirstin Maldonado will extend her run as Lauren through Thursday, April 26. She was originally scheduled to play the role through Sunday, April 8.

The winner of six 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Kinky Boots features a Tony Award-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein and direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell. The musical follows 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 current Broadway cast of Kinky Boots includes J. Harrison Ghee (Lola), Jake Shears (Charlie Price), Kirstin Maldonado (Lauren), Daniel Stewart Sherman, Caroline Bowman, Marcus Neville, Adinah Alexander, Eugene Barry-Hill, Stephen Berger, Holly Davis, Jesus Del Orden, Stephane Duret, Mia Gentile, Blair Goldberg, Natalie Joy Johnson, Jake Katzman, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Blaine Alden Krauss, Eric Leviton, Jake Odmark, John Jeffrey Martin, Julia McLellan, Michael Milkanin, Connor Mills, Christian Mullins, Fred Odgaard, Robert Pendilla, Jennifer Perry, Kyle Post, Charlie Sutton, Joey Taranto, and Stephen Tewksbury.

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