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David Cook to Return to Kinky Boots

After previously playing the lead role as Charlie Price, the American Idol winner will perform through the summer.

David Cook will lead in Cyndi Lauper's award-winning musical for the second time.
(© Matthew Murphy)

Kinky Boots producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig have announced that American Idol winner David Cook will return to the role of Charlie Price in the Tony Award-winning musical at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre beginning July 17. Cook succeeds Tyler Glenn, lead singer of the multiplatinum rock band Neon Trees who will play his last performance on July 15. Cook returns to the show after his initial run this past spring. He will play a limited run through September 9.

"I am so honored and excited to get to come back to the factory," Cook said. "Kinky Boots is such a great show, made all the better by having an incredible cast, crew, and staff, and I can't wait to help tell the story again!"

The winner of six 2013 Tonys, including Best Musical, Kinky Boots features a Tony and Grammy Award-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, a book by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein, and direction and choreography by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell. Kinky Boots tells the 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 current Broadway cast of Kinky Boots includes J. Harrison Ghee (Lola), Tyler Glenn (Charlie Price), Carrie St. Louis (Lauren), Daniel Stewart Sherman, Caroline Bowman, Marcus Neville, Adinah Alexander, Eugene Barry-Hill, Callan Bergmann, Stephen Berger, Joseph Anthony Byrd, Justin Colombo, Holly Davis, Jesus Del Orden, Stephane Duret, Mia Gentile, Blair Goldberg, Natalie Joy Johnson, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Cooper Lantz, Eric Leviton, John Jeffrey Martin, Julia McLellan, Michael Milkanin, Connor Mills, Christian Mullins, Jake Odmark, Nathan Peck, Jennifer Perry, Kyle Post, Charlie Sutton, Joey Taranto, and Stephen Tewksbury.

The design team for Kinky Boots includes Tony Award nominee David Rockwell (scenic design), Tony Award winner Gregg Barnes (costume design), Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner (lighting design), Tony Award winner John Shivers (sound design), Josh Marquette (hair design), Randy Houston Mercer (makeup Design), Telsey Company (casting), with musical supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Tony and Grammy Award winner Stephen Oremus.

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