Australian cast of KINKY BOOTS announced

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Callum Francis

KINKY BOOTS has been a real success of a new musical on Broadway and the West End, and now the cast has been announced for its premiere season in Australia, which opens in Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre from 12 October 2016.

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Leading the cast is Toby Francis (Dogfight), a writer, producer, and performer from Sydney, in the role of Charlie – a young man trying to run the family show business – and Callum Francis (Kinky Boots in London), a West End performer as Lola, the drag queen that inspires Charlie to take his business in a new direction.

Composer and lyricist, Cyndi Lauper, said: “Just wait until you see Callum and Toby do their thing, they are both so talented! I’m thrilled to have them join our big, fabulous KINKY BOOTS family.”

The full cast are: Sophie Wright (Lauren), Damien Bermingham (Don), Teagan Wouters (Nicola) and Nathan Carter (George), along with Blake Appelqvist, Glenn Butcher, Hilary Cole, Jessica Condon, Denise Devlin, Euan Doidge, Daniel Downing, Bronte Florian, Linden Furnell, Ryan Gonzalez, Samm Hagen, Anthony Harkin, Joe Kosky, Jenni Little, Liam Peel, Emma Powell, Matthew Predny, Eric Rasmussen, Mark Stefanoff and Mitchell Woodcock.

KINKY BOOTS, based on the charming 2005 film of the same name, has music and lyrics by pop star Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein (Newsies, Torch Song Trilogy), four-time Tony Award winner. The show is directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell – Australian audiences may remember seeing his work on the Australian tour of Legally Blonde. 

“Since KINKY BOOTS began on Broadway we’ve opened productions in London, Toronto, Seoul and on tour across the US and this is without doubt one of the strongest casts we’ve ever put together,” Jerry Mitchell said.

“Aussie audiences will be blown away — as we were in the audition room!”

Sydney-based singer, writer and musical theatre performer Toby Francis will play Charlie. A member of the internationally renowned Australian music ensemble The Ten Tenors, Toby was recently seen in Dogfight and Truth, Beauty and a Picture of You at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre Co.

His critically acclaimed cabaret Love and Death, featuring the music of rock legend Jim Steinman, is set to play at both the Adelaide and Sydney’s Hayes Cabaret seasons.

Rising British star Callum Francis will join the Australian production directly from London, where he is currently wowing audiences as the understudy Lola on the West End stage. Having performed in UK productions of The Lion KingGhost and Miss SaigonKinky Boots will mark his Australian debut.

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