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'American Idol' Winner David Cook Making Broadway Debut in 'Kinky Boots': Exclusive

2/15/2018 by Lars Brandle

American Idol winner David Cook is putting on his Kinky Boots and heading to Broadway, Billboard can reveal.

Cook, the season seven Idol champ, is joining the Kinky Boots cast in the role of Charlie Price, the son of a shoe factory owner who reluctantly takes over his father's business. He’ll appear on stage at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre for a limited time, starting April 3 and running through to May 5.

“I am so thrilled and honored that I am going to be part of this show and get to work with so many amazing people!” Cook said in a statement. “I love the collaborative aspect of theater, the idea of being part of a creative team and working it out in front of an audience each night. I can’t wait to join this incredible cast in Kinky Boots including the very talented Wayne Brady and Kirstin Maldonado.”

News of Cook’s Broadway debut comes a day out from the release of his new EP Chromance, the fruits of PledgeMusic campaign.

Based on the 2005 film about a struggling English shoe factory owner who finds an unlikely savior and friend in a drag queen,Kinky Boots has been a hit since its Broadway debut in 2013. 

The production won several Tonys, including best musical and best original score for Cyndi Lauper, and has welcomed a string of high-profile rock and pop stars in the Charlie Price role, including Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie and the current lead, Sister Sisters frontman Jake Shears.

Kinky Boots producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig also revealed Pentatonix member Kirstin Maldonado will extend her run as Lauren, until April 26. The Grammy winner was originally scheduled to play through April 8.