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David Cook talks Kinky Boots on Broadway, Race for Hope and fans SPECIAL
New York - American Idol Season 7 winner and rock singer-songwriter David Cook chatted with Digital Journal about his starring role as Charlie Price in "Kinky Boots."
When asked if he could relate to his character Charlie in real life, Cook responded, "A little bit. The aspect of Charlie's character that I can relate to is that he is a little introverted, and I can be that offstage for sure. A lot about what really enticed me about Charlie as a character is that there were enough differences that felt like a challenge. Even taking away the dialect and all that, I feel like Charlie is lost in that world. Those are fun things to try and go after every night."
Cook added, "On a larger scale, one of the things I really like about this show, is that there is really nobody in the show that doesn't have a redeeming value. If you are really looking at the show on face value, the closest thing to a villain in the show is Charlie, and even he is redeemable, and I like that. It's real life."
Regarding his inspiration to take on this Broadway musical, Cook said, "I love the message of the show: inclusion, love and acceptance. I am happy to promote those ideals on a nightly basis, especially on a climate where everybody can use a little bit more of it. The cast, from top to bottom, is fantastic. They are all super welcoming and it's great to be part of a community-focused endeavor."
The music and lyrics of "Kinky Boots" were written by veteran pop star Cyndi Lauper. "Cyndi is popular music royalty. To be able to sing the songs that she wrote is great, and you can only hope that you are doing them justice," he said.
Cook listed "Not My Father's Son" and "Soul of a Man" as his personal favorite songs from the musical to perform live. "These songs are fun every night," he said.
On his plans for the future, Cook said, "To continue to be open to all creative endeavors that make sense. I've really enjoyed this show, and if the opportunity came to do this show or other shows again, I would be interested. I also have plenty of song ideas in the can. I like to challenge myself creatively and put songs out that I am proud of."
This past February, Cook played at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, which he dubbed as a "really cool venue." "I loved the vibe of the room, and the crowd was fantastic," he said. "I have never been disappointed with a crowd in New York. I am looking forward to hopefully going back and playing another gig."