“We are ALL celebrated! This show is all about love and acceptance,” Jos N. Banks tells Central Voice. He plays and they play Lola in the show which opens Nov. 28 and runs until Dec. 3 at Hershey Theatre.
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 show tells the uplifting and heartwarming 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.
Inspired by true events, the show takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.
Central Voice: What’s fun about being in the cast? The lead?
Jos N. Banks: We are ALL celebrated! This show is all about love and acceptance, and since day one that’s all that this cast has shown for me and for that my hearts beams with light. Simply couldn’t ask for a better support system and team. They are truly an incredible company of artists.
CV: Why is the show’s message important?
JNB: Everyone no how matter old or young, educated, your color, size, race, gender, or background can learn from this message. This show shines love for humanity and acceptance of our very differences which is sadly, apparently EXACTLY what this country needs. I stand strongly on that belief and am proud to serve my artistry for such a moment. Even if it is just a reminder, you will walk away empowered...changed.
CV: What’s the biggest issue facing live theater?
JNB: I wouldn’t use the word issue at all. As an artist, I get such a thrill meeting different audiences across the nation, and on a daily basis at this point. I thoroughly enjoy not knowing what their response will be. Sometimes they are with you, sometimes they are not, and sometimes you feel like you’re having a “not so grand” show and that’s the very performance everyone is on their feet by the finale... that’s the magic of the theatre. The only thing that is a challenge in some cases, is getting folks out and into our seats. We welcome you, with open arms!