BWW Blog: Tory Ross of KINKY BOOTS - Happy Valentine's Day!
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by Guest Blogger: Tory Ross
Happy day-after-Valentine's day, y'all!! There's a lot of love in the Kinky Boots rehearsal room at New 42nd Street Studios these days... so one of our fabulous, so-on-top-of-it-nothing-gets-by-him Stage Managers Thomas Recktenwald (thomas84nyc on Instagram) did a photo-shoot. We love photo shoots, Twitter and Instagram almost as much as we love shoes at Kinky Boots. Here are some of my favourites (and yes, I decided to use the British spelling of the word "favourites" because our show takes place in the North of England and I am the proud owner of a British passport. Kate Middleton and I might as well be besties.)
Speaking of lurve... I have fallen head over heels for our youngest cast members... four little boys who play younger versions of Billy Porter and Stark Sands. They are crazy cute. Once I worked through my career jealousy issues, I decided to interview them and I have to admit, they come across as media-trained, seasoned Broadway veterans. Here are some excerpts, beginning with Marquis Neal, 11, who plays Young Lola
Tory Ross: So Marquis, how do you prepare to play a young Billy Porter?
Well-played, Marquis. I turned then to Sebastian Hedges Thomas, 10, who plays Young Charlie. He's a seasoned pro.
TR: Tell me about the other Broadway show that you were in.
These kids are no joke. They are savvy businessmen with the faces of angels. I talked next to Jonah Halperin, 8, who is the standby for Young Charlie.
TR: Would you call this your big break?
And finally, I interviewed Cole Bullock, 9, who is our Young Lola Standby. His favourite basketball team is The Knicks and his favourite musical is Kinky Boots. He stated this fact without hesitation.
TR: What did you do when you found out you got the standby?