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Wayne Brady to Play Lola in ‘Kinky Boots’ on Broadway

In this Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, file photo, Wayne Brady arrives on the red carpet at the BET Honors 2015 at Warner Theater on in Washington. Producers of “Kinky Boots” said Brady, the “Let’s Make a Deal” host, will step into the high heels of the cross-dressing Lola, on Broadway, starting Nov. 21, 2015. It is Brady's first return to Broadway since he made his debut in 2004 in “Chicago.” (Photo by Kevin Wolf/Invision/AP, File)
In this Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, file photo, Wayne Brady arrives on the red carpet at the BET Honors 2015 at Warner Theater on in Washington. Producers of “Kinky Boots” said Brady, the “Let’s Make a Deal” host, will step into the high heels of the cross-dressing Lola, on Broadway, starting Nov. 21, 2015. It is Brady’s first return to Broadway since he made his debut in 2004 in “Chicago.” (Photo by Kevin Wolf/Invision/AP, File)

MARK KENNEDY, AP Drama Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Wayne Brady is about to get freaky — on Broadway.

Producers of the hit musical “Kinky Boots” said the “Let’s Make a Deal” host will step into the high heels of the cross-dressing Lola starting Nov. 21. It is his first return to Broadway since he made his debut in 2004 in “Chicago.”

In a statement, Brady called it “the role of a lifetime” and that “starring in a Broadway show of this caliber has been my dream since I started performing at age 16.”

Brady will succeed Broadway’s original Lola, Billy Porter, who has played over 800 performances at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre and won a Tony Award. His final performance in “Kinky Boots” will be Nov. 20. Porter has landed his next Broadway gig in a revival of “Shuffle Along.”

The Tony Award-winning “Kinky Boots” is based on a 2005 British film about a staid British shoe factory on the brink of ruin that retrofits itself into a maker of footwear for drag queens. It has songs by Cyndi Lauper, a story by Harvey Fierstein and some fierce-looking drag queens in 6-inch heels.

Brady won a Primetime Emmy Award for individual performance in “Whose Line Is It Anyway” and a Daytime Emmy Award as host of his own talk show, “The Wayne Brady Show.”

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Online: http://www.kinkybootsthemusical.com

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Mark Kennedy can be reached at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits

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