'Kinky Boots' Comes to the Billboard on Broadway Video Series, With Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie

Matthew Murphy
Kinky Boots

Since 2013, Kinky Boots has roused Broadway audiences with a score of alternately pulsing and affecting songs by Cyndi Lauper and an uplifting message.  Based on the 2005 film about a struggling English shoe factory owner who finds an unlikely savior and friend in a drag queen, the show won several Tony awards in 2013, including best musical and best original score for Lauper.

Now the show has found a charismatic new leading man in Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie, who recently took over the role of Charlie Price, the son of a shoe factory owner who reluctantly takes over his father's business. Urie, a lifelong musical theater fan who's no stranger to dramatic onstage performances, came to the Billboard office recently with J Harrison Ghee, who plays drag queen Lola, to perform a couple of numbers from the show.

Ghee kicks off the performance singing the “fabulous, funky song” “The Land of Lola,” which introduces his character in the show. Urie then performs the soulful second act showstopper "Soul of a Man," “when Charlie’s basically lost everything, and he feels defeated entirely after taking on the responsibility he didn’t know he wanted."

Watch Ghee and Urie perform below. Kinky Boots is currently running at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre; Urie will star in the show through August 6.