"I had no idea what I was getting myself into and I had no idea what the response was gonna be, but I was overwhelmed and so excited that the response was positive."
Todrick Hall is one of the hardest working people in show business. This quote of satisfaction for how well his original musical Straight Outta Oz was received could easily apply to any of his other recent creative pursuits, of which there are many. Earlier this year, Hall interrupted his tour to star as Lola in the Broadway production of Kinky Boots, and now, before embarking on a worldwide tour for Straight Outta Oz, he's stepped into the role of slick lawyer Billy Flynn in Chicago. Hall spoke with Billboard the day after his first night on the Chicago stage about what his recent success means to him and what he hopes to achieve in the coming year.
In the midst of his starring in Chicago every night, Hall -- an American Idol darling-turned-YouTube and TV personality -- is gearing up to release Behind the Curtain, a documentary that chronicles the long process behind bringing Straight Outta Oz to life. The documentary additionally shows Hall rehearsing for the tour, going on tour, meeting his fans along the way and learning that he landed the role of Lola in Kinky Boots. "It’s a really full, complete view of everything that happened over a four-month period," says Hall. "I think after watching this you'll have a better glimpse into what it’s like to really work with someone like me." Some of those people, Hall notes, are those he gushed about having featured in the project, such as Jordin Sparks, Nicole Scherzinger (whom he deems underrated), and Raven-Symoné.