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Duluth Playhouse announces big summer musical

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Following the 10-year anniversary of KINKY BOOTS sweeping broadway audiences off their feet, Duluth Playhouse is proud to produce the first regional theatre production in Minnesota.

“Everyone at the Playhouse has been giddy with excitement from the moment we started working on Kinky Boots,” says Phillip Fazio, director of Kinky Boots and Producing Artistic Director of Duluth Playhouse. “This Tony Award®-winning musical, with an undeniably catchy score by Cindy Lauper, simultaneously celebrates individuality and the power of community. Our cast includes many local favorites, some terrific artists appearing on the NorShor stage for the first time, and a few phenomenal performers from the Twin Cities and beyond. This beautiful tale of empowerment and empathy is sure to leave audiences radiating with joy as they dance their way home.”

Based on a true story, Kinky Boots is an uplifting musical of friendship, passion, and recognition that underneath it all, we're not so different. Set in provincial Northampton, England, Charlie Price (played by newcomer Nathan Meyer) reluctantly inherits the family's struggling shoe factory, while Lola (Minneapolis favorite Mitchell Douglas) is a charismatic drag queen superstar with a wildly exciting idea on how to help the shoe factory recover. This unexpected duo learns they make quite the pair, embracing their differences to create a line together of fabulously unique stilettos that take the world by storm!

Sweeping the Tonys® in 2013, (13 nominations, 6 wins including Best Musical) Kinky Boots endeared audiences to the irresistibly heart-warming tale with a rock/funk Tony®-winning score by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, and a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein.

An unforgettable experience about being who you are and doing what you love, with nonstop glitter, glam, and a whole lot of sole!

Tickets are now on sale. To book seats, please visit the box office at the NorShor Theatre Monday through Friday 10am-5pm or call 218-733-7555, or visit

Kinky Boots

Book by Harvey Fierstein

Music & Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper

Duluth Playhouse at the NorShor Theatre

211 E. Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802


July 14–30, 2023

Thurs – Sat @ 7:30pm

Sat. July 15 @ 2pm

Sun. July 23 @ 2pm

Sun. July 30 @ 2pm

ASL Interpreted performance: June 28 @ 7:30pm. Interpreters: Rebecca Rick & Emily Engel

Creative Team:

Director: Phillip Fazio (he/him)

Choreographer: Matthew Wagner (he/him)

Music Director: Ken Ahlberg (he/him)

Stage Manager: Kaci Brock (she/her)


Lola – Mitchell Douglas* (he/they)

Charlie Price – Nathan Meyer (he/him)

Lauren – Hope Nordquist (she/her)

Nicola – Kaitlyn Callahan (she/her)

Don – Samuel Haggen (he/him)

Harry – Corey Roysdon (he/him)

George – Shane German (he/him)

Pat – Bee Willie (they/he)

Trish – Jennie Ross (she/her)

Mr. Price/Ensemble/Understudy Harry – Trevor Barker (he/him)

Richard Bailey/Ensemble/Understudy Don – Ben Peter (he/they)

Milan Stage Manager/Ensemble/Understudy Mr Price – Kenny Johnson (he/him)

Simon Sr – Gabriel L. Mayfield Sr. (he/him)

Young Lola – Norah Coulibaly (she/her)

Young Charlie – Evy Bradley (she/her)

The Angels – SJ Olson (they/them), Ken Shiozawa (they/them), Tanner Longshore (he/they), Michael Reed (he/him)

Featured Ensemble – Jake Mathey (he/him), Finn Jackson (he/him), Antony Ferguson (he/him), Shinedala Berg (she/her), Lussi Salmela (she/they), Misha Suarez (they/them)

* Denotes Member of Actors' Equity Association

Duluth Playhouse offers exceptional entertainment, training, and performance opportunities in theatre arts that inspires, challenges, and engages the region we serve. Founded in 1914, the Playhouse is one of the nation’s oldest non-profit theatres. Producing year-round seasons packed with plays and musicals, Duluth Playhouse also provides the community with year-round programming within our School of Performing Arts for youth and adults alike.

Kinky Boots is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).