Ellyn Marie Marsh Reveals 10 Secrets Fans Don't Know About Kinky Boots

April 20th, 2015 by

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After recently celebrating its second B'way birthday, the drives-the-audiences wild, dancing-in-the-aisles musical triumph Kinky Boots now enters its third year at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, and if you've ever wondered what fun goes on behind the scenes, we've got you covered. Below, the always-hilarious Ellyn Marie Marsh (who has been with the Tony-winning Best Musical since its beginning) reveals to BroadwayBox 10 fabulous secrets about life in the land of Lola.

Kinky Boots Gif- Kyle Taylor Parker- Billy Porter- GIF

10. There were three different songs that Lola sang in the club scene (during act 1), that were all scrapped and then eventually turned into a reprise, Nicola had a (beautiful) song in act 2 that only Chicago audiences saw, all of the angels costumes were cut and changed except for one set and they were AMAZING, and top of act two used to have a HUGE tango number with the factory women and angels that was cut the LAST day of studio rehearsal before our out of town try-out.

Kinky Boots- Billy Porter- Stark Sands

Photo by Matthew Murphy


9. The house Hirschfeld crew has hidden 6 pez dispensers on the set.

Pez dispenser- Broadway

8. Nick Burroughs’ finale costume alone is $12,000.

Nick Burroughs- Kinky

7. On set we have a laptop used by the character of PAT. Tory Ross was the original Pat, and in the lap top was a THOROUGH database of all Price and Son employees including pictures, addresses, work history, likes and dislikes and performance reports. It's utterly HILARIOUS. There is also a list of everything needed to be done to save Price and Son. So, taking the cue from "Step One," the following steps would be: Step 2: marketing. Step 3: social media. The list went on over 100 and the steps became more and more obscure and funny.

Tori Ross Gif- Kinky Boots

6. Every piece of paper passed (mostly by Marcus Neville) have quizzes, cartoons or something inappropriate written on it.

Marcus Neville GIF- Kinky Boots

5. David Rockwell, our set designer, was also the set designer for Legally Blonde, which Jerry Mitchell directed and much of our cast was in at one time or another. The Nicola shoe pedestal that comes up during act one says "NELLIE'S of LONDON" which was the name of the store Elle Woods bought her (first entrance) dress for the proposal scene.


4. The tabletops in Lola's club are a replica of the wallpaper in the first restaurant David Rockwell designed in Vegas. It's nudey girls...check it next time you're on stage.

Kinky Boots- Club- Kyle Taylor Parker

Photo by Matthew Murphy


3. All of our treadmills have names: Aretha (A) Beyonce (B), Cher (C), Diana (D)and the understudy...Whitney. Rest in peace, girl....


2. In rehearsals for "Everybody Say Yeah," Jerry Mitchell came up with the backup plan if a treadmill breaks down or stops. The code word was to be "T-DOWN". After we all got off the floor from laughing at our fearless leaders code word, (cause all we could think of was "TRANNY DOWN") we implemented the backup plan of just "fake it till you make it" and just walk in place. Nobody tell Jerry we don't say "T-down". Promise?

Kinky Boots Angels- GIF

1. My daughter’s name is LOLA and she was born WAY before "Kinky Boots" was a part of my life. Kismet? I think so....

Learning my daughter #talentshow #mexico

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BONUS: The prop crew has saved every sticker from the apple that Lauren eats during "History of Wrong Guys" since we came to the Hirschfeld Feb 2013. They are on the inside portion of the stage right prop shelf. There are hundreds. (approx 1,000)


Now that you know all ‘Kinky Boots’ little secrets, feel in-the-know as you enjoy a night over at Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theatre.