by James Delisco Beeks
I recently joined the cast of Kinky Boots in New York. This is my first Broadway show in almost twenty years. Is that true? Yes. It’s been 18 years since my last Broadway show. I was very, very, very young.
Many people had suggested over the years that I audition for Kinky Boots. When I did in 2016, I booked the award-winning Australian tour of the production. When we closed in 2017, I decided to move back to New York to see if there were any opportunities for me. Looks like I made a good decision.
There were many reasons I wanted to return to Broadway after almost two decades. One of the most compelling was that when I was younger I was not as grateful of being on Broadway; now, I am living in gratitude every day for being able to step on the Broadway stage.
Even though I’m back on Broadway, my artistic and career goals and inspirations changed drastically over time. I like being on the other side of the table as well: writing, composing, directing, casting, and producing; it’s fascinating to me. In my travels, I have experienced many facets of the business and am ready to utilize my knowledge with more maturity.