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‘Kinky Boots’ star Todrick Hall on his mom: ‘She would have never dreamed that her son would be dancing on stage in heels’

Todrick Hall’s mother was among those in the audience when he returned to Broadway last week – this time in the lead role in musical Kinky Boots.

‘She would have never dreamed that her son would be dancing on stage in heels – that probably would not have been her ideal image of what I should be,’ the 31-year-old American Idol alum and YouTube star said this week on AOL’s BUILD series.

‘She would have probably wanted me to play basketball in the NBA – not gonna happen. But I’m strutting around on stage and to see my mom’s eyes out there and see her crying and see how proud she is of her son that’s on stage changing lives in a much different way than she had imagined is really, truly probably the best feeling in the world.’

Hall said he did not grow up in a theater family and his mother had never seen a Broadway show before he started appearing in them.

The openly gay star has been able to watch his mother evolve as he has done things like appear as a judge during the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars this year.

‘My mom is the biggest fan of RuPaul in the entire would. My mom has not asked me to meet Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Arianna Grande – any of my famous friends. She just wanted to meet RuPaul so bad.

‘Just to watch my mom go full circle from being a parent that didn’t understand this lifestyle to like loving and idolizing someone who is such a humungous role model and game changer.

‘I l think RuPaul has created an avenue for shows like Kinky Boots to be on Broadway.’

It was just last week that Hall stepped into the role of Lola, the cabaret performer and drag queen who forms an unlikely partnership with a man who has inherited a shoe factory from his father.

‘The fact that he is African-American and gay and fabulous is a non-factor and it’s not even an important factor of why the musical is so great,’ Hall says.

‘It’s such a beautiful story and the energy in that room every night it’s just completely amazing. … It’s such a beautiful story about love and relationships.’

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