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Scissor Sisters Lead Singer Jake Shears Just Announced He’s Going to Be on Broadway

Jake Shears, the lead singer of Scissor Sisters, will officially join the Broadway cast of Kinky Boots in 2018, producers announced Thursday. Kirstin Maldonado, Grammy-award winning member of the musical group Pentatonix, will also be joining the cast as well.

Kinky Boots won six 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Based on the 2005 British film of the same name written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth and inspired by true events, the musical version features songs by Cyndi Lauper with a book by Harvey Fierstein.

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Shears will be stepping into the role of Charlie Price. Having inherited a shoe factory from his father, Charlie forms an unlikely partnership with cabaret performer and drag queen Lola to produce a line of high-heeled boots and save the business. In the process, Charlie and Lola discover that they are not so different after all.

“I have been dreaming of doing Broadway, and my wish got answered tenfold,” Shears said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more excited about doing Kinky Boots on Broadway; it’s going to be a delicious challenge! Believe it or not, they’re going to be the first stilettos I’ll ever have worn. My feet are so big, I’ve never seen a pair that would actually fit me.”

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Shears will replace two-time Tony nominee Stark Sands who originated the role of Price. Shears will join the cast for a limited run, from Jan. 8 through April 1. On Jan. 8, he’ll be joined by J. Harrison Ghee, returning to the cast as Lola. Lola was previously (and originally) played by Billy Porter.

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Maldonado will join the cast as Lauren, Charlie’s love interest. Maldonado will play her first performance Feb. 2 and exit the show April 8, one week after Shears.

“Being on Broadway has been my ultimate bucket list goal since I was 8 years old, so I’m so excited to join such an incredible cast to share this special story,” she said.