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Mikkie Bradshaw-Volante Joins Husband Nyoy In The Rerun Of The Award-Winning Musical "Kinky Boots"

 

Critically-acclaimed Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway musical “Kinky Boots," which features hit songs written and composed by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, is hitting the Philippine theater scene again with the comeback of its Filipino adaptation this coming March.

Acoustic balladeer Nyoy Volante will strut his boots again as he reprises the role of Lola/Simon, a drag queen who works in a cabaret in Northampton, England, and inspires the new collection of a struggling shoe factory owned by Charlie Price (Laurence Mossman).

READ: Nyoy Volante To Go On Full Diva Mode Again For His Role As Lola In "Kinky Boots"

The rerun of "Kinky Boots" will be a lot more fun for Nyoy because his wife, theater actress Mikkie Bradshaw, is joining the cast as Lauren, Charlie’s lovestruck factory worker. The role of Lauren was portrayed by Yanah Laurel last year, but Yanah couldn't do the rerun because she had already committed to work on "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" [for another theater company], which is running at the same time.

Making things a little easier for Mikkie is the fact that she is already familiar with the dynamics of the production of "Kinky Boots" since she did the makeup of Nyoy in the runs last year.

Mikkie has been a favorite in the Philippine theater scene, with her notable performances in “The Sound of Music," “Nine," “Alladin," and “The Addams Family," to name a few. She met Nyoy in the production of ”Rak of Aegis” in 2014, and they got married in 2016.

Last year, Mikkie was praised for her performance on The Necessary Theatre’s staging of the Olivier Award-winning play, "Blackbird."    

 

 

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Metro.Style got to chat with Mikkie during the press conference for the rerun of "Kinky Boots," and we can't help but look forward to how she will put her own twist to the character of Lauren.  

 

Please briefly describe your role in "Kinky Boots."

I’m playing Lauren in "Kinky Boots." She works in the factory that Charlie (Laurence Mossman) owns. It was actually her idea to start rebranding the shoes. Charlie comes up to her for ideas, and along the way, they fall in love.

 

How did you prepare for this role?

I did my best to do what I could. I learned my lines, my songs. I’ve watched it several times so I kind of know the choreo and the blocking. But this is a character that’s kind of open to interpretation. It’s not like I had to go home to study and research for months and spend time with people. This one is something that I think will take shape most in the rehearsal process—once I am working with everyone and with the energy of everyone. Only then will I really know of where my character is going. I kind of had a little idea but this is one of those things that we’re going to have to wait and see.

 

What are you most excited about with this project?

Last year, I did a lot of heavy stuff. I did “Blackbird” and "Fun Home." So that was a lot of crying and fighting, literally rolling on the floor with my molester, things like that, that are really dark and heavy. So it’s really nice to play something like this that’s really light and fun. I do love the pain and the drama. What I am most excited about is being around the cast. Honestly, it is just a fun and uplifting experience, so I’m excited to be a part of this.

 

 

 

What do you think will be the most challenging part about portraying this role?

I think the most challenging part is to try not to compare myself to Yanah, who played the role last year. I’m trying not to replicate. Especially as an actor, when we watch something enough, we can’t help but imitate that pretty well. It’s challenging to find my own take on it. That’s what I’m worried about...I can’t be Yanah, I have to make it my own take. The other challenge is the British accent. It is not just another British accent.

 

What qualities do you like about the character of Lauren?

I love it when Lauren shows her business know-how when Charlie was about to fire her. She said something about finding the niche market, and it’s kind of the light bulb moment in Charlie’s mind.

      

 

How is it like working with your husband Nyoy on this project?

Honestly, it’s one of our favorite things to do, to work together. And when we are not working together, that’s when our lives become out of balance. We are at our best when we are working together. That’s when our schedules and goals are in sync. So we enjoy it, it centers us, and it’s kind of the core of our entire relationship—it’s performing together.

 

 

Did Nyoy give you any piece of advice about playing your role?

We’re always sharing advice with each other, no matter what we are doing. Even when I was not part of the show yet, I got invited to watch the rehearsals. I’m always able to give my insights, and when he watches my shows, he tells me his insights. So he’s got a few tricks here, little nuggets of wisdom here and there. It’s nice to have another pair of eyes, watching you and your performance and being able to pick out certain things, because we know each other so well, so we know when there’s more to give, what needs work and can be accentuated. We work very well together.

 

Why should people watch "Kinky Boots?"

If you would like to come and celebrate who you are, and learn to appreciate how to be who you want to be, and have a really good time, please watch us in "Kinky Boots."

 

Directed by Bobby Garcia, "Kinky Boots" will run from March 2 to 18 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium of RCBC Plaza, Makati City. You may buy tickets via www.ticketworld.com.

 

Photographs by Chris Clemente