Interview with actor Joe Coots, KINKY BOOTS

Joe Coots is a sports player turned actor.  He is currently in the National Tour of KINKY BOOTS.  The show will be visiting San Diego September 23-28th so make sure to get your tickets soon!

 

The Playbill Collector (TPC): How did you get your start in theater??

Joe Coots (JC): My journey is a bit abnormal.  In college I was playing football and needed a summer job.  We had a big outdoor theater so I started building sets.  It looked like fun so the next year I auditioned.

 

TPC: Had you done any theater or singing prior to that?

JC: No, nothing at all.

 

TPC: What did you do after college?

JC: I got out of college and finished my four year degree in Chicago.  I worked in different athletic departments for eight years.  I did that full time and then decided to become an actor.  I resigned from my job, moved to New York City and started auditing.

 

Kinky Boots Tour. Photo by Matthew MurphyTPC: What was the first role you booked?

JC: The National Tour of THE FULL MONTY.

 

TPC: How long have you been acting now?

JC: Nine years.

 

TPC: What’s your favorite role you’ve ever played?

JC: This one: Don in KINKY BOOTS.  I look forward to going to work every night.  You don’t find that often.  It’s a special show.

 

TPC: What would you say to people who know nothing about KINKY BOOTS?

JC: I think that’s the best way to come in (no prior knowledge).  If you haven’t seen it, know it’s for all types of people.  I’m a midwest college football player and I like it.  The music is fantastic and the cast is top notch.  I’ve never been around a group of more talented people.  The crowds are going crazy and we are packing the audience’s every night.

 

TPC: What makes your character (Don) stand out?

JC: Don is the guy who has the biggest learning curve.  He goes from a bigot who is not willing to learn or change.  Then he discovers through Lola to “except someone for who they are” and he makes a complete 180.  The non-musical theater goer can relate to him.  Don can grasp those who have not accepted others and help guide them.

 

TPC: What would you say is your favorite moment of the show?

JC: All of it!  I don’t want to spoil alert it but the end is special.

 

TPC: What is a show you would love to be in?

JC: Whatever the next one is!  OF MICE AND MEN would be great stage wise.  I also do TV and have been living LA.

 

For more information on the KINKY BOOTS tour in San Diego check out: http://www.broadwaysd.com/kinky-boots.htm

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