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Panic! at the Disco’s Urie to star on Broadway


Brendon Urie

NEW YORK — Don’t panic, music fans — Panic! at the Disco’s singer Brendon Urie is about to make his Broadway stage debut in “Kinky Boots.”

The singer- songwriter will play a factory honcho in the musical starting next month, lured by the show’s producers who were curious to see if he was interested in exploring some sort of musical theater role. Urie joked that he offered to build sets, but will settle on singing.

“It’s a familiar thing, I guess, but it’s such a different world. I’m so excited to jump in,” Urie told The Associated Press. “This is a step in an exciting direction for me because I’ve always dreamed of being a part of Broadway in some way.”

The Tony Award- winning “Kinky Boots,” which recently celebrated its fourth anniversary on Broadway, is based on a 2005 British film about a staid British shoe factory on the brink of ruin that retrofits itself into a maker of footwear for drag queens. It has songs by Cyndi Lauper, a story by Harvey Fierstein and some fierce-looking drag queens in 6-inch heels. Urie will play the role originated by Stark Sands, who earned a Tony nomination in it.

Urie, who helped build theater sets in high school, said he’s feeling a jumble of emotions as he gets closer to his May 26 debut at the Hirschfeld Theatre.

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