All cast should be comfortable with, or willing to learn, a British dialect/accent.
Charlie Price: Male, to play late 20s-early 30s, tenor. A leading man, just out of university. He is privileged, but likeable — his father owns the shoe factory. He is handsome and loveable but there is a temper right under the skin.
Lola/Simon: To play 30s-40s, tenor. An emotionally and physically challenging role that requires the body of a boxer with the soul of a diva, a la Whitney Houston. Must have star presence and feel comfortable wearing everything from full glamour as a scene-stealing drag queen to nothing but boxing trunks. Must have strong vocals with power blues and gospel chops. This is the role originated by Billy Porter on Broadway, written for a non-Caucasian (generally African-American) male.
Lauren: Female, to play 20s, mezzo. Beautiful, but quirky working class girl who works in the shoe factory. Funny and smart but has had bad luck with men.
Nicola: Female, to play 20s, mezzo. Charlie’s girlfriend since school. Sophisticated looks. She is a social climber, driven and uncompromising. She knows what she wants and goes for it.
Don: Male, to play 30s-40s, baritone. Lola’s nemesis. Burly hyper-masculine bear of a factory worker. Has a menacing physicality. Least likely to be seen on a runway in kinky boots.
George: Male, to play 40s–50s, tenor. Factory Manager, keeping up traditions. Reserved and tightly wound.
The Angels: 6 drag performers, to play 20s-30s, tenors. They perform with Lola at The Blue Angel Nightclub. Actors with star quality and personality. Must be versatile and terrific singers and dancers. *Performers auditioning for The Angels are welcome to attend auditions in drag if they desire.
Trish: Female, to play 40s–50s, alto. Factory worker who has been there longer than any of the other women. A lot of life experience and a lot of responsibility–this shows in her face.
Pat: Female, to play 30s, mezzo. Officious office manager who will let loose her wild side when allowed.
Mr. Price: Male, to play 40s–50s, baritone. Charlie’s father and owner of the shoe factory.
Harry: Male, to play 20s-30s, baritone or tenor. A contemporary of Charlie’s, but his opposite. Harry is successful, self-aware, confident and carefree.
Young Lola/Simon: Male, 8-13. Lola as a 10 year-old boy who already knows he’s destined to wear high heels.
Young Charlie: Male, 7-12. Charlie as a 7 year-old boy. Lost, quiet, reflective. He works in the opening and closing sequences.
Ensemble: Strong singers & dancers, mature teens and adults, to play factory workers, pub patrons, and other various small character parts.