Kinky Boots
Photos courtesy of Lindsay Nicole Chambers and via wikipedia

Lindsay Nicole Chambers wears her ‘Kinky Boots’ in L.A.

by Jill Effron

I just saw Kinky Boots! It was so well done and full of energy that after you finish reading this blog, go find out when the tour is coming to your neck of the woods and buy a ticket. I mean it. But first read the blog.

At any performance, there’s always one number that you want to see over and over again. And this time, while the main character’s performances were fantastic, it was something else that stood out, at least for me. Lindsay Nicole Chambers, a little comedic dynamo, plays the role of Lauren and, in my humble opinion, stole the show with just one song. She took her solo and ran with it, with perfect timing that had the audience laughing during her performance and cheering after, which left me wanting more. When it was time for her curtain call, the cheers and applause elevated.

If I sound like I’m gushing, it’s because I am. You see, Lindsay is my newest cousin, since marrying my cousin Chris Barron (Spin Doctors). And this show was the perfect way for us to meet and for me to welcome her to the family… by interviewing her about her new role in Kinky Boots, which hundreds of girls auditioned for, as well as bombarding her with questions on the ins and outs of life in the theater. What?! Don’t tell me you don’t “interview” (a.k.a. interrogate) new members of the family! Mine just happens to work in the field of my first love, the theater.

Jill Effron: When did you know that you wanted to work in musical theater?
Lindsay Nicole Chambers: I have seen pictures of myself dancing in front of people while in diapers, so it started there. But I think I always wanted to do it, once I knew it was a thing you could do. We rented Phantom of the Opera from the library and I was enthralled. In the 5th grade my friend and I would switch off the girl and boy parts and perform it in my bedroom.

JE: Did you have the kind of parents who forced you into tap lessons?
LNC: Nope. I was a gymnast and played violin. They were really good, not pushy parents. My dad once said, ‘You can’t go to school [college] for this. You won’t make money.’ After he saw me in some high school performances he then said, ‘Okay, you changed my mind.’

JE: What’s life like on the road?
LNC: It’s nice when you’re somewhere for three weeks. We have golden days when no one is working and you can explore the city. The one weekers are rough because you travel on your off day. It can get lonely before you make connections with castmates, especially when you’re married and haven’t seen your husband in three weeks.

JE: What’s the hardest part about performing eight shows a week for a year?
LNC: Unlike TV and film, you do the same thing every night. The challenge is how to keep it fresh and fun every night. This is so fun and it’s been three months. The challenge here will be not to get tired on the road.

JE: What does the ‘soul of the biz’ mean to you?
LNC: With a Jerry Mitchell show, they find a cast that will turn into a family. Especially when you’re on the road, it’s so important. He’s been pretty successful at that. My closest friends are the girls I met on Hairspray twelve years ago. And the message of Kinky Boots is: ‘If you change your mind, you change the world.’ You talk to people after the show and it’s dudes whose girlfriends dragged them to the show and they tell us it’s the best thing they have ever seen. They love the story and the message. It’s a story about accepting who you are and who other people are. It’s really cool.

JE: I am in awe of folks in musical theater simply because I personally cannot sing, dance and act… at the same time. I can do those things separately, and not well. So, what’s it’s like to live your dream?
LNC: When I’m performing my song I think, ‘This is what I’m getting paid for, how weird is that?’ This is all I wanted to do. And people laugh at me, in a good way.

JE: What do you hope comes from this experience?
LNC: I would love to do the part on Broadway. Any time you do this you hope it’s satisfying personally and professionally and brings more work. I also hope people come and see it and love the show and have a good time.

JE: In my head, I imagine you and Chris having a sing-off/mash-up of show tunes and rock tunes while sitting at your dinner table. Please tell me you guys do that.
LNC: We both sing a lot. But we sing what we are doing. (Lindsay sings) ‘Why don’t you scoop the cat poop?’ Our life is a musical.

Kinky Boots: Lindsay and Jill

Lindsay Nicole Chambers and Jill Effron (Photo courtesy of Jill Effron)

Jill Effron

About Jill Effron

Jill Effron is a writer and mom of two darling kiddies. Prior to the mom gig, she spent ten plus years working in every genre of television. Outside of the TV world, Effron wrote, directed and produced plays and award-winning short films. 

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