Kyle Taylor Parker and Steven Booth
Kyle Taylor Parker and Steven Booth are strapping on their high heels and hitting the road as the Broadway sensation, Kinky Boots, sets out on tour. Kyle, who plays
Lola, and Steven, who plays Charlie Price, have already proven themselves a dynamic duo, rousing and inspiring audiences on their first tour stops (Las Vegas,
NV; Tempe, AZ; San Diego, CA). And both these stars are no strangers to the theater world. Kyle has been on the road once before in the touring production of In the Heights while Steven has appeared both on and off-Broadway in productions like Dog Fight and Glory Days. They were passing through, so we managed to get them On the Couch!
What do you consider to be your best asset?
KTP: I've been told it's my smile which is good because ….I like to smile.
SB: My legs. Wait…no, my sense of humor.
What was your proudest moment?
KTP: The first time I went on for Lola in Kinky Boots on Broadway
SB: Finding my balance in Kinky Boots. Seriously.
What is your favorite drink?
KTP: A glass of Luigi Bosca Malbec.
SB: I love a good strong Stout.
What is your favorite food?
KTP: A chicken quesadilla (not as classy as my favorite drink option, but oh so good!)
SB: Currently… The Chorizo Panini from Il Bambino in Astoria, Queens. Get into it.
What is your favorite condiment?
KTP: Not sure I have one. My favorite meals are those that don't need extra condiments.
SB: Spicy Ketchup at Hudson's Hamburgers in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
What is your current obsession?
KTP: Netflix and “Scandal”!
SB: My Fiancé, Molly. Truth. Go ahead and throw up now.
If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
KTP: I'm not a quitter (Isn't that a great asset?)
SB: Good strong stouts.
What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
KTP: My biggest dream is to have a life filled with opportunities to tell great stories and portray great characters in the theatre, on television, through song, etc, and maybe even change a few lives while doing so.
SB: Nobel Prize. You can get that for being great in stilettos right?
What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
SB: Shoes. I'm a girl.
What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
KTP: Watching footage of some of my favorite Broadway musicals on YouTube.
SB: Tying my shoes.
What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?
KTP: Mmm probably my Kinky Boots, but they're just so fabulous I've gladly decided to take my chances! (not a quitter remember…)
What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
KTP: I'd like to say grace, patience or kindness but the truth is I work on those daily, some days better than others. So I guess I've inherited acceptance of myself as a complete and total work in progress (thanks grandma!)
SB: My musicality.
What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
KTP: Multi-tasking! I think I'm the singing, dancing, video blogging version of Oprah! So much to do, so little time. But if you find yourself with some extra time check out my video blog KINKY NATION http://www.kinkynation.net (see … multitasking)
SB: I'm a complete night owl. Thanks mom.
What in the world most thrills you?
KTP: Being on stage.
What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
KTP: Life is too big to be irritated by something as small as popular culture.
What was the single most embarrassing moment you've ever experienced on the job?
KTP: Ooo I'm not sure. If I had one it was probably so embarrassing that I blocked it from my memory.
SB: While performing “Pretty Sweet Day” from the musical Edges in Albany, NY, I slipped coming down the stairs at the top of the number. My good friend, Colin Hanlon, was on stage with me and could NOT keep it together. Someone also happened to be in the audience filming that day. Yep. Colin never lets me forget. #prettylameday
What is your favorite place in the world?
What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
SB: She MUST be named Molly.
Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
SB: Please see number 11.
What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
KTP: It'll happen around eight o'clock tonight …Opening as LOLA in the First National Tour of Kinky Boots (cheesy but pretty true today at least.)
SB: Iced Coffee would pour from my bathroom faucet.
What is your personal motto?
KTP: Pursue the truth.
SB: “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken!”