Saturday, May 5, 2018

From Cookie to Kinky

Once upon a time before I started this blog, I fell ass over head for an American Idol winner's voice, voted for him, whooped and cheered when he won his season, and then chased him around midtown Manhattan when he came to New York City to do the Today Show and the Early Show.

I have vivid memories of a comfortable, sunny spring day and running the hell up Fifth Avenue to go from one show to the other. It's the only time I've followed one of my objects of admiration/infatuation around in a physical sense.

That day is almost exactly ten years ago. Ten. Fucking. Years. Ago. (I don't know about you, but I'm not feeling 22?)

Anyway, that American Idol winner was David Cook and my friend Jess and I followed him fairly extensively for a number of years after his win. We went to his first record launch in November of 2008, including lining up near Times Square at the crack of dawn to see him on Good Morning America (where I got a guitar pick le sigh), buying the CD at Tower Records in Times Square (RIP) and getting a bracelet to attend the record launch concert the next day!

Y'all, I was living as a 22-year-old. (Except for the part where there was a recession and I had an awful unpaid internship at the time...)

My friend Jess took a picture of her memorabilia from that November day: (yes, we got signed CDs that second night. Yes, he was in front of my face. No, I couldn't summon words to say anything to him. Yes, I still have the signed CD. Yes, I'm still peeved that "Lie" was never a single).

Photo courtesy of Jess


We attended so many of his concerts, every time he came through New York City. 

I bring up ancient history because David Cook has been in a limited run as Charlie Price in Kinky Boots on Broadway. Jess went to see him two weeks ago and reported that he was wonderful, then bombarded me with YouTube videos of him singing some of the songs (we'd seen Kinky Boots several years ago and while I have the cast album, I don't listen to it very often). 

Then she said she was going to see it again ("I have to see him in this again") and I went with her on May 4, 2018 because although I haven't followed David Cook all that much in the past couple of years, I mean, like, why not? For old time's sake, y'know? It's his Broadway debut and he may not be back and he's a forty-five minute ride away from my house and why the hell not?

Kinky Boots is the story of two men--Charlie Price, son of an English shoe factory owner, and Lola, a drag queen. They meet, Charlie can't let the factory he's inherited close and fall apart, he decides to start manufacturing kinky boots--heeled boots strong enough to hold a full-grown man's weight, and everyone learns to accept themselves and the people around them. 

The thing I always enjoyed about David's voice was his rich tone and his incredible range, both of which were on display. I always found the original singer's voice on the cast album to be kind of nasally in tone, to be honest. 

It was seriously fun to see David acting on stage, dancing, hitting the comic timing, going for broke on the songs, especially "Soul of a Man." His last show is tomorrow night. I hope he'll find himself in another Broadway production at some point because I will go to see him. He looked like he was having a blast on stage and it was so much fun to see him  and hear him in this new capacity.

Besides, on the subway home, Jess and I were still singing "Step One" under our breaths, but hearing Cook's voice singing the song. 

2 comments:

  1. It’s fun when you geek out over broadway. ^_^ I think the last season of American Idol I watched was in 2005. His voice is well-suited for broadway. He should definitely go back.

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    1. LOL! Me geeking out over Broadway has happened a lot on this blog lmao. We hope he comes back--it was fun to see him on stage doing something new!

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