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Big Gay Following

MATT HENRY

THE OLIVIER-AWARD-WINNING STAR OF KINKY BOOTS HAS JUST RELEASED AN ALBUM

Playing Kinky Boots’ Lola is a role that requires considerable stamina — more than two hours of emoting, in an array of wigs and heels, to tell the story of how a Northampton factory is rescued by making heels for men — is an almost super-human feat. Luckily, Matt Henry’s a stage veteran, having starred in Miss Saigon and Avenue Q, as well as reaching the live final of The Voice in 2013. Last year he recorded an album, Red Flare, which he is promoting on top of his commitments as the flame-colour-booted drag queen. Lola would surely approve of the way he is following his dreams.

How does one recover from winning an Olivier award?

I don’t know! I just didn’t expect to win. You go into these things and you’re up against seasoned performers such as Killian Donnelly, whose been up for it twice. It was scary and I didn’t know how to react. I didn’t sleep on Sunday, it was such a buzz.

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About Attitude

From EastEnders to X-Men! Ben Hardy returns to Attitude for his second cover feature, fresh off the set of hotly anticipated superhero film X-Men: Apocalypse. Inside, we present a special report on gay racism, looking at how Black, Asian and ethnic minorities are represented in the gay community, scene and media. We also interview Olivier award-winning Matt Henry from hit musical Kinky Boots, Alexander Vlahos who plays the gay prince in new BBC series Versailles, and feature a photo exclusive from hot new book Why Drag? Plus, in praise of the legendary Meryl Streep, and a look at the contentious issue of pinkwashing and Tel Aviv Pride.
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