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A friend of DOROTHY

Todrick Hall adores The Wizard of Oz. His love of the girl from Kansas in the iconic red shoes is so great in fact that he’s created an award-winning YouTube hit about it – and even a visual album bursting full of queer stars. Todrick most recently even swapped his red shoes for boots to star as drag queen Lola in Kinky Boots on Broadway. Now, the RuPaul’s Drag Race judge is taking his magical live show to audiences around the globe to spread a little bit of that Emerald City magic. But, as we found out, life’s not always been a jolly trip down the Yellow Brick Road for this shining music star…


When did your love of the girl in the red shoes that went over the rainbow to Oz start? When I was a young child, around eight, my mum showed me the movie and I fell in love with it. I’ve identified not just with Dorothy, but The Scarecrow, The Tin Man and The Lion. It’s ironic that I’m now doing a show where I play all those characters… [Laughs]

Is this where your love of theatre and performing began? I was different from the other kids. I was the only kid that wasn’t interested in playing basketball and football. When all the boys became girl-crazy and their hormones were raging, I had a hard-on for theatre. Costumes and a sequin dress could get me every time. It was a difficult time to really find myself, and this was the only real thing that made me happy. In the simplest and most innocent sense, the one thing that made me smile and made me run away from the world that I lived in was dancing, singing, acting, and pretending to be other characters.

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